Clayton Kershaw (back) received an epidural Wednesday and will be placed on the disabled list.
Well, that's a bummer. The Dodgers have revealed a specific diagnosis for Kershaw yet, and manager Dave Roberts isn't sure whether the left-hander will be ready to return when his 15 days are up. It appears the hope is that he'll be ready to go immediately after the All-Star break, although we'll just have to see how Kershaw recovers from his lower back injury. It's obviously a massive blow to the Dodgers and to fantasy owners even if his absence is relatively brief. The Dodgers have yet to decide who will start in Kershaw's place on Friday.
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.
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."
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.
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.