Cory Luebke (elbow) has had his throwing program stopped for the second time this year in his attempt to return from Tommy John surgery.
He was shut down in early March before resuming playing catch on April 1, and he had progressed to playing catch off a mound before this latest setback. The first time he stopped his program the club deemed the setback to be minor, so it's possible that with little to play for this year they're just being extra careful with the left-hander. Still, this doesn't bode well for his attempt to return to pitching by the All-Star break.
Jake Odorizzi is expected to be called up Monday to start in place of David Price against Toronto.
Odorizzi and Alex Colome were the frontrunners for the spot start, and it seems like Odorizzi will win out. Colome pitched for Triple-A Durham on Saturday, and Odorizzi is on the same five-day schedule as Price was. The Blue Jays aren't the most pitcher-friendly opponent for a spot starter, but Odorizzi is good enough that he warrants a look in deeper mixed leagues. The right-hander has a 3.83 ERA and 47/15 K/BB ratio through 44 2/3 innings at Triple-A Durham this year.
Braves signed LHP Joe Beimel to a minor league contract.
Beimel is finally recovered from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and could help the battered Atlanta bullpen down the line. The 36-year-old right-hander will presumably report to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Bryce Harper will miss Saturday and likely Sunday's game as well because of a bruised left knee.
Harper is still feeling the effects of running into the Dodger Stadium outfield wall on Monday night and is getting a few days to recover in San Diego before the Nationals head to San Francisco. Harper underwent an MRI on his abdomen on Friday, which came back clean.
Adam Dunn left Saturday's game against the Angels due to back spasms.
Jeff Keppinger hit for the first baseman in the fifth inning. Spasms are generally a day-to-day thing, so we'll have to see how Dunn is feeling Sunday before knowing if he'll have to miss some games. It's unfortunate timing, too, as Dunn has been heating up at the plate.
Jose Molina left Saturday's game against the Orioles with left hamstring tightness.
The injury is considered day-to-day. Jose Lobaton will likely get the start behind the plate Sunday if Molina is unable to go.
Padres activated OF Carlos Quentin from the paternity leave list.
Quentin was out Thursday and Friday to be present for the birth of his son. He returns to a weak .686 OPS.
Padres optioned RHP Brad Brach to Triple-A Tucson.
Brach was sporting a 4.76 ERA and 1.88 WHIP through 17 innings. The righty should be back up eventually.