After tossing 64 pitches in his second rehab start with Toledo on Monday, Norris could have his pitch count bumped up to the 80-to-85 range Saturday in what's expected to be his final outing in the minors before he's activated from the 10-day disabled list. Norris exhibited control issues his last time out with Toledo, but if he's able to make progress in that regard while working deeper into the start, he should be in line to reenter the Tigers' rotation Sept. 1 for one half of their doubleheader that day with the Indians. Norris has compiled a 5.29 ERA and 1.67 WHIP over 85 innings with the big club this season.
Harvey's statistical results over his three minor-league rehab appearances have been acceptable (3.86 ERA, 6:2 K:BB over seven innings), but his fastball velocity has hovered around the high 80s and low 90s in those outings, well below the 93-to-94 mile-per-hour range he had been hitting prior to landing on the DL. In addition to having Harvey work deeper into games, the Mets likely want to see him gain a couple ticks before turning his loose against major-league hitters. He'll look to toss 80 to 85 pitches in his next rehab outing, which should come over the weekend with Double-A Binghamton or Triple-A Las Vegas.
Shoulder issues have kept Ogando on the disabled list all season, with the right-hander having been limited to four rehab appearances in the minors as hie lone game action. After pitching three times in six days with the Reds' rookie-level Arizona League affiliate, Ogando will test himself against higher-quality competition as he looks to prove to the organization that he's back to full strength. Ogando was a fringe candidate to land a bullpen job with the Reds out of spring training even if health had prevailed, so once he's activated from the 60-day DL, there's a good chance he'll immediately be optioned to Triple-A Louisville.
In order to make room for Castro on the active roster, the Orioles optioned Alec Asher back down to Triple-A Norfolk. Moving forward, the 22-year-old right-hander figures to remain in a long relief role for Baltimore's bullpen.
Espino was deemed expendable after the Brewers added another swingman to the organization Tuesday in Aaron Brooks, who was poached off waivers from the Cubs. Brooks will presumably take Espino's place in the rotation at Triple-A Colorado Springs and could be promoted to the Brewers when rosters expand in September as a long reliever or spot-starting option. Espino, meanwhile, should remain in the organization if he goes unclaimed off waivers, but his lack of a 40-man roster spot makes it unlikely that he'll rejoin the big club at any point in 2017.
Long reliever Michael Brady was optioned to Nashville in a corresponding move. Gossett will be making his 11th start of the season for the Athletics, but won't represent an especially appealing streaming option in most formats after he submitted a 5.17 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 6.3 K/9 rate over his prior 10 outings. Manager Bob Melvin is opting to deploy a six-man rotation this week to afford the rest of the starting staff an extra day of rest, so it's not a given that Gossett will pick up another start beyond Wednesday.
Brady's demotion opens up a spot on the active roster for Daniel Gossett, who was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move ahead of his scheduled start Wednesday against the Orioles. The 30-year-old Brady has mostly served as a long reliever out of the Oakland bullpen this season, logging a 4.56 ERA and 1.23 WHIP over 23.2 innings.
Enns landed on the 10-day disabled list following his Aug. 15 appearance with an inflamed shoulder, which the Twins decided to treat with a cortisone shot. It sounds like the rookie is still waiting for the inflammation to calm down, so until he shows improvement on that front, Enns' activity could be limited. The 26-year-old left-hander isn't a safe bet to reclaim a rotation spot once he's activated from the DL.
Ausmus was fairly blunt in his comments about Boyd, who's given up 17 earned runs on 23 hits and nine walks over his last 13.1 innings. "At some point, there's an expiration date on how much rope you're given," Ausmus said. "The truth is, (Boyd) is going to have to learn to pitch or there's going to be a move made." However, that move likely won't come this season, as the Tigers are just 54-70 and well out of the race in the American League. "There's no reason to not be patient at this point," Ausmus said. "And I don't think the next month and a week will decide anything definitively. But in the big picture, it can't go on forever."
Wins don't get much easier than this, as Rondon threw just seven pitches to close out the sixth inning. The Cubs then scored four runs in the top of the seventh to make Rondon the pitcher of record. He's still got a weak 4.56 ERA and 1.33 WHIP after posting 3.53 and 0.98 marks last season, respectively.
After picking up National League Player of the Week honors on Monday, Rizzo showed no signs of slowing down Tuesday. He's slashing a ridiculous .423/.531/.692 over his last seven games with four doubles, a home run and nine RBI. Fantasy owners should sit back and enjoy the ride.
Zobrist was scratched from the starting lineup due to travel issues, but he arrived in time to deliver a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning. He added another RBI on a groundout in the eighth. Zobrist is hitting just .227 this season, but manager Joe Maddon has shown confidence in the veteran, so he should continue to receive ample playing time.
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