The Red Sox have used Layne as a lefty-specialist the last two seasons and will continue to optimize him in the role, but there are times when he needs to face right-handers. Like last Friday, when David Price was bounced after 2.1 innings and Boston needed length. Layne pitched two scoreless innings against hitters from both sides of the plate. This season, he's limiting right-handed batters to a .294 slugging percentage and .584 OPS, a vast improvement over 2015 (.517, .950) and 2014 (.500, .929).
Whitley will join fellow Tommy John surgery recoveree Alex Cobb in throwing another session, as both prepare to make minor league appearances in the near future if they continue setback-free. The 26-year-old is trying to stick with the Rays following a forgettable two-season stint with the Yankees during which he generated a 5.02 ERA over 28 appearances.
The 28-year-old right-hander began what was projected to be a three-to-four bullpen session program on June 16, with five days in between each. Cobb has had two such outings to date without any setbacks, so another successful effort Monday could lead to a string of rehab starts at the minor league level. He continues on track for a possible mid-to-late summer return to the big league club.
The 26-year-old outfielder has been progressively working his way back from May 24 surgery to repair multiple broken bones in his left hand. The most recent step of taking what's commonly referred to as "dry swings" against air is naturally an essential one, and marks the first time Kiermaier has handled a bat since the injury. To date, the young slugger appears on track to return within the original 8-to-10 week timetable provided after the procedure.
The lefty had a 2.77 ERA in his four starts prior to Sunday, but he wore down in the fifth inning when he allowed five runs on four extra-base hits and an error. Paxton continues to strike out batters at a high rate, as he now has 10.6 K/9 rate on the season, and he will attempt to right the ship Saturday versus the Orioles.
The 30-year-old was hitless in four at-bats in his first rehab game on Saturday night, and should be back on the field for the Stone Crabs again Monday. Guyer continues to eye a mid-week return to the big league club, assuming he suffers no setbacks in his second rehab game.
The 27-year-old slugger was out of the lineup Sunday, and when he exactly suffered the injury is unclear. He's largely struggled in his first season in a Tampa uniform, but has seen a slight uptick in production as of late. Dickerson has hit safely in four of his last five contests, with a pair of multi-hit efforts, a homer and three RBI over that span.
Darvish is still hoping to return for a start prior to the All-Star break, though he'll need a setback-free rehab process for that to occur.
He's working on a nine-game hitting streak, during which he's batting .474 (18-for-38) with three homers, six RBI and an impressive 13 runs scored. Schoop's now hitting .292/.322/.502 on the season and could top his previous career high of 45 RBI before the All-Star break.
He's been amazingly consistent in the power department this year, slugging six homers in April and nine in May before tacking on seven so far in June. Trumbo's already matched his HR total from 2015, and seems all but certain to top his previous career high of 34 set back in 2013 with the Angels.