Still without a concrete timetable, it appears to be taking shape. Carpenter has missed approximately three weeks because of the issue at this point, so he may require more than a couple games before returning to the big league squad. An early August return seems plausible if he indeed begins his rehab assignment in the near future but a return date should firm up as it draws closer.
Since joining the Astors, the 30-year-old has posted just a .442 OPS over the course of 15 games (38 at-bats). The move came following Sunday's contest, when Marwin Gonzalez left with an ankle sprain. While there may be no correlation with that , Houston will look to improve their offensive production, adding Alex Bregman, one of the team's top prospects, potentially as an everyday utility player.
Valbuena rocked his 13th bomb of the year to give the Astros a four-run lead in the first inning of a home victory. This was his first homer in his last 11 contests, and he's slashing .253/.350/.455 on the season.
It doesn't sound like the ailment is overly serious, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Middlebrooks rested Monday against Arizona. If he does end up being unavailable, Hernan Perez and Jake Elmore are both candidates to get the start at third.
Middlebrooks popped out to second base on the play, and injured himself somewhere along the way. He needed to be helped off the field by teammates, and appeared unable to put much weight on the leg. According to the live broadcast, the injury appears to be something related to his calf, which may indicate a cramp due to the high level of humidity in Milwaukee on Sunday. Consider him day-to-day in advance of Monday's series opener against the Diamondbacks.
Franco was set to be evaluated by team trainers Sunday morning, and although any findings have yet to be disclosed, his absence from the lineup suggests he isn't quite ready to return. Consider the third baseman day-to-day in advance of Monday's opener in Miami. Franco will be the second Philadelphia batter nursing an ailment after getting hit by a pitch, as Cameron Rupp (head) is also being held out after getting hit in the head with a Tyler Glasnow fastball Saturday.
Lamb will get just his first day off since July 5, as the player with the No. 4 OPS in the National League (.970) will take a seat against southpaw Brandon Finnegan. Brandon Drury will get the call at third base in Lamb's stead, as manager Chip Hale will use a lineup composed entirely of right-handed batters.
Reds manager Bryan Price will give the afternoon off to both of the team's regular members from the left side of the infield, as everyday shortstop joins Suarez on the pine. Both Cozart and Suarez had started each game since the All-Star break, so Sunday's day off will function as a welcome rest period as well as an opportunity for Price to work in some of the club's reserves. Ivan De Jesus will cover third base in Suarez's stead.
The veteran third baseman went deep in the sixth, plating Seth Smith with his first homer since July 9. Seager has hit safely in three straight, and five of his last six. The 28-year-old's outstanding July includes a .354/.400/.615 line with three homers and 13 RBI over 65 at-bats.
Castellanos has had an excellent season and still has a strong slash line of .298/.338/.522 despite this mini slump. It's really his first slow down at the plate in 2016 and it should be short lived.