The Rays have officially announced that Jake Odorizzi will be Monday's starter against the Blue Jays.
The move won't be made official until Sunday, but the Rays have confirmed what was suspected since David Price (triceps) went on the disabled list. The Blue Jays are not a very pitcher-friendly opponent, but Odorizzi is talented enough to warrant a roster spot in deeper mixed leagues. The 23-year-old right-hander has a 3.83 ERA and 47/15 K/BB ratio in 44 2/3 innings this season at Triple-A Durham.
Jim Johnson blew his second consecutive save in epic fashion Saturday as the Orioles fell to the Rays.
Johnson entered with the O's leading 6-4 and promptly surrendered five earned runs on three hits and two walks. He was among the best closers in baseball last season and started off strong this year, but his past two outings have been very troubling. The Orioles may want to give him a few days of mental rest.
Joey Votto went 4-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Saturday's 10-0 defeat of the Phillies.
Votto also drew two walks, reaching base in all six of his plate appearances. He boasts a ridiculous .346/.473/.531 slash line in 43 games this year and is probably the best pure batter in the majors right now. It's just gravy that the power is starting to come around.
Jake Odorizzi is expected to be called up Monday to start in place of David Price against Toronto.
Odorizzi and Alex Colome were the frontrunners for the spot start, and it seems like Odorizzi will win out. Colome pitched for Triple-A Durham on Saturday, and Odorizzi is on the same five-day schedule as Price was. The Blue Jays aren't the most pitcher-friendly opponent for a spot starter, but Odorizzi is good enough that he warrants a look in deeper mixed leagues. The right-hander has a 3.83 ERA and 47/15 K/BB ratio through 44 2/3 innings at Triple-A Durham this year.
Bryce Harper will miss Saturday and likely Sunday's game as well because of a bruised left knee.
Harper is still feeling the effects of running into the Dodger Stadium outfield wall on Monday night and is getting a few days to recover in San Diego before the Nationals head to San Francisco. Harper underwent an MRI on his abdomen on Friday, which came back clean.
An MRI taken Saturday on Eric O'Flaherty's left arm revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament.
That's the injury that almost always leads to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. O'Flaherty will visit Dr. James Andrews next week and is likely out for the year. The Atlanta bullpen continues to take big hits.
Bryce Harper is not in the Nationals' lineup Saturday.
Harper is still trying to get over the various injuries that he suffered Monday when he ran into the outfield wall at Dodger Stadium. Tyler Moore will start in right field Saturday night against the Padres.