Manager Scott Servais says that Marte is coming along better than expected and it appears the shortstop is well on his way to a full recovery. Nonetheless, expectations for his return should be tempered. The 22-year-old has lost a bit of strength from the illness and it's likely he will be eased back into the starting role when he comes back. Marte's bat is needed, Seattle shortstops are hitting just over .200 in his absence.
There is a chance Jorge Polanco could share at time at shortstop as the team may want to give him regular at-bats after being called up from Triple-A.
Polanco was called up after the Twins traded Eduardo Nunez to the Giants. While Eduardo Escobar will likely take over at shortstop, it's possible Polanco could get regular playing time so the Twins can evaluate him for 2017.
"It's been a little slower getting him back into the rhythm that he was in coming out of the gates at the start of the year before he got hurt," Fenster said. "Just getting him consistent with his timing has been the biggest thing for him right now where in those first few weeks of the year when he was going really well, his timing was consistent." Chavis, who started the season hitting .356 with a .992 OPS in the first 11 games before suffering the thumb injury, has been better in July (.805 OPS) than he was in June (.568 OPS), And we suspect he'll continue to get better with a possible promotion to High-A Salem to get a taste of better pitching.
The power game that was lacking his first few seasons is coming along. Bogaerts' .478 slugging percentage is a career high and the 12 homers matches the high-water mark he set in 2014. The difference being that Bogaerts' 12th homer in 2016 came in his 97th game while it took him 134 games to hit 12 homers in 2014. Enjoy this blossoming young hitter, who ranks 13th with a 4.0 WAR according to FanGraphs.
He already has second base and shortstop eligibility in most formats, so it's not as if Petit lacked for positional value, but if he adds outfield eligibility it certainly wouldn't hurt. That said, his defensive versatility is about all he brings to the table, as he is hitting a very empty .276 with two home runs and fewer than 20 RBI and runs scored in 145 plate appearances.
Tulowitzki will get a day off after starting the last 20 games and seeing a 10-game hitting streak come to an end Tuesday. Darwin Barney will get the start at shortstop in Tulowitzki's place.
While going 0-3 is not the best way to start your career, the big take away from Mondesi's debut is him batting 9th. The Royals offense has been pretty anemic this season (last in the AL in runs scored), so batting at the bottom of their order will limit his plate appearances and run producing opportunities.
With 21 home runs, Semien leads all American League shortstops and trails only Trevor Story's 27 on the full leaderboard. Even though Semien has struggled overall this month, with a .192/.267/.410 batting line, his power has stuck around. He now has five home runs and a slick .208 ISO in July.
The young shortstop is battling a case of mono has lost a good bit of weight and strength as a result, according to Johns. With that, the Mariners will have to be patient and wait for Marte to get over the illness before he starts ramping up his activity. A return in early August looks more realistic for Marte than does a return when he's eligible to come off the DL on Friday.