The Pirates burned through five relievers in Monday's 12-inning loss in the series opener, so the addition of Santana will provide further reinforcement to a taxed bullpen. The 25-year-old has previously made nine appearances with the big club this season, serving up five runs and recording 12 strikeouts over 7.2 innings.
After being moved to the 60-day disabled list earlier this month, Turner won't be eligible for activation until Aug. 29, so it's expected that he'll remain with Syracuse for at least the next week. Unsurprisingly, Turner was eased back into action in his first game action since June 29, when he fractured his right wrist after being hit by a pitch. Turner should eventually play full games with Syracuse on back-to-back games before the rehab assignment comes to an end, at which point the Nationals will reinsert him back into the lineup in an everyday role at shortstop or center field.
Werth singled his first at-bat and then flied out and lined out in his subsequent two plate appearances before heading to the bench in the top of the sixth inning. According to Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com, it's expected that Werth will stick with Syracuse through at least early next week, at which point the Nationals will assess the progress he's made in his recovery from the small fracture and bone bruise on his left foot. Once he's activated from the 60-day disabled list, Werth should settle back into an everyday role in left field.
Velazquez will join the Boston bullpen in place of Matt Barnes (back), who was placed on the 10-day disabled list in a corresponding move. It's expected that Velazquez will work in long relief for the Red Sox after giving up eight runs over 17.2 innings in his four appearances (two starts) with the big club earlier in the season.
The move to the DL comes after Barnes failed to record an out while allowing both batters he faced to reach base in Monday's loss to the Indians. The Red Sox recalled Hector Velazquez from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill Barnes' spot in the bullpen, but it's expected that Joe Kelly and Brandon Workman will be the main beneficiaries of more high-leverage opportunities while Barnes is sidelined.
Widely viewed as the top pitching prospect entering the 2016 campaign when he was member of the Nationals, Giolito has lost a bit of luster in the last two seasons, but still ranks as one of the better young arms in the White Sox system. The right-hander turned in a middling 4.48 ERA and 1.41 WHIP over 128.2 innings with Charlotte, but showed much improvement in his final eight outings with the Triple-A club, submitting a 2.86 ERA and 9.6 K/9 rate over that stretch. He'll now get his first chance to settle into a rotation spot with the White Sox, replacing Reynaldo Lopez (back), who was moved to the 10-day disabled list last week. Giolito could be a fixture in the rotation for the rest of the season for the rebuilding White Sox in what amounts to an audition for a full-time role in the big leagues in 2018.
Perkins had entered the starting nine for four of the Phillies' last five games after Odubel Herrera's (hamstring) move to the disabled list created an opening in the outfield. All four of those starts came against left-handed pitchers, so it appears that Perkins could find himself on the short end of a platoon in left field with Hyun Soo Kim, who gets the start in Game 1. Both players will settle back into smaller roles once one of Herrera, Aaron Altherr (hamstring) or Daniel Nava (back) returns from the DL.
According to Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal, manager Pete Mackanin said the issue was clogging blood flow to his middle finger, which helps explain the numbness Velasquez was dealing with. Montemurro also noted that Velazquez wasn't dealing with thoracic outlet syndrome, which is a huge relief given the extensive recovery process that comes with it. He'll now be sidelined for around 6-to-8 weeks, and the Phillies are confident he'll be ready for spring training. Since the 25-year-old has already been shifted to the 60-day disabled list, effectively ending his season, he'll now turn his focus towards getting ready for 2018. After a lackluster 2017 campaign (5.13 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 72 innings), his fantasy outlook for next season has taken a considerable hit.
Phillies manager Pete Mackanin previously stated that Cameron Rupp would catch exclusively for Aaron Nola and Jerad Eickhoff the rest of the season, so it's no surprise that Alfaro will hit the bench with Nola starting Game 1. Alfaro should be behind the dish in Game 2 when Nick Pivetta takes the hill, and looks bound to see the larger share of starts at catcher until Andrew Knapp (hand) returns in September. Alfaro has gotten off to a nice start offensively since joining the Phillies earlier in August, batting 10-for-29 with a home run and three RBI in seven games.
After working out of the bullpen in his first three seasons in the big leagues, Ramirez has surprisingly emerged as a key cog in the Angels' rotation while converting to a starting role in 2017. Though his 4.15 ERA and 6.4 K/9 rate aren't anything special, Ramirez's mere competence while eating 147.1 innings for the Angels has been quite valuable for a pitching staff that has been decimated by injuries. It now looks like the Angels will have to dig further into their limited starting pitching depth to replace Ramirez, whose potential return date likely won't be established until he's cleared to start throwing again. Triple-A Salt Lake starter Troy Scribner could be the top candidate to fill the void when Ramirez's next turn in the rotation comes up Thursday against the Rangers.
Alvarez hasn't pitched in the majors since 2015 -- when he was the Marlins' Opening Day starter -- thanks to a myriad of shoulder issues. The 27-year-old has compiled a 3.09 ERA in 32 innings (seven starts) with the independent Long Island Ducks this season, but his 13:14 K:BB leaves something to be desired. On a more positive note, Alvarez's fastball has been clocked at up to 98 miles per hour during his time with the Ducks, according to Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com, which bodes well for the former All-Star's chances of eventually earning his way back to the big leagues. Alvarez will report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to begin his tenure with the Phillies.
The Marlins' timeshare at first base has seemingly favored Tomas Telis of late, as he'll pick up his fourth start in five games while Moore rides the bench. With Telis batting .348 over his last eight appearances and Moore off to a 6-for-33 start to August, manager Don Mattingly's decision to ride the hotter bat isn't a surprising one. It may take a multi-game cold spell from Telis before Moore starts picking up regular at-bats again.
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