New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is having more injury problems reports ESPN New York's Wallace Matthews. Teixeira has a lower lat strain and could miss the entire four-game series against the Texas Rangers, which begins Monday night.
Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Matt Lindstrom threw a successful
bullpen assignment Saturday and will begin a minor league rehab assignment soon
if he continues to progress well this week, reports Scott Merkin of MLB.com:
The Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Atlanta Braves on Sunday by the score of 8-2. With the loss, the Phillies are buried in last place in the National League East with a record of 43-55. With the team bound making trades for the deadline, there have been some roster moves involving at least one player that could be traded. Cliff Lee, Wil Nieves and Reid Brignac, who have all been sidelined due to injuries, have been activated and will be available for tonight's game against the San Francisco Giants.
The Baltimore Orioles got blown out by the Oakland A's on Sunday by the score of 10-2. Even with the loss, the Orioles are in first place in the American League East with a record of 53-44. The pitching staff has struggled somewhat to 19th in the league in ERA, at 3.91. Hoping to help boost the staff sometime soon in this second half is Ubaldo Jimenez, who is slowly making progress in recovery from an ankle injury.
The Pittsburgh Pirates improved to 52-46 on the season, following a 5-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday. Neil Walker lead a 12-hit attack, going 3-for-4 win an RBI and two runs scored. Three other Pirates each had two hits. There was good news on the injury front, as Starling Marte appeared as a pinch hitter after missing the previous game after being hit in the head by a pitch on Friday. Pitcher Gerrit Cole threw a bullpen session and is progressing in his recovery.
The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Minnesota Twins on Sunday by the score of 5-3 behind solid pitching from Chris Archer, who allowed one earned run and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. The win improved the Rays to 47-53, fourth in the American League East. The Rays were without the services of reliever Joel Peralta for the entire series and he may end up on the disabled list due to a virus.
The Houston Astros used a 17-hit attack to defeat the Chicago White Sox on Sunday by the score of 11-7. The offensive outburst was good to see from an Astros team that is 23rd in the league in runs scored. Matt Dominguez and Marwin Gonzalez each had three hits for the Astros, who again played without center fielder Dexter Fowler, who still is not doing baseball activities since sustaining a muscle strain in his right side.
The New York Mets lost to the San Diego Padres on Sunday by the score of 2-1. With the loss, the Mets dropped to 46-52 on the season, third in the National League East. With the game tied in the ninth inning, Josh Edgin bobbled a comeback ground ball by Seth Smith, allowing Cameron Maybin to score the winning run. The Mets will try to bounce back tonight against the Seattle Mariners, as Jon Niese will make the start after being activated from the disabled list.
Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis is on course for a return to the lineup on Monday night, but the team may be without Justin Upton, who left Sunday's game after being hit in the left arm by a pitch. MLB.com's Joe Morgan reports that Upton was struck by an 88mph Kyle Kendrick sinker and although he initially remained in the game, his triceps stiffened up during a rain delay, as manager Fredi Gonzalez told Morgan:
During the Los Angeles Dodgers three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals they struggled at the plate. Those issues may continue because Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez were both hit in the left hand by pitches during the series. Ramirez also was hit in the left shoulder.
The St. Louis Cardinals lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday by the score of 4-3. The loss dropped the Cardinals to 54-45, tied for first place with the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central. There was some good news for the Cardinals, as outfielder Matt Holliday, who left Saturday's game after a collision, passed concussion tests and was back in the lineup. Holliday went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and a walk.
Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings had injured his left shoulder and has been out since June 25. He saw a doctor on Friday, the Diamondbacks decided to shut down the rookie for three days reported by Adam Lichtenstein from MLB.com.
The Toronto Blue Jays fell out of first place at approximately the same time that they had many injuries to key players. Among those players are Brett Lawrie, Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Lind, and Nolan Reimold. All four could begin Minor League rehab assignments at some point late in the coming week. Barry Davis of SportsNet Toronto made the announcement Sunday afternoon.
San Francisco Giants first basemen Brandon Belt has a concussion and according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, will be placed on either the seven or 15-day disabled list. He suffered the injury after being struck in the face by a throw at first during batting practice prior to Saturday's game against the Marlins. Adam Duvall will be recalled from Triple-A Fresno in a corresponding move.
Houston Astros rookie sensation George Springer was held out of Sunday's lineup as a result of both knee and quad soreness in his right leg. The news was tweeted by Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle, who also noted that manager Bo Porter doesn't think the DL will be necessary for Springer: