Bronson Arroyo rattled off 7 2/3 scoreless innings to help the Reds blank the Phillies on Saturday.
Alfredo Simon finished off the combined shutout with 1 1/3 scoreless frames. Arroyo scattered four singles and a double, striking out six. He'll carry a 4-4 record, 3.28 ERA and 1.11 WHIP into his next scheduled start against the light-hitting Cubs and makes for a fine option right now in all standard mixed fantasy leagues.
Delmon Young finished 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the Phillies' loss to the Reds on Saturday.
Young is now batting .208/.286/.333 with 11 strikeouts in 15 games with Philly. He has good raw power, but the 27-year-old isn't worth the trouble in most mixed leagues.
Kyle Kendrick was hammered for four runs in six innings Saturday as the Phillies fell to the Reds.
Kendrick gave up eight hits and walked four while watching his ERA balloon from 2.47 to 2.82 and his WHIP from 1.06 to 1.15. It's no surprise that the shine is starting to wear off here in mid-May. The 28-year-old right-hander owns an underwhelming 4.18 career ERA.
Jayson Werth is going to Chicago to see another specialist regarding his tight right hamstring.
Werth suffered a setback in his rehab Wednesday when he felt some tightness in his hamstring during a game at High-A Potomac. He saw a doctor in New York on Saturday, and he'll see another one in Chicago early next week. He is still hoping to return to the Nationals' lineup by Friday but that seems unlikely to happen.
Cory Luebke (elbow) has had his throwing program stopped for the second time this year in his attempt to return from Tommy John surgery.
Luebke was shut down in early March before resuming sessions of catch on April 1, and he had progressed to throwing off a mound before this latest setback. Obviously none of this bodes well for his mission to return to live major league games 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.