Michael King SP NYY
Mon 8/3/20 1:17 PM
King completed 3.2 innings against Boston on Sunday, allowing two runs on two hits while striking out four. He did not factor in the decision.
For the second time this season, King came in to log multiple relief innings following a short start by James Paxton. King was better Sunday than in his first outing, but both hits he allowed left the yard, temporarily staking Boston to a lead after each long ball. Paxton's spot in the rotation looks to be secure despite his early-season struggles, but King would be among the candidates to step in if the former were to miss any turns.
DTDKendall Graveman SP SEA
Mon 8/3/20 1:11 PM
Graveman is slated to undergo tests on his neck Monday after battling through stiffness and soreness during Sunday's outing against the Athletics, the Associated Press reports. "Hopefully we'll find out some more answers tomorrow," Graveman said Sunday. "It's something I've dealt with for quite some time now. It kind of flared up in the Houston game. Trying to figure it out. ... I've been told it can't get any worse than it is."
The right-hander worked through the discomfort to log 4.2 innings and throw 96 pitches against Oakland on Sunday, but as Graveman confirmed, the issue is one he's dealt with since his first start of the season. There's no indication yet that Graveman's next start is in jeopardy, but forthcoming test results should confirm whether or not there is anything that could result in an absence.
Jared Walsh 1B LAA
Mon 8/3/20 1:10 PM
Walsh was optioned to the Angels' alternate training site Monday, Andersen Pickard of MLBDailyDish.com reports.
Walsh made the Angels' Opening Day roster and received a handful of opportunities early in the season, but he failed to grab a single hit in 10 at-bats. If he returns to the roster at some point this season, it will likely be in a minor role.
Michael Hermosillo LF LAA
Mon 8/3/20 1:06 PM
Hermosillo went 1-for-1 with an RBI single, a walk and a stolen base in a loss to Houston on Sunday.
Hermosillo entered the game as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning, but he ended up getting two plate appearances as the game went into extra frames. After Houston scored a run in the top of the 10th, Hermosillo responded with a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning to plate the runner at second and tie the score. He then maneuvered himself into scoring position by stealing second base, but the Angels stranded him at third and ultimately took the loss. Hermosillo has largely served as a pinch-hitter and defensive replacement this season, collecting two hits and a walk over 10 plate appearances.
OUTJesse Hahn SP KC
Mon 8/3/20 12:58 PM
Royals manager Mike Matheny said Monday that he expects Hahn (personal) to report to the team's alternate training site to resume workouts soon, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
Hahn left the team days before its season opener following the passing of his mother. The Royals are giving the right-hander as much time as he needs to tend to the personal matter, so Matheny was unwilling to pinpoint a target date for Hahn's return to team activities. He remains on the restricted list and won't count against the 40-man roster until he's activated.
David Fletcher 2B/SS/3B/LF LAA
Mon 8/3/20 12:56 PM
Fletcher went 1-for-5 with a walk, stolen base and run scored in Sunday's 11-inning loss to Houston.
Fletcher finished the three-game series against Houston with four hits and four walks in 15 plate appearances. That kind of production has been par for the course for Fletcher so far in 2020 -- he has hit safely in all but two contests and carries a .368/.458/.447 slash line through 10 games. He also has two stolen bases after swiping eight bags in 154 contests last season.
Tony Kemp 2B/LF/CF OAK
Mon 8/3/20 12:48 PM
Kemp went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run in a win over the Mariners on Sunday.
Kemp once again operated out of the bottom of the order and manned the keystone, and he managed to reach safely for the third straight start. The speedster is hitting just .111 over his first 13 plate appearances, but his keen eye at the plate has helped him draw four walks and post a .385 on-base percentage in the small sample.
Erik Swanson P SEA
Mon 8/3/20 12:40 PM
Swanson fired a clean ninth inning in a loss to the Athletics on Sunday, recording two strikeouts.
Just recalled from the Mariners' alternate training site earlier in the day, Swanson was put right to work by manager Scott Servais, and the right-hander needed just nine pitches to get through the trio of Austin Allen, Tony Kemp and Marcus Semien. Swanson was deployed as both a starter and reliever during his rookie 2019 campaign, finishing with a 5.74 ERA and 1.17 WHIP over 27 appearances (eight starts). The 26-year-old will aim to do a better job of keeping the ball in the park -- something he never had trouble with during his minor-league career -- after surrendering a bloated 2.6 HR/9 across his 58.0 innings last season.
Daniel Vogelbach 1B/DH SEA
Mon 8/3/20 12:33 PM
Vogelbach went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in a loss to the Athletics on Sunday.
Vogelbach's first-inning single plated Dylan Moore to open the scoring on the afternoon for either club and give the slugger his first RBI of the season. The 27-year-old operated out of the cleanup spot Sunday for the first time this season, even as he continues to be in a significant slump. Vogelbach is still slashing just .118/.211/.118 across his first 19 plate appearances, with a drop in hard contact rate from last season's 38.3 percent to 30.8 percent likely having a role to play in his struggles.
Brandon Lowe 2B TB
Mon 8/3/20 12:25 PM
Lowe went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the Orioles on Sunday.
Lowe's 400-foot shot to center field in the sixth inning was the only run of the afternoon for the light-hitting Rays, which have struggled to manufacture offense on the road thus far. Lowe has been an exception recently, however, as he went deep in two of the three weekend games at Camden Yards and drove in one run in each of the three contests.