Rather than leave him home to continue getting treatment for a broken toe, the Brewers are bringing injured catcher Jonathan Lucroy on the road, where he will remain engaged in meetings with the other catchers and pitchers.
The Cardinals have lost Adam Wainwright to an Achilles tendon injury. They won’t know the extent of that injury until Monday, but must prepare for a worst-case scenario: playing without him for the remainder of the season.
The Red Sox optioned right-hander Matt Barnes one day after he was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket, and they promoted another right-hander, Heath Hembree, from the PawSox.
Michael Bourn has spent the bulk of his career walking into a clubhouse and knowing that his name would be penciled in at the top of the lineup. On Sunday, the veteran saw his name in the ninth spot of the batting order.
The Indians are currently hoping to have right-hander Trevor Bauer start on Tuesday against the Royals, but that plan is very much subject to change.
With second baseman Scooter Gennett, center fielder Carlos Gomez and catcher Jonathan Lucroy already on the disabled list, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke reported that left fielder Ryan Braun and third baseman Aramis Ramirez both said they needed a day off on Sunday.
Losing your No. 1 and No. 2 starters never would be considered anything near a plus for any team, under any circumstance. That scenario could play out for the White Sox, with Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija receiving five-game suspensions for their part in Thursday’s bench-clearing, bullpen-emptying fracas with the Royals.
Joakim Soria is 6-for-6 in save opportunities since Joe Nathan’s save on Opening Day. Beyond the bottom line, the pure pitching numbers have been dominant, even without a traditional power fastball.
Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer said his right thumb is still sore Sunday. He is considered day to day and remains unsure if he will make his next scheduled start Tuesday against the Braves.
Matt Silverman, president of baseball operations, has had an indoctrination by fire since taking over from Andrew Friedman in October. First there were the many offseason moves and a search for a new manager. Once the season started he’s had to deal with keeping 25 able bodies on the roster.