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.
Tyler Chatwood (back) threw all his pitches during Sunday's bullpen session.
He'll throw another on Monday in hopes of beginning a rehab assignment on Thursday. Chatwood seems to be making solid progress in his recovery from a strained lower back. He's been a borderline All-Star this year with eight wins and a 3.15 ERA in 14 starts.
D.J. LeMahieu left Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks with a bruised left knee.
He came out in the sixth inning after going 0-for-1 with a pair of walks. LeMaheiu landed awkwardly on his knee after diving for a single by Paul Goldschmidt. He'll have an MRI on Monday. Daniel Descalso replaced LeMahieu at second base and will probably start there during his absence. LeMahieu's .327 average is tied for third-best in the National League.
Gerrit Cole (triceps) threw off a mound on Sunday for the first time since going on the disabled list.
Pitching coach Ray Searage said Cole was "very, very good" and actually had to reel him in a bit so he wouldn't re-injure himself. The right-hander threw 15 fastballs while emphasizing timing and a consistent delivery. He's expected to throw two more bullpen sessions during the Pirates' upcoming road trip. After that Cole will be reevaluated in hopes of beginning a rehab assignment. There's no timetable for his return.
Ross Stripling will make an appearance for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday.
He'll pitch in relief of Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is making his fourth rehab start. Stripling has spent the past month at the team's spring training facility in Arizona in an effort to limit his innings. This is Stripling's first full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2014. He should be back with the Dodgers at some point this year.