The right-hander missed a Wednesday workout due to back tightness but looks to have rebounded in his preparation for 2017. It's best, however, to wait to see how he feels in the coming days. When he's back, he'll compete for a rotation spot in camp, which adds to his already intriguing fantasy stock.
Hosmer's walkoff three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth turned a 4-3 deficit into a 6-4 win. The first baseman was also responsible for narrowing the gap earlier with a seventh-inning RBI single. This effort raised Hosmer's slugging percentage over the .500 mark to .503, continuing what has easily been the most productive season for a player that had never previously topped .465.
Brian McCann (knee) is expected to come of the disabled list Thursday, so Centeno will head back to Fresno to clear room. The 27-year-old went 6-for-27 (.222) in eight games during his most recent stint with the Astros. He'll continue to serve as organizational catching depth.
Merrifield stuffed the stat sheet without managing a single extra-base hit. The steal was his 24th, as the second baseman has provided a strong combination of speed and power at the top of Kansas City's order. This performance raised Merrifield's line to .288/.324/.462.
Blackmon came in hitting just .281 on the road, but bucked that trend with a three-hit effort here. His third-inning long ball gave the leadoff man sole possession of the team lead just two frames after Nolan Arenado tied him at 29. On a negative note, he was also picked off second base in this one.
Arenado hit his 29th home run in the first inning, raising his RBI total to a league-leading 108 in the process. The star third baseman is far from just a Coors Field product, as 14 of his 29 long balls have come on the road. Two of those road homers have come in the first two stops on this six-game trip.
Heredia exited Wednesday's game in the seventh inning after being hit by a pitch on the wrist, and while he thinks he'll be able to play Friday's series opener against the Yankees, the Mariners want to make sure everything checks out before clearing him to play. He's day-to-day right now, but Thursday's test results should provide a clearer idea regarding his status for the weekend.
Senzatela was able to stay away from hard contact, surrendering eight singles and a double. He was in position for his 11th win heading into the ninth inning, but a blown save from closer Greg Holland denied the rookie that accomplishment. Assuming he sticks in the rotation, Senzatela's next start will come Monday against the Tigers.
Kennedy surrendered solo homers to Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon along with a Gerardo Parra sac fly. His line could have been much uglier, but reliever Ryan Buchter was able to get the final out in the fifth inning after replacing Kennedy with the bases loaded. The veteran starter has failed to complete the fifth inning in four of his past seven starts while surrendering at least three earned runs six times over that span. Don't expect much from him Monday against the Rays.
Stassi's just 3-for-14 this season, but two of his hits have left the yard. The catcher also has an impressive 1:3 K:BB over that span, and should continue to get a sizable chunk of playing time with Houston battling the injury bug behind the plate.
Cano said he felt some tightness while running out of the box on his second double, so he'll undergo some tests Thursday to determine if it's anything more than a day-to-day issue. Taylor Motter, who subbed in for Cano in the third inning, would likely continue to fill in at second base should he miss any action.
Bregman provided some insurance in the bottom of the eighth inning, turning a narrow two-run lead into an insurmountable five-run advantage. With three home runs in his past five games, Bregman's starting to show the hitting ability that led Houston to take him second overall in the 2015 draft. He's now slashing .278/.357/.487 on the year.
Marisnick homered just 18 times in 356 games prior to this season, but has broken out with 15 in 94 contests. He can also be counted upon for the odd contribution on the base paths, as the stolen base was the center fielder's seventh. Marisnick hasn't budged from ninth in the batting order despite bringing an impressive .512 slugging percentage along with his .254 average and .329 OBP.
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