Matt Wieters admitted Sunday that he still feels occasional soreness in his surgically-repaired right elbow.
The Orioles are viewing it as part of the recovery process, but Wieters' absence has clearly dragged on longer than expected. He's still catching games at extended spring training and a date for him to begin a rehab assignment hasn't been set yet. At this point it's looking unlikely that Wieters will return before late May/early June.
Luis Valbuena is not in the Astros' lineup Sunday.
It looks like he's just getting a day off. Jonathan Villar is at third base Sunday in Valbuena's place.
Francisco Cervelli is absent from the Pirates' lineup Sunday.
He's just getting a breather as many catchers do on Sunday. Chris Stewart is behind the dish in Cervelli's place.
Neil Walker is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.
It appears that he's just getting a breather. Josh Harrison is at second base in Walker's place Sunday, with Jung Ho Kang covering third.
Wilson Ramos is not in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.
It's just a routine day off. Jose Lobaton is at catcher Sunday in Ramos' place.
Denard Span (abdomen) is back in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.
Span missed the previous two contests after being lifted from Thursday's game when he felt soreness in the area where he had core muscle surgery. It's doubtful that he's 100 percent, but it appears the outfielder will gut it out.
Kurt Suzuki is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday.
It's just a day off. Chris Herrmann is at catcher Sunday in Suzuki's place.
Aramis Ramirez (hamstring) is back in the Brewers' lineup Sunday.
Ramirez missed a couple games with a sore hamstring, but he's ready to roll now. The third baseman has struggled overall this season but has been heating up of late, sporting a .375/.423/.708 batting line with a couple homers over his last eight games.