Jeff Locke allowed one run on four hits over eight innings of work against the Brewers on Saturday.
Locke gave up a sacrifice fly to Jonathan Lucroy in the first inning and nothing the rest of the way. He struck out six without walking a batter. Locke tends to issue too many free passes (2.7 BB/9 last season), so it's nice to see him with a clean column. Despite the walk tendencies, his ability to keep opponents off the board makes him a palatable, if unsexy fantasy option in NL-only leagues. We don't think Locke's ERA will stay south of 3.00 (it's currently 1.91), but a high-2.00, low-3.00 ERA could be in play. Locke will look to shackle up the Cubs in his next outing.
Kyle Lohse surrendered six earned runs over six innings in Saturday's loss to the Pirates.
In Lohse's first two starts of the year, he allowed eight runs and four runs. Things didn't look much better on Saturday. He allowed three runs in the first inning off of a pair of RBI singles, then gave up a three-run bomb to Starling Marte in the fifth. His ERA for the season now sits at 10.34. The veteran right-hander is best left off fantasy rosters until these numbers settle. He'll try to get that ERA into single digits when he faces the Reds in his next outing.
Jesse Hahn left his start Saturday versus the Royals with a blister on his right hand.
It doesn't sound like much, though blisters sometimes cause starting pitchers to miss rotation turns. It's a coin flip whether Hahn will be ready to go Thursday against the Angels. If he isn't ready, expect Jesse Chavez to get the nod. Hahn allowed just three hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings on Saturday night against the Royals and boasts a 2.12 ERA through three starts this season.
Collin Cowgill was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the seventh inning Saturday against the Astros.
Cowgill went 0-for-3 with a strikeout before the ejection. With Cowgill gone, Efren Navarro will finish out the game in left field.
Matt Joyce (foot) departed early from Saturday night's game against the Astros.
Joyce made it to the top of the seventh inning, but Efren Navarro was in left field when the bottom of the seventh began. Joyce fouled a ball off his right foot Wednesday and is dealing with some lingering soreness. He should ultimately be fine.
Jesse Hahn left Saturday's start against the Royals in the sixth inning after fielding a comebacker.
He was looking at a finger on his throwing hand when he exited. It's a shame because Hahn was having an excellent game, allowing just three hits in 5 1/3 shutout innings. Jesse Chavez came on to take his place. We should know more about Hahn's status after the game. He could be dealing with a blister.
David Hale (oblique) will make a rehab appearance at High-A Modesto on Monday.
Hale is working his way back from a strained oblique. The goal Monday is for him to throw about 45 pitches. Prior to getting hurt, Hale had been in the mix for a rotation spot. If he comes back as a starter, Christian Bergman might have to settle for bullpen duty.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch was encouraged by Josh Fields' rehab outing Friday for Triple-A Fresno.
Hinch said Fields showed some of his "best stuff" while throwing "just north" of 20 pitches. Friday was Fields' fourth rehab outing and he's scheduled to make another appearance on Sunday. Hinch hinted that Fields could be activated at some point during the team's upcoming road trip. Fields has been out since late March with a strained groin.