MLB Power Rankings: Week 8

MLB Power Rankings: Week 8
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Jesus Aguilar is out of the Brewers' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks.

Aguilar has been hitting the cover off the ball this month, but Brewers manager Craig Counsell said he wanted to give the 27-year-old a day of rest. Ji-Man Choi is starting at first base and batting second for the Brewers on Tuesday versus Arizona right-hander Matt Koch.
May 22 - 6:10 PM

Nelson Cruz (elbow) remains out of the Mariners' starting lineup Tuesday against the Athletics.

Cruz took a pitch off his elbow on Saturday and hasn't played since, but the Mariners are optimistic the veteran slugger can avoid the disabled list. Daniel Vogelbach is starting at designated hitter and batting sixth Tuesday night against A's right-hander Trevor Cahill.
May 22 - 5:59 PM

Mets optioned INF/OF Phillip Evans to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Evans went 1-for-8 with four strikeouts during his short stay with New York. This moves clears a 25-man roster spot for Jose Bautista, who has been signed to a one-year major league contract and will be available for Tuesday night's game against the Marlins.
May 22 - 5:56 PM

Mets signed OF Jose Bautista to a one-year contract.

This came together quickly, as Bautista is already in New York and will be active for Tuesday night's game against the Marlins. He got a major league deal from the Mets despite batting .143/.250/.343 over 40 plate appearances on a minor league pact with the Braves. That just shows how desperate the Mets are for immediate right-handed corner outfield depth. We wouldn't expect the 37-year-old to carry any fantasy value in Queens.
May 22 - 5:55 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post confirms that the Mets have reached a deal with Jose Bautista.

It'll presumably be a minor league contract with performance incentives built in. Bautista was released by the Braves on Sunday after batting just .143/.250/.343 in 40 plate appearances and struggling defensively at third base, but the 37-year-old can provide some much-needed immediate corner outfield depth for New York. The deal should be official soon.
May 22 - 5:48 PM

Ryan Braun (back) went through a full pregame workout on Monday and will do the same Tuesday.

If everything continues to go smoothly, Braun could be activated from the 10-day disabled list when first eligible on Thursday. He's been out since May 14 with a middle-back injury. The veteran outfielder was batting .222/.268/.413 with five home runs and four stolen bases through 37 games this season.
May 22 - 5:45 PM

Yonny Chirinos (forearm) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with High-A Charlotte.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says Chirinos will make "several" rehab appearances before returning to the Rays' rotation. The 24-year-old right-hander has been out since May 1 because of a forearm strain. He had a decent 3.71 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 24/9 K/BB ratio over his first 26 2/3 innings this season.
May 22 - 5:42 PM

Hector Velazquez (back) appears poised to come off the disabled list Thursday.

That's the first day he's eligible. Velazquez was placed on the 10-day disabled list May 14 with a lower back strain, after delivering a 2.10 ERA and 18/5 K/BB ratio over his first 25 2/3 innings this season for the Red Sox.
May 22 - 5:40 PM
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