Tampa Bay has called upon prospect Blake Snell to make Saturday afternoon's start against the Yankees, but he is still developing.
Snell has not had consistent success with regard to command in the past, although he could prove to be a valuable addition to the front end of the Rays' rotation if he can pitch well on a regular basis.
ESPN's Keith Law ranked Snell 14th on his prospect list, and even if Snell isn't dominant Saturday against New York, he could find himself starting regularly before the end of the season.
More from around the AL East:
- Boston remains optimistic Joe Kelly's injury won't keep him sidelined for more than a stint on the 15-day DL, according to Jason Mastrodonato of The Boston Herald.
- No longer plagued by shoulder issues, Kevin Gausman is expected to be activated to make his first start of the season Monday, according to MLB.com's Britt Ghiroli.
- Carson Smith should be able to return to the Red Sox in early May.
- The Yankees are not in a position to consistently overcome bullpen struggles.
- Yovani Gallardo left his start Friday night with shoulder discomfort.
- The Blue Jays might benefit from promoting Dalton Pompey and Andy Burns.