Athletics 3B prospect Renato Nunez belted four hits Saturday in a win for Double-A Midland.
He's raised his batting average from .258 to .270 over the last three games. The 21-year-old has crushed 62 homers since the start of 2013 including 14 this season. Nunez has done a much better job in the second half, hitting .328 with a .527 slugging percentage. He only hit .228 in 184 first half at-bats.
Nationals SS prospect Osvaldo Abreu collected four hits in Saturday's game for Low-A Hagerstown.
Saturday was his second four-hit game of the year. Abreu leads the South Atlantic League in doubles (30) and is fifth in runs scored (60). The 21-year-old has 24 steals on 34 attempts this season and is hitting .346 with a .500 slugging percentage since the All-Star break.
Sean Doolittle (shoulder) will throw a simulated game this week.
It's expected to be his final step before beginning a rehab assignment. Doolittle should need more than a few rehab outings given that he's been limited to just one appearance this season.
Coco Crisp (neck) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Monday.
Crisp has been out since late May with his chronic neck injury. He had just two hits in 45 at-bats before going on the disabled list and is a poor bet to remain healthy over a long period of time. A's manager Bob Melvin did note that he plans to hit Crisp second, though, which helps make him an interesting gamble in deeper leagues.
Jered Weaver (hip) will make another rehab start with High-A Inland Empire on Tuesday.
Weaver threw 63 pitches while allowing one unearned run over 3 2/3 innings for Inland Empire last Thursday in his first rehab outing. Tuesday's rehab start should be his final one before rejoin the Angels' rotation. Cory Rasmus is making a start Sunday and should get another one after that before giving way to Weaver.
The Indians are considering placing Jason Kipnis (shoulder) on the disabled list.
Kipnis is not playing Sunday after being limited to designated hitter duty of late because of soreness in his right shoulder. The results of an MRI he had Sunday haven't been revealed, but it's evidently bad enough that the club thinks the second baseman could need at least a couple weeks off. Manager Terry Francona said he would talk things over with the medical staff and general manager Chris Antonetti before a decision is made.
Kyle Blanks (Achilles) is expected to begin a rehab assignment within the next 10 days.
Blanks has been on the shelf since mid-June with a nagging right Achilles injury. He's a poor bet to remain healthy even if he's activated soon.
Joe Panik is not in Sunday's lineup due to nagging back stiffness.
Panik played the last two days after missing two games with a stiff back, but now he's on the bench again. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that the infielder should be available off the bench, but he doesn't expect to start him for a few days. Ehire Adrianza will get another start at second base Sunday.