Gallardo's shoulder woes have kept him out of action since late April. If there are no complications after this simulated game, he should head out on a minor league rehab assignment. Currently, he is expected to be activated in early June and the Orioles will have to make a decision about their rotation at that time.
The Rays have indicated that he will resume his closer duties upon being activated. Of course, his activation will depend on how he feels after his Friday minor league appearance. Alex Colome has been stellar in taking over the closer role in Tampa Bay, so this makes for an interesting development with regard to fantasy bullpens, as well as the real life MLB situation with the Rays.
Belt had been day-to-day after suffering a minor ankle sprain while sliding into base on Wednesday. He will resume his duties at first against Colorado right-hander Eddie Butler. He will hit in the fifth slot in the order.
Fantasy owners as well as the Giants themselves are overjoyed about this news. This is the first game Pence is starting after sitting out except for pinch-hitting duties over the prior six games the Giants have played. Pence will return to patrol right field and hit sixth in the batting order.
He has been dealing with a back issue, that has limited him to pinch hitting duties only over the past seven games. Cole Gillespie is in left against the Braves, and is hitting seventh.
Right-handed hitting Josh Phegley will handle the catching duties against the host Tigers, who are sending southpaw Matt Boyd to the mound in Saturday's game. This looks to be a match up decision, as there is no word that Vogt is hurt.
Just a day of rest for Braun, who has played the past five games after sitting out several games with a minor back injury. He will carry a 29 game on-base streak into the next game he plays. Alex Presley will hit seventh and handle Braun's usual duties in left field against the visiting Reds.
Story had been hitting down in the order, but heads back up to the top of the lineup for Saturday's matchup against the Giants. He had gone 3-for-8 over his last two games, where he was hitting in the seven hole.