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.
Veteran outfielder Michael Bourn was held out of the Indians’ starting lineup on Saturday with what was called a cervical strain. That sounded like a pretty serious injury, but all appears to be fine …
Bourn is starting in center field and batting ninth in Cleveland’s series finale against the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field. Second baseman Jason Kipnis will remain in the leadoff spot, where he’s been pretty productive lately.
Bourn, 32, is batting just .202/.264/.250 in 92 plate appearances this season for the Tribe. He’s also been caught stealing on two of his four attempts.
It was a very disappointing April for Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings, who hit .222/.306/.238 in 18 games. And now his May is off to a rough start too.
Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports that Jennings was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday morning with bursitis in his left knee. The injury had kept him out for six straight games. He was originally penciled into the Tampa Bay starting lineup on Saturday night but didn’t look right in pregame warmups and had to be scratched.
“It’s not the Dez we want to see,” manager Kevin Cash said. “It’s just not progressing the way we want it.”
Joey Butler has been called up from Triple-A Durham to give the Rays outfield depth.
The hope is that Jennings will be ready for activation as soon as he’s eligible.