Orioles acquired RHP Joe Gunkel from the Red Sox for OF Alejandro De Aza and cash considerations.
Gunkel had registered a decent 2.90 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 44/12 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings this season between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland. The 23-year-old right-hander is a pretty nice get for the O's considering they had designated De Aza for assignment.
Jordan Lyles needs season-ending surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left big toe.
The procedure -- basically a Tommy John surgery for the toe -- is scheduled for June 10 in Denver. Lyles, 24, finishes the 2015 season with a 2-5 record, 5.14 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, and 30/19 K/BB ratio in 49 innings. Chris Rusin looks like the primary candidate to replace him in the Rockies' starting rotation.
Hanley Ramirez is not in the Red Sox lineup for the second half of Wednesday's doubleheader.
Hanley went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the first game, but he will be given some rest during the nightcap. Carlos Peguero is starting in left field as the Red Sox try to sweep the twin-billing from the Twins.
Jason Castro (knee) is back in the Astros' starting lineup on Wednesday versus the Orioles.
Castro took a ball off his right knee Monday, but he only suffered some mild swelling. "Woke up yesterday actually feeling better and then today even better than that," Castro told the Houston Chronicle on Wednesday. "So I’m pretty happy with kind of the way it’s going so far based on the way it could've been."
J.J. Hardy (side) is out of the Orioles' lineup for a third straight game on Wednesday night.
An MRI taken Tuesday on Hardy's sore left side ruled out an oblique strain, but the O's are going to give him at least one more day of rest. Ryan Flaherty is starting at shortstop Wednesday night against the Astros.
Brian McCann made an early exit from Wednesday's game against the Mariners with right foot soreness.
McCann is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Thursday back in New York City, so this could be something serious. John Ryan Murphy entered Wednesday's game at catcher. Look for an update on McCann on Thursday afternoon. He's had problems with the foot at different points this season.
Jose Abreu (finger) is back in the White Sox starting lineup Wednesday versus the Rangers.
Abreu missed several games with lingering irritation in his right index finger. It's something that might continue to bother him off and on for the rest of the summer, but the 28-year-old slugger should still remain a fantasy monster. Abreu is batting third and serving as Chicago's designated hitter in his return to action Wednesday night at Globe Life Park.
Blue Jays pitching prospect Matt Boyd turned in a dominant performance Wednesday, surrendering three hits over 8 1/3 shutout frames in a win for Double-A New Hampshire.
The 24-year-old collected six strikeouts while allowing just one free pass. It's safe to say Boyd has been the Eastern League's best starting pitcher this season. He leads the league in innings pitched (66 2/3), ERA (1.08), WHIP (0.80) and strikeouts (66). It's surprising the left-hander hasn't already been promoted to Triple-A Buffalo.