The Detroit Tigers have not yet chosen a specific date for outfielder Andy Dirks to begin a Minor League rehab assignment for the second time this season. Dirks has begun baseball activities, but he has not played in the Majors in 2014. In addition, rookie third baseman Nick Castellanos and shortstop Eugenio Suarez both left Tuesday night's game with injuries. Castellanos was scratched just before the game. Here are the latest updates via Matt Slovin of MLB.com.
Oakland Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp had an MRI on his sore neck on July 29. The results showed no change in his condition, so Crisp will likely continue to play through the pain. Crisp will rejoin the team Friday as the Athletics begin a 10-game home stand with three against the Kansas City Royals.
The Atlanta Braves entered Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 58-48 record, tied for first in the National League East with the Washington Nationals. With the battle for the division likely to come down to the wire, the Braves need to pick up the offense, which is ranked 23rd in the Major Leagues in runs scored. One key member of the lineup, Jason Heyward, was out last night due to a sore back. Fortunately for the Braves, the injury does not appear serious.
The Chicago Cubs entered Tuesday night's game in last place in the National League Central with a record of 43-61. At 27th in the Major Leagues in runs scored and 19th in ERA, the Cubs have struggled in most phases of the game this season. One bright spot has been the emergence of rookie pitcher Neil Ramirez, who has been dominant out of the bullpen. The bad news is that Ramirez is heading to the disabled list.
The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the New York Mets on Tuesday y the score of 6-0. Cole Hamels scattered six hits and struck out eight in eight innings to pick up his sixth win of the season. Chase Utley provided the big blow with a grand slam home run in the seventh inning. The Phillies, who improved to 47-60 on the season, were without right fielder Marlon Byrd, who was out with a sore foot.
The Tampa Bay Rays entered Tuesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers with a 52-54 record, fourth in the American League East. The Rays have been solid on the mound, ranked 11th in the Major Leagues in ERA, but have been hindered by injuries and are just 17th in the Major Leagues in runs scored. There is some good news on the injury front regarding outfielder Wil Myers, who is scheduled to take his first batting practice since breaking his wrist.
The San Francisco Giants fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday by the score of 5-0. The loss dropped the Giants to 57-49, two games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West. The Giants are still being carried by a pitching staff that is seventh in the Major Leagues in ERA. There is concern on the status of Matt Cain, who is slow in his recovery from elbow problems. The result of a consultation with Dr. James Andrews could determine his fate for the rest of the season.
The Colorado Rockies have struggled to a 43-62 record so far this season, last in the National League West. The pitching staff has let the Rockies down with a dismal 4.98 ERA, 30th in the Major Leagues. The offense has been a bright spot, particularly All Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who is leading the league in hitting. But Tulowitzki has been out with a hip flexor injury, which was treated on Monday with needle therapy.
Toronto Blue Jays (57-50) first baseman Adam Lind
played a simulated game yesterday, July 28th in Florida. According to a tweet from Barry Davis, Lind
felt good at the plate but his broken foot is still causing pain when he tries
The San Francisco Giants fell to two games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West with a 5-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday. At 20th in the Major Leagues in runs scored, the Giants will need to increase offensive production in order to keep pace with the Dodgers in the division. One player who could provide a spark is outfielder Angel Pagan, who could go on a rehab assignment and return to the Giants soon.
Tampa Bay Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan is doing better and eyeing rehab games this week. He would like to rejoin the Rays on Friday after fully recovering from a oblique injury as reported by Marc Topkin.
The red-hot Los Angeles Angels are about to regain one of their best pitchers as Alden Gonzalez, the team's beat writer from MLB.com, reported C.J. Wilson has completed his rehab and is ready to pitch in the rotation.
New York Mets lefty reliever Dana Eveland left Monday night's 7-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in the ninth inning after being hit in the elbow by a comebacker off the bat of Ben Revere (video here and below). According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNY.com, X-rays were negative. Righty Vic Black came in with two on and one out to retire the side.
Oakland Athletics outfielder Craig Gentry has been placed on the 15-day DL after suffering a broken hand. CSN's Joe Stiglich tweeted that Gentry has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture and hopes to miss just a couple of weeks:
As the Pittsburgh Pirates work towards getting back to the top of the National League Central, they got some very encouraging news from AAA Indianapolis. Ace Gerrit Cole looked spectacular during his scoreless five inning rehab outing with the Indians.
The Houston Astros entered Monday night's game with a record of 42-63, fourth in the American League West. Although near the bottom of the Major Leagues in both runs scored and staff ERA, the Astros have shown some improvement over last year's dismal 51-111 record. One player who the Astros' organization hopes will be a major contributor down the road is Class-A shortstop Carlos Correa, who is currently recovering from ankle surgery. Although he's improving, Correa will not be playing in the Arizona Fall League.