Ruhwedel will miss his 12th playoff contest due to injury -- having earlier been sidelined with an arm injury and now the concussion. The 27-year-old's numbers won't jump off the page in terms of fantasy value -- zero points and just 11 shots in six postseason outings -- but fans will miss his physicality and ability to breakout the puck from the defensive zone. For the time being, Mark Streit will continue filling in on the Penguins' third pairing as Justin Schultz (upper body) also remains out.
It appears that the Penguins are starting to get comfortable playing without Hornqvist, who has missed the last four games. In Sunday's 7-0 rout over the Senators in front of the home crowd, bottom-six role players like Scott Wilson, Matt Cullen and Bryan Rust stepped up with goals. In the event that the Penguins close out the series with a win Tuesday, it will afford the team some much needed rest and healing time for the injured.
Schultz did travel with the team which should be considered a step in the right direction. Thus far, the Pens have managed to overcome a rash of injuries on the blue line, but would certainly benefit from getting back the Wisconsin Badger alum -- especially on the power play where he tallied five of his eight postseason points prior to getting hurt. With Chad Ruhwedel (concussion) also out, Pittsburgh will suit up veteran Mark Streit once again.
Although his May ERA is better than the mark he posted in the campaign's opening month, Leone hasn't been as effective of late. The right-hander has given up a run in five of his eight games while opposing hitters have upped their OBP by nearly 25 points since April. Leone will continue to see regular work, but his low-leverage role minimizes any potential fantasy relevance.
With Borowiecki sidelined, coach Guy Boucher opted to dress seven defenseman in Game 5 and could do the same Tuesday, including both Fredrik Claesson and Ben Harpur in the game-day lineup. The 27-year-old Borowiecki has been out of the lineup since Game 2 of the Sens' opening-round series versus the Bruins, and while he has shown some signs of getting back to full health, he may have played his last contest of the year if his teammates can't force a Game 7.
Duffy kicked off his rehab assignment with High-A Charlotte on May 9, but suffered a setback over the weekend after fouling a ball off his foot during batting practice. Though the Rays don't believe the issue will delay Duffy for a significant time, the team will give the infielder a few more days for the soreness to subside. With Brad Miller (abdomen) recently joining Duffy on the disabled list, the Rays will rely on Daniel Robertson and Tim Beckham on an everyday basis in the middle infield.
The promising infielder has 203 plate appearances at the Triple-A level between last season and 2017, so he's certainly had a solid amount of seasoning. Barreto has been playing shortstop for the Sounds, but with Marcus Semien (wrist) slated to come off the disabled list in mid-June, there will not be a vacancy at the position with the big-league club. Barreto's arrival would presumably be preceded by the trade of veteran Jed Lowrie, who presently occupies second base and is enjoying his best season since 2013.
The 25-year-old pivot was scratched from the previous game, giving way to Tommy Wingels, who racked up eight hits in the 7-0 loss. However, with the Senators backed into a 3-2 series deficit, they're going to need to put their best offensive assets on the ice and Dzingel has a much higher ceiling than Wingels when it comes to puck work, plus the former is an option on the power play even though he's been used sparingly in that spot during these conference finals.
The Mets were initially planning on having Matz make two rehab starts with Las Vegas before having him rejoin the big club in early June, but with the ongoing struggles of back-end rotation members Tommy Milone and Robert Gsellman have kept GM Sandy Alderson open to the idea of accelerating Matz's timetable. Matz, who has been sidelined since spring training with a left elbow issue, looked strong during his first rehab start at High-A St. Lucie on May 18, tossing three innings and giving up one run on two hits and two walks. He'll likely have his pitch count bumped up when he starts for Las Vegas on Tuesday.
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