Player Notes

  • Follows Keller for win
    Priester (2-5) allowed one earned run on three hits across two innings to earn the win Sunday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Priester entered the game in the fourth inning after Mitch Keller struggled through his start. He wasn't dominant in the outing but did induce four groundball outs to earn his second win of the season. He's also pitched well in two outings since returning from the injured list, allowing three earned runs across eight innings with an 8:2 K:BB. Priester is still an option for the rotation out of the All-Star break with both Jared Jones (lat) and Bailey Falter (triceps) sidelined. Yesterday, 10:59 am
  • DJ Herz struggles with command in first AAA start
    DJ Herz allowed two runs on two hits in 3 1/3 innings while walking three in a start for Triple-A Rochester on Sunday.

    Advice: The Nationals said they were going to limit Herz’s pitch count as they look to control his innings this season. It’s also very likely that Herz is working on something while in the minors that the Nationals feel is important for his development, but the command issues on Sunday are not what you want to see given his control issues over his minor league career. Regardless, he should get another shot in the MLB rotation near the end of the summer. Rotoworld Yesterday, 10:24 am
    DJ HerzWSH - SP
  • Max Meyer throws five shutout in AAA
    Max Meyer threw five shutout innings for Triple-A Jacksonville on Sunday, striking out six and allowing three hits.

    Advice: The Marlins said Meyer would be back up in the majors “soon"; that was a month ago. However, Meyer has now thrown five or more innings in his last two starts after not having gone that deep into games in his first 10 Triple-A outings. Maybe that means he’ll get the call soon, but it does appear that Miami is trying to get an extra year of team control here and will call Meyer up after that deadline passes. Rotoworld Yesterday, 10:18 am
  • Ups volume in second rehab start
    Stripling (elbow) made a rehab start Sunday with Triple-A Las Vegas, allowing three earned runs on five hits and one walk over three innings. He struck out one.

    Advice: Stripling was originally slated to remain with Single-A Stockton for his second rehab start after a rocky start to his rehab assignment Tuesday, but those plans were apparently altered in recent days. The right-hander worked up to 56 pitches in Sunday's start, locating 37 of his offerings for strikes. The three runs charged to Stripling came off a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly, so he did a serviceable job of limiting hard contact. Stripling could make at least one more rehab start coming out of the All-Star break in order to further build up his pitch count before returning from the 15-day injured list. Yesterday, 9:56 am
    Ross StriplingOAK - SP,RP
  • Hits four innings in rehab start
    Clevinger (elbow/neck) struck out three over four innings in his rehab start Sunday with Triple-A Charlotte, giving up one earned run on three hits and one walk.

    Advice: Clevinger tossed 51 pitches (35 strikes) in his fourth rehab outing with Charlotte and his second since he resumed his assignment after he was briefly shut down with neck stiffness. The White Sox will reassess Clevinger on Monday before determining what's next for him. Considering that manager Pedro Grifol told on Friday that the right-hander was "a ways away from taking the ball and going six innings," it's possible the White Sox will want Clevinger to increase his pitch count in one more rehab start with Charlotte before he returns from the 15-day injured list. Clevinger was initially placed on the shelf May 28 with right elbow inflammation. Yesterday, 9:37 am
  • Completes second rehab outing
    Blackburn (foot) worked two-thirds of an inning in his rehab outing with Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday, allowing a hit and a walk while recording a strikeout. He also hit a batter.

    Advice: Blackburn's busy outing featured 23 pitches due to his subpar control, with the right-hander locating 14 of those offerings for strikes. He was originally slated to remain with Single-A Stockton for Sunday's rehab appearance after an even poorer outing that also lasted two-thirds of an inning Tuesday. However, that plan was apparently altered in recent days, and Blackburn may now remain with Las Vegas for the duration of his rehab assignment. Given how his first two minor-league appearances have unfolded, Blackburn will likely remain on the farm for at least another couple of outings before he's reinstated from the 60-day injured list. Yesterday, 9:36 am
  • Takes fifth loss
    Vasquez (2-5) took the loss Sunday against Atlanta, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out five over five innings.

    Advice: Vasquez kept Atlanta off the scoreboard through three frames before eventually surrendering a run in the fourth and another in the fifth. He was pulled after five at just 73 pitches while registering six whiffs. Vasquez will head into the All-Star break on a bit of a nice groove. Over his last four starts, the righty has posted a 2.21 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 15:6 K:BB in 20.1 innings. On a larger scale, Vasquez hasn't been as sharp, as he owns a 4.57 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 43:15 K:BB in 63 innings. Yesterday, 8:13 am
  • Picks up another win Sunday
    Sale (13-3) earned the win over the Padres on Sunday, allowing one run on four hits and two walks while striking out four over five innings.

    Advice: Sale let up a run in the opening frame but was able to limit the damage to just a run after allowing three base hits in the inning. He silenced the Padres from there to pick up his league-leading 13th win and his third consecutive victory. He becomes the first Atlanta pitcher since 2000 to head into the All-Star break with 13 wins. Sale has now allowed two or fewer runs in each of his last seven starts and heads into the break with a 2.70 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 140:24 K:BB in 110 innings. Yesterday, 7:47 am
  • Next rehab outing coming Monday
    Cobb (hip/shoulder) is scheduled to make the fourth start of his rehab assignment Monday in the rookie-level Arizona Complex League, reports.

    Advice: Cobb had made each of his first three rehab starts with Single-A San Jose, but with all levels of minor-league baseball in the midst of their All-Star break except for rookie ball, he'll head to Arizona to continue his progression. In his latest rehab outing with San Jose this past Wednesday, Cobb built up to 55 pitches and four innings while striking out four batters and giving up three runs on five hits and one walk. Including his upcoming outing Monday, Cobb will likely need to make at least two more rehab starts before the Giants would consider bringing him back from the 60-day injured list. Cobb has been on the shelf all season while recovering from offseason hip surgery but was expected to return at some point in the first half before a bout with shoulder irritation in mid-April resulted in a shutdown period that pushed back his timeline for activation. Yesterday, 7:43 am
    Alex CobbSF - SP