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DFS NBA Playbook: April 23
Ben Scherr
Karl Alzner Headshot

Alzner (upper body) has beenruled out for Sunday's Game 6 against the Maple Leafs.

Alzner continues to sport a day-to-day tag and was present at the team's morning skate Sunday, but it's tough to determine exactly when he will rejoin the lineup. Given the team's advantage in the series, it's possible the club is giving the blueliner a precautionary rest for a potential Game 7 return or for Game 1 of the second round. Regardless, the Caps will likely roll with the same defensive pairings in Game 6.
11:54 am (EST)
Hyun-Soo Kim Headshot

Kim is out of the lineup Sunday against the Red Sox.

Kim was curiously bypassed for a start Saturday with the Red Sox bringing a right-hander in Steven Wright to the hill, but it's less surprising that he's on the bench again Sunday with lefty Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound for the home team. Craig Gentry will get the starting nod in left field and should continue to eat up most of the at-bats against left-handed pitching.
11:50 am (EST)
Seth Smith Headshot

Smith (hamstring) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Red Sox.

Smith is still nursing a sore hamstring, but even if healthy, he likely would have sat out anyway Sunday with left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez twirling for the Red Sox. With Smith out in the series finale, Mark Trumbo will cover right field, opening up a spot in the lineup at designated hitter for Trey Mancini.
11:47 am (EST)
Jedd Gyorko Headshot

Gyorko is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers.

Despite the fact that he's swinging a hot stick (six hits in his last three games), Gyorko will get the day off Sunday against Jimmy Nelson and the Brewers. In his absence, Greg Garcia will draw the start at third base.
11:46 am (EST)
Eric Fehr Headshot

Fehr (hand) isn't expected to rejoin the lineup for Game 6 against the Capitals, Tom Gulitti of NHl.com reports.

The veteran winger has now been sidelined for nearly a month due to the issue, so his return can't be counted on until something suggests he's making progress to receive consideration. Toronto enters the contest down 3-2 in the series, so it would take a victory for Fehr to have a chance at retaking the ice in 2016-17. Regardless, he can't be counted on for consistent ice time or production even when healthy, limiting his fantasy upside in playoff pools even if the team was to advance.
11:44 am (EST)
Yadier Molina Headshot

Molina is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers.

Following Saturday's impressive performance in which he recorded three hits and raised his season average to .306, Molina will received a day of rest Sunday. Eric Fryer will take over behind the plate.
11:43 am (EST)
Nikita Soshnikov Headshot

Soshnikov (undisclosed) wasn't among the line rushes at morning skate Sunday and will likely miss Game 6 against the Capitals, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

Nothing appears to have changed for the young winger. He's sat out the past 16 contests for the Maple Leafs due to the undisclosed issue and doesn't appear to have a firm timeline for a return at this point. Toronto is expected to roll with the same lines and pairings in the contest it used in Game 5, making Soshnikov's next potential chance at returning in Game 7 should the Leafs win. If not, his season -- along with the Leafs' -- will have come to an end.
11:39 am (EST)
Sandy León Headshot

Leon is out of the lineup Sunday against the Orioles, Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

After recording five hits in 10 at-bats in the Red Sox's first two games of the season, Leon has experienced a major slump at the dish, going 4-for-36 (.111 average). Leon's ongoing struggles may have paved the way for Christian Vazquez to turn the catching situation into a timeshare, as Vazquez will now pick up his third start in the last six games.
11:39 am (EST)
Jett Bandy Headshot

Bandy is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

With both catchers swinging a hot bat, the Brewers will continue to utilize a catching timeshare between Bandy and Manny Pina. Pina will draw the start Sunday, but Bandy should be back in action within the next couple of days.
11:39 am (EST)
Matt Wisler Headshot

Wisler was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday.

Wisler was in competition for the team's final starting rotation spot during spring training, but was ultimately beat out by Mike Foltynewicz. In three starts with Triple-A Gwinnett, the 24-year-old posted a 3.50 ERA and an 11:4 K:BB ratio over 18 innings. He'll round out the back-end of the Braves' bullpen.
11:36 am (EST)
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