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Tyler Pill (R) Headshot

Pill was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.

He had been in the running to make another start with Zack Wheeler (biceps) on the shelf, but the Mets will instead turn to Rafael Montero to start in his place. Pill was roughed up for five runs over six innings in his spot start against the Dodgers on Wednesday. He'll head back to Las Vegas and could be an option to return as a spot starter should the Mets incur another injury to the rotation.
7:47 pm (EST)
George Springer (R) Headshot

Manager A.J. Hinch said that he does not expect Springer (hand) to require a DL stint and is hopeful that he'll be back in the lineup Friday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Springer left Thursday's game after taking a Jesse Hahn offering off the hand and he has since been diagnosed with a left hand contusion. The hope is that he'll be back in the lineup as soon as Friday, but even if the Astros give him an extra day off, the expectation is that Springer's injury won't land him on the disabled list. Jake Marisnick would be the likely candidate to take over in center field should Springer sit out Friday.
7:41 pm (EST)
Antonio Senzatela (R) Headshot

Senzatela (9-3) allowed nine runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out three batters over five innings during Thursday's loss to Arizona.

The wheels appear to have fallen off for Senzatela. He entered Thursday's outing with a 5.49 ERA and 1.37 WHIP through his previous seven starts, and the rookie has now allowed 17 runs over his past three outings at Coors Field. That's a concerning trend. Often times, teams are able to get a read on young pitchers once there is more film on them at the highest level, and that is likely the case with Senzatela. How he deals with adversity and adjusts in his next handful of games will be telling. A soft matchup against San Francisco at AT&T Park is on deck for the 22-year-old righty, at least.
7:40 pm (EST)
Michael Conforto (L) Headshot

Conforto is out of the lineup for Thursday's series finale against the Dodgers.

The Dodgers are turning to another lefty on the hill Thursday with Hyun-Jin Ryu starting, so the Mets will give Conforto another night off. Conforto has made marked improvement against southpaws this season, hitting .238 with a .823 OPS after hitting .104 with a .295 off lefties in 2016. That said, Conforto had cooled off considerably of late overall with a .147/.341/.176 slash line over his last 14 games. Look for Conforto to rejoin the lineup Friday in San Francisco.
7:31 pm (EST)
Travis Shaw (L) Headshot

Shaw went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, two doubles and three RBI during Thursday's win over Pittsburgh.

Not only is Shaw having a solid fantasy season, he's closing in on career-best numbers across the board. The 27-year-old third baseman sports a rock-solid .298/.350/.552 slash line with 14 homers, 51 RBI, seven stolen bases and 35 runs, which is an impressive cross-category return. Those seven steals are also a sneaky bonus.
7:31 pm (EST)
Eric Sogard (L) Headshot

Sogard went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs during Thursday's win over Pittsburgh.

The veteran infielder is showing no signs of slowing down and now boasts a 10-game hitting streak that includes six multi-hit showings. Sogard appears locked into the leadoff spot for the immediate future and sports an impressive .366/.466/.554 slash line for the campaign. He's going to cool off at some point, but he's currently making a sizable fantasy impact.
7:23 pm (EST)
Corey Knebel (R) Headshot

Knebel pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his 12th save of the season during Thursday's win over Pittsburgh.

Knebel has now converted eight consecutive saves and hasn't allowed a run through his past 10.2 innings over 10 appearances. He's quickly emerged as a high-end relief option in all fantasy settings and sports an elite 0.96 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 15.5 K/9.
7:17 pm (EST)
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