The slump and spate of strikeouts that began plaguing
Reynolds has just one hit - a home run - in his last 16 at-bats with eight strikeouts. His batting average has dipped during that stretch from .286 to .189.
His inability to make consistent contact and propensity for long slumps is what motivated the Indians to dump him last season. It remains to be seen if he recovers enough to prevent the
Nunez will be the team's 26th man for both games. He'll likely be sent down to the minors following the two games. Nunez was brought over from New York in mid-April.
Manager John Gibbons told reporters that Janssen's injury isn't "a lot worse." He added that Janssen "doesn't feel comfortable enough yet to start cutting it loose." He's expected to be shut down for a few days before he throws again.
Matt Williams certainly can't regret using
Rendon has hit safely in 13 of 15 games for the
He has also shown a decent eye at the plate and an ability to make consistent contact with 10 strikeouts in 59 at-bats.
The quad muscle that prevented
Harper has been dealing with tightness since Friday, but remained in the lineup. "He's been running a lot," Matt Williams said. "He's been doing a lot of things. Give him a day to calm it down a little bit."
Harper certainly hasn't been negatively affected at the plate. He owns an eight-game hitting streak during which he has 14 hits in 29 at-bats with five RBI. His power numbers have been slow to come around, however. He has just one home run in 50 at-bats this season.
Valdes will replace Kevin Chapman on the roster. He was sent down following Wednesday's game. Valdes has a 4.94 career ERA in 136 2/3 innings in the majors.
The return of
Reyes has not found his timing at the plate in a minor league stint, during which he has yet to hit safely in six at-bats.
He's expected to take a few days off before he begins throwing again. Janssen tossed a scoreless inning in his rehab debut Tuesday, but apparently had some issues following the appearance.
Rasmus, who hasn't played since Sunday, had been on a tear with eight hits, including three home runs, in his previous 19 at-bats. He is set to bat fifth against the Twins.
Lind was just heating up when the ailment cropped up. He had seven hits in 17 at-bats with three walks in six games before leaving the game Tuesday with the injury. The Blue Jays could place him on the disabled list if the back doesn't improve soon, according to MLB.com.