Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Sunday that he hopes Jose Veras can eventually return to ninth-inning duties.
Veras has been bumped from the Cubs' closer job temporarily as he works through some early-season kinks. "We certainly want to make sure we give Jose a chance to get back into the role and try to find situations we can allow him to work," said Renteria. "We're going to do our very best that he gets into a comfort level." Pedro Strop, Hector Rondon, and Justin Grimm are forming a ninth-inning committee for now.
J.J. Hardy (hamstring) is not in the Orioles' starting lineup on Monday against the Red Sox.
Hardy suffered a mild strain of his right hamstring in Sunday night's game at Fenway Park and will sit out of Monday's early Patriots' Day tilt. The Orioles believe he will avoid a trip to the 15-day disabled list. The full Baltimore lineup for Monday: DH Nick Markakis, RF Nelson Cruz, 1B Chris Davis, CF Adam Jones, C Steve Clevenger, 3B Jonathan Schoop, SS Ryan Flaherty, 2B Steve Lombardozzi, LF David Lough. Wei-Yin Chen is the starting pitcher.
Brock Holt is leading off and playing third base for the Red Sox on Patriots' Day against the Orioles.
It's an 11:05 a.m. ET start, so get those fantasy lineups in. The full Boston batting order: 3B Brock Holt, 2B Dustin Pedroia, DH David Ortiz, 1B Mike Napoli, LF Jonny Gomes, SS Xander Bogaerts, RF Daniel Nava, C David Ross, CF Jackie Bradley Jr. Clay Buchholz is on the mound.
Ryan Ludwick (toe) finished 2-for-4 with an RBI in his return to the starting lineup Sunday.
Ludwick sat out Saturday after fouling a ball off his big toe on Friday night. The veteran outfielder is hitting .306/.352/.449 with seven RBI in 14 games.
David Freese (quadriceps) went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in his return to action Sunday.
Freese missed a couple of games with a minor quadriceps injury. The former World Series hero is batting just .143 with a .393 OPS on the season and could be in danger of losing his starting third base job to Ian Stewart.