Alex Gordon is batting sixth for the Royals for the second straight game Monday.
Gordon had hit leadoff in every game prior to Sunday, but he's been among the worst regulars in the game so far this season with an ugly .169/.244/.211 batting line. Whit Merrifield is in the leadoff spot for the second game in a row and might remain there for a while as the Royals attempt to jump-start a stagnant offense.
Tucker Barnhart is not in the Reds' lineup Monday.
He's just getting a breather. Stuart Turner will do the catching.
Matt Duffy (Achilles) is traveling with the Rays on their current road trip.
He's not close to being activated, but Duffy traveling with the club is a good sign that his rehab from Achilles surgery is moving along well. The infielder has been upping his workouts of late and wouldn't seem to be too far off from a rehab assignment.
Julio Urias is not listed among Triple-A Oklahoma City's scheduled starting pitchers for the next four games.
Urias last started on Friday, so he should be on the schedule if he's going to be with Oklahoma City. It's another hint that he's probably going to join the Dodgers' rotation this week, which manager Dave Roberts had previously indicated was a possibility. Urias could start as soon as Wednesday. The Dodgers could reveal their plans for the young left-hander later Monday.
Mallex Smith (hamstring) played in extended spring training on Monday.
Smith landed on the disabled list earlier this month due to a right hamstring strain. It's unclear when he'll be cleared for an official minor league rehab assignment. The Rays could keep him at Triple-A once he's back to full health.
Zach Britton (forearm) played catch from 90 feet and threw some pitches off flat ground on Monday.
It was his first time throwing since an MRI on Friday ruled out structural damage. He said his arm felt good Monday, but more should be known about the next step after he talks to Buck Showalter and visits with a hand specialist. Brad Brach has been filling in at closer.
Chris Tillman (shoulder) is slated to throw around 75 pitches in his next rehab start Thursday for High-A Frederick.
Tillman allowed three runs over 3 2/3 innings Saturday in his second rehab start, but he said he felt better than his first. The hope is that he could be ready to be activated on May 2 against the Red Sox, but it depends on how things go on Thursday. The veteran right-hander has been dealing with shoulder issues since the offseason.
Dustin Pedroia (knee, ankle) is considered day-to-day after being examined Monday at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Good news for the Red Sox. Pedroia was spiked in the leg by Orioles third baseman Manny Machado on Friday and came down with soreness in his left knee and ankle, but it doesn't sound like he'll be sidelined much longer.