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.
Aoki has been battling an illness for the better part of the last week, but he's set to make his first start since Aug. 9 for Thursday's contest. Since July 25, Aoki has played in just nine of 21 possible games, and is hitting .143/.174/.286 during that span.
He successfully worked around a leadoff walk to earn his 10th hold before Trevor Rosenthal and Zach Duke combined to squander the lead in the ninth. Rosenthal is reportedly dealing with renewed arm tightness and is set to be examined by the medical staff, leaving the ninth-inning picture in St. Louis murky at the moment. Lyons doesn't throw hard, but he's been able to strike batters out at a 29.5 percent clip this season regardless. He could be in the mix for save chances if Rosenthal is forced to miss time.
Bautista retreats to the bench for the first time this month after starting in 15 straight games. During that span, the slugger is hitting just .186 at the plate, but he has added four home runs and eight RBI. In his place, Norichika Aoki gets the start in right while batting at the top of the order.
He's slashing .255/.320/.300 in 121 plate appearances since returning from an 80-game suspension. In 26 games, Marte has stolen eight bases and scored 18 runs. His .304 BABIP in 2017 is well below a .355 career mark, indicating there's a reasonable chance his batting average moves up over the last six weeks. He's still looking for his first homer since April.
Goins will start at shortstop and bat eighth just a day after getting spiked in his left forearm while attempting to steal a base during the sixth inning of Wednesday's game. His X-rays didn't reveal any structural damage, and manager John Gibbons elects to keep Goins in the lineup for the divisional contest.
The outfielder has been out since June 2, and this latest development probably will extend his return timetable farther down the road. Tomas is batting .241/.294/.464 with eight home runs and 32 RBI over 180 plate appearances in 2017.
The right-hander first underwent the procedure in 2011. De La Rosa has fleetingly provided fantasy intrigue for his strikeout ability, but he's had trouble limiting walks and -- more pertinently -- staying healthy. This surgery will occur late enough in this season to wonder whether he'll pitch at all in the 2018 season, so perhaps he's best left for deep fantasy consideration in 2019. For what team he'll pitch may be a different matter.
He'll give way to Ryan Hanigan behind the plate, who'll catch Jeff Hoffman. Lucroy actually has looked like a decent fantasy backstop since joining Colorado, going 10-for-30 at the plate, but he's still yet to leave the yard while donning his new threads. The lineup should list him Friday against the Brewers.
In August, the outfielder has been showing fleeting signs of breaking out of his near season-long lull, but he'll have to wait at least until a pinch-hit appearance to keep trying to move forward. Gonzalez should rejoin the starting nine Friday at home against the Brewers' Zach Davies. As for Thursday, Alexi Amarista will patrol right field in CarGo's stead.
Manager Paul Molitor told Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune that Gee was a candidate to move into the rotation this past weekend, and with a pair of doubleheaders and no scheduled off days on the horizon, the right-hander appears likely to be thrown into the ring for one of Monday's contests. Gee provided 3.1 innings during a spot start with the Rangers earlier this season, but has only made 22 starts since the 2014 season. With Adalberto Mejia (arm) and Dietrich Enns (shoulder) on the disabled list, it seems natural that Gee would toe the rubber against Chicago, although clarity to the situation should become present within the next couple days.
The Rangers had previously characterized the issue that has kept Gomez unavailable the past three games as an illness, but it's now apparent he's dealing with something a little more serious than a cold or a case of the flu. Gomez said the cyst has been bothering him since Sunday's game against the Astros, when it got infected and expanded due to the humidity in Arlington. He's been taking antibiotics and seems to have made some progress, leaving the Rangers optimistic that Gomez will be able to steer clear of the disabled list. Delino DeShields and Drew Robinson have both picked up starts in center field while Gomez has been sidelined.
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