Lovullo was one of the league's highest paid bench coaches as he spent the last several years with the Red Sox. With the Diamondbacks prying away Michael Hazen from the Red Sox front office, it made sense that Lovullo would be a favorite for the job. It's a huge loss for Boston and a great hire for Arizona. Lovullo had success in a brief interim managerial stint with Boston when John Farrell left the team to be treated for Leukemia.
Perez felt some tightness in his ribs while swinging the bat Tuesday, so the Royals removed their prized catcher from the game as a precaution. It sounds like he's not concerned with the injury and is prepared to suit up for Wednesday's series finale against their division foes.
Lackey was victimized by opposing pitcher Carlos Rodon for a two-run double in the second inning, but he was otherwise able to dance around trouble during his outing. He tacked on an alarming four hit batsmen in this one, but a pair of double-plays helped mitigate the damage. Lackey's 4.97 ERA on the season leaves much to be desired, but he has seemingly turned a corner of late with three runs or fewer allowed in five of his last six starts. He has also won two straight after last doing so in mid-May, and he'll look to keep it going Sunday against the Brewers.
Rodon struggled early in this one, allowing a three-run home run to Wilson Contreras in the first before Ben Zobrist tacked on an RBI double in the second. Though he put men on base with regularity, the lefty also had his strikeout stuff working in this one and tied a career high in punchouts despite leaving after 98 pitches over four frames. Rodon has struggled to the tune of a 6.29 ERA and 1.77 WHIP over 24.3 innings since returning from a biceps injury, but his 11.5 K/9 is a silver lining as he looks to return to his best form. He will next take on the Indians on Sunday.
Bregman exited Tuesday's game early with right hamstring tightness but doesn't currently project to need a trip to the disabled list. It seems likely that the Astros will rest Bregman through their off day Thursday with the hopes of him returning to the lineup Friday against the Tigers.
Buxton's groin is reportedly feeling better, but he's not ready to rejoin the Twins due to the fact that he's been afflicted by migraine headaches over the past couple of days. Buxton could potentially return from the DL on Wednesday, but Zack Granite will continue to hold down center field in his absence.
The specifics of the injury have not been disclosed, but Rollins will be out of commission for at least the next week. The 27-year-old holds a 4.72 ERA over 41.2 innings with Triple-A Iowa this season.
Sano felt some discomfort in his left wrist during pregame batting practice so the Twins opted to play it safe and give their star third baseman the night off. It doesn't sound like the injury is anything overly serious and Sano could potentially rejoin the starting lineup Wednesday.
Cozart appeared to be grabbing at his quad muscle after grounding into a fielder's choice in the eighth inning. He was immediately lifted for a pinch runner on the basepaths following the apparent injury. We'll await word on the specifics of his injury following Tuesday's contest.
It appears that Desmond may have re-aggravated the calf injury that sidelined him for the first couple weeks of July. The severity of the aggravation is not yet known, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Desmond make another trip to the DL. We'll await further details with regards to his status following Tuesday's game.
The Royals are saying that Perez's removal was simply precautionary and that he's a day-to-day case. It doesn't sound like the star catcher will miss much time, but Drew Butera will fill in behind the plate in the mean time.
Sano was hit on his left hand during Monday's game and apparently had the injury flare up during pregame batting practice. He'll get the night off and be a day-to-day case moving forward. Eduardo Escobar will take over at third base Tuesday, batting fourth.
Diaz was plunked on the hand during his at-bat and was subsequently removed from the game. He'll undergo an examination on his hand, at which point we'll have more information on the severity of the injury.
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