It's been a far cry from a season ago for Grimm in 2016 with an ERA north of 4.70 in 34 innings pitched. He is being sent down to make room for the Cubs needed spot starter in Brian Matusz, who will close out the Mariners series on Sunday. Grimm will likely stay down at Iowa for the foreseeable future until he resembles the pitcher from last year who posted a sub-2.00 ERA.
Kimbrel was pitching one inning in a minor league rehab appearance on Saturday and with that going well, he will rejoin his teammates in the Pacific Northwest. He has been out since just prior to the All-Star break with a minor knee procedure being performed but pitching decently as Boston's closer before being on the shelf. Brad Ziegler will likely only have save chances every once in a while with his return and thus should resume a setup role in the pen.
According to a statement made by Head Coach Jeff Fisher at the opening day of Rams training camp, the running back hasn't been in contact with the team or his teammates this offseason and is only communicating every so often through is agent. Eyebrows started to raise as it was discovered that the police had been called to his house five times since March 28th and that his family was concerned for his mental state. The Rams listed him on the did not report list in order to remove him from the 90-man roster so they can at least see another play at camp and make a decision about Mason when the time comes. He is not expected to have a major role in the offense this year with Todd Gurley getting the vast bulk of the carries so whether he shows up or not, he's not really a fantasy asset.
Nieuwenhuis took Pirates reliever Hernan Perez deep in the eighth inning for his 10th home run of the season which gave the Brewers a three-run cushion late in the game. The 28-year-old has hit safely in seven out of his last eight starts for Milwaukee but is still hitting just .218 in 274 plate appearances this season. Nieuwenhuis has experienced a huge power surge over the last week as he’s hit five home runs and drive in eight runs in his last eight games. He had five home runs in his previous 81 games, so I wouldn’t expect his hot streak to continue for much longer. I would be surprised if he’s in the lineup tomorrow as he’s a left-handed hitter going up against a left-handed pitcher and on top of that Nieuwenhuis has hit just .102 with five hits in 26 at-bats against lefties this season.
Toles went to make the catch and wound up hitting the visiting scoreboard instead resulting in the bloody lip. He got the bleeding to stop and got it bandaged up to stay in the game. It was in the late innings to begin with so not much game was left for him to miss had he come out.
Perez hit his seventh home run of the year off of Jameson Taillon in the first inning and drove in what ended up being the winning run with a single in the seventh inning. The 25-year-old has now homered in two out of his last three games and has hit safely in four out of five for the Brewers. Perez has had a power surge in the month of July as his three doubles, four home runs, and 17 runs batted in are the highest totals that he’s had in any month so far in 2016. It’s worth keeping an eye on him to see if his power continues to shine through, but don’t feel the need to pick him up or use him in daily formats just yet. He’ll face off against left-hander Francsico Liriano tomorrow who has allowed a home run every six innings on average to right-handed pitching.