- The Miami Marlins rotation has taken another hit as southpaw Wei-Yin Chen has been sent to the 10-day DL with a tired arm per Tim Healey the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He underwent an MRI and the results came back positive so the Marlins don’t expect him to miss more than one start. Chen is one of the top pitchers in their rotation as despite a subpar start to the season he has vast experience. It was reported that he was pitching with a slight UCL tear in his arm, so it’s possible that it could be contributing to his tired arm but the MRI results didn’t show that the tear had worsened. Hopefully he will be able to get back in a short period of time so the Marlins won’t be too short-handed for very long as they already sent right-hander Edinson Volquez to the DL earlier in the week.
- The Kansas City Royals are likely to retain shortstop Alcides Escobar after the 2017 season per Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Despite the slow start and apparent move towards becoming sellers in 2017, Escobar should be re-signed at a reasonable price as while he has an excellent glove at shortstop, his bat is inconsistent and he doesn’t really hit for much power.
- The Royals’ biggest trade chips are obviously Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas and have their scouts looking at the farm teams of others already in preparation of them opening up trade discussions per Cafardo. The Royals reportedly are most keen on keeping Cain on the team meaning that Hosmer and Moustakas are more available and can be had.
- The Boston Red Sox are reportedly not interested in trading top third base prospect Rafael Devers per Cafardo. The Red Sox may need to deal for more pitching at the deadline given their increasingly thinning amount of depth in the rotation and may swing for the fences to bring another star pitcher to Boston but to do that they’d have to give up even more top prospects. Since President Dave Dombrowski took over things in Boston, the Red Sox have dealt a high number of top prospects in blockbuster deals in an attempt to load up their roster and bring top talent to Boston.
- The New York Mets are going to have to adjust to life without ace pitcher Noah Syndergaard for a while as he is not going to be throwing a baseball for six weeks in an effort to recover from his partial lat tear per Roger Rubin of the Associated Press. Syndergaard will have to undergo a spring training-like throwing program to get his arm strength back and it will most likely take him into the deep part of summer, making a realistic return into August or even September.
- The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed right-hander Jameson Taillon on the 10-day DL due to groin discomfort per a team announcement. It remains unclear how long Taillon will be out but the loss is another hit to the Pirates who have already lost outfielder Starling Marte for half the season due to a PED suspension and now are losing one of their best pitchers for an extended time.
- Rival executives are reportedly expecting Texas Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels to be aggressive in dealing assets if the Rangers are not in contention by the trade deadline per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The Rangers are off to a tough start and have a couple of veteran players on expiring deals that would make nice assets to trade including right-hander Yu Darvish although his opt-out clause in his contract after the season makes his trade value a little lower.