Adam Morgan's average fastball was clocked at 90.8 mph during Friday's start against the Indians.
That's up almost a full two mph from last season. Morgan is now two years removed from shoulder surgery and it appears he's beginning to regain his old velocity. "Everything is good, and that's what I'm excited about. Everything has been progressing phenomenally," Morgan said. "It's a good sign, for sure. I'm feeling good, and it gives me confidence." Morgan's upside still isn't all that high even with the better velocity, but he could carve out some NL-only value.
Jonathan Lucroy is absent from the Brewers' lineup Sunday.
It's a routine day off. Martin Maldonado is doing the catching.
Curtis Granderson is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.
Lucas Duda and Asdrubal Cabrera are also on the bench against Giants southpaw Madison Bumgarner. The Mets have Juan Lagares in right field, Eric Campbell at first base and Wilmer Flores at shortstop.
Danny Valencia (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Friday, the first day he's eligible.
Valencia will begin a three-game rehab assignment with High-A Stockton on Monday, playing third base twice and serving as a designated hitter once. Assuming all goes well, he'll be back with the A's next weekend in Baltimore. Valencia was off to a .294/.345/.353 start in his first 14 games before straining his hamstring.
Desmond Jennings is not in the Rays' lineup Sunday.
It's the second time in the last three games that he's been benched in favor of Brandon Guyer. Jennings is hitting .081/.167/.135 over his last 10 games.
Justin Smoak is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Sunday.
The Jays have Edwin Encarnacion at first base, Jose Bautista in the designated hitter spot and Ezequiel Carrera in right field. Smoak hit just .189/.375/.216 in April.
Braves purchased the contract of INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio from Triple-A Gwinnett.
Bonifacio was off to a .333/.384/.379 start at the plate with 10 steals for Gwinnett. The 31-year-old utility player will back up at a variety of positions.
Braves optioned RHP Chris Withrow to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Withrow posted a 3.86 ERA and 4/5 K/BB ratio over seven relief innings with the big club. He'll get another shot eventually.