Rockies right-hander Jordan Lyles will miss the remainder of the season following toe surgery.
Lyles exited Sunday’s start with what turned out to a damaged ligament in his left big toe. Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that Chris Rusin will likely replace him in the rotation.
Lyles finishes the season with a 5.14 ERA in 10 starts after throwing 127 innings with a 4.33 ERA for the Rockies last season.
For the second time in Oswaldo Arcia’s brief big-league career the Twins have activated him from the disabled list and demoted him to Triple-A after he had a starting job at the time of the initial injury.
In this case Arcia has been out for the past month with a hip injury and went 0-for-11 on a brief minor-league rehab assignment at Triple-A, but there was nothing stopping the Twins from having him simply continue on the rehab stint.
Instead they activated him from the DL and turned the stay in Rochester into a straight-up demotion for a 24-year-old with 853 plate appearances and a .741 career OPS in the majors. Odder still, the Twins previously demoted designated hitter Kennys Vargas to Triple-A and they’ve been using light-hitting middle infielders Eduardo Escobar and Eduardo Nunez at DH.
Cubs right fielder Jorge Soler is headed to the disabled list with a sprained left ankle.
Rather than call up Javier Baez or Arismendy Alcantara the Cubs have added 30-year-old minor-league veteran Mike Baxter to the roster as Soler’s fill-in, meaning Junior Lake will probably be in line for lots of playing time.
After a great 24-game debut last season Soler has come back down to earth this year, but he still hit .265 with four homers and a .724 OPS in 49 games at age 23.