Week That Was: Yankee Shake Up

Week That Was: Yankee Shake Up
Nick Nelson reflects on the week's biggest MLB news, including Castillo's debut, Gennett's demotion and Whitley's surgery.
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Mariners second base prospect Tim Lopes extended his hitting streak to 14 games Saturday for High-A Bakersfield.

Lopes ended Richelson Pena's perfect game with a one-out single in the seventh inning. Even with the hitting streak, Lopes is still batting just .259 this month with no homers in 85 at-bats. The 20-year-old doesn't hit for power but he does have a decent set of wheels. Lopes has ten steals on 14 attempts this year.
May 24 - 3:46 PM

Yonder Alonso (shoulder) is expected to begin a rehab assignment with High-A Lake Elsinore on Wednesday.

Padres manager Bud Black seemed pessimistic less than a week ago about Alonso's recovery from a bone bruise in his right shoulder, but the first baseman has apparently made great progress since then. He'll hit on the field on Monday. "I was able to go through my routine, I was able to hit some balls off the tee and hit some balls off front toss. Day by day, I'm increasing my load," he said. "I'm feeling good, responded well to [Friday's] work."
May 24 - 3:44 PM

Rangers pitching prospect Richelson Pena retired the first 19 hitters he faced Saturday in a win for High-A High Desert.

Ronald Guzman's dropped popup opened the door for a Tim Lopes single in the seventh inning. Pena has followed up a two-game losing streak by winning his last two starts. Pena has 16 strikeouts and no walks over his last 21 2/3 innings. Opponents have hit only .176 against the right-hander this month.
Source: MILB.com
May 24 - 3:32 PM

X-rays on Sonny Gray's right ankle came back negative.

Gray was hit on the ankle by a comebacker during Sunday's start in Tampa. He's escaped with merely a bruise and should be ready to roll later this week for his next scheduled start.
May 24 - 3:28 PM

Sonny Gray had to exit Sunday's start against the Rays with a right ankle contusion.

Gray was hit by a comebacker in the fourth inning. He initially stayed in and completed five scoreless frames, but the ankle must have swelled up on him. Gray should be fine for his next start.
May 24 - 3:00 PM

Matt Stites (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment at High-A Visalia later this week.

It will come after he makes one final appearance in extended spring training on Monday. Stites was diagnosed with a strained right flexor tendon in spring training, but he's made nice progress lately and it appears he could be back early next month.
May 24 - 2:33 PM

Pedro Baez (pectoral) is pain-free and will begin a throwing program soon.

Baez has been out for over a week with a right pectoral strain, but he's apparently over the ailment. It sounds like he could be ready for activation when eligible or shortly after.
May 24 - 2:29 PM

Yasmani Grandal (concussion) is expected to be activated from the disabled list when first eligible next Saturday.

Grandal was placed on the DL Saturday with a mild concussion, but the Dodgers anticipate him being ready to play in a few days. He could play 2-3 rehab games before being activated.
May 24 - 2:28 PM
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