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Avisail Garcia leaves White Sox game on Monday with hamstring injury

Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia exited Monday's game against the Seattle Mariners with a right hamstring strain.

What It Means:

Garcia needed to be helped off the field, not a good sign for his outlook. The team considered him day-to-day but will re-evaluate him on Tuesday with a trip to the disabled list likely looming. Trayce Thompson replaced Garcia in the lineup and field.

Garcia finished with an RBI single in 2 at-bats for 6.5 FanDuel points before being pulled on Monday.

Jose Bautista to be Braves' starting third baseman

Former Toronto Blue Jays third baseman/outfielder Jose Bautista will be the Atlanta Braves' starting third baseman when he joins the team following extended spring training.

What It Means:

Journeyman Ryan Flaherty has been manning the hot corner to start the season and is leading the league with a .366 batting average, but when Bautista joins the team this week, he will assume the starting role, per manage Brian Snitker. The 37-year-old Bautista was signed to a minor league deal last week.

Bautista is coming off one of his worst hitting seasons as he batted a career-low .203 with 23 homers and 170 strikeouts in 686 plate appearances with Toronto.

Nats' Adam Eaton still working his way back from an ankle injury

Washington Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton (ankle) continues to make progress but remains out of the lineup on Monday versus the San Francisco Giants.

What It Means:

Eaton was eligible to return off the DL last Wednesday but remains sidleined on Monday with a bone bruise on his ankle. The outfielder has traveled with the team on their West coast trip and was seen running before the game as he nears a return. The team expects him to be activated this week.

numberFire's models project Eaton for 6 homers, 15 steals, 69 runs scored, and a .279 batting average in 524 plate appearances the rest of the season.

Cubs' Addison Russell briefly hospitalized with an allergic reaction on Sunday

Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell was briefly hospitalized following Sunday's game in Denver with an allergic reaction.

What It Means:

Russell stayed in a Denver hospital for a few hours Sunday night after suffering an allergic reaction to something he ate from the postgame spread in the Cubs' clubhouse. He was released following observation and stayed behind as the rest of the team traveled to Cleveland. Russell re-joined the club on Monday and is considered day-to-day.

Russell has gotten off to a slow start this season, batting .219 with no home runs and a .276 wOBA in 74 plate appearances so far this season.

Dodgers' Walker Buehler making his first career start on Monday

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler is making his first career start on Monday night as he faces the Miami Marlins.

What It Means:

Buehler had a cup of coffee at the end of last season for L.A., making 8 appearances and tossing 9 1/3 innings. The 23-year-old rookie had made 3 starts in Triple-A this season, striking out 16 in 13 innings while carrying a 2.08 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.

Our models project Buehler for 5 2/3 innings pitched with 5.6 strikeouts and 2.3 runs allowed for 31.5 FanDuel points on Monday night.

Cory Spangenberg starting, will bat seventh for Padres on Monday

San Diego Padres infielder Cory Spangenberg is now in the starting lineup against the Colorado Rockies. He will bat seventh.

What It Means:

He will replace Christian Villanueva, who is a late scratch due to hamstring soreness.

Spangenberg is 1-for-6 in his career against Rockies starter Chad Bettis, but he has a .316 AVG, .579 SLG, and three home runs in 61 Coors Field plate appearances over the past three seasons. We project him for 9.1 FanDuel points tonight.

Christian Villanueva (hamstring) a late scratch from Padres' lineup

San Diego Padres third baseman Christian Villanueva was scratched from Monday's lineup with a sore hamstring.

What It Means:

Villanueva was scheduled to hit cleanup and handle third base but now Cory Spangenberg will man the hot corner, and bat seventh, while Jose Pirela moves into the cleanup spot versus the Colorado Rockies. Villanueva is available to pinch-hit if needed on Monday.

Villanueva has gotten off to a hot start, batting .355 with a .514 wOBA and 7 homers in 72 plate appearances this season.

Brandon Belt back to fifth in the Giants' batting order Monday

San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt will hit fifth in the batting order against Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals on Monday.

What It Means:

Belt hit second on Sunday against the Angels, going 3-for-5 with a home run. He now has a home run in four straight games.

Belt is 3-for-13 against Gio in his career. We project Belt to have 8.6 FanDuel points this evening.

Gregor Blanco on Giants' bench versus Nationals

San Francisco Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco is not in Monday's lineup against the Washington Nationals.

What It Means:

Blanco will be replaced in center field by Austin Jackson for Monday's series opener. He went a combined 2-for-7 with 3 strikeouts and a steal in back-to-back starts over the weekend.

Blanco is averaging 5.8 FanDuel points per game this season while going 12-for-34 (.353) at the dish.

Matt Kemp starting for Dodgers on Monday

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is starting on Monday against the Miami Marlins.

What It Means:

Kemp got the day off on Sunday, but he'll start in left field and hit third against Jarlin Garcia.

Our models project Kemp for 12.6 FanDuel points in 4.47 plate appearances.

Kyle Farmer starting for Dodgers on Monday

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Kyle Farmer is starting on Monday against the Miami Marlins.

What It Means:

Farmer sat in favor of Max Muncy on Sunday, but he'll start at third base and hit eighth against Jarlin Garcia on Monday.

Our models project Farmer for 6.8 FanDuel points in 3.91 plate appearances.

Pablo Sandoval back on bench as Giants return home

San Francisco Giants third baseman/designated hitter Pablo Sandoval is not in Monday's lineup against the Washington Nationals.

What It Means:

Sandoval went a combined 2-for-8 with 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 run, and 4 strikeouts while playing designated hitter versus the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday and Sunday. The Giants are back home and playing under National League rules for tonight's series opener against left-hander Gio Gonzalez and the Nationals, so Sandoval will return to the bench.

Sandoval is averaging 4.2 FanDuel points per game this season. numberFire's models project him to bat .233 with 1 home run in limited action over the rest of the year.

Austin Barnes starting for Dodgers on Monday

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher/infielder Austin Barnes is in the lineup on Monday against the Miami Marlins.

What It Means:

Barnes sat in favor of Chase Utley on Sunday, but he'll play second base and hit seventh against Jarlin Garcia.

Our models project Barnes for 10.5 FanDuel points in 4.02 plate appearances.

Austin Jackson starting for San Francisco on Monday

San Francisco Giants outfielder Austin Jackson is starting on Monday against the Washington Nationals.

What It Means:

Jackson was held out of the lineup against a pair of right-handers on Saturday and Sunday as the Giants finished up a series with the Los Angeles Angels. He will replace Gregor Blanco in center field and bat seventh versus Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez in tonight's series opener.

numberFire's models project Jackson to score 7.7 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,200 on Monday.

Enrique Hernandez in Dodgers' lineup Monday night

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder/outfielder Enrique Hernandez is starting on Monday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Hernandez will start at shortstop and hit second against Marlins starting pitcher Jarlin Garcia.

Our models project Hernandez for 10.2 FanDuel points in 4.58 plate appearances.

Max Muncy not in Dodgers' Monday lineup

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Max Muncy is not in the lineup on Monday against the Miami Marlins.

What It Means:

Muncy started at third base and hit eight against Jeremy Hellickson on Sunday, but he'll be replaced by Kyle Farmer on Monday.

In 16 plate appearances so far this year, Muncy has hit .143 and has added a home run.

Joc Pederson not in Dodgers' lineup on Monday

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson is not in the lineup on Monday against the Miami Marlins.

What It Means:

The Dodgers employed a lefty-heavy lineup on Sunday, but with Jarlin Garcia pitching Pederson will be replaced by Matt Kemp.

Our models project Pederson for a .214 average in 380 plate appearances going forward.

Chase Utley not in lineup for Dodgers on Monday

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Chase Utley is not in the lineup on Monday against the Miami Marlins.

What It Means:

Utley started at second base on Sunday, but he'll be replaced by Austin Barnes against Jarlin Garcia.

Our models project a .240 average in 299 plate appearances for Utley going forward.

Corey Seager not in Dodgers' lineup on Monday

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager is not in the lineup on Monday against the Miami Marlins.

What It Means:

Seager started every game this past week, but he'll sit with a left-handed pitcher on the mound.

Our models project a .298 average for Seager in 534 plate appearances going forward

Matt Wieters catching for Washington versus Giants

Washington Nationals catcher Matt Wieters is starting on Monday against the San Francisco Giants.

What It Means:

Wieters will relieve Pedro Severino behind the plate and work out of the six-hole versus Giants right-hander Chris Stratton in Monday's series opener.

numberFire's models project Wieters to score 7.6 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,200 on Monday.

Moises Sierra sitting for Nationals in Monday's series opener

Washington Nationals outfielder Moises Sierra is not in Monday's lineup against the San Francisco Giants.

What It Means:

Matt Adams will replace Sierra in left field for Monday night's series opener.

Sierra is averaging 5.1 FanDuel points per game this season. numberFire's models project him to bat .253 with 2 homers, 10 RBI, and 10 runs scored in 89 plate appearances over the remainder of the year.

Pedro Severino on Nationals' bench in San Francisco

Washington Nationals catcher Pedro Severino is not in Monday's lineup against the San Francisco Giants.

What It Means:

Matt Wieters will take back over behind the plate while Severino hits the bench for Monday's series finale. He went 0-for-2 with 2 strikeouts and an RBI on Sunday.

Severino is averaging 7.4 FanDuel points in 13 games this season. numberFire' projects him to bat just .149 with 1 longball in limited work over the rest of the season.

Cameron Maybin starting on Monday for Miami

Miami Marlins outfielder Cameron Maybin is starting on Monday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What It Means:

Maybin was off on Sunday, but he'll start in left field and hit fifth against Walker Buehler.

Our models project 10.4 FanDuel points for Maybin in 4.30 plate appearances.

Carlos Rodon (shoulder) throws in extended spring game for White Sox

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon (shoulder) threw 34 pitches over three innings in an extended spring training game Monday.

What It Means:

Rodon is working his way back from arthroscopic left shoulder surgery and isn't expected to make his 2018 debut until June.

Once active, numberFire's models project Rodon to record a 4.09 ERA and 1.35 WHIP with 92 strikeouts and 44 walks while going 6-7 across 103 1/3 innings this season.

Matt Adams starting for Nationals on Monday

Washington Nationals first baseman/outfielder Matt Adams is starting on Monday against the San Francisco Giants.

What It Means:

Adams will replace Moises Sierra in left field and bat fifth versus Giants right-hander Chris Stratton in Monday's series opener.

numberFire's models project Adams to score 10.6 FanDuel points at a cost of $2,100 on Monday, making him one of the higher-rated DFS value plays on tonight's slate.

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