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The Buccaneers released Johnson after fumbling in their preseason game on Friday. Tampa Bay will only keep three running backs on their roster this year, so Johnson was the odd man out. Johnson has played in just six games since 2014, and will not be a fantasy factor at any point this year barring anything unforeseen happening.
Headley will get the day off on Sunday, which will be the fourth game that he's been on the bench for out of the last five. He's hitting just .234 in the month of August, so it makes sense that he's seeing a reduction in playing time. At this point Headley is nothing more than a mediocre fantasy option at third base, and it's only a matter of the time before the Yankees find a better third baseman. Ronald Torreyes will play third base and is hitting ninth today for New York.
Pedroia recorded hits in 11 straight at-bats and has been red hot for the Sox over his past four games, hitting 13-for-21 with four runs scored, three runs batted in, and two steals. Sunday is a rare day off for Pedroia, as he's played in 125 out of the Sox 129 games so far in 2016. He's missing the game due to personal reasons, but isn't expected to miss an extended amount of time.
Naquin has struggled to find consistent player time for the Indians recently as he's played in just one out of their last four games. The 25-year-old is hitting just .196 this month, and his playing time has been reduced as a result. Rajai Davis will get the start at center field today and is hitting leadoff for the Indians against left-hander Derek Holland.
Borbon was designated for assignment alongside T.J. McFarland in order to make room for Oliver Drake and Tommy Hunter, which shouldn't come as much of a surprise as the 30-year-old hadn't appeared in a Major League game since 2013 prior to his stint with the Orioles. It should be interesting to see what the next move will be for Borbon, who has struggled to appear in games at the Major League level since he played in 137 games for the Rangers in 2010.
McFarland was DFA'd earlier today in a bit of a surprising move which allowed the Orioles to make space for Oliver Drake and Tommy Hunter. McFarland still had minor league options but it seems as if the Orioles are content with letting him go at this point in time. The 27-year-old posted an ERA of 6.93 in 24 and two-thirds innings in 2016, and didn't look sharp after returning from a knee injury.