It was announced earlier in the week that Boyd's next start would be bumped back from Saturday to Tuesday, so it appears the team just wanted to have him throw a bit before then, and he ended up tossing 30 pitches. After surrendering nine runs over his last two starts, Boyd will be looking to get back on track against the Yankees.
While the results weren't great, Norris said he felt good physically after the outing. "I was a little bit rusty but the big thing was I felt healthy," Norris said. "Being rusty, I think that was to be expected. I hadn't really faced batters in close to a month. But in the second inning I felt a lot better more free and easy." The left-hander followed the rehab start with a bullpen session Friday, and he's expected to make two more rehab starts before rejoining the big league club.
This will be the first time that Sanchez plays catch since re-landing on the disabled list almost a month ago. The right-hander is battling a blister issue that has been a significant problem for him all season, as this is the fourth time in 2017 that Sanchez is on the DL because of a blister. Toronto will reevaluate Sanchez after he throws the ball around Saturday, but there remains a chance that we've seen the last of him this season if it becomes apparent that he cannot return to the mound in time.
House has only appeared in eight major-league games since the beginning of the 2015 season, all coming with the Indians. Throughout 23 starts with Buffalo this year, the left-hander has posted a 4.27 ERA and 1.58 WHIP with a 104:62 K:BB. He will slide into the bullpen with the Blue Jays, and figures to be used as a middle reliever for the club.
Manager Rick Renteria doesn't feel the injury is serious, but the White Sox will be cautious with one of their top pitching prospects. If the pain doesn't subside in the next 24-to-48 hours, it's very likely Lopez won't make his scheduled start Tuesday.
The Twins did most of their damage after Santana had left the game, so while the final score suggests he had an easy night, it was anything but as the veteran righty allowed all three of his runs in the first two innings before settling down. Santana now has 16 quality starts on the year heading into his next outing Wednesday on the road against a White Sox squad he's dominated in 2017 (3-0, 2.70 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 18:5 K:BB in three starts).
After surrendering 18 runs over just 6.2 innings in his last three starts, this was in many ways a welcome return to form for Manaea as he delivered his 11th quality start of the year. On the other hand, he gave up two more homers, and his 2.2 HR/9 in seven starts since the All-Star break has been a big driver in his ugly recent results. The lefty will try to build some momentum in his next outing Wednesday on the road against the Orioles.
The right-hander's streak of six straight quality starts got snapped when he couldn't escape the sixth inning, loading the bases with two outs on a walk, a single and a hit batter before Tony Barnette relieved him and ended the threat. Cashner's lack of dominance and career-low 4.6 K/9 make his 3.31 ERA look very shaky next to his 4.62 FIP, but he'll take his new pitch-to-contact ways into his next start Wednesday on the road against the Angels.
Keuchel returned to his early-season form Friday, inducing 17 groundball outs. Just two of the 24 batters the left-hander faced hit a ball into the outfield. This was Keuchel's second straight strong outing and the 100 pitches was a high-water mark since returning from a neck injury. He's next scheduled to pitch in Thursday's series finale agianst the Nationals at home in Minute Maid Park.
The veteran right-hander left the game in line for his first win since late June, but Gregory Infante coughed up the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning. Shields has a brutal 7.02 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in eight starts since that last victory, and while his 38:18 K:BB in 42.1 innings over that stretch is respectable, his 2.6 HR/9 is not. He'll next take mound Wednesday at home against the Twins.