Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale indicated Thursday that Brandon Drury will continue to see regular playing time as long as he produces.
"We’ll have to figure out where (Friday) and keep running with it because he’s a darn good player," Hale said. Drury has started four of the last five games and done so at three different positions. He's made starts at second and third base and both corner outfield spots this season and is batting .384 with three homers and seven RBI over his last 10 contests. The D'Backs could move David Peralta to center field and hand Drury the right field job, but they're hesitant to do it on a full-time basis since it would really weaken their defense. Drury needs to be owned in deeper fantasy leagues even if he doesn't have an official position.
MLB suspended Dee Gordon for 80 games without pay for testing positive for performance-enhancing substances.
Stunning late-night news. Gordon tested positive for exogenous Testosterone and Clostebol. The suspension is effective immediately. Gordon has turned his career around over the past two seasons and won the NL batting crown during his first season with the Marlins last year. The 28-year-old recently signed a five-year, $50 million extension with Miami, but the club will now be without him until after the All-Star break.
Giancarlo Stanton went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Dodgers.
Stanton's solo homer off reliever Pedro Baez in the eighth boosted the Marlin lead to 5-2 and offered a nice insurance run in the process. The superstar slugger is now slashing .253/.352/.560 with seven homers and 18 RBI over 75 at-bats as April draws to a close. Even with the somewhat middling average, he is an elite power hitter.
Yasmani Grandal went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in Thursday's loss to the Marlins.
Grandal notched his RBI double off Marlins starter Jose Fernandez in the first inning. He also struck out twice while walking once. The 27-year-old catcher is hitting .278/.435/.417 with four doubles and five RBI in 36 at-bats. Grandal hit 15 homers in 2014 and bested that with 16 in 2015. He is still looking for his first dinger of the 2016 campaign.
Kenta Maeda wasn't at his sharpest in Thursday's loss to the Marlins, surrendering four runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings.
Maeda struck out five and walked one in the contest. The Marlins would topple him with a three-run seventh inning. In his first major league season, the 28-year-old right-hander has pitched to a strong 1.41 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 28/6 K/BB ratio across 32 innings (five starts). He will take to the road to tango with the Rays in his next scheduled start.
Jose Fernandez pitched a respectable game in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Dodgers, striking out eight and allowing two runs over six innings.
Along with the eight strikeouts, Fernandez walked three while scattering five hits. The two runs on his line both came home to roost in the first inning courtesy of an RBI double by Yasmani Grandal and an RBI infield single by Yasiel Puig. Fernandez settled in after that frame. The flamethrower has produced a mixed-bag season through five starts, pitching to a 4.08 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 40/14 K/BB ratio over 28 2/3 innings. He will play host to the Diamondbacks in his next start.
Matt Carpenter went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Thursday's loss to the Diamondbacks.
As a team, the Cardinals managed just three hits on the evening, so Carpenter shouldn't feel too bad for his struggles. He is slashing .241/.394/.456 with three homers, four doubles, a pair of triples and 16 RBI over hits first 79 at-bats.
Chris Herrmann went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.
Herrmann also struck out twice, but he at least made his lone hit count. The 28-year-old backstop clocked a two-run shot off Cardinals starter Michael Wacha in the second inning. The dinger was his second of the season. That aside, he has seen just 28 at-bats this season and offers no fantasy upside.