The Mariners are "leaning toward" having Taijuan Walker (foot) start Thursday against the Orioles.
He was skipped last time through the rotation after being diagnosed with tendinitis in the arch of his right foot. Walker threw a bullpen session on Sunday and reported no issues. The right-hander holds a respectable 3.45 ERA in 14 starts this year. Unfortunately he's been plagued by a severe lack of run support and only has three victories.
Aaron Blair is due for an extended stay in the minor leagues.
Atlanta shipped Blair to the minors last month so he could work on his mechanics but injuries forced him back into the starting rotation after only one outing. After another tough stint in the major leagues, the Braves intend to let Blair work through his issues in Triple-A. "He’s a big part of what we’ve got going forward," said interim manager Brian Snitker. "We're trying to help and do the right thing for [him] right now, what’s best for Aaron Blair." The 24-year-old has struggled to a 7.99 ERA over 11 winless outings for the Braves this season.
Yu Darvish (shoulder, neck) will throw a simulated game on Wednesday.
Darvish threw all of his pitches during a 30-pitch bullpen session on Sunday. It was Darvish's first time on the mound since injuring his neck earlier this month. He'll throw about three innings on Wednesday. The right-hander landed on the disabled list in just his third game back from Tommy John surgery.
Joc Pederson is not in the Dodgers' starting lineup Monday against the Pirates.
It's no coincidence that the left-handed-hitting Pederson is getting the afternoon off with Francisco Liriano on the mound for Pittsburgh. Pederson also sat Saturday against left-hander Jeff Locke. Trayce Thompson will bat third and play center field. Pederson is still having contact issues (.236 AVG, 66 strikeouts) but his power numbers have been impressive (13 HR, .480 slugging percentage).
Corey Seager is getting the day off Monday against the Pirates.
It's a quick turnaround for the Dodgers, who are playing at 12:35 PM ET after a night game on Sunday. Seager has appeared in all but one game this season with his last day off coming on April 15. The 22-year-old has contributed All-Star numbers this year with 16 HR and a .298 batting average in 299 at-bats. Chris Taylor will handle shortstop duties Monday while batting eighth against Bucs left-hander Francisco Liriano.