Swihart has been battling a toe injury for just over two weeks. He's played once since Sunday.
“With Blake, he had been playing with some pain as we know,” manager John Farrell said, per WEEI. “The injury that he suffered to that small left toe is obviously still there. The symptoms never really subsided to the point where the recommendation at the time with the number of days needed initially, we kind of took a shortcut initially to get him back in the lineup. But we’re afforded the ability to give him so added rest right now.”
Holaday is batting .271 with one home run, three doubles and 12 RBI in 16 games with Detroit this season.
Avila was immediately placed back in the starting lineup following his activation, batting sixth against Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison.
Avila spent six games on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo. He hit .300 (6 for 20) with one home run, five RBI, two runs, no walks and eight strikeouts.
Lopez was batting .276 for Triple-A Iowa after a short stint last season with the Cubs. Rondon was a Dominican Summer All-Star a year ago when he posted a 2.30 ERA in 14 starts. He has gone 3-7 with a 2.94 ERA as both a starter and reliever in the Angels organization.
"It's not if, I think it's when, and that's going to be totally up to Matt and John Russell and the trainers," Showalter said, per MASNsports.com. "It's not something I walk up to him every day and say, 'Hey, is today the day? Is today the day?' I'm not going to do that to him. I'm not going to jeopardize him being here every other day by pushing the envelope on it. But I know he's playing some catch now between outings, so to speak.
"When he first got here, he'd catch and take the next day off, even though he's available. We wouldn't have brought him here if we felt like we couldn't use him in a game the day after, but he is now doing some things on the day he's not catching that he wasn't doing when he first got here, so I think it will happen at some point. When it is, I don't know, and we're fortunate to have Caleb (Joseph) and some other catchers down below that we feel good about the depth.
"We'll take it the way it is, and if it's this way the rest of the year, so be it. I think at some point he'll feel comfortable doing it. I try to stay out of that. I don't want him to think that I'm putting that pressure on him, and I'm not. We'll take him any way we can get him."
Kratz will provide catching depth to a team that already has Mike Zunino and Jesus Sucre on the big-league roster.
Phegley got the scoring started on Thursday with a double in the bottom of the first inning that brought teammates Ben Zobrist and Billy Butler around to score.
Phegley is hitting .280 with five home runs and 17 RBI in 107 at-bats this season.
This was Martin's second home run in his last six games, but he has otherwise been struggling at the plate. Over his last 10 contests, Martin is batting .161 with nine strikeouts.
Lucroy is hitting .533 with eight hits in his last three games.
The home run was Cervelli's fourth of the season, and he now has 10 hits in 40 at-bats over his last 10 games.