Astros recalled OF L.J. Hoes from Triple-A Fresno.
Hoes was off to a sizzling .418/.458/.618 start at Fresno. He'll back up at all three outfield positions for the Astros.
Astros optioned RHP Asher Wojciechowski to Triple-A Fresno.
It's the second time he's been sent down in the last two weeks. Wojciechowski holds a 7.31 ERA and 1.88 WHIP over 16 innings this season. The Astros will have to bring someone else up later this week when they need a fifth starter.
Ryan Braun said that he's not absent from Monday's lineup due to injury.
Braun missed Sunday's game with an undisclosed physical issue, but he insists that him not being in there on Monday is a manager's decision. "We won yesterday, guys played well so run with it," Braun said." Wins are the most important thing. Both (Jordan) Schafer and Gerardo (Parra) played well," said Braun. Braun is batting just .230/.277/.279 with one homer in the early going this season.
Jason Heyward (groin) is not in the Cardinals' lineup Monday.
Heyward tweaked his left groin while chasing down a ball in the corner on Sunday. The ailment isn't considered serious, but he'll receive at least one day of rest. Mark Reynolds is getting a start in right field in Heyward's place.
Astros prospect Preston Tucker leads all Triple-A hitters with seven homers and 24 RBI this season.
If the season ended today, Tucker might be the Pacific League MVP. In 17 games for Fresno, Tucker has hit .314 with a stunning .643 slugging percentage. He's been a rockstar this year and the Astros have to be taking notice. If it doesn't happen before that, Tucker should be promoted to Houston when the rosters expand in September.
Yadier Molina (knee) is back in the Cardinals' lineup Monday.
Molina sat out the previous two games after taking a foul tip off his right knee. The All-Star catcher sports a .294/.345/.373 batting line in the early going this season.
Twins prospect Stephen Gonsalvez has been a strikeout machine this year at Low-A Cedar Rapids.
Gonsalves has amassed 30 strikeouts to just two walks this season. His 0.90 ERA and .159 opponent batting average are equally remarkable. Simply put, Gonsalves is ready to move to the next level. Expect the 20-year-old right-hander to receive his promotion sooner rather than later.
Indians prospect Cody Anderson has looked sharp for Double-A Akron this season.
Anderson hasn't allowed more than one run in any of his four starts this year. He carries a 1.13 ERA across 24 innings of work. Anderson had a disastrous season in 2014 (4-11, 5.44 ERA in 25 starts for Akron) but seems to have turned the corner. Opponents are hitting .235 against Anderson, down from .285 a year ago.