Phillies prospect RHP Ben Lively fired seven shutout innings on Monday for Double-A Reading, striking out seven batters.
Lively allowed six hits and one walk in the outing, throwing 66 of 98 pitches for strikes. The 23-year-old owns a 1.42 ERA and 1.05 WHIP through three starts this season, and he’s held opposing hitters to a .212 average while registering a 15/6 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 19 innings. Lively has posted outstanding numbers during his three-year career in the minors, with a 2.47 ERA, 10.3 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 in 211 innings. However, the quality of the right-hander’s stuff as well as his pitchability suggests the upside of a fourth or fifth starter at maturity. Given the state of the Phillies’ rotation, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Lively reach the major leagues later this season.
Red Sox optioned RHP Steven Wright to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Wright was just called up Monday to provide a fresh arm for Boston's tired bullpen, but he wasn't needed. The 30-year-old should get another shot soon.
Ryan Braun is in Tuesday's lineup against the Reds.
Braun was out of the lineup for the second straight day Monday, but it was apparently a manager's decision. However, he'll bat third Tuesday against Reds ace Johnny Cueto. Braun is hitting just .226 with one home run and a .547 OPS so far this season.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said on MLB Network Radio that Jason Heyward (hamstring) is expected to be in the starting lineup Tuesday.
Heyward tweaked his left hamstring on Sunday and sat out Monday's game, but Matheny said they were just being cautious. Good news for the Cardinals.
Wednesday's game between the White Sox and Orioles will start at 2:05 p.m. ET.
For safety reasons related to the ongoing protests in Baltimore, the game will be closed to the public. In addition, the Orioles announced that this weekend's series against the Rays, which was previously going to take place in Baltimore, will be moved to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. However, the Orioles will serve as the home team for those games. As for the postponed games from Monday and Tuesday, they will be made up as part of a doubleheader on May 28.
Dalton Pompey is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Red Sox.
No official word from the team yet, but Barry Davis of Sportsnet writes that he might have injured his neck on Monday. We should know more about his status soon. Josh Donaldson will bat second for the Blue Jays on Monday while Kevin Pillar, Danny Valencia, and Michael Saunders will start in the outfield.
Yankees recalled RHP Chase Whitley from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Whitley was called up to make a spot-start Tuesday night against the Rays. He's not a recommended fantasy option outside of AL-only leagues and will likely be sent back down after the game.
Yankees optioned INF Gregorio Petit to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Tuesday's starter, Chase Whitley, will take his spot on the active roster. Petit, 30, was batting .208 (5-for-24) with three doubles and five RBI over 13 games with the Yankees this season. The Yankees don't figure to go without a backup middle infielder for long, so it's possible that Jose Pirela (concussion) could be activated soon.