Mike Moustakas 3B KC 2 hours ago

Moustakas (thumb) went 0-for-3 in his return to the lineup Wednesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

In a game that became very lopsided, Moustakas departed early in favor of Christian Colon. He'll get another day off Thursday before the Royals begin a weekend series in Cleveland on Friday evening.

Kris Medlen SP KC 2 hours ago

Medlen gave up nine runs -- six earned -- on six hits over two innings in a start against the Nats on Wednesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Not surprisingly, he took the loss, dropping his season record to 1-3 in the process. Medlen has struggled with his control throughout his first five appearances this season, and he now sits with 17 walks in 22.1 innings over five starts. Even with his control woes, Medlen has held his own in three of his first five starts this season, likely keeping him in the mix as a starter in the coming weeks. He'll face the Yankees on the road in his next turn Tuesday, before a second start May 15 against Atlanta.

15DScott Van Slyke 1B/LF/RF/DH LAD 2 hours ago

Van Slyke (back) has been cleared to participate in baseball activities and will do so this week according to manager Dave Roberts on Wednesday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Van Slyke was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 12 following a lower back injury that occurred during a game on April 9. He is expected to return sometime in early June barring any setbacks, and will look to rediscover his 2014 form (.297/.386/.524 in 98 games) after having a disappointing season last year. His injury has not caused the Dodgers many issues due to their loaded outfield group, but Van Slyke provides added depth and a decent bat against southpaws.

Trea Turner 2B/DH WSH 2 hours ago

Turner is hitting .309/.393/.443 with two homers, 11 RBI, and a 10-for-10 mark as a basestealer at Triple-A Syracuse this season.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Meanwhile, Danny Espinosa is mired in a month-long slump. While the Nationals currently sit atop the National League East, it may not be long before they opt to make Turner their starting shortstop, which will likely push Espinosa into a utility role going forward.

Peter Bourjos CF/RF/DH PHI 2 hours ago

Bourjos is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Cardinals.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The usual starter in right field, Bourjos will give way to David Lough on Wednesday. Lough will bat seventh against the Cardinals' Mike Leake.

Danny Espinosa 2B/SS/3B/DH WSH 2 hours ago

Espinosa went 0-for-4 in the Nats' win over the Royals on Wednesday afternoon, dropping his season line to .185/.292/.272.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Meanwhile, Trea Turner is hitting .309/.393/.443 with a pair of homers and 10 steals in 10 attempts at Triple-A Syracuse through 25 games. The Nationals may be contemplating a change in the near future, as it's quickly becoming difficult to justify the top of the organizational depth chart at short given Espinosa's prolonged slump to begin 2016.

Bryce Harper CF/RF WSH 2 hours ago

Harper went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI in the Nats' win over the Royals on Wednesday afternoon.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Prior to the multi-hit game Wednesday, Harper was mired in a 2-for-26 slump (13 strikeouts). He's now sitting with 10 home runs through 27 games this season, putting him on pace to threaten the 50-homer plateau by the end of 2016 if he can maintain his current power production.

Stephen Strasburg SP WSH 2 hours ago

Strasburg improved to 5-0 with six innings of two-run ball against the Royals on Wednesday afternoon.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He fanned seven in the outing, while walking just one and scattering five hits. Strasburg will make a pair of home starts next week, first facing the Tigers on Monday before a turn against the Marlins on May 15.

Zach Davies SP MIL 2 hours ago

Davies struck out three and walked three while holding the Angels to two runs on five hits over six innings in a no-decision Wednesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The quality start Wednesday is Davies' first of the 2016 campaign in four tries. Given the lack of alternatives, he'll continue to occupy a spot in the Milwaukee rotation for the foreseeable future, but his struggle with walks during his brief time as a big league starter continues to be problematic. At his best, Davies will keep the ball down in the strike zone and induce a steady supply of groundouts. He's lined up for a two-start week, beginning Monday at Miami followed by a May 14 turn at home against the Padres.

Alex Presley LF MIL 2 hours ago

Presley went 2-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout while batting second for the Brewers in a losing effort Wednesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He moved up to the No. 2 spot in the order while Jonathan Villar was in the leadoff spot Wednesday, thanks to another scratch for Domingo Santana (shoulder). Through 10 games, Presley is 6-for-21 with a homer, five RBI and a 3:4 BB:K in part-time duty for the Brewers. Currently, his playing time hinges on the health of Santana, Ryan Braun, and the performance of Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Ramon Flores.