In the wake of a series of trades that reshaped the Brewers on the field and in the clubhouse, manager Craig Counsell said he’d engaged in discussions with some of the team’s remaining veterans about what lies ahead.
Andrew McCutchen’s slide and Jung Ho Kang’s arm teamed up for a sparking play in the second inning of Tuesday night’s Pirates game to keep the Cubs from doubling their score.
When the Padres demoted second baseman Jedd Gyorko to Triple-A El Paso on June 10, they did so with explicit orders to use a few mechanical fixes to get his swing back in order. Gyorko appears to have found something that is working for him.
No setbacks is a good thing for any player on a rehab assignment.
The Cubs entered Tuesday night with the Pirates just ahead of them and the Giants just behind them in the NL Wild Card race. But veteran starter Jon Lester said the best thing the young Cubs can do is simply ignore where they fall in the standings.
Once the Rangers’ everyday center fielder, Leonys Martin is headed to Triple-A Round Rock. The Rangers announced on Tuesday that they have optioned Martin and purchased the contract of Triple-A outfielder Ryan Strausborger.
David Wright’s timeline is starting to come into focus. Wright took full batting practice Tuesday in the first of five consecutive days of rigorous baseball workouts, his first such stretch since being diagnosed with spinal stenosis in May. If all goes well, Wright could debut in Minor League rehab games as soon as early next week.
After a rain-shortened start Monday night, Jon Lester said he would be ready to pitch sooner rather than later, but he didn’t want to disrupt the rest of the Cubs’ rotation to account for his abbreviated outing. The Cubs believe they found an ideal solution, slotting Lester back into the rotation Friday night against the Giants at Wrigley Field.
Dustin Pedroia should resume baseball activities by the time the Red Sox get to Detroit this weekend, as he continues to make progress with the ailing left hamstring that has forced him to the disabled list twice this season. Center fielder Mookie Betts, who sustained a concussion on July 29, is also taking steps forward.