Alex Reyes was pulled from his start Tuesday night at Triple-A Memphis after just three innings.
There's no word yet about an injury, so this could be part of some trade that is in the works. Or maybe it's a sudden callup? We're doing guesswork for now. Reyes, one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, had struck out seven batters in three innings of work Tuesday night against the Triple-A affiliate of the Dodgers. The 21-year-old right-hander has 79 strikeouts in 55 innings this season with Memphis.
Alex Cobb (elbow) threw a successful bullpen session Tuesday in Port Charlotte.
Cobb is now expected to resume his minor league rehab assignment Friday in a start for the Charlotte Stone Crabs. The right-hander was pulled back a week ago due to arm fatigue, and he's probably going to have to prove his health over three or four more minor league starts before the Rays consider him an option for the major league rotation. Cobb underwent Tommy John surgery last May.
Luis Valbuena left Tuesday's game against the Yankees with a right leg injury.
Valbuena fell while running to first base in the bottom of the second inning. He looked to be in a good amount of pain as he limped to the home dugout at Minute Maid Park. Valbuena was starting at third base in this one, with top prospect Alex Bregman serving as the Astros' DH. Marwin Gonzalez moved to the hot corner and Jason Castro took over at first base.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday that Jorge Soler (hamstring) will get 9-10 more minor league at-bats before he is activated from the disabled list.
So that would be three or four more minor league games, which puts him on target to return this weekend. Soler is 2-for-13 with eight strikeouts so far between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. He has been out since June 7 with a left hamstring strain.
Rays manager Kevin Cash said he expects Logan Morrison (wrist) to return Wednesday.
LoMo had been aiming to return Tuesday, but the decision was made to give his ailing forearm and wrist a little bit more rest. Steve Pearce is starting at first base for the Rays on Tuesday night against the Dodgers.
Homer Bailey (elbow) is set to make his 2016 debut on Sunday afternoon in San Diego.
It will be his first start at the major league level since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in May 2015. Bailey has posted a concerning 5.14 ERA and 1.71 WHIP in eight minor league rehab appearances, but he went 98 pitches Monday at Triple-A Louisville (while lasting just 4 1/3 innings) and the Reds will let him try to find himself against big league competition.
Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that he will stick with Ryan Madson at closer.
Madson blew his sixth save of the season in Monday's loss to the Rangers and has watched his ERA rise every month -- from 1.42 at the end of April, to 2.42 at the end of May, to 3.00 at the end of June, to the 3.77 mark where it sits now. Ryan Dull probably deserves a shot, but it's not going to happen yet. "At this point, we still have confidence in him," Melvin said of Madson. "He’s throwing as hard as he has all year here the last couple times out, he’s performed really well the last couple of times before (Monday)."
Carlos Martinez earned his 10th victory of the season as the Cardinals beat the Mets 3-2 in the first half of a doubleheader Tuesday at Citi Field.
Martinez wasn't at his sharpest, yielding four walks, five hits, and two earned runs over just five innings, but he was able to out-duel Mets ace Noah Syndergaard in the late-afternoon makeup for Monday night's rainout. The two runs Martinez allowed both came on a two-run shot by Mets catcher Rene Rivera in the bottom of the fourth. Martinez, 24, now stands 10-6 with a 2.87 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 99/41 K/BB ratio in 119 1/3 innings (19 starts) this season. Next up is a road start against the Marlins.