Dodgers RHP prospect Jose De Leon recorded nine strikeouts over five scoreless frames Tuesday in his season debut for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
De Leon missed the first month while recovering from a sprained ankle. He didn't miss a beat in his return, holding New Orleans to two hits and one walk. He got the hook from manager Bill Haselman after throwing 88 pitches. The Zephyrs took the lead against reliever Luis Avilan in the seventh, forcing De Leon to settle for a no-decision. The 23-year-old from Puerto Rico is considered the Dodgers' second-best prospect behind left-hander Julio Urias.
ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Joe Beimel is auditioning for interested teams this week.
Beimel is 39 years old and had some shoulder problems in 2015, but he should be able to find an opportunity somewhere. The free agent left-hander holds a 3.12 ERA, 1.278 WHIP, and 47/30 K/BB ratio over his last 92 1/3 major league innings dating back to the beginning of the 2014 season.
Rays RHP prospect Matt Andriese tallied a career-high 14 strikeouts over seven shutout frames Tuesday for Triple-A Durham.
Andriese went up against Pirates top prospect Jameson Taillon in an epic pitcher's duel. Neither starter allowed a run in their combined 14 innings of work. Andriese actually made 25 appearances for the Rays last season, so he isn't really a prospect anymore. The 26-year-old has done a fine job for Durham this year, earning a 3.41 ERA with an 11.54 K/9 over six starts. Andriese may make a few spot starts here and there, but he's going to have a tough time cracking Tampa Bay's loaded starting rotation.
Daniel Nava (knee) is expected to rejoin the Angels on Friday.
And manager Mike Scioscia confirmed Wednesday that Nava will resume serving as the Angels' primary left fielder, which probably means Rafael Ortega is headed back to Triple-A. Nava has been on the disabled list since April 16 with left patella tendinitis.
DJ LeMahieu is out of the Rockies' lineup Wednesday.
LeMahieu has leveled off somewhat after his scorching start to the 2016 season and will take a day of mental and physical rest on Wednesday with the Rockies wrapping up a series in San Diego. Cristhian Adames is starting at second base and batting ninth in the matinee game versus Padres right-hander Cesar Vargas.