Daniel Nava 1B/LF/RF BOS 39 minutes ago
Nava (thumb) will begin rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday, the Boston Globe reports.
The rehab assignment can last up to 20 days, and we don't think the Red Sox are anxious to add Nava to the 25-man roster. He was hitting .159 with a .440 OPS when he was placed on the disabled list, and there's no obvious spot on the roster for him once he's healthy.
Donn Roach RP CHC 42 minutes ago
Roach will make another spot start Saturday against the Marlins, CSN Chicago's Patrick Mooney reports.
The Cubs are unsure when Tsuyoshi Wada will return from the DL, but in the meantime Roach appears to be the top replacement option. He only lasted 3.1 innings in his season debut, giving up four runs on eight hits against the Cardinals. While the Marlins offer a much better matchup, he is still a bottom tier option in daily leagues.
Ryan Hanigan C BOS 43 minutes ago
Hanigan (hand) was expected to be activated Wednesday, but weather-related travel delays forced the Red Sox to postpone his activation, the Boston Globe reports.
Hanigan's return will force a roster move, but nothing definite has been announced. Blake Swihart (optioned) and Sandy Leon (designated for assignment) are the most likely candidates to move off the 25-man roster. There's some hope that Hanigan's return could benefit the struggling Rick Porcello, who has a 3.79 ERA with Hanigan behind the dish.
Jake Odorizzi SP TB 50 minutes ago
Odorizzi (oblique) allowed one run off two hits across 4.0 innings in his first rehab start at High-A Charlotte, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Odorizzi's quote to Charlotte Sun reporter Josh Vitale is especially encouraging, saying "I feel like the stuff I had today, I could have taken into today's (Rays) game and been perfectly fine." If Odorizzi's stuff is working and he feels okay, there probably isn't any reason to push him into a rehab start. If so, his next start will be with the big league club in four or five days.
Julio Morban LF SEA 57 minutes ago
Morban was reinstated from the restricted list Thursday and transferred to Double-A Jackson, the Tacoma News Tribune's Bob Dutton reports.
He missed the last two months due to personal reasons, and will now be sent from Triple-A to Double-A. Morbin hit 17 home runs at High-A in 2012, but since then he has done little of note and should be considered a fringe prospect at best.
Rick Porcello SP BOS 59 minutes ago
Porcello allowed seven runs on seven hits in two innings in Wednesday's loss to Toronto. He served up three more homers and has now allowed 16 long balls in 16 starts.
Porcello's grasp on a rotation spot is shaky right now, as his ERA ballooned to 6.08, the second highest in the majors. He's scheduled to start next Tuesday against the Marlins, but with some days off coming, the Red Sox could skip Porcello's turn right through the All-Star break.
Miguel Sano 3B MIN 1 hour ago
Sano was officially recalled from Double-A Chattanooga on Thursday, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.
After news broke Wednesday that Sano's promotion was in the works, he should be universally owned at this point. Only Joey Gallo can match Sano's raw power among big league prospects, but unlike Gallo there are not significant concerns about Sano's approach working against big league pitching. After Kennys Vargas was demoted Wednesday, Sano should be in the lineup almost every day, either at third base or designated hitter.
Desmond Jennings LF/CF TB 1 hour ago
Jennings (knee) hopes to begin a rehab assignment by August, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Jennings underwent a knee scope in early-June, and although he says his knee feels fine at this point, the outfielder has yet to be cleared for baseball activities. A late-season return remains optimistic at this point, as there are simply too many variables and potential obstacles in play.
Javier Lopez RP SF 2 hours ago
Lopez could be a candidate to close games while Santiago Casilla (fatigue) is rested, Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area reports.
Lopez will likely close games if the opposition has several lefties lined up in the ninth inning, while Sergio Romo would get the call with right-handers scheduled to bat. Lopez has much better numbers on the season, however, posting a 1.59 ERA and 0.75 WHIP. Although Lopez should continue to be a relatively reliable source for holds, this boost in value will likely be temporary.
Sergio Romo RP SF 2 hours ago
Romo could be a candidate to close games while Santiago Casilla (fatigue) is rested, Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area reports.
Romo hasn't recorded a save yet this season, but tallied 75 total from 2012-2014, so he's certainly experienced. He may be worth an add in the short-term in leagues that allow daily lineup switches, but he isn't expected to sustain much long-term value. Javier Lopez could also close games in the near future, as manager Bruce Bochy will select his closer based on matchup.