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  • Matt Carpenter DH | STL

    Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Takes swings Friday

    Carpenter (oblique) took swings during batting practice Friday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

    Carpenter began taking infield practice last weekend, and Friday marks the first time the 38-year-old veteran has participated in batting practice. He remains without an official timeline for his activation, but he could head to the minors for a rehab assignment relatively soon if he's able to continue swinging without any issues.

  • Marcell Ozuna DH | ATL

    Braves' Marcell Ozuna: Power surge continues Wednesday

    Ozuna went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 5-4 extra-inning win over the Astros.

    The veteran slugger got Atlanta on the board in the second inning, leading off the frame by crushing a J.P. France sweeper 432 feet to left field. Ozuna is tied with Mike Trout for the MLB lead with eight homers, and Wednesday's blast extended his hitting streak to 16 games -- a stretch in which he's slashed .379/.431/.788 with 13 runs and 23 RBI, in addition to all eight long balls.

  • Joc Pederson DH | ARI

    Diamondbacks' Joc Pederson: Homers in two straight

    Pederson entered Wednesday's game as a pinch hitter and went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in 5-3 loss to the Cubs.

    Pederson's ninth-inning blast closed the gap but was not enough for a Diamondbacks team that squandered opportunities with runners on base and made three errors. It was the second consecutive game with a home run for Pederson, who has hit safely in four of the last five contests. That stretch includes three of his four extra-base hits for the season. Pederson is slashing .333/.467/.576 over 46 plate appearances.

  • Kyle Schwarber DH | PHI

    Phillies' Kyle Schwarber: Clubs pair of homers

    Schwarber went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and a solo home run during Wednesday's 7-6 win over the Rockies.

    Schwarber notched his first multi-homer game of the season -- a feat he accomplished three times in the 2023 regular season -- with the solo homer coming off Ryan Feltner in the first inning and the two-run shot coming at the expense of Peter Lambert in the sixth. The performance came on the heels of three straight games without a hit (0-for-11), pushing Schwarber out of the mini-slump.

  • Joc Pederson DH | ARI

    Diamondbacks' Joc Pederson: Sitting against lefty

    Pederson is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.

    As usual, the lefty-hitting Pederson finds himself out of the lineup with the opposition bringing a southpaw (Jordan Wicks) to the hill. With Pederson on the bench, Blaze Alexander will serve as Arizona's designated hitter.

  • Kris Bryant DH | COL

    Rockies' Kris Bryant: Lands on IL with lower-back strain

    The Rockies placed Bryant on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with a low back strain.

    The Rockies gave Bryant a few days to recover from the back issue with the hope that he could avoid the IL, but the organization ultimately decided that he required some more down time. Because the IL move is retroactive to Sunday, Bryant will be eligible for activation on April 24. However, there's no word yet as to whether he'll have a chance to be ready at that time. Sean Bouchard was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque to take Bryant's spot on the 26-man active roster.

  • Kris Bryant DH | COL

    Rockies' Kris Bryant: Still out Wednesday

    Bryant (back/ribs) remains out of the lineup for Wednesday's game in Philadelphia.

    Bryant has now missed four straight starts as he deals with soreness in his right ribcage and back. Elehuris Montero is at first base, Michael Toglia is in right field and Elias Diaz will be the designated hitter Wednesday.

  • Joey Meneses DH | WAS

    Nationals' Joey Meneses: Back in lineup, but losing work

    Meneses will start at first base and bat fifth in Wednesday's game against the Dodgers, Mark Zuckerman of reports.

    Meneses will draw back into the starting nine for the series finale, but he seems to be the odd man out of the lineup of late, at least against right-handed pitching. He hadn't started in any of the previous three matchups versus righties, with Joey Gallo occupying first base and Jesse Winker serving as Washington's designated hitter in each of those contests. The reduction in playing time comes after Meneses has provided lowly .522 OPS though his first 57 plate appearances of the season.

  • Alec Burleson DH | STL

    Cardinals' Alec Burleson: Sits for sixth straight game

    Burleson is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Athletics.

    Burleson opened the season in a strong-side platoon role, but he's lost his grip on a regular spot in the lineup versus right-handed pitching in the wake of Lars Nootbaar's return from the 10-day injured list last week. The 25-year-old will find himself on the bench Wednesday for a sixth consecutive game.

  • Pirates' Andrew McCutchen: Receives rest day

    McCutchen is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mets.

    McCutchen had started each of the previous three contests while going 4-for-12 with a home run, three RBI, three additional runs and a stolen base, but he'll get a breather as the Pirates and Mets wrap up their series with a day game after a night game. Bryan Reynolds will get a day off out of the outfield and serve as the Pirates' designated hitter while McCutchen rests.

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