Clayton Kershaw (back) received an epidural Wednesday and will be placed on the disabled list.
Shi Davidi writes of Aaron Sanchez that "the talk now (is) that he may be strong enough to hang in as a starter all year long."
The Blue Jays have said previously that Sanchez will move to the bullpen at some point this season in an effort to keep his workload down, and just two weeks ago manager John Gibbons reiterated that stance. However, Sanchez has been so good as a starter that the club may be reconsidering things. It's possible they could ultimately just decide to skip and/or push back Sanchez a few times, although even if they did that the righty would still be looking at a large innings increase. He threw only 92 1/3 innings last season and is currently on pace for 213 1/3 frames this year. It's obviously a situation for fantasy owners to monitor closely.
Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Friday that the club could consider calling up Drew Hutchison to be used in a relief role.
The Jays have had all kinds of trouble bridging the gap from their starters to closer Roberto Osuna, so potentially considering Hutchison as a relief option makes sense. Nearly all of his appearances as a pro have come as a starter, but he could potentially be a weapon in relief. "He’s one of our best pitchers," Atkins said of Hutchison. "If we get to a point where our starting pitching isn’t in need of him any longer, and we feel like we can get into the post-season without him as a starting pitcher, then he will absolutely be a part of the solution."
Joe Mauer is not in the Twins' lineup Thursday.
It appears to be a routine day off. Byung-Ho Park is on the bench again, as well. The Twins are going with Trevor Plouffe at first base, Eduardo Nunez at third, Eduardo Escobar at shortstop, Robbie Grossman in the designated hitter spot and Danny Santana in left field.
Yasiel Puig (knee) is back in the Dodgers' lineup Thursday.
Puig was removed from Wednesday's game with a minor knee contusion, but he's fine. He's in right field and batting sixth against Zach Davies and the Brewers.
Stephen Piscotty might not play Thursday due to a bruised left foot.
Piscotty banged his left foot while making an attempt at a diving catch Wednesday. He remained in the game but didn't look totally comfortable. X-rays ruled out any fractures, though, and he should be considered day-to-day. "Double-swelling going on there," he said.
Trevor May (back) will pitch on Saturday and Sunday for Triple-A Rochester before being re-evaluated.
It presumably will be the last hurdle for him to clear before he's activated. May has missed the last three weeks of action due to back spasms.
Miguel Sano (hamstring) will play both games of a doubleheader for Triple-A Rochester on Thursday.
He'll play third base in one game and serve as the designated hitter in the other. Sano has hit a couple home runs while on his rehab assignment but has just three hits in 19 at-bats overall. The Twins would like to see him look a bit better at the plate before activating him. "He’s hit a couple of homers. That’s been about the extent of his offensive output, which isn’t bad," manager Paul Molitor said. "I just think you look for signs that … his at-bats are normal. It’s not always results or a hot streak [you’re looking for] — you can just tell if he’s recognizing pitchers or doing what you’re accustomed to him doing."