Clay Buchholz pitched brilliantly on Tuesday, racking up eight scoreless innings in a win over the Twins.
Buchholz scattered three hits (all singles) and a pair of walks while striking out eight. It's the latest in what has been an elite stretch of pitching. In his last five starts, Buchholz has a 1.95 ERA and a 30/8 K/BB ratio in 37 innings. Overall, he's lowered his ERA to 3.82 with a 1.21 WHIP and a 70/18 K/BB ratio over 68 1/3 innings. He matches up with the Athletics at home in his next outing.
X-rays on Robinson Chirinos's right hand came back negative.
Chirinos was hit on the hand by a pitch Tuesday but didn't suffer any breaks. He's day-to-day.
Ricky Nolasco (ankle) is not expected to make his next scheduled start on Friday against the Brewers.
Nolasco is dealing with a right ankle impingement, an ailment that forced him from Sunday's outing. An MRI revealed no structural damage and he's hoping to avoid a disabled list stint, but he won't be ready Friday. More will be known about the right-hander's status when he throws a bullpen session Thursday. J.R. Graham is an option to make a spot start Friday.
Doug Fister (elbow) will throw secondary pitches in a bullpen session later this week.
Fister had a light bullpen session on Monday where he threw only fastballs that he said "went as well as expected." He's now ready to mix in some breaking pitches and says the soreness in his pitching arm has "pretty much subsided completely." There's still no timetable for his return, but he's progressing.
Robinson Chirinos had to leave Tuesday's game versus the White Sox with an undisclosed injury.
Chirinos was hit by a pitch and also took a foul tip in the game. The Rangers should have an update on his status shortly.
Bruce Rondon (biceps) could be activated from the disabled list on Friday.
Rondon has allowed four runs over 4 1/3 innings in his first five rehab appearances and will make a sixth appearance with Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday. The hard-throwing reliever has been out all season with right biceps tendinitis.
Jason Castro (knee) is available off the bench Tuesday.
Castro didn't start after taking a ball off the right knee on Monday, but he'll be alright. "He's pretty sore," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "He's available, and we avoided sort of the bigger injuries. But he feels as you should when you get hit in the knee by a fastball."
Padres optioned RHP Cory Mazzoni to Triple-A El Paso.
Mazzoni has struggled with a 10.29 ERA over six relief appearances with the big club this season. He returns to a 1.04 ERA at El Paso.