Adam Duvall Headshot

Duvall is slated to hit cleanup according to manager Bryan Price, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Added 02/17/17 11:47 am (EST)
Duvall did little to help with batting average and OBP but was a breakout bopper with 33 home runs, 103 RBI and 85 runs scored in 2016. There'll be a slight drop-off in each of those, and an extended slump may jeopardize his playing time, but fantasy players can find value in his lumber during the middle rounds of mixed drafts.
Adam Frazier Headshot

Frazier (hamstring) is not expected to miss more than 10 days on the disabled list, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Added 11:57 am (EST)
He was placed on DL on April 24, putting him on pace to return May 4 (Thursday) or May 5 (Friday). Frazier is batting .306/.370/.449 in 54 plate appearances, showing signs of improved power. HIs .341 BABIP is slightly lower than last year's .353 mark, supporting his slash line. He continues to struggle defensively (-21.6 UZR/150 at second base), however, and the team is still looking for a spot where it can hide him. In the meantime, Frazier will likely move around both the infield and outfield in order to keep his bat in the lineup.
Jim Johnson Headshot

Johnson gave up two runs on three hits in an inning of work during Thursday's win over the Mets.

Added 11:56 am (EST)
The Braves held a 6-3 lead entering the ninth inning as Johnson warmed up, but they tacked on an insurance run in the top of the ninth to remove the save situation. The 33-year-old came into the game anyway and had some trouble putting the Mets away. Johnson's now given up four runs over his last two appearances to send his ERA soaring to 5.19, but his 10:2 K:BB through 8.2 innings and .432 BABIP indicate he's been more than a little unlucky. His spot as the Braves' closer likely isn't in much jeopardy.
Arodys Vizcaíno Headshot

Vizcaino walked one and struck out one in a scoreless eighth inning Thursday to notch his fourth hold of the season in a win over the Mets.

Added 11:51 am (EST)
It was Vizcaino's first action since being tagged for three runs without recording an out by the Phillies on Sunday. The 26-year-old now has a strong 12:3 K:BB through 10 innings on the year, offering hope that his 4.50 ERA and 1.30 WHIP will come down as the season progresses. If Jim Johnson (5.19 ERA) continues to struggle, Vizcaino could yet find himself in the saves picture once again for the Braves.
Jace Peterson Headshot

Peterson went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Thursday's win over the Mets.

Added 11:48 am (EST)
Getting the start at second base in place of Brandon Phillips (groin), Peterson chipped in his second straight two-hit game. Phillips is expected back in action Friday, however, likely sending Peterson and his .652 OPS through 18 games back to the bench.
Colby Rasmus Headshot

Rasmus (groin) might remain with Double-A Montgomery on his rehab assignment this weekend and join the Rays on Monday in Miami, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Added 11:47 am (EST)
Originally slated to return Friday, Rasmus is 1-for-16 with a walk during his minors stint, so the club probably wants him to see more live pitches before entrusting him with a major-league job again. Upon his return, he'll occupy at least a top-side platoon job in left field. Rasmus could help a bit as a cheap pickup for matchup plays against right-handed pitching in deep mixed leagues, especially those that start five outfielders, though his woeful plate discipline may restrict the impact of any power he offers.
J.J. Hoover Headshot

Hoover tossed a scoreless inning in relief during Thursday's 6-2 win over the Padres.

Added 11:46 am (EST)
Though the Diamondbacks held a four-run lead when Hoover entered the game in the top of the ninth inning, his appearance did bear some resemblance to a save situation and perhaps gave manager Torey Lovullo a glimpse of how the right-hander would perform in such a scenario. In generating three groundball outs in 12 pitches, Hoover seemingly aced the test, and it appears likely that he'll be the leading candidate to close out games in the event that the struggling Fernando Rodney is removed from the role. Rodney has converted 6-of-7 save chances this season, but owns a bloated 11.00 ERA and 2.11 WHIP to go with a 11:5 K:BB ratio over nine innings.
Ender Inciarte Headshot

Inciarte went 1-for-5 with a run scored and two stolen bases in Thursday's win over the Mets.

Added 11:45 am (EST)
Both steals came off the vulnerable battery of Jeurys Familia and Travis d'Arnaud in the ninth inning, with Freddie Freeman also swiping a base on the back end of a double steal in the inning. Inciarte is now a perfect 4-for-4 on the basepaths this season, with three of those steals coming in his last five games.
Buddy Boshers Headshot

The Twins recalled Boshers from Triple-A Rochester on Thursday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

Added 11:42 am (EST)
The reliever will serve as depth for the pitching staff in the absence of Hector Santiago, who was placed on the bereavement list. Boshers likely will ride the shuttle back to Rochester after this weekend.
Héctor Santiago Headshot

The Twins placed Santiago (personal) on the bereavement list Friday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

Added 11:39 am (EST)
The left-hander will miss the weekend series and return for a Tuesday start against the Athletics. Santiago will be replaced on the roster by Buddy Boshers.
Jacob Turner Headshot

Turner will remain with the Nationals and pitch out of the bullpen even after Stephen Strasburg's activation from the paternity list, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

Added 11:29 am (EST)
The team would've needed to expose him to waivers to send Turner back to Triple-A, but the fact that the Nats didn't have a long man in the 'pen may have also played a factor in the decision to keep him around. The 25-year-old was solid Monday in his first start of the season, allowing three runs with a 6:0 K:BB over six innings at Coors Field, and if Joe Ross struggles as the fifth starter or injuries crop up, Turner could get another look in the rotation down the road.
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