Steven Souza getting another day off
Steven Souza | TB
(July 3, 2015 12:53 PM EDT)
Steven Souza is not in the Rays' lineup Friday.
It's his second day off in a row, as manager Kevin Cash is giving the struggling outfielder an extended break. Souza has slugged 14 homers this season, but he's been very inconsistent and has hit just .209/.297/.411 overall with 104 strikeouts over 297 plate appearances.
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Felix Doubront called up from Triple-A
Felix Doubront | TOR
(July 3, 2015 12:37 PM EDT)
Blue Jays purchased the contract of LHP Felix Doubront from Triple-A Buffalo.
The Jays need a fifth starter following the demotion of Matt Boyd, although it's unclear whether Doubront will immediately be thrust into the rotation. The left-hander has earned a shot with some nice work at Buffalo, where he's posted a 2.44 ERA and 43/18 K/BB ratio over 48 innings.
Ryan Tepera recalled from Triple-A
Ryan Tepera | TOR
(July 3, 2015 12:34 PM EDT)
Blue Jays recalled RHP Ryan Tepera from Triple-A Buffalo.
Tepera held a 2.77 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 9/1 K/BB ratio over 13 innings of work earlier this season out of the Jays' bullpen. He'll be used in middle relief.
Aaron Hicks (forearm) activated from DL
Aaron Hicks | MIN
(July 3, 2015 11:43 AM EDT)
Twins activated OF Aaron Hicks from the 15-day disabled list.
He's taking the roster spot of Shane Robinson, who went on the family emergency list. Hicks might only be around until Robinson returns next week.
Robinson goes on family emergency list
Shane Robinson | MIN
(July 3, 2015 11:41 AM EDT)
Twins placed OF Shane Robinson on the 7-day family emergency list.
He'll return to the club next week. Aaron Hicks has taken Robinson's spot on the roster.
Starlin Castro not in Friday's lineup
Starlin Castro | CHC
(July 3, 2015 11:34 AM EDT)
Starlin Castro is not in the Cubs' lineup Friday.
It looks to simply be a day of rest. Addison Russell has slid over to cover shortstop, while Jonathan Herrera is getting a start at second base.
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Odorizzi (oblique) looks good in rehab start
Jake Odorizzi | TB
(July 3, 2015 11:33 AM EDT)
Jake Odorizzi (oblique) allowed just one run on two hits and one walk over four innings in his first rehab start with High-A Charlotte on Wednesday.
It was a nice showing for the right-hander. Odorizzi hopes that he'll have to make just the one rehab start, although the Rays are considering giving him another one. He threw just 57 pitches in Wednesday's outing.
Desmond Jennings (knee) is pain-free
Desmond Jennings | TB
(July 3, 2015 11:28 AM EDT)
Desmond Jennings said Thursday that his surgically-repaired left knee is pain-free for the first time since late April.
Jennings finally had arthroscopic surgery last month after he was unable to get over the hump with his knee ailment. He's hoping to return sometime in August. "It's a good feeling," Jennings said. "I'm anxious to start playing some baseball."
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Loney (finger) activated from disabled list
James Loney | TB
(July 3, 2015 11:26 AM EDT)
Rays activated 1B James Loney from the 15-day disabled list.
Loney progressed more quickly than expected in his recovery from a broken left middle finger and has been cleared to return after a few rehab games. He returns to a .275/.322/.376 batting line and should provide a much-needed boost for the Rays at first base.
Alvarez (shoulder) to return just after break
Henderson Alvarez | MIA
(July 3, 2015 11:13 AM EDT)
Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) is expected to rejoin the Marlins' rotation shortly after the All-Star break.
Plagued all season by inflammation in his pitching shoulder, Alvarez will need a rehab assignment but it's unclear when he'll begin one. The right-hander has been limited to just four starts this season due to injury.
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