Watch as the Twins tally four runs on this one swing Sunday by Trevor Plouffe …
That was the first career grand slam for Plouffe. The 28-year-old third baseman also went deep in Saturday’s 5-3 win over the visiting White Sox and now has five total home runs on the young season.
MLB.com beat reporter Carrie Muskat has the news …
Varvaro was designated for assignment by Boston on April 29 after struggling badly in three straight relief appearances. He was very good in 2014 with the Braves, posting a 2.63 ERA, 1.079 WHIP, and 50/13 K/BB ratio across 54 2/3 innings. The 30-year-old right-hander could be a nice waiver-wire grab for the Cubs.
Adam Eaton is out of the White Sox starting lineup for the third consecutive game Sunday because of flu-like symptoms. He was actually sent back to Chicago on Saturday while the team finishes up a four-game series at Minnesota’s Target Field.
“It’s going around, so be careful who you talk to,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura told Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times and other reporters on Sunday morning. “Don’t get too close.”
White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers also caught the bug and will miss a second straight game. Geovany Soto is behind the plate Sunday for starter John Danks and J.B. Schuck is in center field and leading off against Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey.
Eaton is expected to return to action for Tuesday’s series opener versus the Tigers.
As announced Sunday on the St. Louis Cardinals’ official Twitter account …
Walden felt discomfort in his right arm while warming up on Saturday afternoon. He told reporters after Saturday’s game that he’s not concerned, but it’s a scary situation for the Cardinals given how well the 27-year-old setup man pitched in April. Walden, the other piece St. Louis acquired in the Jason Heyward trade, owns a shiny 0.87 ERA and 12/4 K/BB ratio through 10 1/3 innings this season with his new team.
Tuivailala, a hard-throwing 22-year-old, had rattled off nine scoreless innings at Triple-A Memphis.
From Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune …
Matt Moore said he will have an extra skip in his step today when he heads to Tropicana Field, and for good reason. He is pitching his first round of live batting practice since his Tommy John surgery April 22, 2014.
Moore is scheduled throw around 20 pitches to his Tampa Bay teammates before their series finale on Sunday afternoon against the Orioles. He’ll continue making simulated appearances for the next several weeks and then embark on what will likely be a lengthy minor league rehab assignment. If he can avoid setbacks, the 25-year-old lefty should become an option for the Rays’ rotation near late June or early July.
“It kind of feels like, I don’t want to say the worst is behind us, but I think a lot of those fears of re-injuring something (are gone),” Moore told Mooney on Saturday. “I feel pretty confident right now.”
Moore owns a 3.53 ERA and 339 strikeouts in 347 career major league innings.