Happ, who has been sidelined since April 16 with elbow inflammation, 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 during the outing. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Martinez ended up exiting Sunday's game against the White Sox after experiencing some renewed soreness in his right foot, but that was for precautionary purposes more than anything. After receiving some treatment after the contest, Martinez is feeling well enough to man the field for the series opener and looks like a safe activation heading into the upcoming week. Despite opening the season on the disabled list with a sprained lisfranc ligament in the foot, Martinez hasn't missed a beat since returning from the disabled list in mid May, slashing .298/.452/.766 over 62 plate appearances.
Moss will hit the pine with the Royals matching up against a left-handed starter in Daniel Norris, allowing Jorge Soler to enter the lineup at DH. Moss should continue to handle the strong side of a platoon, but even in that capacity, he hasn't provided the sort of impact the Royals were expecting after signing him to a two-year deal in January. He's batting .157/.237/.382 over 114 plate appearances against right-handed pitching this season.
With Alex Wood expected to miss his next start while on the disabled list, Ryu seems to be the likely option to make a spot start in his place. The 30-year-old started seven games for the Dodgers this season before being ousted from the rotation last week, compiling a 4.75 ERA and 36:15 K:BB across 36 innings. It appears the only way Ryu won't start Wednesday is if he's used in relief before then. Given Wood is only supposed to miss one start while on the DL, it's unclear if the Dodgers will shift Ryu back to the bullpen after Wednesday or keep him stretched out as a starter -- possibly in the minors.
Herrera is in a horrible slump, going just 5-for-48 (.104) with two extra-base hits over his last 12 games, so he'll head to the bench to clear his mind. Aaron Altherr will slide over to center field for the game, opening up a spot in left field for Howie Kendrick to start.
With Matz and Lugo both set to rejoin the Mets as soon as the upcoming weekend, it looks like Gsellman will be ousted from the Mets' starting rotation, though he'll remain with the big club as a reliever for the time being. In eight games as a starter this season, the 23-year-old compiled a 6.86 ERA and 29:14 K:BB across 40.2 innings. He's compiled a 2.25 ERA across three appearances (four innings) as a reliever this year, so he could prove to be a valuable piece to a struggling Mets bullpen if he's able to turn things around.
The Mariners had initially hoped that Haniger would begin a rehab assignment last Tuesday, but those plans were put on hold after his oblique injury acted up during a batting practice session. It's not considered a serious setback for Haniger, but fantasy owners who were banking on having the outfield back from the disabled list this week shouldn't prepare to activate him just yet.
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