Pollock has been cleared to resume baseball activities and completed a batting practice session at extended spring training Friday, but it looks as though he'll need at least another week to recover from the right groin strain before the Diamondbacks consider activating him. Gregor Blanco and Reymond Fuentes will continue to share duties in center field for the duration of Pollock's absence.
The first-inning blast off Jesse Chavez traveled an estimated 460 feet and caromed off the batter's eye in straightaway center field, giving the Marlins slugger 12 homers on the year and his first since May 8. Stanton may not have been putting the ball over the fence but he has been hitting, compiling a .317/.359/.467 slash line in those 15 games.
Since A.J. Pollock (groin) was placed on the disabled list May 15, Fuentes and Gregor Blanco have been deployed in a timeshare in center field, but it seems Blanco has emerged as manager Torey Lovullo's preferred option of the two. Fuentes has recorded just four hits in 27 at-bats since receiving the call up to the big club, and after having previously seeing time in the leadoff spot, he dropped all the way down to eighth in the order Friday. With Pollock not expected to come off the disabled list until early or mid June, Fuentes still has some time to make more of an impression, but he's done little thus far to create excitement in fantasy circles.
The second baseman now has five multi-hit performances in his last six games, putting up a blistering .481/.500/.630 slash line during that stretch with five runs, three RBI and two steals. Gordon is streaky and hits tend to come in bunches for him, so consider him a strong DFS option while he remains locked in.
Tomas had been held out of the lineup the previous two games with the sore hip, but played nine innings in left field without issue Friday before being lifted in the bottom half of the 10th for Gregor Blanco. The 26-year-old's season-best seven-game hitting streak might have come to an end, but fantasy owners have to be happy that the hip issue didn't end up forcing him to disabled list.
Garcia entered Friday without a hit in his previous 14 plate appearances, the longest stretch of futility he's experienced in what has been a breakout season for the outfielder. More than a quarter of the way through the season, Garica is slashing .341/.385/.576 with eight homers and 37 RBI. There might be temptation to view this 45-game stretch as an anomaly, but he's just 26-years-old and players develop on different schedules. This could be the beginning of what becomes a productive career for the one-time highly regarded prospect.
The veteran closer returned to form after blowing his third save of the year in his last appearance Tuesday. Johnson is entrenched at the head of the Braves' bullpen, but with the club going nowhere in the NL East he could be an attractive trade target for a contender later in the year.
It took Ramos only one pitch to seal the deal in this contest and record his fifth save of the season. Save chances have come few and far between for the closer, so fantasy owners will take them any way they can get them. He now has a 5.28 ERA to go along with a 1.57 WHIP on the season, but most of the damage against him has come in non-save situations. He's converted all five of his save opportunities on the campaign and has a firm hold on the closer's role.
With the Diamondbacks' clinging to a 1-0 lead entering the seventh inning, De La Rosa served up the equalizer to Jett Bandy and was charged with a blown save as a result. The veteran lefty, who has regularly worked as a starter in previous seasons, has been one of manager Torey Lovullo's most trusted options out of the bullpen in 2017, but he's stumbled of late, conceding at least one run in three consecutive appearances. With De La Rosa already having racked up 20 appearances less than a third of the way through the season, Lovullo may look to scale back the 36-year-old's workload in the short term.
It's his third multi-hit performance in his last four starts, and Flowers has a .333/.455/.528 slash line over his last 10 games with two homers, five RBI and six runs. He remains in a timeshare with Kurt Suzuki, but if Flowers keeps hitting that workload split could begin to tilt in his favor.
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