|Offense||16th||107.4 (17th)||248.1 (14th)|
|Defense||1st||83.6 (3rd)||199.6 (1st)|
Flaherty went 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI, a walk and a strikeout Monday against the Red Sox.
Flaherty is almost a non-factor with the bat, so it's very nice to see him produce even on a limited basis. The 29-year-old infielder drove in his second run of the season, and the double was his first extra-base hit since May 10. He had a productive day at the plate, but this type of production can't be expected from him on a steady basis.
Joseph will go to the hospital for further tests on his midsection after he was struck by a foul ball Monday, Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Joseph managed to stay in the game after taking a tough shot, but the team will send him for further tests nonetheless. Consider the backstop day-to-day until the results are officially disclosed.
The single was one of two hits allowed by Matt Harvey on Monday, while Abreu was working out of the two-hole in the White Sox's lineup for the third time this season. Sitting with a disappointing .248/.311/.391 line through 225 plate appearances, Abreu's slow start through the first two months of the season has been overshadowed by some of the league's other poor performances to date. Interestingly enough, his struggles are not tied to an increase in swings-and-misses, but instead to a surge in weak contact. Since the start of May, only 10 of Abreu's 28 hits have gone for extra bases.
Escobar is out of the lineup Monday against the Tigers.
Escobar left Sunday's matchup against the Astros due to what was later described as a bruised left writst. He was given a "day-to-day" diagnosis, but the Angels will take a cautious approach here and rest the third baseman for the evening contest. Reserve infielder Gregorio Petit will man the hot corner Monday night.
Rodriguez (knee) was activated from the 15-day DL Monday, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Rodriguez was announced as Tuesday's starter earlier in the week, and the demotion of Heath Hembree to Triple-A to free up a roster spot made it official. The left-handed Rodriguez will draw a tough matchup in his first game back, facing the Orioles in the hitter-friendly Camden Yards.