Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment Sunday with High-A Jupiter, reports Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald.
Yelich, who has been out since April 19 with a bulging disk in his lower back, is expected to play a total of three rehab games. The 23-year-old is eligible to come off the disabled list on Tuesday, but the plan calls for him to be activated Thursday for the start of a four-game series against the Giants in San Francisco.
It was obvious that something wasn’t quite right with Yelich to begin the season, as he struggled to the tune of a .200/.265/.222 batting line with just a one extra-base hit (a double) over his first 49 plate appearances. Ichiro Suzuki has been filling in during his absence.
Good news for the Rays, as Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that left-hander Matt Moore is scheduled to throw to hitters Sunday for the first time since his Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last April.
Moore is expected to have a total of three sessions against hitters before being cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. He’ll likely need around four starts to get stretched out, but the Rays are hopeful that he’ll be ready to join the rotation by as soon as mid-June.
Moore reached the majors with a ton of hype, but the southpaw has seen mixed results thus far, with a 3.53 ERA and 8.8 K/9 and 4.3 BB/9 in 61 starts and two relief appearances. Of course, he’s still just 25 years old with hopefully a lot of quality innings ahead of him.
The Brewers have activated center fielder Carlos Gomez from the 15-day disabled list for today’s game against the Cubs. He’s batting leadoff in his return against right-hander Jake Arrieta.
Gomez has been out since April 15 due to a strained right hamstring and he has been missed in a big way. The Brewers went 3-12 during his absence and own the worst record in the majors at 5-18. While his return is welcome sight, Jonathan Lucroy and Scooter Gennett are both still on the disabled list and Aramis Ramirez is sitting out for a second straight day due to hamstring tightness.
The Brewers designated infielder Luis Jimenez for assignment in order to clear the way for Gomez’s return.