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Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Josh Rojas is absent from the starting lineup for Tuesday's game as the team is hosting Jesse Chavez and the Atlanta Braves. Daulton Varsho is leading off in the game while Ildemaro Vargas is getting the start at shortstop. Rojas has been providing a decent spark at the top of the Diamondbacks lineup lately. He's slashing .254/.308/.305 with two stolen bases and 10 runs scored so far in September. He has 11 home runs, nine stolen bases and a .766 OPS over 130 games on the year.
Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder/first baseman Seth Beer (shoulder) will undergo left shoulder surgery on Thursday, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reported Tuesday. The 25-year-old rookie dislocated his shoulder in the first inning of last Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. It is a disappointing turn of events for Beer, who hit a whopping .444/.500/.889 with one home run, three RBI, and four runs scored on four hits through just nine MLB at-bats. Provided the surgery is successful, fantasy managers should keep him in mind for next season.
Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly isn't starting on Saturday against right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. and the Houston Astros. Kelly has provided quality production at the catcher position when healthy this season, especially in leagues where on-base percentage is part of the scoring. In 316 plate appearances for Arizona this year, the 26-year-old is hitting .237 with a .351 on-base percentage and 11 home runs. However, Daulton Varsho is starting on Saturday. Varsho is hitting fifth against McCullers Jr. It's a tough matchup to be sure, but the catcher could be worth a look as a streaming option. Varsho is hitting .237 with a .319 on-base percentage, 10 home runs, and five stolen bases in 252 plate appearances this season.
Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Ketel Marte isn't starting for a Friday matchup with the Houston Astros and right-hander Brandon Bielak. The veteran is batting .323 with a .384 on-base percentage, 12 home runs, and a stolen base in 315 plate appearances this season. He'll get the day off with Jake McCarthy hitting ninth and starting in center field instead. In 33 plate appearances for the Diamondbacks this season, McCarthy is hitting .214 with a .313 on-base percentage and a stolen base. You're probably better off looking elsewhere for streaming help on Friday.
The Arizona Diamondbacks placed starting pitcher Tyler Gilbert (elbow) on the 10-day injured list with elbow fatigue on Wednesday. Fellow starter Merrill Kelly was activated from the COVID-19 injured list in a corresponding move and he is set to start Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 27-year-old Gilbert had pitched relatively well in his five outings after his no-hitter on August 14. Over nine games (six starts) this year, Gilbert has gone 2-2 with a 3.15 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. Given the timing of his injury, there's a good chance we won't see him again in 2021.