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Drury went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, two doubles and two runs scored during Sunday's loss to Minnesota.
After losing out on playing time, Drury suited up for all three games during the series against Minnesota. Obviously, the ability to utilize a designated hitter opened additionally opportunities for Drury, but this showing should help him receive more starts moving forward. After all, he's now registered six extra-base hits through his past 21 at-bats. Still, he's far from a reliable fantasy option at this stage of the game.
Panik (concussion) ran sprints on the field Sunday and is optimistic he will be activated soon, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
He said his headaches went away Friday and hasn't had any of the balance/vision issues he had last year when he had a concussion. He could return before the end of the month. Kelby Tomlinson is starting at second base and hitting second in the finale against the Phillies.
Asuaje is out of Sunday's lineup against the Nationals.
He is hitting .254 with one home run over his last 63 at-bats. When Asuaje is not hitting for a high average, it is awfully difficult for him to be a positive fantasy contributor. Yangervis Solarte will start at second base and hit cleanup.
Murphy is starting at second base and hitting third Sunday against the Padres, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports.
He was scratched from Saturday's lineup in an effort to get him a day of rest, as manager Dusty Baker said Murphy was dragging a little bit. The Nationals have the luxury of being able to rest Murphy a little over the rest of the season if they so choose, but he should still get the bulk of the starts at second base barring a legitimate injury.
Walker is out of Sunday's lineup against the Rockies.
Walker has a career 121 wRC+ against righties and a career 91 wRC+ against lefties, so he will likely sit in favor of Jonathan Villar in most games where a southpaw starts for the opponent. Villar will lead off and start at the keystone with lefty Kyle Freeland on the hill for Colorado.
Solarte went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Nationals.
Saturday's home run was the veteran infielder's third since returning from the disabled list July 30. Solarte is just two homers shy of the career high mark of 15 he set in 2016 despite playing in just 90 games so far this season. He continues to provide modest fantasy value due to his multi-position eligibility and placement in the heart of the Padres' lineup.
Kelly hit a pinch-hit grand slam in Saturday's win over the Giants.
You never know what you'll see on a given night in baseball. Kelly had just two homers in 91 career major-league games coming into Saturday and 45 homers in nine seasons in the minors. The 29-year-old has not started a game for the Phillies since his most recent promotion on Aug. 11.
Gennett went 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk, two runs and five RBI against the Braves on Saturday.
Gennett's 21st home run of the year was a grand slam that extended the Reds lead to seven runs in the ninth inning of a road victory. Fantasy owners have been rewarded for adding him to their rosters, as he's posted a breakout season with a .292/.342/.536 slash line.
Manager Dusty Baker said he scratched Murphy because he was dragging a little bit, but he expects him back in the lineup Sunday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Baker said Murphy "wasn't moving real, real smoothly the last couple days," so he decided to give him the day off to rest. This is encouraging news, as the issue doesn't appear to be anything more than a precautionary day off. Look for Murphy to return to the starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Padres before the team's scheduled day off Monday.
Murphy was scratched from Saturday's lineup against the Padres with an undisclosed issue, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports.
It's unclear what Murphy is dealing with at this point, but it's worth noting that he missed a couple games last week due to hip discomfort. More should be known following the conclusion of Saturday's game. In the meantime, Howie Kendrick will slide to second base to take his place, opening a spot in the outfield for Andrew Stevenson to start.