Tigers optioned OF Avisail Garcia to Triple-A Toledo.
Garcia was up in the bigs for only few days this time around. The 22-year-old outfielder has a .279/.315/.441 batting line in 25 major league games this season.
Nate McLouth went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a steal and two runs scored against the Tigers on Wednesday.
McLouth was hitting .226/.344/.264 in 53 at-bats for the month entering the day. But even though he hasn't hit for average since April, he's still drawing walks and stealing bases. While McLouth, with 24, is seven steals behind Jacoby Ellsbury for the AL lead, he has eight more than anyone else in the circuit.
David Ross will visit concussion specialist Dr. Mickey Collins on Thursday in Pittsburgh.
Ross has been bothered by post-concussion symptoms since mid-May and was officially placed back on the disabled list on Tuesday night. He is out indefinitely.
Prince Fielder went 0-for-4 on Wednesday and is without a homer since June 4.
Fielder has been hitting for average of late, but except for a three-game surge at the beginning of the month, the power hasn't been there. He has a total of five homers and 27 RBI in 44 games since May 1 after totaling seven homers and 27 RBI in 25 games in April. Fortunately, since he's hitting behind Miguel Cabrera, he's still driving in runs with singles and doubles.
Chris Perez (shoulder) will not be activated from the disabled list this Friday.
The original plan was to bring him back for the weekend but Perez yielded three homers (and five runs in total) during a rehab appearance Tuesday night at Double-A Akron. The Indians want to get him a little more work against minor league competition. Vinnie Pestano will remain the Indians' primary ninth-inning man.
Astros first-round pick Mark Appel is expected to make several minor league starts this season.
Appel, the No. 1 overall selection in this year's draft, officially signed with Houston in a ceremony Wednesday at Minute Maid Park. He'll head to the Astros' spring training complex next week for workouts before being assigned to a minor league affiliate. The talented 21-year-old righty could reach the majors by late 2014.
Brett Lawrie (ankle) took grounders and some light batting practice on Wednesday afternoon.
It's a nice step in the right direction for the young third baseman, who injured his ankle on a slide on May 27. He should be cleared to run the bases in about one week. Then comes the minor league rehab assignment. The best guess right now is that he's back in early July.
Jose Reyes (ankle) will join Triple-A Buffalo on Friday to continue his rehab assignment.
He'll be just one step away from activation at that point. Reyes, who has been on the shelf since April 12 with a severe ankle sprain, is 5-for-12 through his first three rehab games at High-A Dunedin. He should be back in the Blue Jays' starting lineup in less than a week.