Dexter Fowler Headshot

Dexter Fowler will exercise a $5 million buyout clause in his contract and become a free agent.

Added 11/04/16 10:00 am (EST)   Source
Fowler was on the market last season before resigning with the Cubs, and the same could happen again this off season. Instead of taking the $9 million mutual option with the Cubs, he took the $5 million buyout. Don't expect Fowler to wait to be signed until Spring Training begins again like lat season, but look for the Cubs or another team to make a decision during the Winter meetings starting next week.
Eric Thames Headshot

Thames (hamstring) is batting second and playing first base Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

Added 4:34 pm (EST)
Thames was removed from Sunday's contest against the Cubs with a leg cramp, but it appears he's good to go again after receiving treatment during Monday's off day. The slugger has been dealing with some nagging leg issues lately, and although it's unclear if Sunday's cramps were related in any way, the Brewers may choose to deploy him carefully in the short run. Thames, who is slashing .306/.429/.664 with 13 homers, 39 runs and 26 RBI across 134 at-bats, will face off against Joe Biagini Tuesday.
Tyler Collins Headshot

Collins is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Astros.

Added 4:33 pm (EST)
Collins is batting just .160 over the past 30 games, so he'll head to the bench for the first time since May 14. Mikie Mahtook will pick up a start in center field to replace him.
Álex Ávila Headshot

Avila is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Astros.

Added 4:29 pm (EST)
Avila has been scorching hot at the plate, but he'll get the night off on the heels of a four-strikeout performance Monday night. James McCann will resume his normal role behind the dish. With both Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez back in action and McCann still tabbed as the primary catcher, Avila may find it difficult to find playing time despite his hot streak.
Brad Miller Headshot

Miller (abdomen) fielded groundballs before Tuesday's game, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Added 4:28 pm (EST)
He said his ab feels good, so it sounds like he remains on track to come off the DL after the minimum 10-day stay, which would mean he would be activated prior to Friday's game in Minnesota.
Daniel Nava Headshot

Nava was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a right hamstring strain, Ryan Lawrence of PhillyVoice.com reports.

Added 4:26 pm (EST)
This marks the first hamstring injury of Nava's career, so although he's eligible to come of the disabled list May 30, it's remains unclear when he'll be ready to return from the ailment. The 34-year-old, who was slashing .305/.425/.458 in 59 at-bats before the injury, should return to a reserve role once he is healthy enough to play. Pitcher Adam Morgan was added to the roster to take his place for the time being.
Evan Gattis Headshot

Gattis is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers.

Added 4:26 pm (EST)
Gattis is in line to act as the primary catcher with Brian McCann (concussion) out of commission, but he'll head to the bench for a night off after collecting just three hits over the past seven games. Juan Centeno will assume the catching duties for the evening.
Wilson Ramos Headshot

Ramos (knee) took part in catching drills on the field with the big-league club Tuesday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Added 4:25 pm (EST)
Mooney posted a video of Ramos getting in a crouch behind the plate, catching a pitch and then popping up and firing a throw to first base. Ramos impressed during a full batting practice session over the weekend, and continues to make positive steps in his recovery. Now is the time to grab Ramos if he is out on waivers in standard leagues, as he looks poised to return to game action in June.
Nori Aoki Headshot

Aoki is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers.

Added 4:23 pm (EST)
This marks the second consecutive game that Aoki will watch from the dugout. The veteran outfielder has struggled over the past few weeks, so he'll give way to Jake Marisnick to fill out the outfield with Josh Reddick and George Springer on Tuesday.
Tyler Flowers Headshot

Flowers is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Pirates, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Added 4:18 pm (EST)
Despite riding a five-game hitting streak, Flowers will head to the bench as Kurt Suzuki gets the nod behind the dish. Manager Brian Snitker seems content with the two sharing duties behind the plate, so that will likely continue as long as both keep performing well.
Carlos Correa Headshot

Correa is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers.

Added 4:15 pm (EST)
Correa has just three hits in his past 20 at-bats, so he'll get a night off Tuesday to right the ship. Marwin Gonzalez will move into the lineup to replace him at shortstop.
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