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Heyward is out of the lineup for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Wednesday.
Jon Jay will patrol right field and hit eighth while Heyward heads to the bench. Heyward has started seven games over the course of the postseason. In that span he's gone 2-for-16 (.125) at the dish.
Granderson is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Cubs on Tuesday, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports.
Granderson -- who has struggled since joining the Dodgers via trade in August -- is just 1-for-11 (.091) so far in the postseason, so he'll open Game 3 on the bench even with a right-hander pitcher (Kyle Hendricks) toeing the rubber for the opposition. In his place, Andre Ethier will start in left field and bat fifth.
Happ is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Happ will head to the bench as manager Joe Maddon deploys an outfield consisting of all left-handed hitters (Kyle Schwarber, Jon Jay, Jason Heyward) against righty Yu Darvish. Happ is 0-for-4 with three strikeouts this postseason, so while he'll be available off the bench, Maddon may choose to turn elsewhere late in the game.
Acuna (forearm) has returned to Arizona Fall League action and is hitting .294 with three walks and four strikeouts in 17 at-bats for the Peoria Javelinas.
The top prospect in baseball suffered a forearm contusion after getting hit by a pitch last week, but returned to action over the weekend. He is expected to make his big-league debut when the Braves have secured an extra year of team control in mid-April of 2018.
Marisnick (thumb) threw Sunday for the first time since undergoing surgery in mid-September, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
There's no indication that Marisnick will be able to return at some point during the postseason, should the Astros advance beyond the ALCS. With that in mind, he'll aim to be back in full health once spring training arrives. Marisnick appeared in 106 games during the 2017 season, during which he hit .243/.319/.496.
Schwarber is out of the lineup for Game 2 of the NLCS against the Dodgers on Sunday.
Schwarber posted a bleak .171 batting average against southpaws during the regular season. With the left-handed Rich Hill set to take the mound Sunday, Schwarber will sit while Jon Jay starts in left field.
Heyward is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Dodgers.
With the Cubs facing a lefty in Clayton Kershaw, manager Joe Maddon will leave Heyward on the bench and start Jon Jay in right field. Although Jay is also a left-handed batter, he hit .318 against southpaws this season. Heyward could enter Saturday's game as a defensive replacement thanks to his stellar glove, however.
Acuna was diagnosed with a forearm contusion after being hit by a pitch Thursday, William Boor of MLB.com reports.
This is encouraging news, as Acuna seems to have avoided a more serious injury after being forced out of the Arizona Fall League contest. The Braves will likely send the elite prospect for some testing over the weekend to make sure his injury is nothing more than a bruise, but for the time being, it appears Acuna can breathe easy.
Acuna was prematurely lifted from Thursday's Arizona Fall League game after being hit by a pitch near his wrist, William Boor of MLB.com reports.
Acuna was initially able to stay in the game after getting plunked, but he looked uncomfortable on the basepaths and was subsequently removed between innings. It's possible his removal was simply precautionary -- as Acuna is baseball's top prospect -- but that won't be known until he's further evaluated in the coming days.
Schwarber is not in the lineup for Game 5 against the Nationals on Thursday.
As was the case in Game 2, Schwarber will head to the bench with lefty Gio Gonzalez toeing the rubber for the Nationals. He'll once again be available off the bench, and with the likes of Max Scherzer and Tanner Roark (both righties) available in relief, he'll likely appear as a pinch hitter sometime during the latter stages of Thursday's decisive Game 5.