Backes doesn't know what it's like to play for a different organization as his 10-year career has been spent exclusively with the Blues. The 32-year-old just finished out a five-year, $22.5 million deal, paying big dividends in the postseason. In the conference semifinals, facing the Stars, the two-way winger racked up eight points in seven games and scored on 30 percent of his shot attempts. He wasn't quite as electric offensively versus the Sharks in the subsequent playoff round but still managed 36 hits through seven more contests. Backes has 460 points (206 goals, 254 assists) in 727 career games and remains one of the most dependable fantasy options in the entire league. It would be interesting to see how his perceived value would trend if he ends up with another team, though we can cross that bridge if an extension cannot be reached.
Gyorko is in the lineup for Saturday's matchup with the Nationals.
Gyorko will replace Kolten Wong at second base, and bat seventh in the order. The Giants will matchup against Gio Gonzalez. Gyorko is batting .237 with two home runs in 38 at-bats versus southpaws this season.
Clippard has not allowed a run in his last three outings, lowering his ERA to 2.50 in the process. The 31-year-old reliever, who has six straight 70-plus inning seasons under his belt, looks to be a solid component in Arizona's bullpen in 2016.
Kiermaier (hand) is particularly limited with respect to physical activity over the next few days following his hand surgery, Sam Blum of MLB.com reports.
The Rays' outfielder is currently limited to just hand exercises and core rotations over the next five days, as any perspiration from more strenuous activity could easily lead to his partially-exposed surgical cut becoming infected. The 26-year-old reports feeling relatively pain-free following the procedure, with the exception of the loosening exercises he utilizes to loosen up the tendons in his hand. Kiermaier is being particularly diligent with his diet during the period of forced inactivity, and is trying to maintain a positive attitude ahead of his long absence. "Just being out for an extended period of time was tough for me to accept," Kiermaier said. "But I've accepted it now."
Urena walked one over 0.2 scoreless frames Wednesday against Tampa Bay.
Urena has bounced back nicely recently as he's now thrown four scoreless outings following several shaky appearances. His ERA (4.91) is the lowest its been all season and while its still pretty high, its heading in the right direction. The 24-year-old will look to keep the ball rolling as Miami closes out a series in Atlanta.