John Axford (shoulder) said Saturday that he expects to resume throwing in a few days.
Axford said he felt some soreness while making sock throws Wednesday, but he thinks that was mainly because he found it to be "really awkward." "We’re just being a little cautious," he said. "Next time I throw it will just be regular throwing on the field, coming up soon. The way things have progressed, it’s been positive, no issues." Axford isn't expected back for the A's until late May.
Kevin Kiermaier is absent from the Rays' lineup Sunday.
He's just getting a breather. Steven Souza is starting in center field, while Shane Peterson is getting the call in right. The Rays also have Jesus Sucre at catcher over Derek Norris.
Didi Gregorius (shoulder) has gone 2-for-6 at the plate while playing six innings in each game in his first two rehab contests with High-A Tampa.
Working his way back from a right shoulder strain, Gregorius is expected to be activated from the disabled list in early May assuming all goes well. Ronald Torreyes has been filling in at shortstop for the Yankees.
Gary Sanchez (biceps) played catch from 90 feet and hit off a tee and took soft toss on Saturday.
"I think everything is going the way we want it to," Sanchez said through an interpreter. "I don’t have any pain or discomfort." Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Saturday that he expected Sanchez to begin hitting on the field soon. Barring any setbacks, Sanchez should return from his biceps injury in about two weeks.
Ben Zobrist (back) is back in the Cubs' lineup Sunday.
Zobrist missed a couple games with a sore back, but he'll play second base and bat cleanup Sunday. Willson Contreras is sitting out even after going 3-for-4 with a grand slam Saturday, as Miguel Montero will do the catching.
Twins recalled 1B/DH Kennys Vargas from Triple-A Rochester.
Vargas was batting .227 with two home runs in the early going with Rochester. He doesn't figure to see much playing time with Robbie Grossman faring so well in the designated hitter spot.
Twins recalled LHP Buddy Boshers from Triple-A Rochester.
Boshers had a nice 37/7 K/BB ratio over 36 relief innings for the Twins last season. He'll be used as a lefty specialist.
Sonny Gray (lat) yielded just one hit while striking out six over five scoreless innings in his first rehab start with High-A Stockton on Saturday.
Gray didn't walk anyone, throwing 34 of his 47 pitches for strikes. The veteran right-hander had been slated for one more rehab outing before being activated, but Saturday's showing was so good that it's possible the A's could go ahead and stick him back into the rotation later this week. Gray is a worthy stash in fantasy leagues where he's still available.