Yasiel Puig CF/RF LAD 3 hours ago
Manager Don Mattingly indicated that Puig is "sore" after returning to the lineup from a hamstring injury Saturday night against the Rockies, but doesn't believe it's "anything serious," Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
While it doesn't sound like Puig is being held out of the Sunday's lineup merely for rest purposes, it appears he was at least able to escape Saturday's game without any significant setback to the hamstring. Puig had missed the Dodgers' previous three games with the injury, but should be on track to return to the lineup Tuesday in San Francisco. However, those in leagues with daily lineup moves will surely want to wait for confirmation on Puig's return Tuesday before activating him.
Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX 3 hours ago
Moreland (elbow) was an option off the bench Saturday, and is sitting Sunday partly because of the left-handed James Paxton on the mound, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Moreland seems to be doing well following some elbow soreness, and while he's not in the lineup Sunday, it sounds as though his return isn't far off. With the right-handed Chase Anderson scheduled to pitch against the Rangers, his return, or lack thereof, should be telling in regards to his status.
Jacob Turner P CHC 3 hours ago
Turner (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Sunday.
The Cubs were in need of an extra reliever from the Triple-A ranks after Saturday's 11-inning victory over the Padres, so Turner was dropped from the 40-man roster in order to accomodate the call-up of Gonzalez Germen. Turner's move to the 60-day DL indicates that the Cubs probably aren't counting on having him fully healthy until June at the earliest.
Gonzalez Germen RP CHC 3 hours ago
The Cubs purchased Germen's contract from Triple-A Iowa on Sunday.
Justin Turner (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day DL in order to accomodate Germen's placement on the 40-man roster. The Cubs likely brought up Germen to give them a fresh bullpen arm after the team burned through five of their relievers in Saturday's 11-inning victory over the Padres. He'll be among the top candidates to come on in relief Sunday if the Cubs should receive a short outing from starter Jon Lester.
Matt Szczur LF/RF CHC 3 hours ago
Szczur was optioned to Triple-A Iowa prior to the Cubs' game Sunday against the Padres.
With the Cubs in need of extra relief arm following Saturday's 11-inning affair, Szczur was deemed expendable. The outfielder's playing time certainly reflected as much, as he's received just 10 at-bats since making the Cubs' Opening Day roster. He'll be able to play more regularly in the minors.
Ricky Nolasco SP MIN 3 hours ago
Nolasco (elbow) will begin his rehab assignment next Saturday at Low-A Cedar Rapids next Saturday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Nolasco continues to work his way back from an elbow issue, but appears finally ready to go on a rehab assignment. He still remains a little ways from a return to the majors, but going on a rehab assignment is the final step.
Starling Peralta RP CHC 3 hours ago
Peralta was promoted to Double-A Tennessee.
Peralta spent at least parts of the last three seasons at High-A. At age 24, he's not a top prospect but his 9.5 K/9 last season at High-A shows he could be a late bloomer.
Seth Smith LF/RF SEA 3 hours ago
Smith will be out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers.
As has been customary this season, Smith will sit out with a southpaw in Ross Detwiler on the mound for the Rangers. With the lefty-hitting Dustin Ackley also sitting out Sunday, Nelson Cruz and Justin Ruggiano will man the corner outfield spots.
DJ LeMahieu 2B COL 4 hours ago
LeMahieu isn't in the lineup Sunday against the Dodgers, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.
Currently ranking second in the National League with a .463 batting average, LeMahieu has been a pleasant surprise for the Rockies early in the season, but he'll be rested Sunday for the first time this season. The lightly-used Daniel Descalso will step in to cover second base in LeMahieu's stead.
Nick Hundley C COL 4 hours ago
Hundley will be held out of the lineup Sunday against the Dodgers, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.
Consider it just a normal day off for Hundley, who was behind the plate for the first two games of the series. Hundley isn't exactly lighting it up with the bat with a .257/.297/.314 slash line over his nine games, but his capable defense behind the plate will continue to earn him regular duty ahead of Michael McKenry, who will get the nod behind the plate Sunday.