Yasmani Grandal (concussion) will serve as the designated hitter on his upcoming rehab stint with Triple-A Oklahoma City.
It's a good sign that he'll be ready to come off the 7-day concussion disabled list as soon as he's eligible to do so, as his timing shouldn't be off. Expect Grandal to rejoin the Dodgers by the end of next week.
Justin Upton had a monster game against the Dodgers on Sunday, hitting a first-inning grand slam, doubling and driving in six.
Upton had six RBI by the end of the second inning, clubbing a grand slam off Carlos Frias in the first inning, then smacking a two-run double in the second. These would be his only hits of the game, as he finished 2-for-4. Good on the Dodgers for closing that barn door after the horse was halfway to Mexico. The early MVP race in the National League is something to behold at the moment and Upton's certainly in the running with 12 homers, 35 RBI, 32 runs scored, nine steals and a .284/.343/.562 slash.
Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will start in left field for the Rangers on Monday.
He'll be activated from the disabled list on Monday and make his return to the Rangers. Manager Jeff Bannister has yet to announce where he'll hit in the batting order, but with the team's offense rolling in recent days it's unlikely he will want to disrupt the middle of the lineup.
Asdrubal Cabrera was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Athletics with a mild groin strain.
Cabrera felt a pop in his groin area while scurrying back to second base in the seventh inning. While he's sore, he thinks he'll be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list and should return to the lineup in a couple of days.
Alex Guerrero hit a two-run homer in Sunday's big loss to the Padres.
Guerrero smacked his homer off of James Shields in the seventh inning, drawing the Padres to within 10-3. There was no epic comeback in the works, though, and the homer worked merely to pad Guerrero's stats. Not that they need much padding. With a .300/.329/.638 slash line, plus seven homers and 18 RBI in just 80 at-bats, Guerrero has taken advantage of limiting playing time to put up productive numbers.
James Loney sustained a sprained finger in Sunday's loss to the Athletics.
He'll be re-evaluated on Monday before determining his status moving forward. He was one of three Rays offensive starters who suffered injuries in Sunday's defeat.
James Shields pitched well in a win over the Dodgers on Sunday, striking out seven and allowing three runs over seven innings.
Shields was the benefactor of an early barrage of runs by his offensive mates. He was up 4-0 after the first inning, 8-0 after the second and 9-0 after the third. Suffice it to say, Big Game James did not end up the losing pitcher. The Dodgers finally managed some traction against Shields in the seventh inning, scoring on a double-play and a two-run homer by Alex Guerrero, but these were just cosmetic runs and had no actual bearing on the 11-3 final score. Shields now holds a 3.75 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and a shiny 82/17 K/BB ratio across 62 1/3 innings. He hasn't posted a 200-strikeout season since 2012, but that's definitely in play if he keeps fanning batters at his current rate. A home date with the Pirates is next on the schedule for Shields.
Carlos Frias was hammered in a loss to the Padres on Sunday, serving up 10 runs on 12 hits over four innings.
The Padres unleashed the carnage early, scoring eight runs in the first two innings. Justin Upton was the main carnage man in this case, as he belted a grand slam in the first inning and a two-run double in the second. The rough start took its predictable beating on Frias' numbers, jumping his ERA from 2.82 to 5.34. Not the best day's work. This start was, by far, the worst of Frias' season. To this point, he had actually done a nice job holding down a spot in the rotation. Things don't get any easier moving forward, as a road start against the Cardinals awaits.