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Pena was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports.
Pena will rejoin the Cubs for the second time this season ahead of Tuesday's tilt with the Giants. The 27-year-old allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits through five innings with the big club earlier in the year, so he likely won't see many high-leverage innings out of the bullpen. Zac Rosscup was optioned to Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move.
Barney is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Brewers.
Barney has been a mainstay at the hot corner since Josh Donaldson (calf) landed on the disabled list, but he'll head to the bench after collecting just two hits over his past seven games. Jose Bautista will move to the infield to fill in for him, while Chris Coghlan enters the lineup to fill the void in the outfield.
Smoak is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Brewers.
With the Blue Jays beginning a series in a National League park, there's one less spot in the batting order for a position player. Smoak will head to the bench to allow regular DH Kendrys Morales to pick up a start at first base, although there's a good likelihood of Smoak getting some action during the series in order to keep him fresh.
Rosscup was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports.
Rosscup was only with the big club for a day before he was sent back to Iowa, appearing in Monday's game and recording two outs without allowing a run. He'll continue to serve as bullpen depth for the Cubs. Felix Pena was recalled from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move.
Bautista is starting at third base Tuesday against the Brewers.
This marks the first time since 2013 that the slugger will pick up a start at the hot corner. This could raise his value if your league adds positional eligibility from just one appearance at a position, but it's unlikely that Bautista will pick up much more time there after Tuesday's bout, so most other leagues will just have to enjoy the novelty of the start at third base. Bautista is still batting third for Toronto, so he should continue to enjoy the benefits of hitting in a run-producing position at the hitter's haven of Miller Park.
Story (shoulder) is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Phillies, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
While Story was activated from he disabled list ahead of Tuesday's contest with the Phillies, Alexi Amarista will draw the start at shortstop over him. The Rockies are likely being cautious with the 24-year-old, so look for him to slot back into the lineup for Wednesday's contest.
DeShields is batting ninth Tuesday against the Red Sox.
DeShields has been a catalyst atop the Rangers batting order, collecting 11 hits over the seven games, but he'll move to the bottom of the order likely with the hope of putting more runners on board for the top of the order. Although this may be a good thing for Texas, it doesn't help his fantasy value, as it likely will decrease the number of at-bats he'll see, a clear detriment when he's swinging the bat so well.
Freese is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Braves.
Freese has just three hits this month (3-for-26) since returning from the disabled list, so he'll head to the bench to try and regather himself. Josh Harrison will slide over to third base for the contest, opening up a spot for Alen Hanson to start at second base.
Rosario is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Orioles, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
This marks the second consecutive game that the 25-year-old will watch from the bench. It may be a result of the Twins sticking with the lineup that produced 14 runs in Monday's contest, although Rosario didn't help his cause by batting .132 over his past 14 games. Robbie Grossman will take over in left field once again.
Rupp is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Rockies, Ryan Lawrence of PhillyVoice.com reports.
Rupp will take a seat for the second time in three games as Andrew Knapp draws the start behind the dish. The 28-year-old backstop is slashing .248/.330/.446 with four homers and 13 RBI through 101 at-bats, so he could be a useful fantasy option in deeper leagues.