Greg Holland threw a bullpen session Tuesday for the first time since landing on the disabled list on April 18 with a Grade 1 pectoral strain.
Royals manager Ned Yost said after the workout that he thinks Holland could be ready by early next week. Wade Davis has been filling in at closer for Kansas City and has been fantastic, but the job is Holland's. He had converted four saves in four opportunities without allowing a run before suffering the pectoral injury.
Shane Victorino (hamstring) could begin a minor league rehab assignment next week.
Victorino landed on the disabled list over the weekend with a right hamstring strain, but he has already increased his running program. The Red Sox called up Jackie Bradley, Jr. on Tuesday, but Brock Holt should continue to benefit the most from Victorino's absence.
Max Scherzer (thumb) was able to throw off a mound Tuesday without issue.
Scherzer had to be scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday night against the Braves after injuring his thumb during an at-bat last Thursday, but he expects to return to the Nationals' starting rotation later this week. The $210 million right-hander owns a 1.26 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 29/4 K/BB ratio through 28 2/3 innings with Washington.
Jon Jay will bat leadoff Tuesday against the Phillies.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is shaking things up in an effort to get some more offense. Matt Carpenter will slide down to the No. 2 spot while Jason Heyward (hamstring) is back in the lineup and will bat sixth. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, Kolten Wong is still batting eighth.
Gregory Polanco (groin) is not in the Pirates' starting lineup Tuesday against the Cubs.
Polanco tweaked a muscle in his groin over the weekend and was a late scratch from Monday's series opener at Wrigley Field. He is considered day-to-day.
Desmond Jennings (knee) is out of the Rays' starting lineup again Tuesday vs. the Yankees.
Jennings tweaked his left knee on Saturday and will now miss his third straight start. He's not expected to go on the disabled list, so continue to consider him day-to-day for now. David DeJesus, Kevin Kiermaier, and Steven Souza will start in the outfield Tuesday while Tim Beckham will serve as the designated hitter.
Rays designated LHP Everett Teaford for assignment.
The move clears a spot for the newly-acquired Xavier Cedeno. Teaford was just called up over the weekend and allowed one run on four hits and two walks over 2 1/3 innings in his lone appearance.
Miguel Castro has been removed from the Blue Jays' closer role.
Brett Cecil, who was pulled from the closer role earlier this month, is back in. There's no easy answer for the Blue Jays right now, but Castro has really struggled of late, allowing runs in four out of his last five appearances and blowing two saves in the process. The Blue Jays are hoping that pitching in some lower-leverage situations will get him back on track.