In what has become a common theme throughout his career with the Red Sox, Owens is battling command issues this season en route to a 72:60 K:BB ratio and 1.70 WHIP. The 24-year-old will move down one tier to work out the problems, though the move is incredibly discouraging as to his chances for a return to the majors this season and likely puts him on a short leash in terms of staying in the starting rotation. Owens will need to show dramatic improvement from his recent starts, as he has walked 48 batters over his last 47.1 innings pitched.
The Rangers will use the side session as a gauge for how much progress Cashner has made with the strained left oblique, which resulted in his placement on the 10-day disabled list following a June 14 start. If Cashner experiences no issues while throwing Monday, he could be cleared to start Thursday against the Indians. Austin Bibens-Dirkx or Nick Martinez will likely move back to a long-relief role once Cashner is activated.
It doesn't sound like the Rangers are permanently closing the door on Sadzeck as a starter, but a 5.11 ERA and 1.41 WHIP over 68.2 innings at Frisco don't provide much confidence he'll be able to thrive in that role. As one of the hardest throwers in the Rangers' system, Sadzeck should have a much easier time breaking into the big leagues as a reliever, especially with the Texas bullpen lacking in high-impact arms.
It looked as though Martinez's time in the rotation was running out leading up to Sunday's start, but Martin Perez's move to the disabled list a day earlier has afforded the right-hander a longer leash. While Martinez has notched wins in his last two outings and has shown an ability to eat innings, his dearth of strikeouts and homer-prone ways make rostering him rather undesirable outside of AL-only leagues.
McHugh, who hasn't pitched in the majors this season because of an impingement in his pitching elbow, came out of a simulated game Saturday without incident. It will be spring training all over again for him, as the right-hander will begin the assignment with a two-inning start and build up his arm over several outings.
Hughes has been sidelined for around a month with biceps tendinitis. He's had two rehab outings, but there's no timetable yet for him to return to the majors. The Twins have said he'll move to the bullpen when he returns.
A pair of long balls by George Springer and Yuli Gurriel in the fourth stanza were all the visiting Astros needed to hand Miranda his fourth loss of the season. Since rattling off three straight victories, Miranda has now been held out of the win column in four straight starts, a span that's only featured nine strikeouts across 24.2 innings.
Holland kept Oakland off the board for six-plus innings before allowing them to break through in the seventh, and the A's went on to win the game. He did not allow a home run, which was a good sign considering he gave up eight over his previous 15.2 innings (four starts). Additionally, in that span, he was 1-3 with 22 earned runs.
Gray was 0-2 with a 6.43 ERA (20 earned runs over 28 innings pitched) in his last five starts, but rebounded nicely with his performance Sunday. The only earned run against Gray came on a home run from Adam Engel in the third inning.
Three home runs will sink any pitcher, and Pineda was no exception Sunday. Pineda entered with a 6-1 mark and a 1.92 ERA at home this season, but that did not matter against the Rangers. He's now 0-4 in six career starts against Texas.