Chris Bassitt will undergo an MRI Monday after experiencing right shoulder soreness.
Bassitt began feeling soreness after his previous start. He had been slated to start on Tuesday, but Cody Martin will be called up to take the ball instead. Obviously, more will be known about Bassitt's status after the exam results come back. He's been a nice surprise for the A's with a 2.82 ERA and 1.13 WHIP over 73 1/3 innings.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Monday that Jurickson Profar (shoulder) could be activated from the disabled list sometime next month.
Well, that's a nice surprise. Profar began a rehab assignment last week as he works his way back from labrum surgery and evidently might be an option for the Rangers in September. His role with the big club down the stretch almost surely would be minimal, but it would be nice to see the former top prospect back in the majors.
The Rangers expect to use Josh Hamilton (knee) only as a pinch-hitter during the final month of the season.
Hamilton can hit and throw without any issues, but he remains unable to run without experiencing discomfort in his left knee. It's possible he'll require surgery over the offseason. The Rangers acquired Will Venable earlier this month as protection for Hamilton and he's now slated to serve as the club's regular left fielder down the stretch.
Steven Matz (lat) allowed just one hit over 5 1/3 scoreless innings in his final rehab start with Double-A Binghamton on Monday.
He walked two and struck out four. Matz has now yielded just two runs across 15 rehab innings this month. The Mets haven't announced a date when he will rejoin the rotation, but there's a good chance it will come this weekend in Miami.
Elvis Araujo (groin) is not expected to return this season.
The Phillies simply don't want to push the young left-hander. "I think [we're exercising] an overabundance of caution," assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said. "He's done very well, and he's got a chance to be a piece for us going forward. There's no reason to take any unneeded chances with him." Araujo held a 3.38 ERA with 34 strikeouts over 34 2/3 innings with the Phils this season.