Logan Schafer has been unavailable the last few days due to hamstring issue.
Schafer felt a pop in his hamstring while stretching prior to a pinch-hitting appearance on Thursday. "It's a lot better (Saturday) than it was (Friday)," Schafer said. "I've never had any problems with my hammy or anything. It was a little weird. I'm just getting treatment and staying on top of it." Schafer is hoping to be available Sunday, but if he's not it's possible the Brewers will put him on the disabled list when they bring back Lyle Overbay from paternity leave.
Blue Jays left-handed pitching prospect Sean Nolin struck out seven batters in six shutout innings, allowing three hits (two doubles) and one walk for Triple-A Buffalo.
Batters are hitting .175/.257/.270 against Nolin for the season, and he sports a sparkling 2.70 ERA and a 11.3 K/9. He profiles as a #4 starter with the possibility to be a #3 starter, so there's no need to snatch him up until there is an opening in Toronto.
Kyle Seager is not in the Mariners' lineup Sunday.
Seager has struggled mightily in the early going, hitting just .161/.288/.232 with no homers. He's getting a breather while Willie Bloomquist fills in at third base. The M's are also resting Mike Zunino, as John Buck is handling the catching duties.
Curtis Granderson is hitting in the No. 2 spot in Sunday's game versus the Braves.
Granderson is hitting only .154/.267/.288 with a homer and four RBI in his first 15 games as a Met, so manager Terry Collins has decided to move him out of the cleanup spot. Daniel Murphy, who is normally the No. 2 hitter, is now hitting fourth. Travis d'Arnaud and Ruben Tejada are getting the day off Sunday, with Anthony Recker and Omar Quintanilla filling in.
Red Sox prospect right-hander Anthony Ranaudo threw sit shutout innings on Saturday, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out five.
The line was very good and not spectacular, but it's the first quality start for Ranaudo in 2014. His ERA sits at 4.35 with a 3.88 FIP, so he may be pitching better than his ERA would indicate. He still sports a 9.1 K/9, so if he gets called up he could be a useful pitcher for fantasy purposes.
Marines optioned OF James Jones to Triple-A Tacoma.
Jones was only up with the big club for a few days but managed to record his first major league hit in his lone plate appearance. He should be back later this summer.
Mariners recalled RHP Brandon Maurer from Triple-A Tacoma.
Maurer will get the start on Sunday versus the Marlins, replacing Blake Beavan (shoulder) in the rotation. The right-hander was pitching mostly as a reliever at Tacoma and will be on a limited pitch count. He can go unowned in fantasy leagues.
Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald writes that Daniel Nava is a "prime candidate to be sent down" when Shane Victorino (hamstring) returns from the disabled list.
Nava was excellent for the Red Sox last season, but he's hit just .136/.239/.271 this year and has options remaining. With Jackie Bradley stabilizing the team's defense in center field, Grady Sizemore has been pushed to left and Nava apparently to Triple-A. Victorino is expected to be activated on Wednesday or Thursday.