Remember that not-so-scary issue with Adam Wainwright's elbow? As a precaution, the Cardinals will skip over Wainwright for tonight's scheduled start against the Mets, with an eye on getting him back for Saturday's game versus the Phillies. If anything changes as the week progresses, we'll let you know. Carlos Martinez gets the spot start in Wainwright's place tonight, but since he hasn't thrown more than 2 2/3 innings all season, don't expect a long outing.
On to the rest of the news:
Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe has been placed on the DL with a ribcage injury. Eduardo Escobar started in Plouffe's place on Sunday, with Danny Santana at shortstop. However, with OF Aaron Hicks also on the DL, Pedro Florimon figures to get time at short while Santana plays more center field.
Streaming starters: Jose Quintana got beat up on Friday, Jarred Cosart notched a win on Saturday, and Brad Peacock was just south of mediocre on Sunday; we're down to 42-32 for the season. Tonight, we'll try Brandon McCarthy (owned in 1.4 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) and his 5.29 ERA one more time against the Brewers; Tuesday's pick is Seattle lefty Roenis Elias (18.4 percent owned) versus the weak-hitting Padres. Did you know that the Padres have scored just 208 runs, which is 40 fewer than the next-worst team in MLB?
Phillies 3B Cody Asche (hamstring) played three rehab games over the weekend, including a two-homer outing on Friday. He should be back any day now.
Stephen Drew (oblique) returned to the Red Sox' lineup on Sunday, and had two hits. In other Sox news, SP Clay Buchholz probably needs one more rehab start before activation, while 3B Will Middlebrooks and OF Shane Victorino are on rehab assignments.
If you missed it, the Cardinals sent OF Oscar Taveras to the minors when activating 1B Matt Adams on Friday.
Finally, my colleague Ryan Fowler scouted blue-chip Cubs 3B prospect Kris Bryant (.358 BA, 22 HR, 57 RBI, 60 R, 8 SB, 1.174 OPS at Double A) over the weekend. Here's his report:
I hopped in my car and took a quick trip down Interstate 75 from Cincinnati to Knoxville, Tenn., over the weekend to check out Kris Bryant in person before the Cubs' big bat earns a promotion to Triple-A Iowa. Who knows what tricks - good and bad - coach Manny Ramirez has in store for the 22-year-old Bryant in the cornfields of Des Moines?
Although Bryant's six-for-18 effort at the dish during the five-game series against the Mississippi Braves may translate to a respectable .333 BA, it wasn't his best work over the last month. Bryant's 6-foot-5 frame immediately catches your attention when he takes the field. It does help that the Smokies' third baseman lines up next to 5-foot-9 Elliot Soto, who may not possess a skilled bat, but did display some great range on a few plays against the Braves. At the dish, Bryant keeps a wide stance and looked to make contact early in the count during his five at bats. His long, majestic swing has worked to his advantage for most of the season with 22 homers and 42 extra base hits, but you'll hear that the long, majestic swing (see: bat speed) could hurt him later in his career. Bryant only picked up one hit on Saturday night, but the burner he smoked down the third-base line was loud enough that you could hear the seams as it buzzed by.
One other guy that deserves a mention is Smokies' center fielder Jae-Hoon Ha. For all the attention Yoenis Cespedes received last week for throwing out runners, Ha threw one dart - no bounce - from straight away center that nailed Braves' catcher Matt Kennelly at home. Tom Emanski approved.
See you back here tomorrow morning.