Rangers prospect outfielder Jairo Beras went 4-for-5 with a double for Low-A Hickory on Saturday.
After the game on June 14, Beras was hitting .190/.257/.224, but he has hit .400/.440/.643 since then to raise his average to .250/.308/.344. He is one of the many high-ceiling prospects in the Rangers organization, and he has the potential to a perennial All-Star slugging outfielder, though he is unlikely to reach the major leagues until 2018.
Desmond Jennings (knee) remained out of the Rays' lineup Sunday.
Jennings has sat out two straight games with a bruised left knee, but he's expected to be fine after the All-Star break. Kevin Kiermaier is in center field again Sunday.
Jon Niese (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Sunday.
It's the first time he's thrown off a mound since going on the disabled list. The Mets haven't put an official timetable on Niese's return, but the expectation is that he'll rejoin the rotation on July 21 in Seattle if all goes well.
Phillies outfield prospect Carlos Tocci went 3-for-4 with two doubles for Low-A Lakewood on Saturday.
The 18-year old Tocci was hitting .234/.287/.294 at the end of June, but has been on fire in July, hitting .362/.400/.532 with six doubles and one triple to raise his season line to .252/.303/.327. He has hits in 12 of his last 13 games. Tocci has the potential to be an elite outfielder, but his present lack of strength is his primary issue. If he can get stronger and hit for more power, he could reach his ceiling.
Dan Uggla has been suspended by the Braves for one game.
There's no official word on what the suspension is for, but David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is hearing it's for tardiness. It was O'Brien that reported Uggla could be designated for assignment, but evidently the club isn't ready to make that move yet. Uggla has received just 20 at-bats since May 23 and has one hit over that time.
Mets first base prospect Dominic Smith went 2-for-5 for Low-A Savannah.
Smith has been on fire in July, hitting .415/.422/.488, raising his season line to .298/.355/.361 with 20 doubles. After a slow start to the season, he has hit .329/.388/.402 since the beginning of May. Smith is likely to spend the rest of the season in Savannah and start 2015 with High-A St. Lucie.
Derek Holland (knee) isn't expected to rejoin the Rangers' rotation until late August or early September.
Holland hasn't been shy about saying that he thinks he's ready to return now, but the Rangers are proceeding extra cautiously with the left-hander. He's been sent to the team's spring training facility and will throw three more live batting practice sessions before being re-evaluated. It's possible he'll begin a rehab assignment after that. "That is the way we planned it right now," pitching coach Mike Maddux said. "When you put stuff on paper, you’re conservative. If he accelerates it, that’s good. But we don’t want to do too much too soon and have a setback. There is a difference between throwing on the side and throwing in game conditions. You can’t simulate game conditions."
Justin Turner (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday.
Barring any setbacks, he'll be activated on Friday for the beginning of the second half. "If the timing feels good and everything, Friday looks pretty doable," Turner said. "I don’t think it’s a matter of games. It’s just trying to get some at-bats. Everything feels good."