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Neil Walker (B) Headshot

Walker is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Pirates.

Walker heads to the bench following two straight starts as Hernan Perez moves over to the keystone for the series finale. Since joining Milwaukee on Aug. 12, Walker has slashed .267/.394/.467 with four home runs and 13 RBI.
3:49 pm (EST)
Eric Thames (L) Headshot

Thames is out of the lineup against Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Thames heads to the bench following a pair of starts against the Pirates to open up this three-game set, going 1-for-6 from the plate during those contests. In his place, Jesus Aguilar will get a start at first, while batting fifth in the lineup.
3:47 pm (EST)
Will Fuller Headshot

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Fuller (shoulder) isn't ready to play, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Fuller's return to practice Monday may have created hope for an imminent return, but O'Brien shut down the notion in short order. The speedy wideout does at least seem to be a bit ahead of his initial timetable, which was estimated at 2-to-3 months when he suffered a broken collarbone Aug. 2. Fuller likely is targeting Week 4 or 5 for a return to games.
3:46 pm (EST)
Jaylen Hill Headshot

Hill (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports.

The rookie has yet to play this season after sustaining a hamstring injury late in preseason and has yet to be active for a game. That Hill wasn't practicing Wednesday in any capacity is a discouraging sign for his Week 3 status, but he'll have some time to get back on the field before Baltimore makes its final decision on him.
3:46 pm (EST)
Yasmani Grandal (B) Headshot

Grandal is out of the lineup against the Phillies on Wednesday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

Grandal gets the day off following a 1-for-3 performance with a solo home run during Tuesday's game. Austin Barnes will handle the catching duties while batting sixth in the order.
3:43 pm (EST)
Daniel Murphy (L) Headshot

Murphy (hamstring) is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Braves, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.

Murphy was scratched from Tuesday's starting lineup with left hamstring tightness, but is back in the fold for Wednesday's affair and batting in the third spot of the order. Over the course of the month, Murphy is hitting .318/.400/.500 with two home runs and four RBI.
3:39 pm (EST)
Jake Arrieta (R) Headshot

Arrieta (hamstring) is set to take the mound against the Brewers on Thursday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

The right-hander will make his first start since facing the Pirates on Sept. 4, which was the game Arrieta was forced to exit due to right hamstring tightness. Looking ahead to Thursday's outing, Arrieta will be kept on a 75-to-80 pitch limit as he makes his return to the mound, although upcoming starts should see him proceed without any sort of restriction. On the year, he's compiled a 3.48 ERA and 1.20 WHIP over 28 starts.
3:34 pm (EST)
Martin Jones Headshot

Jones will tend the twine for Thursday's clash with the Golden Knights, Curtis Pashelka of the Bay Area News Group reports.

Jones logged 65 games for the second straight season while posting a 35-23-6 record with a pair of shutouts and a 2.40 GAA. Even with the emergence of Aaron Dell as a solid No. 2, the Sharks are unlikely to lighten the load for Jones, so look for him to log another 60-plus outings in 2017-18.
3:33 pm (EST)
Jay Ajayi Headshot

Ajayi didn't participate in the open portion of Wednesday's practice, instead riding a stationary bike off to the side, Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Ajayi was listed on the Week 2 injury report with a knee ailment, but he was a full participant in every practice and ended up rumbling for 122 yards on 28 carries in a 19-17 road win over the Chargers. Wednesday's absence likely pertains to the same knee injury, which might be a non-issue if not for the widespread belief that he fell to the fifth round of the 2015 draft because of concerns regarding the long-term sustainability of his surgically-repaired right knee. The history amplifies any concerns involving Ajayi's knee, though he's now six years removed from the ACL and meniscus injuries that stood out as a blight on his otherwise strong draft profile. Assuming he returns to practice by the end of the week, he should be all systems go for a favorable matchup with the Jets. Ajayi played 64 of 68 offensive snaps Week 2, staying on the field even for obvious passing downs.
3:33 pm (EST)
Grégory Polanco (L) Headshot

Polanco is not in the lineup against the Brewers on Wednesday.

Polanco receives a standard day of rest following two straight starts to open up the series against Milwaukee. In his place, Jordan Luplow draws the start in right, while batting sixth in the order.
3:28 pm (EST)
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