Corey Dickerson LF COL 8 hours ago
Dickerson went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in the Rockies' win over Arizona on Monday night.
He left the game late for a defensive replacement, but Dickerson appears to be OK on the health front after missing two games over the weekend due to a quadriceps injury. For the season, Dickerson is carrying a gaudy .338/.384/.632 line, and he's now sitting in the No. 2 spot of the Colorado lineup.
Jed Lowrie SS HOU 8 hours ago
Lowrie left Monday night's game late after appearing to injure his hand sliding into home plate.
Marwin Gonzalez replaced Lowrie at shortstop after the injury. So far there's been no word from the Astros on the extent of his injury.
Rafael Betancourt RP COL 8 hours ago
Betancourt allowed an unearned run Monday night while pitching the eighth inning against Arizona. John Axford tossed a scoreless ninth to convert the save.
Adam Ottavino is on the 15-day DL with triceps inflammation, leaving Betancourt as the primary setup man for Axford at the present time. If Axford scuffles, Betancourt is the most likely candidate to usurp him for save chance in Colorado while Ottavino is on the shelf. Betancourt has posted an 11:1 K:BB over 9.2 innings for the Rockies this season.
John Axford RP COL 8 hours ago
Axford struck out one and allowed two hits during a scoreless ninth inning Monday night to earn his third save of the season.
Rafael Betancourt allowed an unearned run in the eighth, which should provide some clarity regarding the current pecking order for the Rockies in the bullpen. Axford needed 24 pitches to close out Monday's win, but he threw 17 strikes and generated both of his contact outs on the ground.
John Lackey SP STL 8 hours ago
Lackey gave up three runs on nine hits over seven innings in a loss to the Phillies on Monday night.
He continues to struggle to miss bats, generating just five swinging strikes Monday night and finishing with one strikeout. Lackey fanned eight against the Brewers in his second start of the season April 16, but he's tallied six strikeouts in his other three starts combined. A home start against the Pirates on Saturday is on tap for his next turn in the rotation.
Yadier Molina C STL 8 hours ago
Molina went 0-for-4 in his return to the lineup Monday night.
He didn't play Saturday or Sunday due to a knee injury that he suffered in Friday's game against Milwaukee. It's a good sign that Molina caught all nine innings Monday night in his return to the lineup.
Jason Heyward RF STL 8 hours ago
Heyward (groin/hamstring) struck out as a pinch-hitter in Monday's loss to Philadelphia.
Although he was held out of the starting lineup Monday, an appearance of the bench bodes well for his chance of returning to action in a full capacity Tuesday. Mark Reynolds made a spot start in right field for the Cards on Monday in Heyward's absence.
Cole Hamels SP PHI 8 hours ago
Hamels fanned nine and walked four while holding the Cardinals to one run on four hits over seven innings Monday night.
He picked up the win in the process -- his first of the season -- but Hamels continues to have issues with free passes as he's now issued 16 over 31 innings to begin the season. A road start in Miami is on tap for the left-hander for his next turn in the rotation Saturday.
Joakim Soria RP DET 8 hours ago
Soria tossed a scoreless ninth inning Monday to record his eighth save of the season.
Thus far, Soria is perfect in save opportunities for the Tigers. He hasn't been overpowering (6:1 K:BB, 9.2 innings), but Soria should have plenty of leash as the closer in Detroit with Joe Nathan out for the season due to a torn UCL.
Tommy Milone SP MIN 8 hours ago
Milone struck out two and walked two while giving up five runs on eight hits over four innings in a loss to Detroit on Monday night.
A righty-heavy Detroit lineup presented a tough matchup for Milone, who surrendered home runs to Jose Iglesias and Yoenis Cespedes on Monday night. After tossing 7.2 scoreless against the White Sox in his first start of the season, Milone has failed to get through six innings in each of his last three trips to the mound. He'll take the ball against the White Sox at Target Field on Saturday for his next start.