Jose Fernandez isn’t the only pitcher working his way back for the Marlins. According to Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald, Mat Latos threw a bullpen session today at Marlins Park and is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment later this week.
Latos has been sidelined since May 21 due to left knee inflammation. After watching today’s bullpen session, Marlins manager Dan Jennings said that it “looks like his knee is definitely feeling stronger.” The plan calls for him to make two rehab starts before the team considers bringing him back.
It’s been a struggle for Latos so far this season. The Marlins were expecting him to be a big piece in their rotation after acquiring him from the Reds over the winter, but he owns an ugly 6.12 ERA and 36/16 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings over nine starts.
As for the other sidelined Fish, Jarred Cosart pitched in an extended spring training game today after hitting the disabled list due to vertigo earlier this month. Henderson Alvarez is likely the furthest away in the group, as he’s still dealing with shoulder inflammation and isn’t expected to play catch again for another week.
David Ortiz is back in the starting lineup for the Red Sox tonight after getting two days off to work on his swing. The veteran slugger will bat third against Rangers right-hander Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez, who will be making his major league debut.
Ortiz is currently mired in a 1-for-20 slump. The 39-year-old is batting just .216/.303/.377 with six home runs and 18 RBI through 43 games this season.
According to Cody Stavenhagen of MLB.com, Ortiz spent the past two days going through a normal routine and has been trying to figure out his swing by working in the cage and watching video. Will it work? Take it away, Professor Ortiz…
The Dodgers have activated catcher Yasmani Grandal from the 7-day concussion disabled list. He’s back in the starting lineup for tonight’s game against the Cardinals.
Grandal suffered a concussion when he was hit by the backswing of Padres infielder Yangervis Solarte last Friday, so he ended up missing exactly seven games. He went 3-for-10 with a double and five walks over three minor league rehab games with Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Acquired from the Padres over the winter in the Matt Kemp deal, Grandal was off to an excellent start prior to hitting the disabled list, putting up a .291/.403/.466 batting line with four home runs and 17 RBI over 33 games. He nearly has as many walks (20) as strikeouts (23).
The Braves have signed catcher Ryan Lavarnway to a minor league contract, reports Kevin McAlpin of the Braves Radio Network. He’ll report to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Lavarnway opted for free agency this week after being designated for assignment by the Orioles. The 27-year-old batted just .107 (3-for-28) with Baltimore and made eight starts behind the plate. He owns a .192/.246/.300 batting line over 333 plate appearances in the majors.
Lavarnway spent his first four seasons in the majors with the Red Sox, but he has now switched teams four times since December.
The Nationals have scratched outfielder Bryce Harper from tonight’s lineup against the Reds due to a sore back. This will be the first game he hasn’t started this season.
Harper was hit square in the middle of his back by a 93 mph fastball from Reds left-hander Tony Cingrani in the seventh inning last night. There was a little bit of drama involved, as the Reds were peeved that he took too long to make it down to first base. It turns out that getting hit in the back by a 93 mph pitch hurts. Who knew?
Clint Robinson will start in Harper’s place in right field tonight while Michael Taylor will start in left.