Smart picked up two consecutive starts in place of the injured Isaiah Thomas (knee), but with Thomas back to full strength and reclaiming the starting point guard role, Smart will head back to the bench. After logging 35 minutes Sunday against the 76ers, Smart should see his playing time drop into the upper 20's, although he'll still provide some value as one of the team's top bench options despite the demotion to the second unit.
As if putting up 29 goals and 77 points in his first 82-game season, Draisaitl lit up the score sheet in the postseason with six goals and 16 points in 13 games. In addition, the 2014 first-round pick is invaluable on the power play, where he racked up 10 goals and 27 points last season. For the cherry on top, his shot percentage of 16.9 percent earned him five game-winning goals this past season. So yes, we get it, he's good. That means he'll be commanding big money as a restricted free agent, and all signs point to him being re-upped by Edmonton. The Oilers have the cap space to match whatever offers he receives, but keep in mind that Connor McDavid will be commanding even more money when he's a restricted free agent next summer as well.
Indians' pitching coach Mickey Callaway said Salazar "looked really good," a positive sign towards the right-hander's overall recovery progress. The next step appears to be a bullpen session this coming Thursday, which should inch the 27-year-old closer to making a beginning a rehab assignment, if the team determines that is necessary.
Brice allowed five runs on nine hits over two innings in his last appearance, raising his ERA to 5.47 on the season and prompting the Reds to send him back to Louisville to work some things out. The move clears room on the active roster for Kevin Shackelford, who had his contract purchased from Triple-A in a corresponding move.
As has become a common theme this season, Beltran is getting a routine day off following a stretch of starting four straight games. The 40-year-old is still providing a source of offense at the plate, smashing four home runs this month, but his .239 average leaves something to be desired. Evan Gattis will take over as the DH.
Reddick has been on a tear at the plate recently, batting .367 with a 1.023 OPS and two home runs over the past 15 games, but will head to the bench against Oakland southpaw Sean Manaea. Marwin Gonzalez will fill in as the left fielder.
Margot is back with the Padres after spending a month on the disabled list with a calf strain. He was able to complete a five-game rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso over the last week, clearing the way for him to return to major-league action. The 22-year-old, who was slashing .259/.305/.389 with four homers and five steals in 47 games before landing on the DL, should immediately reclaim his role as the Padres' starting center fielder.
The 24-year-old slashed .391/.417/.435 over 23 at-bats during his second stint in the majors this season. Smith also struck out eight times, but overall filled in nicely with Ezequiel Carrera (foot) on the DL. The Blue Jays' outfielder is slashing .303/.364/.443 in 201 at-bats with Buffalo, and will likely have some more opportunities with the major-league club at a later point this season.
The switch-hitter will take a seat for the third time in the last five games, a surprising development considering he had played in 21 straight games entering the month. Grossman is hitting just .255/.391/.396 this season, so the Twins may be searching for other power options at the plate. Miguel Sano will take over at the DH, as Eduardo Escobar starts at the hot corner.
Eric Sogard is slashing .353/.462/.529 in 38 games for the Brewers this season, so Counsell will continue to give him starts at the keystone as Villar eases his way back from a back injury. The two will likely continue to share time at second base as long as Sogard continues to produce at the plate.
Adduci has been steadily progressing through regular baseball activities over the past couple weeks and appears ready to take the field again. Manager Brad Ausmus said the outfielder would need between 30 and 40 at-bats during his assignment, so don't expect him back with the Tigers until sometime in mid-July.
Carrera was diagnosed with a fractured right foot earlier this month, but seems to be doing alright after playing in a rehab game with Triple-A Buffalo on Monday. He'll likely return to his post as a reserve outfielder behind Steve Pearce, Kevin Pillar, and Jose Bautista, but could earn some more at-bats thanks to his 1.109 OPS over his last 11 games played.
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