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Christian Villanueva was scratched from the lineup just before the start of the Padres' series opener with the Rockies due to hamstring soreness. Cory Spangenberg is starting at third base in his place, but Villanueva will be available to pinch hit if needed. (Source: Padres on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Manager Andy Green claims Villanueva's hamstring is "nothing very serious," and will likely only keep him out of the lineup "a day or two." Villanueva will try to extend a current nine-game hitting streak when he returns to the Padres' lineup.

Cory Spangenberg is starting at third base Monday night in Colorado after Christian Villanueva was scratched late due to hamstring soreness. (Source: Padres on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Spangenberg is hitting .213 on 47 AB so far this season.

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo announced on Sunday that Jake Lamb has right elbow tendinitis and will be shut down until further evaluation. Lamb has been on the disabled list since early April with a left shoulder injury and was set to return as early as this week before this setback. (Source: Steve Gilbert on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: An MRI on Saturday night found inflammation in Lamb's right elbow, and he is scheduled to be re-evaluated on Wednesday. While there were some rumblings that Lamb was going to return as early as Tuesday against the Phillies, it appears the Diamondbacks and fantasy owners will have to wait a little longer. It is possible that Lamb's elbow shows improvement on Wednesday and he will not have to miss much more time, but it is also possible that this setback could delay his return a couple weeks or longer. Check for an update on his status after he is evaluated on Wednesday.

Tommy Pham (groin) was not in the Cardinals lineup against Sunday against the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: Pham's still hobbled by a groin injury that kept him out of the Cardinals lineup Saturday as well. With three days rest hopefully Pham will be ready to go Tuesday. Harrison Bader took his place in the Outfield.

Martin Prado is close to finishing his rehab assignment (hamstring) and could join the Marlins during their next home stand on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Prado may need to find at-bats in the outfield this season due to the emergence of rookie third baseman Brian Anderson. The veteran should not provide enough value to be considered outside of NL-only formats.

Delino DeShields came back from a hand injury on Sunday and moved right back to the leadoff spot. He went 0-for-4 but made a home run-saving catch. He was a highly touted breakout candidate at the start of the season and though he's only hitting .091, he has really only been in three games.

Fantasy Impact: DeShields could be a big addition to those looking for stolen bases. Hitting atop of the Texas order should give him a lot of run scoring opportunity.

The Nationals have placed Anthony Rendon (toe) on the 10-day disabled list. (Source: Mark Zuckerman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This seems like the entire situation was handled poorly by the Nationals, as they can only backdate Rendon’s DL stint three days despite him sitting out the last week or so. Wilmer Difo should continue to see additional at-bats and owners in weekly leagues should plan for a third base replacement this week.

Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs had to leave Sunday's game against the Rockies when he was hit in the head by a pitch, but he has since passed the initial concussion tests. (Source: Jesse Rogers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bryant has a small cut above his eye from his sunglasses, but fantasy owners can breathe a sigh of relief since he passed the concussion tests. The Cubs will probably be careful with Bryant so it shouldn't be a surprise if he's out of the lineup early next week. He should be considered day to day.

Adam Wainwright was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with right elbow inflammation. Manager Mike Matheny says Wainwright felt discomfort after throwing his bullpen session. (Source: David Solomon on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wainwright last pitched on April 17th so the earliest he could return is May 1. The logical candidate to take his place in the rotation is Jack Flaherty who is off to a good start this season and is a nice short-term pickup for fantasy owners needing pitching.

Carlos Gonzalez (hamstring) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. (Source: Patrick Saunders on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gonzalez missed the last two Rockies game with a hamstring pull and the team decided it wasn't getting better and put him on the DL. Gonzalez should not miss much more than the 10 days and fantasy owners should stash him if they can.

Adam Eaton wasn't able to be activated from the disabled list when first eligible this weekend, but the team believes he's "close" to returning from his ankle injury.

Fantasy Impact: Eaton has joined the team on their road trip, signaling that he should be activated within the week. He was off to another hot start prior to suffering the injury, and hopefully, he'll be able to pick up where he left off atop the order for the Nationals.

Buster Posey was scratched from Saturday's lineup due to back stiffness. He's considered day-to-day. (Source: Andrew Baggarly)

Fantasy Impact: Posey has also dealt with a thumb injury of late. After a solid start, his OPS is down to .741 as he only has two hits (none for extra bases) in his last 23 at-bats.

Hunter Renfroe placed on DL

Sun, Apr 22nd 6:29am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Hunter Renfroe has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with an arm injury. (Source: SD Union Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: The team indicated that Renfroe has been playing through the injury for longer than he normally would have. He was trying to extend his availability due to injuries to other outfielders, including Manual Margot and Wil Myers. Margot was activated Saturday, providing some roster flexibility and allowing Renfroe an opportunity to rest his ailing arm.

Jason Vargas is slated to make his next rehab start on Monday. He has been sidelined due to a hand injury. (Source: Tim Healey on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Vargas is nearing his return, and he could be back with the Mets following his Monday start if all goes well. He was signed as a durable innings eater with middling ratios, and that's what the Mets are hoping for in 2018.