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Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Wednesday that pitching prospect Jeff Hoffman is "pretty close" to earning a call-up.

One of the key pieces in last season's Troy Tulowitzki trade with the Blue Jays, Hoffman has put up a 3.49 ERA and 88/29 K/BB ratio over 87 2/3 innings in a tough pitching environment at Triple-A Albuquerque this year. He'd obviously be entering another tough environment should the Rockies promote him soon, although the talented 23-year-old might be worth a look in deeper leagues. Eddie Butler's spot in Colorado's rotation appears to be the most vulnerable.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 30 - 1:21 PM

Tyler Chatwood (back) will make a rehab start with High-A Modesto on Thursday.

Assuming it goes off without a hitch, Chatwood is likely to rejoin the Rockies' rotation next Tuesday. He's missed a couple weeks of action with a strained lower back.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 30 - 1:16 PM

Andrew Cashner (neck) is expected to rejoin the Padres' rotation on Sunday against the Yankees.

Cashner tossed three scoreless innings for High-A Lake Elsinore on Tuesday, and that was enough to convince the Padres he was ready. The right-hander has put up a disappointing 4.75 ERA over 11 starts this season. The Padres are considering going with six starters for a while rather than remove someone from the rotation to accommodate Cashner.
Jun 30 - 1:11 PM

Joc Pederson (shoulder) is not available to play Thursday.

Pederson is missing a second straight start with a bruised AC joint in his right shoulder, and he's not available off the bench, either. The hope is that he'll be ready to go sometime over the weekend. Trayce Thompson is again filling in in center field.
Jun 30 - 12:45 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Steven Matz (elbow) "was seriously considering surgery, and maybe even leaning that way, before a meeting with the Mets brass."

Matz has already received one cortisone shot to combat left elbow pain brought upon by a bone spur. The southpaw has been told that he won't do any more damage pitching through the ailment, so he'll try to do so for now after having a start pushed back one day. However, surgery is still very much on the table at some point, particularly if he isn't terribly effective while pitching compromised.
Jun 30 - 12:37 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) received an epidural Wednesday and will be placed on the disabled list.

Well, that's a bummer. The Dodgers haven't revealed a specific diagnosis for Kershaw yet, and it appears that he's likely to be sidelined longer than the minimum 15 days. We'll just have to see how Kershaw recovers from his lower back injury before a timetable can be established. It's obviously a massive blow to the Dodgers and to fantasy owners even if his absence winds up being relatively brief. The Dodgers have yet to decide who will start in Kershaw's place on Friday.
Jun 30 - 12:24 PM

Shi Davidi writes of Aaron Sanchez that "the talk now (is) that he may be strong enough to hang in as a starter all year long."

The Blue Jays have said previously that Sanchez will move to the bullpen at some point this season in an effort to keep his workload down, and just two weeks ago manager John Gibbons reiterated that stance. However, Sanchez has been so good as a starter that the club may be reconsidering things. It's possible they could ultimately just decide to skip and/or push back Sanchez a few times, although even if they did that the righty would still be looking at a large innings increase. He threw only 92 1/3 innings last season and is currently on pace for 213 1/3 frames this year. It's obviously a situation for fantasy owners to monitor closely.
Source: Sportsnet
Jun 30 - 12:22 PM

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Friday that the club could consider calling up Drew Hutchison to be used in a relief role.

The Jays have had all kinds of trouble bridging the gap from their starters to closer Roberto Osuna, so potentially considering Hutchison as a relief option makes sense. Nearly all of his appearances as a pro have come as a starter, but he could potentially be a weapon in relief. "He’s one of our best pitchers," Atkins said of Hutchison. "If we get to a point where our starting pitching isn’t in need of him any longer, and we feel like we can get into the post-season without him as a starting pitcher, then he will absolutely be a part of the solution."
Source: Sportsnet
Jun 30 - 12:12 PM

Joe Mauer is not in the Twins' lineup Thursday.

It appears to be a routine day off. Byung-Ho Park is on the bench again, as well. The Twins are going with Trevor Plouffe at first base, Eduardo Nunez at third, Eduardo Escobar at shortstop, Robbie Grossman in the designated hitter spot and Danny Santana in left field.
Jun 30 - 11:39 AM

Yasiel Puig (knee) is back in the Dodgers' lineup Thursday.

Puig was removed from Wednesday's game with a minor knee contusion, but he's fine. He's in right field and batting sixth against Zach Davies and the Brewers.
Jun 30 - 11:37 AM

Stephen Piscotty might not play Thursday due to a bruised left foot.

Piscotty banged his left foot while making an attempt at a diving catch Wednesday. He remained in the game but didn't look totally comfortable. X-rays ruled out any fractures, though, and he should be considered day-to-day. "Double-swelling going on there," he said.
Jun 30 - 11:31 AM

Trevor May (back) will pitch on Saturday and Sunday for Triple-A Rochester before being re-evaluated.

It presumably will be the last hurdle for him to clear before he's activated. May has missed the last three weeks of action due to back spasms.
Jun 30 - 11:18 AM

Miguel Sano (hamstring) will play both games of a doubleheader for Triple-A Rochester on Thursday.

He'll play third base in one game and serve as the designated hitter in the other. Sano has hit a couple home runs while on his rehab assignment but has just three hits in 19 at-bats overall. The Twins would like to see him look a bit better at the plate before activating him. "He’s hit a couple of homers. That’s been about the extent of his offensive output, which isn’t bad," manager Paul Molitor said. "I just think you look for signs that … his at-bats are normal. It’s not always results or a hot streak [you’re looking for] — you can just tell if he’s recognizing pitchers or doing what you’re accustomed to him doing."
Jun 30 - 11:16 AM

Chad Green will be recalled to start on Sunday versus the Padres.

He's making a spot start, as the Yankees wanted to push CC Sabathia back a day to give him a little extra rest. Green has put up a 7.20 ERA in his brief time with the big club this season but boasts a 1.54 ERA with a strikeout per inning at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Deep leaguers might consider him as a streaming option in a juicy matchup.
Jun 30 - 11:08 AM

CC Sabathia's next scheduled start has been pushed back a day to Monday against the White Sox.

They just wanted to give the big man a little extra rest after he allowed 11 runs over his last two outings. Chad Green will be recalled to make a spot start.
Jun 30 - 11:06 AM



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