Brentz has hit safely in five straight, going 9-for-19 in the span and raising his season average to .324. A one-time promising power hitter, Brentz's career has been derailed by injuries -- he hasn't played a full season since 2012 -- and an inability to lay off pitches outside the zone. Now at 27-years-old, Brentz is well off Boston's prospect map. Like others before him -- Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick come to mind -- perhaps Brentz can get a shot with another major league club.
Jackson suffered a turf toe injury Sunday, but the Sox did not want to shelve one of their hottest bats for two weeks. The team was able to recall J.B. Shuck at the expense of another's roster spot, but the White Sox may have no choice but to DL Jackson if he remains on the sidelines for a few more games.
The Indians are taking a cautious approach with Brantley to avoid another setback once he's able to return. He's been sidelined since May 10 and a return doesn't appear imminent.
Mazara is on a power tear, with four home runs in his last eight games. As obvious as Mazara's raw power is -- look no further than his mammoth 453-foot blast on May 25 for proof -- he had to show he could harness it with consistency in game situations and not just with batting practice blasts. He had just one minor league season with more than 15 home runs before his callup this season, but he is putting any such concerns to rest. With Monday's blast, he is now on pace for 29 home runs this season.
Desmond's hit streak now stands at nine games, seven of which have been of the multi-hit variety. He is now hitting a robust .298/.346/.480 and is on pace to post another season with 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases. If he manages to do so, it will be his fourth such season since 2012.
Pompey has had a rough go of it this season between a foot injury and now this hopefully minor malady. His batting average sits at a reasonable .267, but his one homer and four steals over 116 at-bats shows the shine is off his prospect rose.
Crisp is not known for his power, but he has gone yard five times this season, so that has been a pleasant surprise so far. The 36-year-old outfielder has hit two homers with seven RBI over the past six games, and he's also hit safely in nine of the past 10 contests, so he's trending up. He's hit .272 in May after struggling to the tone of a .219 in April.
Holt, who began throwing and hit off a tee Sunday in Toronto, is now getting reps defensively. These are all signs he's nearing a return. Perhaps notable is that Holt's fielding reps were grounders in the infield, not flyballs in the outfield. That could be seen as a sign the Red Sox have Holt, who had been the regular starter in left field, ticketed for a utility infield role when he's ready to return. If he's removed from left field, Blake Swihart would likely become the starter.
Santana strained his left hamstring during Monday's game against the Athletics. This movement simultaneously made room for Byron Buxton on the 25-man roster. This is Santana's second hamstring strain of the year that's placed him on the disabled list, but he was able to bounce back from his first one in about two weeks.
Buxton will return from Triple-A Rochester to assume the roster spot of Danny Santana, who was placed on the disabled list after departing Monday's game with a hamstring strain. In 17 games for Minnesota earlier in the season, the top prospect struggled at the plate, slashing just .156/.208/.289 before being sent back down to Rochester. Buxton, who hit .209 win 46 major league games in 2015, has straightened things out at Triple-A, hitting .333 with 14 RBI and 17 extra-base hits across 114 at-bats.