Devin Mesoraco (hip) is out of the Reds' lineup again for Tuesday's game against the Brewers.
FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners are having internal discussions about whether to pursue Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Saltalamacchia was designated for assignment on Monday, so the Marlins have 10 days to find a trade. Otherwise, he'll hit free agency and can sign at the major league minimum. The Mariners are currently relying on a combination of Mike Zunino and Jesus Sucre, so Salty could at least make sense as a backup option. The Diamondbacks are also reportedly considering the possibility.
Mike Napoli (illness) is out of the starting lineup for the Red Sox for the second straight day Tuesday.
Napoli is sick and apparently needs another day to rest. Daniel Nava will make the start at first base while Brock Holt will get another start, this time in right field.
Pirates prospect 1B Josh Bell went 4-for-5 with a pair of RBI and runs scored on Monday for Double-A Altoona.
The switch-hitting Bell is enjoying a solid start to the season, as the 22-year-old enters Tuesday with a .333/.403/.417 batting line through 15 games. He’s yet to hit a home run, but Bell projects for above-average game power at maturity with the potential for 15-20 home runs. The Pirates have him playing first base full time now, which was bound to happen given his declining athleticism as well as the team’s loaded big league outfield. While moving to first base could help Bell reach the major leagues earlier than expected, it also places additional pressure on him to develop the power commonly associated with the position.
Pablo Sandoval (neck) is in Tuesday's lineup against the Blue Jays.
Sandoval left Monday's game due to neck soreness after suffering a bit of whiplash, but he's good to go. The 28-year-old is batting .294/.392/.412 with two home runs and 11 RBI across his first 18 games this season.
Padres prospect OF Hunter Renfroe went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI on Monday for Double-A San Antonio.
Renfroe has gotten off to a rough start this season, with a .188/.219/.275 batting line and 23/3 strikeout-to-walk ratio through 16 games. Between the last two seasons at the Double-A level, the 23-year-old owns a .222/.287/.334 batting line with 21 extra-base hits (six home runs) and a 23.5 percent strikeout rate in 324 plate appearances. While his approach might continue to be challenged in the high minors, it shouldn’t be long until Renfroe settles in at the plate and begins to showcase the plus power that produced 21 home runs and 33 doubles in his 2014 full-season debut.
Rangers prospect C Jorge Alfaro went 3-for-5 with his first home run of the season, a go-ahead, two-run shot in the eighth inning, on Monday for Double-A Frisco.
Alfaro is back at Frisco after playing 21 games there to conclude the 2014 season. Between both years, the 21-year-old is batting a combined .285/.351/.467 with 15 extra-base hits (five home runs) and a 40/8 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 151 plate appearances. Alfaro’s approach and plate discipline leaves something to be desired, but he possesses the natural hitting ability and raw power to be an impact player at the highest level. Alfaro, who’s on the 40-man roster, could potentially debut with the Rangers this September, though a 2016 arrival is probably more realistic.
Phillies activated OF Domonic Brown from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Brown is now recovered from left Achilles tendinitis, but he batted just .189 (10-for-53) with one home run and a .573 OPS over 15 games between High-A Clearwater and Triple-A Lehigh Valley during his minor league rehab assignment. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg hinted at the possibility of him staying in Triple-A on Monday, so this decision doesn't come as a big surprise, but it shows how far he's fallen in the organization's eyes. Jeff Francoeur and Grady Sizemore will continue to see playing time in the Phillies' outfield for now.