Coleman was ruled out for Week 9 but may have had a chance to play if the game was played on Sunday rather than Thursday. As such, the running back will have extra time to get ready for Week 10 and has a chance to play. Until then, look for Devonta Freeman to be the horse in the backfield.
DeShields had been picking up some extra playing time of late, drawing four starts in the last five contests. With Carlos Gomez (back) returning to action Thursday, however, DeShields will resume his role as the team's fourth outfielder.
Lucroy has now sat out two of the past three games after getting a rest in favor of Robinson Chirinos on Tuesday as well. The veteran backstop simply has been unable to turn it around at the plate, going 4-for-25 (.160) over the last seven days. He's currently on pace for his lowest batting average (.262) and OPS (.676) since his rookie campaign with Milwaukee in 2010. Meanwhile, his counterpart Chirinos owns a 1.066 OPS since the start of June.
Claiborne saw the mound just once during his recent stint in the majors, surrendering three earned runs on five hits across two innings in Monday's series opener in Cleveland. The 29-year-old has shined at the Triple-A level otherwise, collecting a 1.37 ERA and 1.29 WHIP over 26 appearances. Claiborne could be back in the majors down the road, but for the time being he will serve as a roster casualty after the team needed to make room for the activation of Andrew Cashner (oblique).
Gomez sat out Tuesday due to a sore back and was left out of the starting lineup Wednesday as well, but did strike out in a pinch-hit appearance. The time off apparently did well for his back soreness, as he'll be back in center field and batting sixth in the order. It remains to be seen, however, if his struggles at the plate will be on the mend as well. Prior to missing Tuesday's contest, he had whiffed 11 times over the previous four games.
Velasquez apparently made it through his bullpen session earlier this week without issue. He is going to need at least a couple rehab starts in the minors to build up his pitch count, so he likely won't come off the disabled list until after the All-Star break.
Avila and Miguel Cabrera supplied all the offense for the struggling Tigers in this one with solo shots. Avila now has 11 home runs in just 159 at-bats (he had seven in 169 at-bats all of last season) to go along with an absurd 1.032 OPS, which would be a career best. The veteran is probably due for some regression, but the Tigers are giving him regular rest days against left-handed starters, which should keep him fresher and give him more advantageous matchups.
Weekley was two-over thru six holes before the injury, while the nature of his tendinitis issue remains unclear at this point. It's a disappointing occurrence for the 43-year-old, who just notched his first top-10 of the season with a T5 at last week's Travelers Championship. His next chance to return will come at the Greenbrier Classic, though he may elect to sit that one out in order to fully recover.
Contreras supplied half of his team's offense when he took Washington starter Stephen Strasburg deep in the fourth inning. Contreras batted fourth in this one after a brief stint as the leadoff hitter on Monday. The young catcher was batting just .209 in early May, but he's now up .252 to go along with a .763 OPS.
It was a short trip to the disabled list for Cashner, who landed there June 17 and ended up missing only two turns in the rotation. He had given the Rangers 69.1 frames prior to the injury, but was only striking out batters at a career-low 4.3 K/9, and his 3.50 ERA was a bit reflective of good luck. Cashner also gets a tough matchup in his first game back, toeing the rubber opposite Corey Kluber in Cleveland.
After getting bumped down to No. 2 in the order Monday, Rizzo has now batted leadoff the last two games, and it looks like manager Joe Maddon is pretty comfortable with his first baseman there. Rizzo now has 18 home runs this season, and while batting first could limit his RBI potential, he should still supply plenty of power and maybe an uptick in runs.
Simmons continues to post excellent fantasy numbers and is up to a .280/.333/.420 slash line with eight homers, 35 RBI, 13 stolen bases and 38 runs. That's strong cross-category production from the shortstop position, and while it wouldn't be shocking if he slowed down, Simmons has already banked an excellent statistical base to build on in the second half.
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