Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro on Tuesday indicated that Cesar Hernandez will remain the club's second baseman even after Chase Utley (ankle) returns from the disabled list.
"Not for me he's not," Amaro said when asked if Utley would still be the everyday second baseman when he returns. "Cesar Hernandez is our best second baseman." It's hard to argue with the GM given what Utley did before hitting the DL and what Hernandez has done this season, but it's still a little surprising to hear Amaro be so blunt. There remains no timetable for Utley's return.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Tuesday that pitching prospect Aaron Nola could be called up not long after the All-Star break.
There had been some speculation that Nola could be promoted to make his major league debut on Saturday, but Amaro says that won't happen. The young righty has looked ready for the majors for a while now and is most certainly a better option than what the Phillies have been throwing out there, but the club isn't ready to give him a shot just yet. Nola boasts a 1.97 ERA between Double- and Triple-A this season.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that Brandon Beachy (elbow) is a candidate to start on Saturday versus the Brewers.
Making his way back from a second Tommy John surgery, Beachy holds a 2.41 ERA over five rehab starts and went six innings and threw 92 pitches in his last outing on Monday for Triple-A Oklahoma City. Mattingly said the righty touched 93 mph on the radar gun in the start, so it appears he's ready. The Dodgers have been seeking back-of-the-rotation help all season, so it would be a huge lift if Beachy can be even close to his pre-op form.
Francisco Cervelli is not in the Pirates' lineup Tuesday.
He was in the original lineup but was scratched due to what was simply referred to as a manager's decision. Chris Stewart will catch in Cervelli's place.
Josh Hamilton (hip) returned to the Rangers' lineup Tuesday.
Hamilton hadn't played since Friday due to what the team referred to has a groin issue but he says is more a right hip injury. His left hamstring also still isn't 100 percent yet, but Hamilton will try to gut it out for a few games before the All-Star break.
Juan Lagares is not in the Mets' lineup Tuesday.
It looks to be a routine day off. Kirk Nieuwenhuis is in center field in Lagares' place.
Michael Cuddyer is absent from the Mets' lineup Tuesday.
Cuddyer returned to action on Sunday after missing four starts with a sore left knee. Manager Terry Collins said the knee is bothering Cuddyer again, although he's well enough to play. The Mets are just being cautious here. John Mayberry is in left field in Cuddyer's place.
Buster Posey is not in the Giants' lineup Tuesday.
It looks to be a simple day of rest. Andrew Susac is behind the plate Tuesday.