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.
Hart has been forced to deal with knee and forearm issues over the past months. He is also struggling a bit at the plate with five hits in his last 31 at-bats, though he showed signs of breaking out with a two-hit game Wednesday in Texas.
Zunino is on a weird streak in which he has followed hitless games with two-hit games. He has eight hits in his last seven games - two each in four of them. He has also not walked in 47 at-bats as his batting average and on-base percentage both sit at .277.
Asche is not in the lineup against Braves southpaw Alex Wood. He is hitless in 11 at-bats against lefties this season, but that is not the extent of his problems. Asche owns a stat line of .184/.279/.316 after a brilliant spring and has not had a hit in 15 at-bats since April 9.
A matchup against tough Braves left-hander Alex Wood has
Howard is just 3 for 17 against southpaws this season. Ruiz has hit safely in five of his last six games, but owns a disappointing average of .233 and slugging percentage of .326 on the year.