Dose: Young And Athletics

Dose: Young And Athletics
Nate Grimm recaps the future's arrival in Oakland, a time frame for A.J. Pollock's activation and Lance McCullers' strong return in Sunday's Dose.
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Tim Beckham is not in the Rays' lineup Sunday.

Beckham played the last two days after returning from a bruised hand, but he'll take a seat in this one. It looks to be a simple day off. Daniel Robertson and Taylor Featherston will be the Rays' middle infielders Sunday.
Jun 25 - 10:21 AM

Nomar Mazara (forearm) remained out of the Rangers' lineup Sunday.

He's missed two straight starts because of a bruised right forearm that came as a result of an Aroldis Chapman hit by pitch. Delino DeShields is in left field and Shin-Soo Choo is in right.
Jun 25 - 10:18 AM

Erasmo Ramirez is being moved back to the Rays' bullpen.

Blake Snell is rejoining the rotation this week. Ramirez posted a 6.05 ERA over eight starts to earn the demotion.
Jun 25 - 10:13 AM

Blake Snell will start for the Rays on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

Erasmo Ramirez is headed back to the bullpen. Snell was sent down last month after posting a 4.71 ERA over seven starts, but he's earned another opportunity with a 2.66 ERA and 61/15 K/BB ratio over 44 innings at Triple-A Durham. The left-hander is going to get swings and misses, but we'll see whether the improved control he showed at Durham translates now that he's back in the majors. We're skeptical.
Jun 25 - 10:11 AM

Stephen Piscotty was not in the Cardinals' lineup Saturday due to some tightness in his right forearm.

He did, however, hit a two-RBI, pinch-hit single in the ninth inning. It's unclear whether the ailment is something that could keep Piscotty out of the lineup for any more games.
Jun 25 - 8:51 AM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals will recall Randal Grichuk from Triple-A Memphis prior to Sunday's game versus the Pirates.

The corresponding move isn't known yet. Grichuk had an eight-game hitting streak going at Memphis and had homered in six of his last 10 contests. He also sported a 29 percent strikeout rate and 4.8 percent walk rate, so the plate discipline the Cards hoped he'd magically find in the minors didn't happen. Manager Mike Matheny noted Saturday that he didn't think it would be wise to recall Grichuk and not play him, so he should be in the lineup fairly regularly. Who sits is the question, as Tommy Pham has been one of the team's best players over the last seven weeks.
Jun 25 - 8:48 AM

Orioles recalled RHP Stefan Crichton from Triple-A Norfolk.

Crichton has been up and down between the majors and minors many times this season, ultimately posting an 8.49 ERA over seven relief appearances so far with the big club. He'll be used in low-leverage situations.
Jun 25 - 8:34 AM

Orioles optioned RHP Miguel Castro to Double-A Bowie.

Castro holds a 4.09 ERA over eight relief appearances in the majors this season. Stefan Crichton is replacing him in the bullpen.
Jun 25 - 8:32 AM
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