KEY 2017 Fantasy Baseball Rankings  - Preseason

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Vidal Nuño Headshot

Nuno was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday, Rich Dubroff of Press Box Online reports.

Prior to Friday's rough outing, the southpaw had lowered his ERA to 3.12. However, Nuno allowed his third home run of the season in his brief appearance versus the Yankees, leading the Orioles to send him back to Triple-A for more work. Baltimore is fairly thin on lefties with the departures of him and Jayson Aquino, so Nuno could return to the big leagues fairly soon if the Orioles need a lefty in their relief corps again.
7:21 pm (EST)
Chris Iannetta Headshot

Iannetta is not in the lineup Saturday against the Rockies.

It will be the fourth time in the last six games that Iannetta takes a seat, serving as further evidence that the veteran has not solidified the primary catcher spot for the D-Backs. Jeff Mathis gets the start Saturday, something that has become a common occurrence in a lineup that has scored 133 runs this season, second-most in the majors.
7:19 pm (EST)
Jayson Aquino Headshot

Aquino was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday, Rich Dubroff of Press Box Online reports.

The 24-year-old southpaw has appeared twice for the major-league club this season, once as a starter and once as a reliever. Although the start was serviceable, the bullpen appearance was a total disaster, as he allowed a three-run home run in just one-third of an inning. With no room in the rotation, Aquino will head back to the minors to get more work in as a starter until the Orioles need more help at the big-league level.
7:12 pm (EST)
Jhoulys Chacin Headshot

Chacin (foot) is slated to make his regularly-scheduled start Saturday against the Giants.

Chacin experienced some swelling in his left foot following Tuesday's start, but X-rays came back negative, so he'll be good to go after a few days of rest. The right-hander shut down the Giants in their earlier meeting this season, allowing three hits and no runs over 6.2 innings while striking out five.
7:07 pm (EST)
Matt Cain Headshot

Cain will make his scheduled start Saturday against the Padres.

Cain left his previous start Monday with a hamstring injury, but it appears he's ready to go following a clean MRI. The veteran right-hander is off to a great start his season with a 2.42 ERA and 15 strikeouts, plus has a 7.9 K/9 against Colorado in his career.
7:00 pm (EST)
David Peralta Headshot

Peralta is not in Saturday's lineup against the Rockies.

With southpaw Tyler Anderson on the rubber for Colorado, Peralta will cede his position in right field to Chris Owings. The 29-year-old lefty is off to an excellent start this season, batting .326 with three home runs and seven RBI, and should be back in the lineup Sunday.
6:48 pm (EST)
Rich Hill Headshot

Manager Dave Roberts said Hill (finger) will make a rehab start Thursday for High-A Rancho Cucamonga, David Vassegh of 570 AM LA Sports reports.

Hill threw a simulated game Saturday, so it appears he's improving fast enough to warrant a shot at regular action. Roberts added that Thursday's start will last four innings or 60 pitches and the long-term goal is to bring him back as a starter, so expect the southpaw to see a couple appearances of this nature before he returns to the rotation. Alex Wood will likely return to the minors or be sent to the bullpen when that happens, though the Dodgers will initially carry six starters for their series next weekend in San Diego.
6:36 pm (EST)
Josh Fields Headshot

Fields was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday.

Fields was brought up to fill the bullpen vacancy of the injured Grant Dayton, but sent back down upon the latter's return. Nonetheless, it was a solid stint for the right-hander, as he allowed just one earned run over five relief appearances and racked up six strikeouts. Look for Fields to be in line for a future call-up in the event of another bullpen opening.
6:24 pm (EST)
Grant Dayton Headshot

Dayton was reinstated from the disabled list Saturday.

The lefty has been out since Apr. 17 with an intercostal strain, but returns to provide a much-needed arm in the Dodger bullpen. Dayton hasn't allowed a run over 6.1 innings this season and fills the critical role as a left-handed specialist for manager Dave Roberts, so look for him to get plenty of late-inning opportunities in the long run. Josh Fields was sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City in a corresponding move.
6:16 pm (EST)
Hunter Pence Headshot

Pence is not in the Giants' lineup Saturday against the Padres, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

It seems to be a routine day off for Pence, who went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Friday's matchup. The 34-year-old is slashing a steady .281/.340/.360 this season and leads the team with 10 RBI. Eduardo Nunez moves in as the starter in right field.
6:09 pm (EST)
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