This represents two major steps in his rehab, after he was most recently hitting off a tee and had been throwing from 60 and 90 feet. Throwing from 120 feet was thought to be the biggest step for him to clear, so it will be interesting to see how his injury responds to the day's activities. He remains without a firm timetable for a rehab assignment.
Castro is hitting .174 with a 26 percent strikeout rate over his last 46 at-bats. The Twins will give right-handed hitting Chris Gimenez the start behind the dish against tough lefty Cole Hamels.
He started the last two games, and will take a seat for the seventh time in 22 games. It has been a rough start to the season for Lucroy in his contract year, as he is hitting just .196/.237/.268 with one home run in 56 at-bats. Robinson Chirinos will start behind the dish and hit eighth against lefty Hector Santiago.
The move to the cleanup spot figures to be only a temporary arrangement for McCann, who will likely be pushed down the order once Jose Altuve (shoulder) and George Springer (hamstring) are cleared to return to the lineup. Nonetheless, McCann might represent an enticing DFS option while he remains in the heart in the order, especially in a matchup against a volatile starting pitcher Wednesday in the Tribe's Trevor Bauer.
Gomes has turned things around at the plate as of late, batting .429 over the past week, but he'll get a night off nonetheless. Roberto Perez will fill in behind the dish for the evening.
The reserve backstop picked a fine time for his first long ball of the season, snapping a scoreless tie in the 10th inning. While the Angels went on to tie and eventually win the game in the 11th, the homer extended a modest offensive surge for Phegley, who's now hit safely in three of his last four games and compiled three RBI over that span.
Martin's been a rarity in the Jays' lineup in recent games. While a majority of the order struggles immensely, the veteran has been smacking the ball around the field, going 8-for-26 with five walks and two homers over his last seven games. "We have to keep his bat in the lineup," said Gibbons. "He looks great at the plate right now. Our big thing is scoring runs." That means, while the club is on the road in the National League, Gibbons has some decisions to make. Tuesday he went with Martin at third, and the manager felt good about his squad. "There's no doubt in my mind that he can do it. You look at that lineup, he's probably the best athlete on that field. We'll give it a go," Gibbons said. Even if the veteran picks up a few starts at third, it's unlikely Martin will earn eligibility at the position considering the limited amount of times the club will play without a DH. Also, Josh Donaldson (calf) will be back in a few weeks.
White Sox catching coordinator John Orton suggested a change in how the catcher positions himself when he releases the ball, which has reduced the time it takes to pop up and throw to second base. This is the kind of improvement the White Sox are looking for out of Collins, who was a 2016 first-round pick. The downside of him working on his defense is less focus on hitting. The 22-year-old is just 2-for-29 over his last nine games.
The power's been flowing steadily for McCann -- this was his fifth homer already -- but he's still only hitting .178. He has only three non-homer hits, all singles, in 45 at-bats. However, McCann's batting eye has looked good (9:10 BB:K), and his BABIP luck has been as atrocious as that would imply. He should absolutely be owned in two-catcher leagues.
With that nice piece of the Tigers' 19-run outburst, Avila's now hitting a stunning .407 with four homers over his first 27 at-bats. That's new ground for the veteran backstop, who's started picking up work at first base this year; he started at first and hit sixth Tuesday. This outburst can't be ignored, but Avila should still be approached with caution because we haven't seen him do anything remotely like this since 2011.