DFS MLB Playbook:  May 28 Cover Image
DFS MLB Playbook: May 28
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Corey Kluber Headshot

Manager Terry Francona relayed that Kluber (back) would start Thursday's game against the Athletics, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Kluber looked sharp in his rehab outing Friday for Double-A Akron, tossing five scoreless innings while giving up one hit and issuing no walks. The outing evidently convinced the organization that Kluber would be ready to make his next turn in the big leagues, so he'll be called upon to rejoin the rotation for the final game of the Tribe's homestand. The struggling Danny Salazar will temporarily move to the bullpen this week with Kluber returning, but over the long haul, either Mike Clevinger or Josh Tomlin would seem most at risk of losing his respective starting role.
12:41 pm (EST)
Derek Norris Headshot

Norris went 1-for-3 with two RBI from a sacrifice fly and a single in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Twins.

The veteran backstop opened the scoring for the Rays with a second-inning single that drove home Logan Morrison and his fourth-inning sacrifice fly snapped a 1-1 tie. Norris has rebounded nicely in May after hitting just .186 in April, as he's compiled three home runs and seven RBI while raising his average 25 points overall.
12:41 pm (EST)
Yasmany Tomás Headshot

Tomas is out of the lineup Sunday against the Brewers.

Tomas is 0-for-8 at the plate since returning to action Friday following a hip injury, so manager Torey Lovullo will slow things down by giving him a day off. Chris Hermann will take his place in left field.
12:40 pm (EST)
Jarrod Dyson Headshot

Dyson went 2-for-3 with a stolen base in Saturday's 6-0 loss to the Red Sox.

Dyson was one of the only productive members of the Mariners offense despite hitting out of the nine-hole, including snagging his sixth stolen base of May and 14th overall of the season. The veteran outfielder has displayed a bit more pop during May by compiling five extra-base hits (two doubles, a triple and two homers) and six RBI, but has just a .200 average over 73 plate appearances during the month.
12:37 pm (EST)
Danny Salazar Headshot

Manager Terry Francona said Salazar will head to the bullpen for at least a short stretch of action this week, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Salazar has been able to rack up the strikeouts for fantasy owners this season, but the right-hander's shaky command has resulted in opposing batters taking him deep 11 times in 52.1 innings. He's also struggling to find the zone, and after issuing a season-high five walks in his last outing Saturday against the Royals, Salazar will get a brief reprieve from starting duties. After tossing a side session Monday, Salazar is expected to be available for the final two games of the Indians' upcoming four-game series with the Athletics, likely working as a long reliever. If Salazar shows improved mechanics during his time in the bullpen, he could rejoin the rotation the following week during the Tribe's two-game road swing to Colorado.
12:37 pm (EST)
Guillermo Heredia Headshot

Heredia went 2-for-3 in Saturday's 6-0 loss to the Red Sox.

The Cuban outfielder contributed 40 percent of the Mariners' meager five-hit output against southpaw Brian Johnson, who thoroughly stymied the offense overall. Heredia hasn't quite duplicated his performance from the opening month of the season in May, but he does have a modest four-game hitting streak and two multi-hit efforts over that span.
12:32 pm (EST)
Adam Wainwright Headshot

Wainwright (5-3) fired seven shutout innings in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Rockies, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out six.

The 35-year-old turned in his second seven-inning scoreless effort in his last three starts while also recording six strikeouts for the second straight outing. Wainwright was able to keep the ball down consistently and avoid the thin air of Coors, notching 10 groundball outs overall, which marked the third time in the last four trips to the mound that he's hit double digits in that category. After a couple of rocky starts to open the month, Wainwright has compiled an 0.44 ERA, .169 BAA, .217 wOBA and 0.98 WHIP over the 20.1 innings encompassing his last three starts. He'll look to keep it going as the calendar flips to June when he takes on the Dodgers at home next Thursday.
12:26 pm (EST)
Kolten Wong Headshot

Wong was placed on the 10-day DL with a left elbow strain, Jim Hayes of Fox Sports Midwest reports.

Wong was lifted from Saturday's lineup due to elbow soreness, and it didn't take long for the infielder to land on the disabled list retroactive to May 27. While he's on the shelf, Greg Garcia will draw the start Sunday, and likely receive extra infield reps. Furthermore, the team could elect to give some of those starts to Paul DeJong, who was recalled from Triple-A Memphis in a corresponding move.
12:26 pm (EST)
Nolan Fontana Headshot

Fontana will start at second base and bat eighth Sunday against the Marlins.

Since being called up to the big leagues Monday, Fontana has recorded only one hit in 11 at-bats, but he'll still benefit from his second start in a row with everyday second baseman Danny Espinosa in the midst of an extended slump. Once either Fontana or Espinosa is able to find some success at the plate, that player could end up taking on the bulk of the starts at the keystone.
12:25 pm (EST)
Danny Espinosa Headshot

Espinosa is out of the lineup Sunday against the Marlins.

Espinosa seems to have fallen into a timeshare at the keystone with Nolan Fontana, who will draw a second straight start. With one hit in 11 at-bats since being promoted to the big leagues Monday, Fontana has done little to distinguish himself, but he'll likely remain a factor for playing time so long as Espinosa remains stuck in a rut of his own. Espinosa has recorded only five hits (.093 average) in May and has struck out in one third of his plate appearances.
12:23 pm (EST)
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