Dustin Pedroia was lifted for a pinch-runner in the fifth inning of Wednesday's game against the Rockies.
They're dropping like flies in Boston. Catcher Ryan Hanigan was forced out of action due to illness earlier in the game. For his part, Pedroia hit a double to shallow left to lead off the fifth inning before Marco Hernandez came on for him as a pinch-runner. The Red Sox should pass along word in the near future as to the nature of Pedroia's presumed-injury.
Ryan Hanigan was forced out of Wednesday's game against the Rockies due to an illness.
Hanigan collected a single in his first at-bat, but was pulled for a pinch-hitting Christian Vasquez in the bottom of the fourth. The Red Sox forwarded that he is dealing with a bit of a bug. Consider him day-to-day. Hanigan is also fighting through a left hand contusion suffered over the weekend. Tough times for the veteran backstop.
On the possibility of optioning the struggling Shelby Miller to Triple-A Reno, Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart said Wednesday, "We want to get him on track the best way we can."
"We will figure it out and do what's needed," Stewart followed. This is all incredibly vague, but there is no denying Miller's issues. The 25-year-old right-hander was rocked for six runs over five innings in Tuesday's loss to the Pirates and holds a 7.09 ERA, 1.86 WHIP, and 30/29 K/BB ratio across 45 2/3 innings in 2016. His next scheduled start would come against the Padres this weekend, assuming he is still on the major league roster at that time.
Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) will throw from 90 feet on Wednesday.
Alvarez threw from 75 feet on Tuesday and reported no issues. He will stretch out his catch session Wednesday as he works his way back from a July shoulder surgery. If the 26-year-old right-hander makes it through Wednesday without a setback, the A's will then determine the next step in his rehab.
Alex Rodriguez (hamstring) went 1-for-2 with a homer on Wednesday night at Double-A Trenton.
Rodriguez hit into a groundout in his first at-bat, but he swatted a two-run shot to dead center in his second trip to the plate to put Trenton up 6-0. A-Rod is due back in the Yankees' starting lineup Thursday after missing the last three weeks with a hamstring strain. He went 3-for-6 with three RBI on his two-game rehab assignment with the Trenton Thunder.
Yankees catching prospect Gary Sanchez has a non-displaced fracture in his right thumb.
Sanchez will hit the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre disabled list and be reevaluated via X-rays in two weeks. The 23-year-old backstop initially suffered the injury after taking a foul-tip to the thumb on Tuesday. The major league off-shoot of this is that the Yankees have little ammunition at the catcher position should Brian McCann or Austin Romine suffer any sort of injury.
X-rays taken on Brandon Belt's sprained left ankle came back negative.
Belt suffered the ankle injury on a slide into second base during Wednesday afternoon's win over the Padres. Giants manager Bruce Bochy described the injury as mild and the negative X-rays back that assertion. Belt said that he thinks he might be able to play against the Rockies (at Coors Field) on Friday.
T.J. McFarland (knee) will throw a simulated game on Friday or Saturday.
McFarland injured his left knee making a start for Triple-A Norfolk on Friday, but on the positive side, no structural damage was found when he underwent an MRI. Assuming his simulated game goes well, he could return to minor league action in relatively short order.