Morris overcame early-season knee troubles to be a crucial contributor and scored 21 points in Boston’s Game 1 win Sunday.
Signed Daniel Theis out of Germany to a minimum-salary contract. Theis emerged as a key rotation player before tearing his meniscus in mid-March.
Signed Aron Baynes to a one-year, $4.3 million deal after he turned down a $6.5 million option in Detroit. Baynes has cemented himself as a full-time starter who adds muscle to a back line and eases the defensive load on Horford.
Alex Avila (L), 1 percent, Arizona Diamondbacks at Washington Nationals (RHP Jeremy Hellickson): On Saturday, Avila draws the platoon advantage against Hellickson, one of the lowest-ranked hurlers on the slate — and a pitcher who posted a nearly identical ERA (5.43) and K/9 (5.27) in 30 starts last season. The Arizona backstop is off to a slow start, but he sported a .377 wOBA versus righties in 2017.
Brandon McCarthy (R), 12 percent, Atlanta Braves at Cincinnati Reds: The Athletic’s Eno Sarris notes McCarthy has added a slider to his arsenal, with encouraging results. The pitch is harder, and breaks a little less than his curve, giving hitters something else to think about. The last thing the Reds need is something else to think about as they sit in the bottom five when it comes to wOBA versus righties.
Vince Velasquez (R), 15 percent, Philadelphia Phillies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks: Speaking of former prospects trying to regain some status, Velasquez is off to a nice start. He was knocked around in his debut (seven runs allowed, four earned), but has reeled off three quality starts since then, totaling a 2.41 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 19 innings. The Diamondbacks are no pushovers, but Velasquez at his best handles anyone. He can miss bats, limit walks and get relatively deep into games.
Jack Flaherty (R), 21 percent, St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates: Flaherty’s rotation spot will be in jeopardy once Adam Wainwright returns from the disabled list, so let’s take advantage of the young righty while we can.