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DFS MLB Optimal Lineups: April 23
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Adam Liberatore Headshot

Liberatore was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

In a bit of a surprising move, the Dodgers elected to option Liberatore to the minor leagues during spring camp despite the fact that the lefty posted a respectable 3.38 ERA (2.89 FIP) over 42.2 innings with the big-league club in 2016. After posting a 1.59 ERA over 5.2 innings of relief in Triple-A, the 29-year-old will rejoin the major-league bullpen. Outfielder Brett Eibner was optioned to the minors in a corresponding move.
1:39 pm (EST)
Denard Span Headshot

X-rays on Span's sprained shoulder came back negative Sunday, NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reports. He will be out at least a couple of days.

The initial report is that Span will be required to miss at least a couple of games, but it's worth noting that the center fielder sustained the exact same injury in 2012 and was forced to missed a couple of weeks of playing time. Now at 33 years of age, it's not unrealistic to expect Span to miss as much - if not more - time than he did during the 2012 season. For now, he'll be considered day-to-day.
1:34 pm (EST)
Leonys Martín Headshot

Martin was designated for assignment Sunday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

The Mariners apparently grew tired of waiting for Martin's bat to come along, and with the 29-year-old possessing no remaining minor-league options, the organization made the tough decision to remove the outfielder from the 40-man roster. Prospect Dan Vogelbach was called up to take Martin's spot on the active roster, but it's expected that Jarrod Dyson will assume most of the starts in center field, while Taylor Motter eventually moves to a full-time role in the corner outfield once Jean Segura (hamstring) is back from the DL. Though Martin was batting just .111/.172/.130 over 58 plate appearances this season, his more palatable career line of .248/.301/.359 could be enough to convince another team to put in a waiver claim. Martin is owed $4.85 million this season.
1:34 pm (EST)
Ryan Schimpf Headshot

Schimpf is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Marlins.

Schimpf has struggled to find his footing at the plate to begin the 2017 season, hitting just .109 over his first 55 at-bats. The good news is that he's drawn a walk in nearly 20 percent of his plate appearances, which has boosted his on-base percentage to .292. Luis Sardinas will draw the start at third base in his absence.
1:27 pm (EST)
Salvador Pérez Headshot

Perez (neck) remains out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

Perez is still battling some neck stiffness that resulted in him being scratched ahead of Saturday's game, so manager Ned Yost will give the backstop a second consecutive day off with the hope that it helps remedy the issue. According to Dodd, Yost noted that Perez was showing improvement Sunday, so it doesn't seem as though the Royals are concerned that Perez will require a trip to the disabled list.
1:27 pm (EST)
Travis Jankowski Headshot

Jankowski is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Marlins.

It appears that Jankowski is just getting a scheduled day of rest against Tom Koehler and the Marlins. Allen Cordoba will take over in left field. Jankowski should be back in the lineup Monday against the Diamondbacks.
1:23 pm (EST)
Ian Kennedy Headshot

Kennedy (0-2) pitched seven innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks while striking out three Rangers in Saturday's no-decision.

Kennedy's second straight quality start pushed his ERA and WHIP down to 2.08 and 1.04, respectively, over 26 innings. Unfortunately for the right-hander, the Royals have scored a total of three runs over Kennedy's four starts, leaving him with nothing but an 0-2 record and two no-decisions to show for a fine start to the campaign. Minnesota is on tap for Kennedy's next showing Friday at home.
1:20 pm (EST)
J.D. Martínez Headshot

Manager Brad Ausmus said Sunday that the Tigers are hopeful Martinez (foot) will return from the 10-day disabled list later in April or in early May, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

Martinez is gradually increasing the intensity of his workouts, most recently running at about 40-to-60 percent strength Friday. He's scheduled to run again Monday, and if his sprained right foot checks out fine, the 29-year-old could soon be sent out for a rehab assignment. With the Tigers recently placing Miguel Cabrera (groin) on the DL, the team could certainly benefit from Martinez's return sooner rather than later.
1:19 pm (EST)
Austin Hedges Headshot

Hedges is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Marlins.

The red hot Hedges, who has hit a home run in three consecutive games, will head to the bench Sunday and be replaced by Luis Torrens. The young catcher should be back in the lineup Monday against the Diamondbacks.
1:19 pm (EST)
Frankie Montás Headshot

Montas earned his first hold of the season in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Mariners, firing a scoreless seventh inning and recording a strikeout.

The young right-hander needed a scant eight pitches, five of which he threw for strikes, to dispose of Mike Zunino, Jarrod Dyson and Mitch Haniger. Montas exacted some revenge on a Seattle squad that had touched him up for two earned runs just two nights earlier in the opening game of the series, and he now has a 9:3 K:BB over 10.2 innings across seven appearances.
1:16 pm (EST)
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