The 30-year-old third baseman recorded his first multi-hit effort since May 19, and has gone 11-for-38 (.289) over the past 10 games. The Cardinals need him to produce a bit more at the top of the lineup, but perhaps this four-hit game (a season-high mark for him) might be what he needs to get back on track.
Flaherty is almost a non-factor with the bat, so it's very nice to see him produce even on a limited basis. The 29-year-old infielder drove in his second run of the season, and the double was his first extra-base hit since May 10. He had a productive day at the plate, but this type of production can't be expected from him on a steady basis.
Escobar left Sunday's matchup against the Astros due to what was later described as a bruised left writst. He was given a "day-to-day" diagnosis, but the Angels will take a cautious approach here and rest the third baseman for the evening contest. Reserve infielder Gregorio Petit will man the hot corner Monday night.
After getting designated for assignment Friday, Brignac will elect to remain in the organization, rather than become a free agent. A backup infielder for one of the most offensively-challenged teams in baseball likely wasn't going to get much attention on the free agent market anyway.
The recent ailment has already cost Wright several starts, and it's now looking more and more like a stint on the DL will be necessary. Wright will continue to undergo tests, and expects a clearer diagnosis to be available Tuesday. Given the current outlook, however, the Mets could easily elect to get ahead of the situation and send him to the DL at any point.
Duffy had to leave Monday's game after getting hit with a pitch, and the Giants wasted no time sending him for further evaluation. The outcome was really the best-case scenario for San Francisco, as no serious damage was revealed, and the third baseman was diagnosed with a contusion. He may still need to rest a game or two while he gets his grip strength back, but an extended absence doesn't appear to be in play.
Paredes logged 15 at-bats over seven games with the Blue Jays, but the utility infielder will now be in search of a new home should he refuse his designation to the minors. A relatively useful piece for the Orioles in 2015, Paredes and his .257/.294/.373 career slash line should be able to catch on elsewhere in due time. Ryan Tepera was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to take his spot on the roster.
Duffy had to be removed from Monday's game in the sixth inning after being struck in the hand/wrist area with a pitch, and the team will waste no time getting a diagnosis. Look for an update from the Giants as soon as the results are made available.
Duffy stayed in the game to run the bases, but was replaced by Kelby Tomlinson the next inning at third base. Consider Duffy day-to-day until the team releases additional information.
Valbuena started the last six games for the Astros, but he will be held out Monday with the team employing a righty-heavy lineup against Diamondbacks starter Edwin Escobar. Valbuena has seen time at both first base and third base of late, but Tyler White and Marwin Gonzalez, respectively, will play those positions Monday.