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J.A. Happ Headshot

Manager John Gibbons confirmed Happ (elbow) would be activated from the 10-day disabled list to start Tuesday against the Reds, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

Happ only tossed 56 pitches over three innings while making his first rehab start at High-A Dunedin last Thursday, leading many to believe he would require another outing in the minors before being activated. However, with the injury-ravaged Blue Jays already having imported many of the top options from the pitching staff at Triple-A Buffalo, Happ will be called upon to join the big club this week, though he'll likely be capped at around 75 pitches. In order to accommodate Happ's activation, the Blue Jays will likely have to send down either Danny Barnes or Dominic Leone, with an official roster move expected to come hours before Tuesday's contest.
4:59 pm (EST)
Odubel Herrera Headshot

Manager Pete Mackanin said Herrera won't play until Wednesday to get a mental breather, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

The 25-year-old is just 5-for-48 (.104) over his last 12 games, so Mackanin will give him a couple days to clear his mind before inserting him back into the lineup. Look for him to return to the lineup for Wednesday's series finale against the Marlins.
4:53 pm (EST)
Byron Buxton Headshot

Buxton was removed from Monday's game against the Astros in the bottom of the sixth inning with a lacerated right ring finger, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Buxton hurt the finger when it got caught in the spikes of teammate Eddie Rosario, who slid by Buxton attempting to make a catch. According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Twins don't view Buxton's injury as anything serious, so the 23-year-old could be back in the lineup Tuesday if he's able to complete batting practice without incident. Ehire Adrianza ended up replacing Buxton in Monday's contest.
4:53 pm (EST)
Vance Worley Headshot

Manager Don Mattingly said Worley will likely head to the bullpen once Jeff Locke (shoulder) is activated from the DL, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.

With Locke nearing activation from the disabled list, it appears he will start in place of Worley on Thursday and take over for him in the rotation thereafter. He'll likely assume a long relief role in the bullpen with an opportunity at starts should another spot open up in the Marlins' rotation.
4:46 pm (EST)
Jeff Locke Headshot

Manager Don Mattingly said Locke (shoulder) could take Vance Worley's place in the starting rotation upon activation, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.

While nothing has been confirmed yet, Mattingly suggested that Worley would likely head to the bullpen if Locke joins the rotation. He compiled a 1.77 ERA and 22:2 K:BB across 20 innings (seven starts) between High-A Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville during his four-game rehab assignment. Should he get the ball Thursday, Locke would face Zack Greinke and the Diamondbacks.
4:32 pm (EST)
Carter Capps Headshot

Capps (elbow) is expected to face live hitters at extended spring training this week, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

The Padres pulled Capps off his rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso earlier this month to have him refine his mechanics at extended spring training. After apparently showing progress in that regard in the last couple of weeks, Capps will test himself against hitters once again as he prepares for an eventual return from the 60-day disabled list. Capps will likely need to head out on another rehab assignment at Triple-A and find some success in those appearances before the Padres would ask him to contribute for the big club.
4:31 pm (EST)
Jered Weaver Headshot

Weaver (hip) has been able to play catch since landing on the disabled list May 20, but remains without a firm timetable for a return, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. "I don't think there's a hard and fast plan laid out for him at this time, but I don't think we're going to be far off trying to figure out what that plan is," Padres manager Andy Green said. "We were more trying to let his body rest for a week, play catch when he felt good and then start to ramp up activity in the training room and weight room as he's starting to feel better."

It doesn't sound like Weaver's bout with left hip inflammation is anything too worrisome, but the Padres aren't eager to expedite his rehab after he submitted a 7.44 ERA and allowed 16 homers over nine starts before hitting the DL. With the Padres owning the worst record in baseball and not expected to make up ground the rest of the season in the competitive NL West, it wouldn't be surprising if the 34-year-old was designated for assignment once he's healthy, as he wouldn't seem to have much of a future on a rebuilding team.
4:27 pm (EST)
Chris Coghlan Headshot

Coghlan will start in left field and bat ninth Monday against the Reds, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.

It's the second straight starting nod in left field for Coghlan, who recorded a base hit across three at-bats Sunday against the Rangers. Coghlan is only hitting .224/.312/.299 on the season, but with Ezequiel Carrera struggling at the plate lately, manager John Gibbons could experiment with Coghlan in an everyday role in order to see if he can provide more of a spark at the bottom of the lineup.
4:21 pm (EST)
Danny Duffy Headshot

Duffy was placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday with a Grade 1 oblique strain, Jeff Flanagan of MLB.com reports. He's expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks.

Duffy was roughed up in his start Sunday against the Indians, allowing six runs on nine hits and three walks over four innings, but there was no indication that he was dealing with any sort of physical issue during the outing. According to Flanagan, Duffy hurt himself when he stumbled toward first base while attempting to record an out, and though the left-hander was able to remain in the contest, exams afterward showed that he was dealing with a significant injury. With Duffy now likely out until after the All-Star break, the Royals will have two spots to fill in the rotation this week and potentially beyond, as Nate Karns (elbow) remains on the disabled list and is scheduled to miss his next turn Tuesday against the Tigers.
4:06 pm (EST)
Jeff Locke Headshot

Locke (shoulder) is finished with his rehab and is awaiting activation, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

Locke is ready to rejoin the big club after making four minor-league rehab starts, compiling a combined 1.77 ERA and 22:2 K:BB across 20 innings with High-A Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville. He should return to a long relief role once he is activated.
4:04 pm (EST)
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