It was reported earlier in the week that Valencia was hitting off a tee and generally progressing well, and it seems he's successfully ramped up his activity in recent days. Valencia figures to ultimately head out on a short rehab assignment, before returning to the major league roster possibly as soon as May 6.
Marwin Gonzalez will man third base and bat eighth with left-hander Sean Manaea toeing the rubber for Oakland. With seven strikeouts in his last three starts, Valbuena has now struck out 19 times in 57 at-bats this season, and he's still without a home run.
This is in line with the last report on Plouffe's status, as he continues to target a May 3 return to the Twins. He will play seven innings at third base Saturday and nine innings at third base Sunday, at which point the next step will be determined.
The super-utility infielder has been one of the lone bright spots for the Twins offense this season, as he has hit .392/.439/.471 with eight RBI, nine runs, and five stolen bases. If he keeps hitting he will likely continue to see fairly consistent playing time due to his extreme versatility.
The Indians expect Chisenhall to return this weekend so keep an eye out for further updates regarding his injury status for more information. Chisenhall is just 2-for-18 through six games this season.
Now that Chris Colabello is out of the Blue Jays' picture for at least 80 games, and possibly much longer than that, the landscape around first base has changed quite dramatically. Justin Smoak and Edwin Encarnacion were the obvious candidate to fill the void, but Smoak has struggled early in the season, and Edcarnacion is much better offensively when he is the DH. In his first two games with the team, the 26-year-old Dominguez is 0-for-6 with a walk and two strikeouts.
After starting the season on a 16-game hitting streak, Machado went hitless (0-for-17) in his next four games. He got back on track Thursday by blasting his team-leading seventh homer of the year and raising his batting average to .333. His slash line of .333/.389/.678 is well above the 23-year-old's career averages, but growth is to be expected from the young superstar who has been held back by injuries early in his career.
The home run gave the White Sox an early lead in the first inning, but they were not to score again in a 10-2 loss. The White Sox's lineup remains eerily unproductive, but Frazier's bat has begun to warm. He now has a hit in six straight and nine of his last 10 games. Additionally, four of his six home runs have come over that 10-game stretch. The White Sox only had nine home games (at the homer-friendly U.S. Cellular Field) in April, but Frazier had six home runs in those games. In other words, more power could be on the way once the White S ox head back to a thawing Chicago.
Chisenhall is off to a sluggish start at the plate after missing a chunk of time in spring training with some forearm soreness but he should be back in the lineup at some point this weekend against the Phillies as he looks to get his season back on track.
After hitting his first home run of the season Tuesday, Uribe will sit for Wednesday's game as Jose Ramirez earns the nod at third base. Uribe has picked up his play as of late, going 10-for-30 in his last nine games after starting the year 1-for-18.