John Lackey allowed four runs on eight hits over six innings but earned the win Saturday against the Red Sox.
Lackey was far from dominant against his former team, serving up two homers among his eight hits allowed, but the Cubs offense supplied him with enough support to take home the win. The 38-year-old has now gone exactly six innings in each of his five starts, posting a 5.10 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in those outings. Lackey will have an easier task when he takes on the Phillies on Thursday.
Rich Hill (blister) will throw 60 pitches in a rehab start for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Thursday, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.
Hill threw a 48-pitch simulated game Saturday and came out of it unscathed, paving the way for Thursday's rehab start. If that goes well, the southpaw will return to the Dodgers in the second week of May. Blisters have been a huge issue for Hill in recent years, marring his career resurgence. When on the mound he's been terrific, though.
Ian Desmond "seems poised" to make his Rockies debut in left field Sunday, per Thomas Harding of MLB.com.
Harding also said Desmond is "in line" to get the start against Diamondbacks southpaw Patrick Corbin, despite no official word from the club. Desmond has been hitting the cover off the ball in extended spring, and Rockies manager Bud Black said he and Desmond would talk Saturday before any decision was made. The 31-year-old has been sidelined since March 12 with a fractured left hand. His fantasy upside is huge in a strong Rockies lineup and playing half his games at Coors Field.
Shelby Miller has opted to undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com reports.
"After taking some time and sitting back for a couple of days and talking to everybody and getting all the information that I could, I'm just going to go ahead and get the surgery done," Miller said. "With where I am in my career and how many years I have ahead of me, I think it's the logical thing to do." Miller said he's hopeful to be back on a mound next spring, but more realistically he'll probably be out until late 2018 or perhaps even the start of the 2019 season.
Danny Salazar allowed three runs over 6 1/3 innings to help lead the Indians to a 4-3 win over the Mariners on Saturday.
Salazar only yielded three hits on the night, but two were homers accounting for all three of the Mariners' runs. He also walked three while striking out six. He hasn't flashed his dominant form yet this year, but Salazar is now 2-2 with a 4.34 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in five starts. He'll try to get over .500 when he takes on the Tigers in Detroit on Thursday.
Travis Shaw left Saturday's game against the Braves due to a right hand contusion.
If Shaw is forced to miss time it might be Hernan Perez seeing regular starts at the hot corner. Perez shifted from center field to third base while Keon Broxton checked into the game to take the place of Perez.
Yovani Gallardo allowed four runs over six innings in a loss to the Indians on Saturday.
Gallardo gave up seven hits and walked three, and he struck out seven for his second consecutive start. The 31-year-old has now registered just one quality start in his five appearances this year, owning a 5.08 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. Gallardo will work on his 1-3 record when he takes on his former team, the Rangers, on Friday.
Kyle Seager hit his first home run of the season in Saturday's loss to the Indians.
Seager had managed 13 RBI through his first 21 games despite going homerless, and Saturday's blast was just a solo shot. Still, it's good that he finally broke through, hopefully opening the floodgates after he hit a career-high 30 homers last year. Overall, the 29-year-old is hitting .254/.360/.394.