Workman has allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out 10 of the 23 batters he's faced (43.5 percent). Two years removed from Tommy John elbow surgery, Workman's fastball has consistently lived in the low 90s, a contrast to a year ago when his velocity and arm strength fluctuated. He's still not at pre-surgery levels (93-94 mph), but there's optimism that Workman could rejoin Boston's bullpen if there's a need for another right-hander.
Tomas, who has been sidelined since June 3 due to right groin tendinitis, has had two rehab assignments shut down as a result of setbacks with the injury, with his most recent stint with the Diamondbacks' rookie-level Arizona League affiliate earlier this month coming to an end after he experienced pain while running the bases. The surgery should help remedy any recurring issues, but the recovery timetable associated with the procedure won't allow him to get back on the field before the season ends. That being said, Tomas shouldn't endure any significant delays during his offseason workouts, putting him in line to enter spring training at full strength.
Fuentes' left thumb contusion doesn't appear to be an issue any longer, but since the Diamondbacks don't have a pressing need for him on the big-league roster, it appears the team will keep him on the rehab assignment for close to the full 20 days permitted before activating him from the 10-day disabled list. The 26-year-old is a strong candidate to rejoin the Diamondbacks in September when rosters expand, but may only make a couple of starts and instead make most of his appearances as a late-inning defensive replacement or pinch runner.
Delgado had been throwing off flat ground for the past two weeks, and after incurring no setbacks with his strained right elbow while doing so, he'll move on to the next phase of his rehab. Because he's been sidelined since mid-July with the injury, Delgado will likely require a rehab assignment in the minors before being activated from the 10-day disabled list in September.
While Claudio was charged with a run for the third time in five contests, he was at his best when it mattered most Monday. After Jose Leclerc walked the bases loaded with two outs in the eighth inning and the go-ahead run at the plate, Claudio was called upon to put out the fire and rose to the occasion, coaxing an inning-ending groundout from Jefry Marte. The Angels were able to make things interesting in the ninth with a pair of singles and a walk, but with a three-run cushion, Claudio had plenty of wiggle room. With a 2.38 ERA and 15:1 K:BB over 11.1 innings in August, Claudio hasn't provided any reason for manager Jeff Banister to pull him off closing duties, so he should be on track to see the bulk of the save chances the rest of the way as the Rangers look to chase down a wild-card spot.
Called upon to protect a 5-2 lead in the eighth inning, Leclerc was able to retire two of the first three batters, but was pulled from the contest after loading the bases. Though closer Alex Claudio was able to put out the fire and spare Leclerc of any damage to his ERA, it was another unsettling outing from the rookie right-hander, who has shown a lack of control in recent weeks. Dating back to the beginning of July, Leclerc has posted a 15:16 K:BB over 14.2 innings, which could eventually prompt manager Jeff Banister to explore other options for setup duties.
The success of Blake Treinen and Casilla's own struggles have likely displaced the veteran reliever from the closer's role for the time being. Monday was Casilla's first appearance since his latest late-inning meltdown, one in which he surrendered three earned runs over just one-third of an inning against the Royals last Tuesday. The 37-year-old has blown seven saves on the season overall, so he may find himself in a similar role to Monday's moving forward.
It was DeShields' third consecutive game with at least one stolen base, and the 25 thefts now place him eighth in baseball on the season, an impressive achievement considering he's been a part-time player for a good portion of the campaign. Now that he's locked into a regular role atop a sizzling Rangers lineup while Carlos Gomez (back) remains on the disabled list, DeShields should be a helpful contributor in the batting-average, on-base percentage, runs and stolen-base categories, making him a viable starting option in just about every league format.
The 28-year-old right-hander is enjoying a relatively rare stretch of consistency, as he hasn't given up an earned run in four straight appearances. While a modest sample, it's an encouraging sight, considering Hendriks was touched up for four runs apiece in two separate July outings and gave up three runs (two earned) in the two appearances prior to his current streak. His 3.00 ERA over seven August outings counts as his best monthly figure in that category since a dominant May in which he posted an impressive 1.46 figure.
After collecting an RBI on a groundout in the first inning, Beltre provided the knockout blow with a three-run blast in his second at-bat. In addition to tying Lou Brock for 26th in MLB history with 3,023 career hits, Beltre's long ball also vaulted him up to 37th place on the all-time home-run list, tying the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera. The 38-year-old is now batting an impressive .310/.378/.563 with five home runs, 21 RBI and 12 runs in 19 August contests.
Pagan has now been touched up for three earned runs over the 1.1 innings encompassing his last two appearances, a relative rarity in what has been a solid campaign overall. He managed to escape with a hold Monday, despite giving up a triple and sacrifice fly in the sixth after inheriting a three-run lead. The 26-year-old right-hander remains a viable fantasy asset in AL-only and deep formats, particularly now that he's started to see some hold opportunities.
After receiving a day off in Sunday's series finale with the White Sox, Choo was back in the lineup Monday, manning the No. 2 spot behind the red-hot Delino DeShields. The duo continued their success in sparking the Rangers' surging offense, scoring three of the team's five runs on the evening. Since the speedy DeShields is always a threat to steal second whenever he reaches base, Choo has also benefited from a steady uptick in at-bats with runners in scoring position of late, and has taken advantage. He's plated six runs over his last six starts after having previously gone without an RBI since July 26.
Vincent has thrilled fantasy owners this month with seven holds in eight appearances. He's generated scoreless efforts in all seven of those outings as well and has his ERA down to a sparkling 1.88 following Monday's outing.
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