Ortiz didn't start Thursday, but is back in his usual DH spot for Friday's outing. Ortiz has dominated at the plate recently, having gone .440/.481/.880 with three home runs and seven RBI over the last seven days.
Gurriel will hit sixth and serve as Houston's DH on Friday night. Since joining the big club, Gurriel has played in three games and gone 1-for-4 with a walk. He'll go up against Drew Smyly and the Rays on Friday night.
As of now, Butler is on track to come off the DL on Monday, the earliest possible date. Butler has dramatically increased his production since the All-Star break, as he's hit .367/.415/.517 since, bringing his line up to .286/.338/.419 for the year.
Thursday's effort raised Martinez's career batting average at Target Field to .370 in 46 games. He's 16 for 26 (.615) there this year and has scored seven runs in six games. Martinez finished the three-game series with seven hits, including a home run, four RBI and five runs. The veteran will make one more visit to Minnesota for another three-game set beginning Sep. 20.
Cruz was lifted early from Wednesday's contest after experiencing back spasms, but the issue was apparently minor enough that he'll return to the lineup without missing any time. The 36-year-old will DH and bat cleanup against Chicago starter Anthony Ranaudo.
Morales will be held out of the lineup for a third straight game, as the Royals wrap up a series in a National League park in Miami. The club will head to Boston for the weekend and regain the DH spot, so Morales figures to return to the lineup then, while serving as a pinch-hitting option Thursday.
Alvarez was held out of Wednesday's contest as well, as the Orioles are without the DH spot playing in an NL ballpark, but he worked his way into the game as a pinch hitter. The 29-year-old will likely be available in a similar capacity again Thursday and should return to the lineup Friday when the team resumes AL play.
The surgery will effectively end Park's rookie season, but with that step behind him, he will be able to begin rehabbing in the near future in Minneapolis. After a disappointing season in which he hit .191/.275/.409 in the majors and just .224/.297/.526 in the minors, the slugger will likely need to show more in spring training in order to earn a more regular role heading into the 2017 season.
Ortiz clocked his 30th home run and 100th RBI of the season in Wednesday's loss to Tampa Bay, but he'll be held out of the lineup after starting each of the last six contests. Boston will go with Hanley Ramirez as the DH, while Travis Shaw gets the nod at first base.
The veteran slugger started things off right away for the Red Sox, sending a two-run shot to right in the first inning, collecting his 100th RBI of the season and extending his hit streak to 11 games. He now sports a stout .322/.412/.637 line, alongside a 171 wRC+.