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Héctor Santiago (L) Headshot

Santiago received a cortisone shot to address inflammation in his cervical area Wednesday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Santiago, who was pulled from his rehab assignment earlier in the week, is aiming to resume throwing in 3-to-5 days, though that will likely depend on how he responds to treatment. An updated timetable for his return should come into focus once he is able to get back into his throwing program.
7:04 pm (EST)
Wil Myers (R) Headshot

Myers went 2-for-2 with two walks, a double, a run scored, an RBI and three stolen bases in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Phillies.

The run came during a wild fourth-inning performance in which Myers hit an RBI single, then proceeded to steal second base, third base and home off the Nick Pivetta/Cameron Rupp battery, becoming the first big-league player to score a run in that fashion since Dee Gordon in 2011 -- and likely contributing to Pivetta's demotion by Philadelphia immediately following the game. Myers would need a massive finish to the season to come close to matching his 2016 production, but his 24 homers and 14 steals in 115 games have still allowed him to supply solid fantasy value.
6:58 pm (EST)
Neil Walker (B) Headshot

Walker went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in Wednesday's win over the Pirates.

It hasn't taken long for Walker to get comfortable in Milwaukee -- he went 3-for-7 in his first two games with the Brewers before homering Wednesday. The 31-year-old was batting out of the two hole after batting fourth and sixth on Sunday and Tuesday, respectively.
6:57 pm (EST)
Koji Uehara (R) Headshot

Uehara (neck) threw his first bullpen session Wednesday, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

He had not thrown since landing on the DL on Aug. 8, but made it through the session fine and will throw another bullpen Saturday. Uehara could be activated sometime next week.
6:46 pm (EST)
Clayton Richard (L) Headshot

Richard (6-12) fired a complete-game shutout against the Phillies on Wednesday, scattering three hits and a walk while striking out six in a 3-0 win.

Two of the three hits were doubles, but the Phillies failed to even get a runner to third base, much less bring one home. The shutout was the third of Richard's career and came almost five years to the day since his last one, but the veteran lefty's 4.84 ERA offers a better glimpse at how he's pitched this season. He'll next take the mound Tuesday on the road against the Cardinals.
6:41 pm (EST)
Manny Piña (R) Headshot

Pina went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's win over the Pirates.

He put the Brewers ahead for good with his ninth long ball of the season. The 30-year-old's momentum from an outstanding spring has carried over through the first four-plus months of the regular-season campaign, resulting in an improbable .290/.333/.457 line for the former journeyman. Pina should continue to see steady playing time even after Stephen Vogt (knee) returns.
6:39 pm (EST)
Kevan Smith (R) Headshot

Smith is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Dodgers, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

Despite riding a modest four-game hit streak, Smith will head to the bench for a breather after starting three of the past four games at backstop. In his place, Omar Narvaez will set up behind the dish, batting seventh.
6:38 pm (EST)
Adam Engel (R) Headshot

Engel is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Dodgers, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

Engel is just 1-for-9 with four strikeouts over his last three contests, so he'll get the day off after starting seven straight games in center field. Leury Garcia will take over for him in center field, opening up a spot for Nicky Delmonico to pick up a start in left field.
6:33 pm (EST)
Travis d'Arnaud (R) Headshot

D'Arnaud is making his first career start at third base and hitting fifth Wednesday against the Yankees.

This is a pretty shocking turn of events, but with Wilmer Flores and Jose Reyes each late scratches with sore ribs, the Mets were put in a tough spot. D'Arnaud doesn't even hit enough (75 wRC+) to be a solid offensive option at catcher, so at third base he carries almost no value with his bat or glove, so this doesn't really change things from a fantasy perspective.
6:32 pm (EST)
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