Fielder (neck) is expected to undergo surgery later in the week, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
The Rangers were hoping Fielder would be able to avoid surgery for the herniated disc in his neck, but after a meeting with another doctor Monday, it's been recommended that he undergoes what would be a season-ending procedure. The team has yet to offer official confirmation, but at this point it seems all but inevitable that Fielder remains sidelined until 2017. Assuming that is indeed the case, Mitch Moreland and Jurickson Profar will continue to serve as the top options at first base and designated hitter.
Park has hit home runs in three of his last four games and is hitting .333 with five home runs in his last 10 games at Triple-A Rochester. Overall, he's hitting .279/.362/.557 in Triple-A.
Park started off slowly after being demoted to Triple-A, but has caught fire. Still, it's not clear if the Twins are ready to call him back up to the majors with Kennys Vargas playing well and a logjam in the outfield and at first base and DH in the majors. Perhaps the Twins can clear some space with some deals at the trade deadline. If not, Park may need to wait until rosters expand in September to return to the majors.
Tucker will start in left field and bat ninth in the order, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
It's the third straight start for Tucker, who was promoted from Triple-A Fresno on Thursday. He's recorded one hit in his five at-bats during his latest stint with the club but may need to pick up his production in the games to come if he hopes to remain a regular lineup option for the Astros.
Rodriguez is out of the lineup Sunday against the Giants.
Rodriguez will be held out for a second straight day while he trudges through a miserable July, during which he's gone 4-for-31 (.129 average) with one homer and two RBI. Carlos Beltran will assume DH duties Sunday.
Ortiz isn't in the lineup Sunday against the Twins, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.
It's a scheduled day off for Ortiz, who will cede DH duties to Hanley Ramirez for the afternoon, while Travis Shaw takes over at first base. Ortiz should be back in action Monday, when the Red Sox open up a series with the Tigers.
Ortiz went 3-for-3 with a double, two RBI, two runs and a walk in Saturday's 11-9 loss to the Twins.
The veteran slugger was consistently on the basepaths and put together his second three-hit day in the last three games. Ortiz also posted his third multi-RBI game over his last five contests and is slashing .317/.392/.667 over 63 at-bats in July.
Martinez has struggled in July, hitting just .156 (10-for-64) with a slash line of .156/.236/.313 heading into Saturday's game.
VMart has three home runs this month, but two were hit on July 1. In fact, that day was his most recent multi-hit game. Martinez is in the line-up to hit and only hit, but this slump has made him a liability in the clean-up role. Slumps can be expected, but he's well past 30 with a history of serious injuries. There's still gas in the proverbial tank, but right now, you should let him pick up a few splinters on your bench while you wait this out.
Gattis went 2-for-3 with a pair of homers, two runs and four RBI Saturday against the Angels.
Gattis got the Astros on the board with a three-run blast in the second inning before launching his 15th homer of the campaign to add some insurance. He's now hit safely in five of his last six games and is slashing .224/.289/.451 on the season.