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Elite Joe Colborne Jersey The Mariners’ resilience puts them in good shape to contend for a wild-card spot as the season wears on (no one is going to catch the AL West-leading Astros, who have the best record in baseball). And soon, the team’s stars will begin returning from the DL. Hernandez, who’s been out with shoulder bursitis since late April, will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Tacoma. Iwakuma, a 16-game winner last season who hasn’t pitched since May 3 because of a shoulder issue, threw two innings in a simulated game Saturday.
Drew Smyly, acquired from Tampa Bay in a trade earlier this year, hasn’t played for the Mariners yet because of a flexor strain, but could be ready for action by late June.
Ender Inciarte had a pretty good day in the Braves’ 13-8 win over the Reds. The center fielder went 5-for-5 with a home run, five RBIs and two runs scored. Braves left fielder Danny Santana, who also put up some seriously crooked numbers (4-for-5, with a home run and three runs and RBIs) also gets a shout-out.
The Cardinals’ Luke Weaver (No. 38) doesn’t have an obvious path to a big league rotation spot, but he’s definitely the next man up in St. Louis if one of the current starters were to go down. Weaver struggled last year in a big league call-up, but he has the stuff and polish to be a successful No. 3 starter. He’s currently honing his craft at Triple-A, where he’s posted a 1.97 ERA and an impressive 29/4 K/BB in 32 innings.
Oakland shortstop prospect Franklin Barreto (No. 22 could get a look with the A’s if he continues to produce at Triple-A (.313/.359/.500 with six home runs). Barreto needs to improve his plate discipline, but he has plus bat speed, good raw strength and an ability to use the whole field. He probably won’t stick at shortstop but he profiles as an above-average offensive second baseman who will hit for moderate average and good power.