Justin Maxwell ready for rehab assignment
Maxwell suffered a broken hand April 23. He took 20 batting practice swings Friday and says he feels good. He's looking at an early June return at this point.
Pablo Sandoval back in lineup
Brandon Belt returns to starting lineup
Roy Halladay moved to 60-day DL
Gordon Beckham feels soreness, will sit a few days
Earlier this week, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Beckham could return this weekend, but that's a long shot with the second baseman experiencing soreness. Provided the soreness isn't a major setback, Beckham could return next week.
Orioles release Zach Braddock
Is Mark Reynolds back where he should be?
After a miserable 16-game stretch that saw him hit .151 (8 for 53) with two home runs, the
So ... is that the end of the regression?
Hitting .260 wouldn't be entirely unprecedented for him. He did it in 2009, which was by far the best season of his career. He's a bit healthier now than he was for much of his Orioles career, making that mark a bit more feasible, but I think it's the absolute high point for a player who strikes out as often as he does.
Any way you look at it, the 2013 season will be a roller-coaster ride for Reynolds, but at least you can trust him to be an elite source of power again after nearly slumping his way out of a job last year. That alone makes him a top-15 third baseman in Fantasy. Keep that in mind when you're tempted to sell him short during the down times.
Danny Espinosa makes no excuses for poor hitting
Despite dealing with bone chips in his right wrist since April,
"I won't ever use this as an excuse," he told reporters after the injury was announced. "I haven't hit lately."
Espinosa is batting .150 in May and has three hits in his last 10 games. He will be shut down for a few days to rest before a determination on his long-term availability is made. Surgery is not currently being considered.
Twins to start P.J. Walters Saturday
Walters has a 3.31 ERA and 2.8 K/BB in nine starts (54 1/3 innings) at Triple-A Rochester. The Twins will have to make a roster move to activate him but likely won't come until Saturday.
Padres add Tommy Layne to bullpen
Layne pitched in 26 games for the Padres last season, with a 3.24 ERA in 16 2/3 innings. He had a 4.00 ERA at Triple-A before being called up.