Jose Abreu (hip, groin) said he expects to play Friday against the Tigers.
Abreu left Wednesday's game against Kansas City with a flexor strain in his right hip but said he mostly feels pain in his upper groin. Either way, he should be ready to roll after the White Sox's off day on Thursday. Abreu has plated at least 100 runs in each of the last three seasons. He'll have to pick up the pace if he wants to make it four straight (.253, 0 HR, 8 RBI in 75 at-bats).
Sam Dyson (hand) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Friday.
Dyson declared himself ready after appearing in back-to-back games for Triple-A Round Rock on Monday and Tuesday. "I think it was pretty positive," said Dyson. "Yeah, I’m definitely ready to come back up here and contribute." Dyson was placed on the disabled list with a bruised hand, but we suspect the Rangers just wanted to give the right-hander a break after blowing three straight saves to begin the year. He'll return to a setup role ahead of new closer Matt Bush.
Rich Hill (blister) threw 25-28 pitches with no bandage on his finger during a simulated game on Wednesday.
Hill said he felt "100 percent" and is ready for "whatever they tell me to do next." We're guessing that next step will be a minor league rehab assignment. Right now Alex Wood is occupying his spot in the starting rotation.
Shelby Miller (elbow) sent his MRI results to Dr. James Andrews.
Miller has already been evaluated by team doctors as well as Dr. Neal ElAttrache, so technically he's getting a third opinion. Andrews is usually the doctor players see before getting Tommy John surgery, so obviously Miller is dealing with more than a garden variety elbow injury. Even if Miller gets good news from Andrews, we wouldn't expect to see him on a big league mound anytime soon. It's been one disaster after another for Miller since joining the Diamondbacks in 2016.
Padres optioned RHP Kevin Quackenbush to Triple-A El Paso.
The Padres had to send someone down after claiming Kirby Yates off waivers from the Angels. The right-hander has hurled five scoreless innings in the big leagues this year. Quackenbush should be back up the next time the bullpen needs a fresh arm.