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As expected, Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Max Muncy (hamstring) is back in the starting lineup on Tuesday, playing third base and batting third in the order against the Washington Nationals and right-hander Jake Irvin. Muncy left Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays early on Saturday due to left-hamstring tightness and missed the last two days as a result. The 32-year-old's hamstring cramp is behind him now, though, and fantasy managers should get him back into their starting lineups. Muncy is hitting only .208 (35-for-168) on the year through 49 games (203 plate appearances), but he's contributed 17 home runs and 38 RBI as well. You'll have to continue to live with the low average, but Muncy's .340 on-base percentage and power are worth it.
Oakland Athletics outfielder Brent Rooker is out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Braves. This marks the second day in a row that Rooker has sat out for rest purposes. He did pinch-hit during Monday's game, but was replaced on the bath paths after drawing a walk. That being said, possibly Rooker is dealing with an undisclosed injury. He has also slumped badly over the last month after his hot start to the season. Rooker is slashing .196/.284/.320 with two homers and 10 RBI in May. Ramon Laureano will serve as the designated hitter and bat fifth versus right-hander Bryce Elder on Tuesday.
Oakland Athletics rookie right-hander Lucas Erceg picked up his first victory of the year on Monday in the 7-2 win over the visiting Atlanta Braves by tossing three shutout innings. Erceg didn't allow a hit or a walk while striking out four in the impressive outing. The 28-year-old reliever hasn't allowed a run in his last four relief appearances and now holds a shiny 1.29 ERA (2.14 FIP), 1.14 WHIP, four walks and 10 strikeouts in seven innings over the first five relief outings of his major-league career. If Erceg continues to be this dominant, manager Mark Kotsay may have no choice but to use him in more high-leverage situations near the back of the bullpen.
Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Max Muncy (hamstring) wasn't in the team's starting lineup on Monday against the Washington Nationals and probably isn't available to play, but he's expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday. The Dodgers canceled an MRI exam on his left hamstring because they didn't think the injury warranted a scan. The 32-year-old left-handed slugger left Sunday's game early due to a left-hamstring cramp, but it's not considered serious and he should be considered day-to-day right now. Check back on Tuesday before re-inserting Muncy back into your fantasy lineups. The two-time All-Star is hitting just .208 (35-for-168) on the year, but he's added 17 home runs and 38 RBI in 49 games played.
Oakland A's utility player Aledmys Diaz is hitting out of the cleanup spot Monday against Braves right-hander Michael Soroka, who happens to be making his season debut. It's a rare spot in the order for Diaz, as Monday marks just his second start of the season out of the four-hole while he is one of many struggling A's hitters this season. The veteran is hitting just .203 with one homer, four doubles, and a .521 OPS across 128 plate appearances on the season. Obviously, it's been a career-worst campaign for Diaz, as his 50 wRC+ pegs his bat 50% below the league average overall, while his .263 xwOBA ranks in the league's third percentile. He will man shortstop Monday night against the Braves.