Vincent Velasquez said he's discussed an innings limit with agent Scott Boras.
Here we go again. Boras butted heads with the Mets over Matt Harvey's innings limit last year and also went toe to toe with the Marlins over Jose Fernandez. Now it's the Phillies' turn to go 15 rounds with Boras. The Phillies won't be in the playoff race this year, which should make the decision to shut Velasquez down a little easier. "The agents and I discussed it a little bit, but I don't know the definite answer, an exact amount of innings," said Velasquez. "I'd want to say roughly like maybe 150 or something, maybe 160 tops." The right-hander has never logged more than 125 innings in a season. He's only at 61 2/3 innings now so there's still a long way to go before Velasquez hits his limit, whatever that might be.
Francisco Lindor hit two home runs in Saturday's win over the Tigers.
Lindor hit a solo shot off Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez in the first inning before launching another solo dinger in the eighth. It was the first multi-homer game of the 22-year-old's young career. Lindor now has 10 home runs, 39 RBI, 47 runs scored and 12 steals this year to go with a robust .306/.365/.471 line.
Red Sox manager John Farrell acknowledged the team will have to make a difficult decision when Ryan Hanigan (neck) comes off the disabled list next week.
Hanigan is rehabbing in Triple-A Pawtucket, so a decision could be coming in the next few days. Sandy Leon has hit .545 during Hanigan's absence and is out of minor league options. There's a good chance Leon won't clear waivers if he's designated for assignment. The Red Sox are unlikely to carry three catchers, which puts Christian Vazquez on the hot seat. Vazquez has been a liability at the plate, hitting just .215 with one homer and 149 at-bats this season. It's going to be a tough call for Farrell.
Rangers placed RHP Colby Lewis on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right lat muscle.
A.J. Griffin (shoulder) was activated in the corresponding roster move. Lewis is expected to miss about two months after his MRI revealed a Grade 2 lat strain. He was off to a good start before the injury with a 6-1 record through 15 starts. Lewis isn't worth stashing in mixed leagues.
Rangers activated RHP A.J. Griffin from the 15-day disabled list.
He'll return to the mound Saturday against Boston after missing six weeks with shoulder stiffness. Griffin's spot in the starting rotation should be pretty safe with Yu Darvish (neck), Colby Lewis (lat) and Derek Holland (shoulder) all sidelined with injuries.