After a couple of solid seasons in 2013 and 2014, Levy only managed to play one game for the Lions last year and will begin training camp on the injury list with a hip issue.
It certainly makes sense for the rebuilding Braves to deal a veteran reliever at the deadline, but the humorous part is that they will be trading Johnson for the second consecutive season. After missing most of May due to injury, Johnson has been pitching pretty well since the beginning of June, posting a 1.99 ERA and 18-to-8 K/BB ratio across 22.2 innings.
Despite the fact Shaw usually draws the start at third when a right-handed pitcher is on the mound, Aaron Hill will play instead of him. Hill is 11-for-22 against Tim Lincecum during his career and makes for a solid, cheap DFS play on Friday.
Zimmerman has struggled so mightily that it is almost becoming a platoon situation with Clint Robinson at first base. Let's not forget Zimmerman is also 1-for-19 off of Jeff Samardzija over his career.
Turner started four straight games for the Nats before finally getting Friday off. Manager Dusty Baker said Turner and Ben Revere will play based on who's hot and who has the better matchup. Well Revere is 2-for-7 off of Giants starter Jeff Samardzija during his career so he'll draw the start over Turner in center field despite the fact Turner's hit in four straight games including three multi-hit contests.
With Ryan Raburn scratched, rookie David Dahl has been entered on the lineup card in his place. Dahl will draw his fifth straight start as he's started his Major League career with a hit in every game he's played -- including a home run -- and a .333 average. These will, however, be his first ML at-bats against left-handed pitching since being called up.
All of a sudden an arm injury that wasn't very well known is popping up everywhere. Most recently Mets Matt Harvey fell victim and how Hochevar. Hochevar had a good 2016 campaign before his injury as he posted a 3.86 ERA with 14 holds while striking out over one batter per inning.
It'll be interesting to see what the Twins end up doing with Plouffe when he does come back likely by next weekend. Miguel Sano has taken over full-time at third base as the Twins need to see what he's made of at the hot corner. Plouffe has played all other positions in the infield and two outfield positions over his career so we could be seeing Plouffe move around to various spots the remainder of the season.
Raburn is dealing with a left knee contusion and was a late scratch on Friday. He originally thought he'd be able to play through it until batting practice gave him issues. David Dahl, who was going to get Friday's game off, is now in left field hitting sixth.