Lind went to 2-for-4 with a solo homer Friday against the Mets. Lind launched his 10th bomb of the season in the ninth inning, but it wasn't enough, as the Nationals lost by a score of 4-2. He has an excellent .295 batting average to go along with a solid .490 slugging percentage in just 210 at-bats, and he's been a reliable fantasy option this year when in the lineup.
Lind is not in the lineup for Thursday's game in Houston, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports. Lind will retreat to the bench after starting six of the past seven games and going 3-for-20 during that span. Although Alejandro De Aza continues to see regular starts in right, Lind remains a solid contributor off the bench while earning regular starts in left and at first base.
Lind is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's contest against the Angels, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports. After receiving playing time in left field over the last several games, Lind will take a seat against left-handed pitcher Tyler Skaggs. In his place will be Howie Kendrick, who will bat leadoff.
Lind will start in left field and bat fifth in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday against the Giants, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports. Lind has been deployed at first base or designated hitter for much of his career, but the Nationals will deploy him in left field for the fourth consecutive contest due to the team's extensive injuries in the outfield. With all of Adam Eaton (knee), Jayson Werth (toe), Ryan Raburn (back), Trea Turner (wrist) and Bryce Harper (knee) on the disabled list and Howie Kendrick recently having gotten over a back issue, Lind should continue to handle at least semi-regular work in the outfield for the time being, at least against right-handed pitching. Considering Lind is hitting .317 with nine home runs in 198 plate appearances this season, he could provide some sneaky value in deeper leagues where he's still available.
Lind will start in left field and bat sixth Monday against the Marlins, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports. It's the sixth start in seven games for Lind, who has been able to carve out some regular run in the Nationals' lineup thanks to injuries thinning the outfield ranks. While Lind is miscast as a left fielder, he's proven more than capable at the plate this season, batting .320 with nine home runs and 37 RBI in just 170 plate appearances. He's worth a look in NL-only and deeper mixed leagues while he's seeing at-bats on a relatively steady basis.
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