Red Sox manager John Farrell acknowledged the team will have to make a difficult decision when Ryan Hanigan (neck) comes off the disabled list next week.
Hanigan is rehabbing in Triple-A Pawtucket, so a decision could be coming in the next few days. Sandy Leon has hit .545 during Hanigan's absence and is out of minor league options. There's a good chance Leon won't clear waivers if he's designated for assignment. The Red Sox are unlikely to carry three catchers, which puts Christian Vazquez on the hot seat. Vazquez has been a liability at the plate, hitting just .215 with one homer and 149 at-bats this season. It's going to be a tough call for Farrell.
Rangers placed RHP Colby Lewis on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right lat muscle.
A.J. Griffin (shoulder) was activated in the corresponding roster move. Lewis is expected to miss about two months after his MRI revealed a Grade 2 lat strain. He was off to a good start before the injury with a 6-1 record through 15 starts. Lewis isn't worth stashing in mixed leagues.
Rangers activated RHP A.J. Griffin from the 15-day disabled list.
He'll return to the mound Saturday against Boston after missing six weeks with shoulder stiffness. Griffin's spot in the starting rotation should be pretty safe with Yu Darvish (neck), Colby Lewis (lat) and Derek Holland (shoulder) all sidelined with injuries.
Chi Chi Gonzalez will make his season debut for the Rangers Monday against the Yankees.
Gonzalez will fill the rotation spot left by Colby Lewis, who was just placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lat. The 24-year-old has had a rocky year in the minor leagues with three wins and a 5.04 ERA in 14 starts for Triple-A Round Rock. Gonzalez won't be a recommended fantasy option when he takes the mound Monday at Yankee Stadium.
Matt Adams (back) is absent from the Cardinals' starting lineup Saturday against the Mariners.
Adams was scratched from Friday's game with lower back stiffness and will sit again Saturday. Brandon Moss will take over for Adams at first base and bat fifth against M's right-hander Nathan Karns. Adams remains day-to-day.
R.A. Dickey got lit up for five runs (four earned) and six hits Saturday against the White Sox but squeaked by with his fifth win of the season.
It's always a roll of the dice with Dickey and he didn't have his best stuff Saturday against the White Sox. Fortunately his teammates bailed him out with 10 runs including eight off overmatched starter Miguel Gonzalez. On the bright side, Dickey fanned seven hitters and only surrendered one walk. The former Cy Young winner will make his next turn in the rotation Thursday against Cleveland.
Edwin Encarnacion carried the Blue Jays to victory Saturday against the White Sox, providing three hits and four RBI.
In a game that featured eight home runs, Encarnacion surprisingly kept the ball in the yard with two doubles and a single. Don't call this a hot streak. Encarnacion's epic June has been more like a volcanic eruption. He's slugged nine homers this month with 26 RBI and 14 extra-base hits. The 33-year-old leads the majors with 66 RBI and is going to get an absolutely ridiculous payday when he hits the open market this winter.
Miguel Gonzalez imploded Saturday in a loss to the Blue Jays, allowing 10 hits and eight earned runs in only 5 1/3 innings.
This one was pretty much doomed from the start. Toronto strung together three runs in the first inning and kept the slugfest going with two more in the second and another three in the fourth. Gonzalez was lifted after throwing just 81 pitches, finishing the afternoon with three walks and a pair of strikeouts. The right-hander has done nothing to instill confidence this year, winning just one of his 10 starts with a 5.17 ERA. He could be pitching for his rotation spot when he takes the hill Friday against Houston.