Zach Plesac rolls in return for Cleveland

Zach Plesac rolls in return for Cleveland
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Off the field, Zach Plesac has made some mistakes.» data-reactid=»23″>Off the field, Zach Plesac has made some mistakes.

On the field, mistakes have been few and far between for the right-hander this season.

Plesac, making his first start since being sent to the Indians’ alternate training site last month for violating health and safety protocols, dominated the Royals on Tuesday, throwing six innings of one-run ball in a 10-1 victory. Plesac yielded just four hits — three singles and a solo home run — and struck out six without walking a batter in the win.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Indians temporary manager Sandy Alomar Jr. said it was "like he never left," but of course, Plesac did leave, for 18 days in fact. The 25-year-old went out in Chicago with now-former teammate Mike Clevinger and some friends after his August 8 start, and on August 14 the duo was sent to the alternate site for their part in violating the team’s rules (and trust). Clevinger was traded to the Padres in a six-player deal ahead of Monday’s trade deadline.» data-reactid=»30″>Indians temporary manager Sandy Alomar Jr. said it was «like he never left,» but of course, Plesac did leave, for 18 days in fact. The 25-year-old went out in Chicago with now-former teammate Mike Clevinger and some friends after his August 8 start, and on August 14 the duo was sent to the alternate site for their part in violating the team’s rules (and trust). Clevinger was traded to the Padres in a six-player deal ahead of Monday’s trade deadline.

That move, coincidentally, opened the door for Plesac’s return Tuesday. With the great outing he’s now 2-1 with a 1.33 ERA, 0.67 WHIP and 30/2 K/BB ratio through four starts this year. The on-field production has been terrific, but Plesac said after the game that he’s hoping to be a better off-field teammate as well moving forward.

“Over the past few weeks, there has been a lot that’s happened that they can see that I’m going to take my actions seriously and move forward in a direction where I put the team first definitely better than I did before,» Plesac said. «Just a learning experience and a growing experience.”

Prospects Hayes, Chisholm Debut

The new-faces-in-new-places theme of Monday continued Tuesday, but it wasn’t a frenzy of trades that brought about the new day’s changes.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Top prospects Ke’Bryan Hayes and Jazz Chisholm were promoted by the Pirates and Marlins, respectively, to make their major league debuts Tuesday. Hayes was MLB.com’s No. 41 prospect coming into the 2020 season; Chisholm was their No. 66 prospect.» data-reactid=»35″>Top prospects Ke’Bryan Hayes and Jazz Chisholm were promoted by the Pirates and Marlins, respectively, to make their major league debuts Tuesday. Hayes was MLB.com’s No. 41 prospect coming into the 2020 season; Chisholm was their No. 66 prospect.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Though they share the same call-up date, the prospects share little else, including early roles. With the Pirates squarely focused on the future, Hayes is expected to start most days at third base, regardless of production. The Marlins, meanwhile, dealt for Starling Marte on Monday, signaling they’re focused on making the postseason in 2020. As such, Chisholm will likely have to earn any playing time he gets down the stretch.» data-reactid=»36″>Though they share the same call-up date, the prospects share little else, including early roles. With the Pirates squarely focused on the future, Hayes is expected to start most days at third base, regardless of production. The Marlins, meanwhile, dealt for Starling Marte on Monday, signaling they’re focused on making the postseason in 2020. As such, Chisholm will likely have to earn any playing time he gets down the stretch.

That was evident Tuesday, when Hayes started and batted seventh against the Cubs. His first MLB hit was an RBI double in the sixth inning, and he was nearly the hero when his solo home run in the eighth inning tied the game. The Pirates went on to lose in extras, but the 23-year-old finished 2-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored.

While his defense will be what earns him any early accolades — Hayes is regarded as an elite-level defender at the hot corner, even now — Hayes also has gap-to-gap power and has a good approach at the plate that could make him a non-negligible hitter during the season’s final month as well.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content=""I feel like I'm a guy that can control the strike zone pretty well and drive the ball gap to gap,” Hayes said prior to Tuesday’s game. “Really, all I try to do whenever I’m up there is to have a competitive at-bat and hit the ball as hard as I can. Whatever happens from there happens."» data-reactid=»39″>»I feel like I’m a guy that can control the strike zone pretty well and drive the ball gap to gap,” Hayes said prior to Tuesday’s game. “Really, all I try to do whenever I’m up there is to have a competitive at-bat and hit the ball as hard as I can. Whatever happens from there happens.»

Chisholm, on the other hand, entered as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning but didn’t bat in the game. The 22-year-old has a much higher, if more volatile, offensive ceiling than Hayes, as evidenced by his .255/.327/.462 with 56 homers and 49 steals in 315 minor league games. He strikes out a lot — with that power and speed, Chisholm also struck out 30 percent of the time in the minors — but has the kind of tools that could make him a star, and quickly, in the majors.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“Who knows where this goes? But for now, Jazz is a guy that's going to be part of our club,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “We just move forward until whenever. He may never ever leave here, right? You don’t know that. These young guys, they could go back and forth, but some guys come up one day and just say, ‘You know what? I’m never leaving.’ And they prove it.”» data-reactid=»41″>“Who knows where this goes? But for now, Jazz is a guy that’s going to be part of our club,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “We just move forward until whenever. He may never ever leave here, right? You don’t know that. These young guys, they could go back and forth, but some guys come up one day and just say, ‘You know what? I’m never leaving.’ And they prove it.”

It’ll be fun to watch each player’s progression as the season continues to edge closer to its conclusion.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Editor’s Note: Unlock our daily, weekly and rest-of-season projections, all-new weekly positional tiers, Lineup Adviser, Trade Analyzer, Player Tracker and much more! Get our in-season tools for as low as $3.99/month!» data-reactid=»47″>Editor’s Note: Unlock our daily, weekly and rest-of-season projections, all-new weekly positional tiers, Lineup Adviser, Trade Analyzer, Player Tracker and much more! Get our in-season tools for as low as $3.99/month!

Sensational Sluggers

On Tuesday, 15 MLB teams scored fewer than six runs. No shame in that, considering the league average is 4.66 runs per game in 2020.

If that’s not noteworthy, then, this is: five different players drove in at least six runs *by themselves* Tuesday.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Braves slugger Marcell Ozuna, Cardinals surprising star Brad Miller and a trio of Giants — Alex Dickerson, Donovan Solano and Brandon Crawford — collected at least six RBI as all three of their respective teams delivered lopsided victories Tuesday. The Braves bested the Red Sox 10-3, the Cardinals routed the Reds 16-2 on a day when Reds ace Sonny Gray lasted just two-thirds of an inning, and the Giants hung 23 runs on the Rockies at Coors Field in a 23-5 thumping.» data-reactid=»51″>Braves slugger Marcell Ozuna, Cardinals surprising star Brad Miller and a trio of Giants — Alex Dickerson, Donovan Solano and Brandon Crawford — collected at least six RBI as all three of their respective teams delivered lopsided victories Tuesday. The Braves bested the Red Sox 10-3, the Cardinals routed the Reds 16-2 on a day when Reds ace Sonny Gray lasted just two-thirds of an inning, and the Giants hung 23 runs on the Rockies at Coors Field in a 23-5 thumping.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Ozuna did his damage by way of the long ball, swatting three home runs as part of a 3-for-5 day. Two of the three came off Sox reliever Kyle Hart, giving Ozuna 11 homers and 29 RBI in the team’s 35 games this year.» data-reactid=»52″>Ozuna did his damage by way of the long ball, swatting three home runs as part of a 3-for-5 day. Two of the three came off Sox reliever Kyle Hart, giving Ozuna 11 homers and 29 RBI in the team’s 35 games this year.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Miller and the Cardinals racked up 23 hits, with Miller's pair of homers the only two that left the yard. The Cards scored in seven of the game's nine innings and ran through seven Reds pitchers, including infielder Matt Davidson, before the game was through. For his part, Miller finished 4-for-6 with the two dingers, seven RBI and three runs scored.» data-reactid=»53″>Miller and the Cardinals racked up 23 hits, with Miller’s pair of homers the only two that left the yard. The Cards scored in seven of the game’s nine innings and ran through seven Reds pitchers, including infielder Matt Davidson, before the game was through. For his part, Miller finished 4-for-6 with the two dingers, seven RBI and three runs scored.

In Colorado, the team-wide offensive display — the Giants scored in each of their first eight innings — managed to somehow overshadow, slightly, Dickerson’s individual performance, which ranks among the best in MLB this year. The left fielder hit three home runs — the first being a mammoth 480-foot jack into the third deck in right field — driving in six and also scored five runs of his own. Crawford also homered in the contest, and the Giants finished having pounded out 27 hits, including 13 extra-base hits.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="For Miller, this is nothing new. The 30-year-old has been raking virtually all season. I wrote about him in our Pickup of the Day feature for Season Pass subscribers. A snippet of that writeup:» data-reactid=»55″>For Miller, this is nothing new. The 30-year-old has been raking virtually all season. I wrote about him in our Pickup of the Day feature for Season Pass subscribers. A snippet of that writeup:

«Miller is sporting a robust .340/.467/.596 line with a pair of homers and a steal through 16 games this year — he hit the injured list right before the season with right ankle bursitis, but has played in 16 of the team’s 18 games since they came back from their COVID-19 layoff — and in terms of advanced statistics, the 30-year-old is in the 86th percentile or higher in Barrel %, Exit Velocity, Hard Hit %, xwOBA, xBA and xSLG. In other words, he’s raking. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt has responded by hitting Miller fourth or fifth in 11 of his 16 games, a great spot to drive in runs behind Tommy Edman and Paul Goldschmidt

Dickerson found his way to the Giants last year and showed well in 56 games, hitting .290/.351/.529 after coming over from the Padres. Those numbers came with some advanced metrics that reinforced their legitimacy, at least to an extent, and he’s continued hitting the ball hard this season. The 30-year-old’s Exit Velocity, Hard Hit % and Barrel % are all in or near the top one-third of the league.

Miller should be rostered in virtually all leagues at this point, given his production and opportunity. Dickerson is a very viable player in deep mixed leagues and certainly NL-only formats. After Tuesday, neither is flying under many radars anymore.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="National League Quick Hits: Cubs activated 3B Kris Bryant from the 10-day injured list. Bryant will be in the lineup for the Cubs’ contest against the Pirates on Tuesday night. The 28-year-old hasn’t played since August 17 due to a left ring finger sprain. He’s batting just .177/.271/.323 with two homers through 16 games so far, but he’ll try to finish the season strong … Cody Bellinger was out of the Dodgers’ lineup Tuesday due to a sore lat muscle. Bellinger felt the discomfort while doing pregame work in the batting cage, per Alanna Rizzo of SportsNet LA. It’s not believed to be a serious issue, but it could feasibly cost the reigning NL MVP another day or two. After getting off to a slow start this year, Bellinger has hit .305/.406/.763 with eight home runs over his last 16 games … Ronald Acuna Jr. (hamstring) was absent from the Braves’ lineup again Tuesday. Acuna left Sunday’s game against the Phillies with hamstring tightness and hasn’t played since. He did some running on Tuesday, but fantasy players probably shouldn’t expect him back before Friday … Walker Buehler (blister) is set to return to the Dodgers’ starting rotation on Wednesday versus the Diamondbacks. Buehler essentially missed just one turn in the rotation due to the blister on his right hand. The 26-year-old stands 1-0 with a 4.32 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 28/9 K/BB ratio in 25 innings (five starts) this season. The return of Buehler means an extra day of rest for Clayton Kershaw, who is now lined up to pitch Thursday … Braves manager Brian Snitker said Tuesday that Ozzie Albies (wrist) should be reporting to the team’s alternate site by the end of the week. Albies has ramped up his hitting in recent days and will increase baseball activity upon his arrival to the alternate site. It looks like a return next week is within reach. Albies has been out about a month now with a bone contusion in his right wrist … Dodgers placed 3B Justin Turner on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to August 29, with a left hamstring strain. Turner suffered the injury last Friday against the Rangers and was ultimately unable to work his way through it. Word is it’s a low-grade strain, so he could be ready to return sometime next week. Edwin Rios (hamstring) has been activated from the injured list in a corresponding move and should get starts at third base … Elieser Hernandez is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his sore right lat on Wednesday. Hernandez was lifted from his start Tuesday night against the Blue Jays after throwing only two innings, and Marlins manager Don Mattingly acknowledged after the game that the 25-year-old right-hander is likely to miss at least one turn in the starting rotation. He figures to be placed on the 10-day injured list, though the Marlins will wait to see what the MRI looks like before making any official decisions. Hernandez boasts a 3.16 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 34/5 K/BB ratio in 25 2/3 innings (six starts) this season for the Fish. … Jesus Aguilar (back) remained sidelined Tuesday against the Blue Jays. Aguilar hasn’t played since last Wednesday due to back stiffness. The good news is that he was available off the bench Tuesday, so it sounds like he’s not far off … Reds manager David Bell expects to keep Raisel Iglesias in the closer role. The Reds acquired Archie Bradley from the Diamondbacks on Monday, but Bell said Tuesday that he doesn’t "see anything changing" in regard to the ninth inning. While Iglesias’ 5.59 ERA doesn’t show it, he’s been very good over the past month. Bradley can be dropped in most mixed fantasy leagues, but he would be next in line if Iglesias hits a rough patch … Craig Mish of SportsGrid reports that MLB and the MLBPA have reached an agreement to clear Isan Diaz to return to the Marlins. Diaz previously opted out of the season at the start of August due to concerns over COVID-19, but he has had a change of heart and will apparently take over starting second base duties in Miami following the Jonathan Villar trade. It’s a lot to ask Diaz to come in and make a big impact after this downtime, especially considering that he holds a .176/.257/.303 batting line with 62 strikeouts through his first 210 plate appearances in the majors. He’s strictly a wait-and-see option in mixed fantasy leagues … Victor Robles was absent from the Nationals’ lineup for the second straight day Tuesday. Nationals manager Davey Martinez said that he just wanted to give Robles two days off. In other words, it’s not necessarily a physical issue. Robles is hitting just .182 over his last 10 games, so some time off to clear his head could be a good thing. Look for him to return Wednesday … Jesse Winker served his one-game suspension on Tuesday. Winker was handed the suspension for his actions during Saturday’s benches-clearing incident with the Cubs.» data-reactid=»60″>National League Quick Hits: Cubs activated 3B Kris Bryant from the 10-day injured list. Bryant will be in the lineup for the Cubs’ contest against the Pirates on Tuesday night. The 28-year-old hasn’t played since August 17 due to a left ring finger sprain. He’s batting just .177/.271/.323 with two homers through 16 games so far, but he’ll try to finish the season strong … Cody Bellinger was out of the Dodgers’ lineup Tuesday due to a sore lat muscle. Bellinger felt the discomfort while doing pregame work in the batting cage, per Alanna Rizzo of SportsNet LA. It’s not believed to be a serious issue, but it could feasibly cost the reigning NL MVP another day or two. After getting off to a slow start this year, Bellinger has hit .305/.406/.763 with eight home runs over his last 16 games … Ronald Acuna Jr. (hamstring) was absent from the Braves’ lineup again Tuesday. Acuna left Sunday’s game against the Phillies with hamstring tightness and hasn’t played since. He did some running on Tuesday, but fantasy players probably shouldn’t expect him back before Friday … Walker Buehler (blister) is set to return to the Dodgers’ starting rotation on Wednesday versus the Diamondbacks. Buehler essentially missed just one turn in the rotation due to the blister on his right hand. The 26-year-old stands 1-0 with a 4.32 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 28/9 K/BB ratio in 25 innings (five starts) this season. The return of Buehler means an extra day of rest for Clayton Kershaw, who is now lined up to pitch Thursday … Braves manager Brian Snitker said Tuesday that Ozzie Albies (wrist) should be reporting to the team’s alternate site by the end of the week. Albies has ramped up his hitting in recent days and will increase baseball activity upon his arrival to the alternate site. It looks like a return next week is within reach. Albies has been out about a month now with a bone contusion in his right wrist … Dodgers placed 3B Justin Turner on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to August 29, with a left hamstring strain. Turner suffered the injury last Friday against the Rangers and was ultimately unable to work his way through it. Word is it’s a low-grade strain, so he could be ready to return sometime next week. Edwin Rios (hamstring) has been activated from the injured list in a corresponding move and should get starts at third base … Elieser Hernandez is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his sore right lat on Wednesday. Hernandez was lifted from his start Tuesday night against the Blue Jays after throwing only two innings, and Marlins manager Don Mattingly acknowledged after the game that the 25-year-old right-hander is likely to miss at least one turn in the starting rotation. He figures to be placed on the 10-day injured list, though the Marlins will wait to see what the MRI looks like before making any official decisions. Hernandez boasts a 3.16 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 34/5 K/BB ratio in 25 2/3 innings (six starts) this season for the Fish. … Jesus Aguilar (back) remained sidelined Tuesday against the Blue Jays. Aguilar hasn’t played since last Wednesday due to back stiffness. The good news is that he was available off the bench Tuesday, so it sounds like he’s not far off … Reds manager David Bell expects to keep Raisel Iglesias in the closer role. The Reds acquired Archie Bradley from the Diamondbacks on Monday, but Bell said Tuesday that he doesn’t «see anything changing» in regard to the ninth inning. While Iglesias’ 5.59 ERA doesn’t show it, he’s been very good over the past month. Bradley can be dropped in most mixed fantasy leagues, but he would be next in line if Iglesias hits a rough patch … Craig Mish of SportsGrid reports that MLB and the MLBPA have reached an agreement to clear Isan Diaz to return to the Marlins. Diaz previously opted out of the season at the start of August due to concerns over COVID-19, but he has had a change of heart and will apparently take over starting second base duties in Miami following the Jonathan Villar trade. It’s a lot to ask Diaz to come in and make a big impact after this downtime, especially considering that he holds a .176/.257/.303 batting line with 62 strikeouts through his first 210 plate appearances in the majors. He’s strictly a wait-and-see option in mixed fantasy leagues … Victor Robles was absent from the Nationals’ lineup for the second straight day Tuesday. Nationals manager Davey Martinez said that he just wanted to give Robles two days off. In other words, it’s not necessarily a physical issue. Robles is hitting just .182 over his last 10 games, so some time off to clear his head could be a good thing. Look for him to return Wednesday … Jesse Winker served his one-game suspension on Tuesday. Winker was handed the suspension for his actions during Saturday’s benches-clearing incident with the Cubs.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="American League Quick Hits: This week’s series between the Athletics and Mariners has been officially postponed through Thursday. The series was previously postponed through Wednesday, but now they’ve gone ahead and postponed Thursday’s game too as the Athletics go through testing and contact tracing. One member of the A’s organization tested positive for COVID-19, but there haven’t been any more confirmed cases since. Assuming that continues, they’ll return to action Friday against the Padres. As for makeup games, the A’s and Mariners will play doubleheaders September in Seattle and September 26 in Oakland … Austin Meadows (oblique) returned to the Rays’ lineup Tuesday against the Yankees. Meadows missed back-to-back games with a sore oblique, but apparently the Rays don’t think it’s something that will get worse or linger. Fans and fantasy players will have to cross their fingers on that one. Meadows hit cleanup Tuesday against right-hander Masahiro Tanaka … Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday that Gleyber Torres (quad/hamstring) could see at-bats at the team’s alternate training site in the next few days. Assuming all goes well during his time there, Torres could be cleared to rejoin the Yankees. The updated expectation placed his absence somewhere around 3-6 weeks, so this qualifies as a positive update. At this point, a return is possible within the next week … Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke said Tuesday that Andrew Benintendi (ribs) might not return this season. Roenicke said in his last update that it was going to be a while, so it doesn’t come as a big surprise with fewer than four weeks remaining in the season. He’s already missed three weeks with a right ribcage strain and it might be better to just turn the page on this awful year … Josh Donaldson (calf) is set to be activated from the injured list on Wednesday. Donaldson missed all of August due to a strained right calf, but he’s finally set to return right when the Twins need him the most. Signed to a four-year, $92 million contract during the offseason, the 34-year-old was 4-for-22 (.182) with one homer over seven games prior to the injury … Rangers activated SS Elvis Andrus from the 10-day injured list. Andrus hit the injured list a week and a half ago with a lower back strain. He’s had a brutal start to the season (.184 with a .484 OPS) and will look for better results the rest of the way … Twins activated OF Byron Buxton from the 10-day injured list. Buxton is back with the Twins on Tuesday night against the White Sox after missing a little under two weeks of action with inflammation in his left shoulder. The dynamic center fielder was batting .221/.225/.456 with five home runs, 12 RBI, one stolen base, and 10 runs scored through 21 games this season … Rays placed INF Yandy Diaz on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain. Diaz suffered the injury during Monday’s game and it turns out he’ll need some extra time to get back to normal. The Rays called up Nate Lowe to take his spot on the active roster … Blue Jays designated DH/1B Daniel Vogelbach for assignment. The Blue Jays have also DFA’d Brandon Drury and Sam Gaviglio as their clear spots for all of their recent trade acquisitions. Vogelbach was picked up from the Mariners on August 23 and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts during his short stay with the club. He could draw interest on waivers again for his raw power … Hanser Alberto (knee) was not in Tuesday’s lineup against the Mets. The expectation is that he will miss both games against the Mets after jamming his knee … JaCoby Jones has been diagnosed with a fractured left hand. Jones suffered the injury when he got hit by a pitch in the top of the eighth inning Tuesday night against the Brewers. It’s a safe bet that he is done for the remainder of the 2020 season. The 28-year-old outfielder will head to the injured list with a .268/.333/.515 batting line, five home runs, 14 RBI, one stolen base, and 19 runs scored in 30 games played for a Tigers team that is about to move above the .500 mark … Yankees activated LHP Zack Britton from the 10-day injured list. Britton is back with the Yankees after missing about a week and a half with a left hamstring strain. He’s expected to slide back into a set-up role for Aroldis Chapman, but the latter has looked shaky since joining the Yankees recently. Depending on roster need, it could make sense to keep Britton around in mixed fantasy leagues. Of note, he pitched the eighth inning in a hold situation Tuesday, tossing a scoreless frame with one strikeout. Chapman pitched the ninth.» data-reactid=»61″>American League Quick Hits: This week’s series between the Athletics and Mariners has been officially postponed through Thursday. The series was previously postponed through Wednesday, but now they’ve gone ahead and postponed Thursday’s game too as the Athletics go through testing and contact tracing. One member of the A’s organization tested positive for COVID-19, but there haven’t been any more confirmed cases since. Assuming that continues, they’ll return to action Friday against the Padres. As for makeup games, the A’s and Mariners will play doubleheaders September in Seattle and September 26 in Oakland … Austin Meadows (oblique) returned to the Rays’ lineup Tuesday against the Yankees. Meadows missed back-to-back games with a sore oblique, but apparently the Rays don’t think it’s something that will get worse or linger. Fans and fantasy players will have to cross their fingers on that one. Meadows hit cleanup Tuesday against right-hander Masahiro Tanaka … Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday that Gleyber Torres (quad/hamstring) could see at-bats at the team’s alternate training site in the next few days. Assuming all goes well during his time there, Torres could be cleared to rejoin the Yankees. The updated expectation placed his absence somewhere around 3-6 weeks, so this qualifies as a positive update. At this point, a return is possible within the next week … Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke said Tuesday that Andrew Benintendi (ribs) might not return this season. Roenicke said in his last update that it was going to be a while, so it doesn’t come as a big surprise with fewer than four weeks remaining in the season. He’s already missed three weeks with a right ribcage strain and it might be better to just turn the page on this awful year … Josh Donaldson (calf) is set to be activated from the injured list on Wednesday. Donaldson missed all of August due to a strained right calf, but he’s finally set to return right when the Twins need him the most. Signed to a four-year, $92 million contract during the offseason, the 34-year-old was 4-for-22 (.182) with one homer over seven games prior to the injury … Rangers activated SS Elvis Andrus from the 10-day injured list. Andrus hit the injured list a week and a half ago with a lower back strain. He’s had a brutal start to the season (.184 with a .484 OPS) and will look for better results the rest of the way … Twins activated OF Byron Buxton from the 10-day injured list. Buxton is back with the Twins on Tuesday night against the White Sox after missing a little under two weeks of action with inflammation in his left shoulder. The dynamic center fielder was batting .221/.225/.456 with five home runs, 12 RBI, one stolen base, and 10 runs scored through 21 games this season … Rays placed INF Yandy Diaz on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain. Diaz suffered the injury during Monday’s game and it turns out he’ll need some extra time to get back to normal. The Rays called up Nate Lowe to take his spot on the active roster … Blue Jays designated DH/1B Daniel Vogelbach for assignment. The Blue Jays have also DFA’d Brandon Drury and Sam Gaviglio as their clear spots for all of their recent trade acquisitions. Vogelbach was picked up from the Mariners on August 23 and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts during his short stay with the club. He could draw interest on waivers again for his raw power … Hanser Alberto (knee) was not in Tuesday’s lineup against the Mets. The expectation is that he will miss both games against the Mets after jamming his knee … JaCoby Jones has been diagnosed with a fractured left hand. Jones suffered the injury when he got hit by a pitch in the top of the eighth inning Tuesday night against the Brewers. It’s a safe bet that he is done for the remainder of the 2020 season. The 28-year-old outfielder will head to the injured list with a .268/.333/.515 batting line, five home runs, 14 RBI, one stolen base, and 19 runs scored in 30 games played for a Tigers team that is about to move above the .500 mark … Yankees activated LHP Zack Britton from the 10-day injured list. Britton is back with the Yankees after missing about a week and a half with a left hamstring strain. He’s expected to slide back into a set-up role for Aroldis Chapman, but the latter has looked shaky since joining the Yankees recently. Depending on roster need, it could make sense to keep Britton around in mixed fantasy leagues. Of note, he pitched the eighth inning in a hold situation Tuesday, tossing a scoreless frame with one strikeout. Chapman pitched the ninth.