– The Tampa Bay Rays have been able to hang around a tightly contested AL East Division so far in the 2017 season. It may become tougher for them to just hang on and not try and make a push as right-hander Matt Andriese is expected to be out until August after suffering a stress reaction in his hip per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. His spot in the rotation will be taken over by prospect Jacob Faria and will join the rotation of Chris Archer, Alex Cobb, Erasmo Ramirez, and Jake Odorizzi. Left-hander Blake Snell is still at Triple-A and the Rays want to see him continue to deliver consistent outings before calling him up to the big leagues, and top pitching prospect Jose De Leon is on the DL in Triple-A with a right lat strain. Andriese will reportedly need to be shut down for a few weeks before he can begin baseball activities and the Rays will miss him in the rotation as he has been steady throughout the season tossing a 3.54 ERA across 61.0 innings of work with a 46.4% ground ball rate. It is a roadblock, but one the Rays are capable of getting through and continuing to fight for contention in the AL East.
– The 2017 MLB Amateur Draft officially kicked off on Monday night. The Minnesota Twins got the ball rolling by selecting high school infielder Royce Lewis with the first overall pick of the draft as originally speculated by Keith Law of ESPN.com. The Twins reportedly were deciding between Lewis and two-way player Brendan McKay with the first pick, but the Twins eventually settled on Lewis after McKay reportedly declined the signing bonus the Twins were willing to offer him, thus pivoting the Twins to putting Lewis’ name on the card with the first pick.