Tyler Lyons SP STL 4 Hrs
Cardinals left-hander Tyler Lyons yielded one run while striking out six Wednesday for Triple-A Memphis.
He allowed five hits (though three were doubles) and one walk, lowering his season ERA to 3.32. Lyons is likely to take Joe Kelly's (hamstring) rotation spot and could make a few starts for St. Louis. Lyons put up a 4.75 ERA (though a 3.73 FIP) in 12 appearances (eight starts) for the Cardinals in 2013, striking out 43 batters in 53 innings (7.3 K/9), so he could be a good streaming option in deeper fantasy leagues.
Casey Janssen RP TOR 4 Hrs
Casey Janssen has been shut down temporarily with renewed discomfort in his lower back.
Janssen threw a scoreless rehab inning on Tuesday but woke up the next day with a sore back. He has been on the disabled list since the end of spring training with a strained muscle in his lower back and abdomen. Sergio Santos remains the Blue Jays' closer.
Jose Reyes SS TOR 4 Hrs
Jose Reyes (hamstring) is now expected to rejoin the Blue Jays on Saturday in Cleveland.
The weather looks iffy for Friday's series-opener with the Indians, and the Jays don't want to risk Reyes returning to a cold and muddy infield. The 30-year-old shortstop left Toronto's series-opener on March 31 with hamstring inflammation. He did not suffer a strain.
Corey Hart 1B/DH SEA 4 Hrs
Corey Hart is playing right field for the first time with the Mariners Thursday afternoon vs. the Rangers.
Hart missed the entire 2013 season after undergoing dual knee surgeries, so he has been limited to DH duties in his 10 starts so far with Seattle. The 32-year-old has displayed good power in the early going, boasting three home runs in 43 plate appearances.
Evan Gattis C/LF ATL 5 Hrs
Evan Gattis is not in the Braves' starting lineup for Thursday's series-finale against the Phillies.
Gerald Laird is starting behind the plate. Gattis, who's batting .375 with a 1.135 OPS and four home runs in 10 games this season, is simply getting a day of rest.
Trevor Bauer SP CLE 5 Hrs
Trevor Bauer tossed six shutout innings, scattering five hits and one walk while striking out nine batters on Wednesday night for Triple-A Columbus.
Bauer seems to have finally taken that leap that the Indians wanted to see when they acquired him as part of the Shin-Soo Choo trade. Given that most of the rotation in Cleveland is struggling, the 23-year-old right-hander may not be in Columbus for much longer.
Zach Lee SP LAD 5 Hrs
Dodgers right-handed pitching prospect Zach Lee threw six shutout innings on Monday night, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out three for Triple-A Albuquerque.
Lee has been solid in Triple-A in 2014, putting up a 1.62 ERA across 16 2/3 innings while allowing ten hits and four walks. The fact that he has only 9 strikeouts (4.9K/9) for the season is troubling, but his BB/9 is in line with his career, so he may just be inducing weak contact. Lee is not yet on the 40-man roster, so he may not be the first pitcher called up if an extra start is needed, but he could get called up if there is a long-term need.
Adam Loewen 1B TOR 6 Hrs
Phillies signed OF Adam Loewen to a minor league contract.
Loewen converted from pitcher to outfielder and showed some promise last year in the Blue Jays' minor league system. He was the No. 4 overall pick in 2002.
Cesar Puello RF NYM 6 Hrs
Mets outfield prospect Cesar Puello is hitting .261/.306/.304 through 14 games for Triple-A Las Vegas.
Puello was hitting .326/.403/.547 with 21 doubles and 16 home runs in 91 games at Double-A Binghamton when his season ended due to a PED suspension, so his poor slash line in a great ballpark for hitters is troubling. He only has two extra base hits, both doubles, so his extended layoff could be causing his slow return to form.
Coco Crisp CF/DH OAK 6 Hrs
Coco Crisp drew a walk and stole a base as a pinch-hitter Wednesday night against the Angels.
Crisp was out of the starting lineup for a third straight game because of lingering tightness in his hamstring. The A's are off Thursday, so he should be ready to return to his starting center field role on Friday.