Daily Dose: Recommended Reed

Daily Dose: Recommended Reed
Nate Grimm talks A.J. Reed's imminent promotion, a fresh start for Oswaldo Arcia and Nori Aoki's surprising demotion in Saturday's Daily Dose.
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Jonathan Papelbon (intercostal) threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Saturday and felt good.

The Nationals haven't made an official decision, but Papelbon could begin a minor league rehab assignment with High-A Potomac as soon as Monday. He appears on track to return in early July. Shawn Kelley will continue to fill in at closer for now.
Jun 25 - 1:26 PM

Justin Smoak (knee) is not in Saturday's lineup versus the White Sox.

Smoak has been dealing with some swelling in his knee this week, so he'll get another day to rest. Edwin Encarnacion will start at first base while Josh Donaldson will slide into the DH spot. Ryan Goins will play third.

The Mets are expected to call up prospect outfielder Brandon Nimmo on Saturday.

He's set to replace Michael Conforto, who will reportedly be demoted. The Mets' first-round pick from 2011, Nimmo has put himself back on the prospect map this season by batting .328/.409/.508 with five home runs, 37 RBI, and five stolen bases over 63 games this season in Triple-A. Of course, those numbers are in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, so they have to be taken with a grain of salt, but he figures to see plenty of playing time in the Mets' oufielder now that Conforto is headed to the minors. He's more of a wait-and-see option in mixed fantasy leagues, but he should be owned in NL-only formats.
Jun 25 - 1:06 PM

Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that the Mets are demoting outfielder Michael Conforto.

The Mets are expected to call up prospect outfielder Brandon Nimmo take his place on the roster. Conforto hit .365 in April, but he's batting just .148/.217/.303 in 44 games since and has also dealt with a wrist injury. The Mets still have very high hopes for him in the long-term, but he'll try to get back on track in the minors.
Jun 25 - 1:02 PM

Yan Gomes (back) is in the Indians' lineup Saturday against the Tigers.

Gomes was held out of the lineup Friday after having a cyst in his lower back drained. He should be good to go moving forward.
Jun 25 - 1:01 PM

Jayson Werth is back in the Nationals' lineup Saturday against the Brewers.

Werth got the day off Friday, but he's back in left field on Saturday. He's batting second against right-hander Matt Garza. Ben Revere will start in center field while Michael Taylor will be on the bench.
Jun 25 - 12:57 PM

The Twins are hopeful that Trevor Plouffe (groin) will play Sunday.

Plouffe suffered a mild right groin strain on Thursday, but he went through baseball activities Saturday and felt good. At the very least, it appears likely he'll avoid a stint on the disabled list.
Jun 25 - 12:54 PM

Justin Morneau (elbow) took batting practice on the field Saturday.

It was his first time doing so since offseason surgery to repair a flexor injury in his left elbow. Morneau signed a deal with the White Sox earlier this month and appears on track to help the major league roster during the second half.
Jun 25 - 12:50 PM
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