DFS MLB Optimal Lineups: April 26 Cover Image
DFS MLB Optimal Lineups: April 26
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Stack the Deck: April 26 Cover Image
Christopher Bassitt Headshot

Bassitt (elbow) is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment with High-A Stockton over the weekend, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Bassitt continues to work his way back from Tommy John surgery, and he remains hopeful to return to the big leagues this summer. He'll throw either three innings or 45 pitches during his first rehab appearance and should continue to ramp up his activity if all goes well.
9:24 pm (EST)
Kevin Fiala Headshot

Fiala was taken off the ice on a stretcher after suffering an apparent leg injury during the second period of Wednesday's Game 1 against the Blues, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports.

Fiala awkwardly slammed into the boards legs-first after being taken down by the Blues Rob Bortuzzo and it appears the issue is serious. He will reportedly be taken by ambulance, likely to an area hospital, for treatment. Unless it turns out to be something less severe than it appears, the Preds may have lost a promising piece for the remainder of the postseason. Another update on his status should arrive in the coming days, providing more clarification on the nature of his injury.
9:23 pm (EST)
Bradley Beal Headshot

Beal posted 27 points (11-22 FG, 1-9 3Pt, 4-6 FT), five rebounds, three blocks, three steals and one assists across 41 minutes in a 103-99 Game 5 win over the Hawks on Wednesday.

Beal was dreadful from deep in Game 5 as he has been for much of the series-- he's shooting just 24 percent from three in the playoffs-- but that didn't stop him from pacing the Wizards in scoring. The dynamic guard has now scored over 20 points in four of five games in the series. Beal also came up big defensively. His six combined blocks and steals doubled his previous post-season high this year.
9:22 pm (EST)
John Wall Headshot

Wall scored 20 points (9-20 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT) with 14 assists, six rebounds and one steal across 39 minutes in Wednesday's 103-99 Game 5 win over the Hawks.

Wall was key to lifting the Wizards to a win in Wednesday's pivotal Game 5 matchup tying his series-high 14 assists and recording at least 20 points for the fifth straight game in the playoffs. Wall has been steady all series and has recorded a double-double in three of the series' five games.
9:12 pm (EST)
Brandon Phillips Headshot

Phillips was lifted early from Wednesday's game against the Mets with a right groin strain.

Given the diagnosis, it appears Phillips sustained the injury while fielding a ground ball off the bat of Michael Conforto. It's unclear how long the 35-year-old will be sidelined, but the Braves are considering him day-to-day for now. More should be known about his status in the coming days, but Jace Peterson should see reps at second base if Phillips is forced to miss any time.
8:49 pm (EST)
Rich Hill Headshot

Hill is scheduled to toss 30-35 pitches Saturday in either a simulated game setting or a minor-league game, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

Hill tossed 30 pitches with his finger uncovered and said he was "ready to go," though manager Dave Roberts said his pitch quality wasn't where it needs to be be. If all goes well Saturday, he could be on track for an early-May return, though it's hard to be optimistic given his past struggles with blisters.
8:42 pm (EST)
Avisail García Headshot

Garcia went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run during Wednesday's win over Kansas City.

After going 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI in Game 2 of the series Tuesday, Garcia followed it up with another solid outing Wednesday. He's now up to a .373/.420/.600 slash line with 17 RBI and is well on his way to the breakout campaign many have been expecting for a few years now. It's unlikely Garcia holds off a statistical decline for much longer, but the 25-year-old outfielder will probably remain fantasy relevant in most settings.
8:38 pm (EST)
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