The Red Sox will reevaluate Pedroia on Tuesday, and if he is feeling severe pain, they'll do the CAT scan to see if his nose is broken. A break could force him to miss significant time with just two weeks left in the season, but if it is just a bruise, Pedroia could be back in the lineup shortly. Expect an update before Tuesday's game.
While it's been a down year for Kinsler, he's still posted a respectable 19 homers, 84 runs and 14 stolen bases through just 130 games. Unfortunately, his RBI total and slash line are down to a disappointing 46 and .236/.315/.405, respectively. With the Tigers in a clear rebuild, Kinsler's fantasy upside is somewhat capped through the end of the season.
The 20-year-old, switch-hitting shortstop put his all-around talents on display during his fourth professional season. Castro was one of just three Carolina League players to notch double-digit marks in home runs and steals, and finished in the league's top 10 for runs scored and total bases. The Indians have a handful of shortstop prospects on the farm, but Castro is arguably the most talented of the bunch.
That's a bruised nose in plain English. It sounds like Pedroia has escaped the worst after a foul ball bounced straight off the plate and hit him right in the face in Monday's game. Consider him day-to-day, as he may need some rest, but this injury shouldn't cost Pedroia significant time down the stretch.
The extent of the injury isn't clear, but he was attended to by trainers before the Red Sox decided to remove him from the game. Consider him day-to-day until the Red Sox are able to perform all the tests they need to, including a potential concussion test.
Nunez is expected to practice running the bases Wednesday, which will help give a better indication as to whether or not returning over the weekend is an attainable goal. Once he's back in full health, Nunez will likely serve as a utility player for the Red Sox, as Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts, and Dustin Pedroia occupy spots in Boston's infield.
The recent absence of Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) has allowed the Red Sox to deploy Dustin Pedroia at designated hitter more frequently, which opened up second base for Holt over the previous four contests. While Ramirez remains sidelined Monday, manager John Farrell elected to open up the DH spot for the hot-hitting Christian Vazquez, who needed a day off behind the plate following back-to-back starts at catcher. Holt will thus reprise his normal utility role off the bench.
The 27-year-old's 381-foot shot to right in the sixth with the bases jammed erased a 3-2 deficit and ended up being the difference in the contest. Wendle had only seen five at-bats with the big-league club coming into Sunday's contest, and his timely round tripper was only the second of his brief major-league career. Wendle figures to continue seeing occasional starts for the balance of the regular season.
In what's seemingly been a recurring theme this season, Odor is in the midst of another prolonged offensive dry spell, as Sunday's hitless effort leaves him with a 2-for-26 mark at the plate over his last nine contest. A .227 BABIP has certainly hurt Odor's cause, but a career-worst 24.5 percent strikeout rate and an almost 100-point decline in slugging percentage from the year prior suggests that bad luck alone is not at the root of the second baseman's disappointing season. Odor is probably still worth keeping active in most formats thanks to his strong counting-stats production (29 home runs, 14 steals), but a .208 average has kept him out of the upper tier of fantasy performers at his position.
Phillips will miss his second consecutive game Sunday as he deals with a tight back. The Angels had been optimistic about his condition and hoped that he'd be ready to return for their series finale against Texas, but he'll have to miss another game and give way to Kaleb Cowart at second base. The team has Monday off, so Phillips may be back in action Tuesday against the Indians.