OUTBrandon GuyerOF/DH TB 1 hour ago
Guyer is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Dodgers, the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports.
The Rays will deploy Corey Dickerson, Steven Souza and Kevin Kiermaier across the outfield Wednesday, as they try to flood the lineup with lefties against righty Brandon McCarthy. Guyer is hitting just .200 with zero home runs in 30 at-bats in the second half.
OUTSteve Pearce1B/2B/LF/DH TB 1 hour ago
Pearce is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Dodgers, the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports.
With Logan Morrison (forearm) returning to the lineup and the game taking place in a National League park (no DH), Pearce was left out of Wednesday's lineup. He will be back in the mix this weekend when the Rays host the Yankees, although he could also be on the move at the trade deadline, as his .389/.484/.741 slash line against lefties ought to intrigue some contending teams.
Logan Morrison1B/DH TB 1 hour ago
Morrison is starting at first base and hitting sixth Wednesday against the Dodgers, the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports.
He was expected to return Wednesday, and that has come to fruition. Morrison made a pinch-hit appearance Tuesday after missing six games with forearm tendinitis. A former top prospect in the Marlins' system back in 2010, Morrison appears to be on the verge of washing out of MLB, as he has performed below replacement level (-0.1 fWAR) for the second year in a row.
Franklyn KilomeP PHI 1 hour ago
Kilome, 21, has a 3.17 ERA and 57 strikeouts in his last 54 innings with Low-A Lakewood.
He gave up 17 earned runs in his first three starts and has given up 19 earned runs in his last 13 starts, so his 4.46 ERA doesn't quite illustrate how good he has been for the majority of 2016. He is still walking too many people (27 walks in last 54 innings), but few pitchers in the lower levels can match Kilome's raw stuff. If his command/control takes a step forward in the coming seasons, he'll start to realistically profile at the front of the Phillies' rotation.
OUTYasmani GrandalC LAD 1 hour ago
Grandal is not in Wednesday's lineup against Tampa Bay, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports.
Grandal is just getting a normal day off, despite his recent power surge. A.J. Ellis will take over behind the plate and will bat eighth.
DTDYasiel PuigRF LAD 1 hour ago
Puig (hamstring) is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Rays, the Southern California News Group's J.P. Hoornstra reports.
He has made a pinch-hit appearance since suffering the hamstring injury last Thursday and was considered available off the bench Tuesday, but he is still not ready to play the field. It's safe to assume he is available off the bench again Wednesday. With the Dodgers getting an off day Thursday, it's possible Puig will have enough time to get right for this weekend's series against the Diamondbacks. Scott Van Slyke will get the start in right field and hit cleanup Wednesday against southpaw Matt Moore.
OUTChase Utley2B LAD 1 hour ago
Utley is out of the lineup Wednesday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports.
It's been about a week since Utley last missed a game, so this seems like a routine day off. Chris Taylor will take over second base and Howie Kendrick will lead off with Utley out.
60DBrandon WorkmanSP BOS 2 hours ago
Workman (oblique) will throw a simulated game with Short Season Single-A Lowell on Thursday, Ryan Hannable of WEEI reports.
While returning from Tommy John surgery, Workman strained his oblique, and is now on his way back from that injury. It was unlikely that Workman would make his way to the majors before the setback, so after, it seems even less likely.
Cody ReedP CIN 3 hours ago1 Comment
Reed will continue to get big league starts so that he can work through his struggles rather than get sent back down to Triple-A Louisville, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Reds manager Bryan Price believes that Reed had problems getting downward tilt on his pitches in Tuesday's thrashing by the Giants. "Big-league players will take advantage of inexperience as much as they can, and they did that tonight," Price said. "He's going to have to go through this ride to get better. You can't figure everything out in Triple-A. Sometimes you've got to come up here and learn your final lessons, and he's getting some lessons."
15DSean O'SullivanSP BOS 3 hours ago
O'Sullivan (knee) will make a rehab start with Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday, Ryan Hannable of WEEI reports.
While his rehab seems to be progressing well, with the trades the Red Sox have made at the deadline, it seems O'Sullivan likely won't get a starting spot once he's back. Depending on how well he pitches from the bullpen, it will determine his value moving forward.