John Axford RP COL 8 minutes ago

Axford (personal) has returned to the Rockies, but has not been formally activated from the , Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

Axford went on the list Tuesday, but his absence from the team could be a relatively short one. He's not listed on the lineup card, so he likely won't officially rejoin the team Friday, but it's unclear whether or not he's just visiting the team or could be activated within the next few days.

Ben Paulsen 1B/LF COL 9 minutes ago

Paulsen is out of the lineup Friday against the Diamondbacks, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

Paulsen had found himself in the lineup in the Rockies' previous four games, though the fact that the team had the DH spot available for the three of the contests might have had something to do with it. It appeared that Paulsen had a handle on the larger share of platoon duties at first base with Wilin Rosario, but the lefty-hitting Paulsen will find himself on the bench even though the matchup against righty Chase Anderson would seem to favor him. Don't interpret it just yet as a sign that Rosario has emerged as manager Walt Weiss' preferred option, as the situation has been rather fluid throughout the duration of Justin Morneau's absence due to a neck injury.

Jackie Bradley CF/RF BOS 17 minutes ago

Bradley was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday.

After losing out on at-bats to Alejando De Aza the last two games, Bradley will now head back to the minors with Shane Victorino (calf) returning from the DL to join the Red Sox's outfield picture. The 25-year-old Bradley is still very much a defensive specialist, as he's gone just 4-for-30 (.133 average) across 14 games in the majors this season.

Dale Thayer RP SD 19 minutes ago

Thayer (shoulder) will make a rehab appearance with Double-A San Antonio on Friday, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Thayer pitched pretty well in his time with the Padres earlier this season, posting a 3.41 ERA and 1.35 WHIP with 19 strikeouts in 29 innings for the club. He'll likely retake a spot in the bullpen upon his return, which could be right around the corner if the rehab appearance goes well.

Michael Cuddyer 1B/LF/RF NYM 24 minutes ago

Cuddyer (knee) remains out of the lineup Friday against the Dodgers.

A stint on the disabled list remains a possibility for Cuddyer, but there's no word indicating that will occur at this point. John Mayberry Jr. will receive the start in left field in his place Friday, bating cleanup for the Mets.

Delino DeShields 2B/LF/CF TEX 36 minutes ago

Manager Jeff Banister said that while DeShields (hamstring) is "close" to a return, he doesn't anticipate it will happen until next week, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

DeShields has appeared in five rehab games for Triple-A Round Rock heading into Friday, going 7-for-20 at the dish with three doubles and a walk. He was used as Round Rock's DH during his last game Thursday, so it's possible the Rangers want to see him play the outfield through the weekend before greenlighting his return. Once he's formally activated, DeShields will likely deployed in a bench role initially, though he could quickly cut into the at-bats of Josh Hamilton in left field or Leonys Martin in center if either player experiences a prolonged slump.

Tyler Lyons SP STL 38 minutes ago

Lyons is an option to start one half of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cubs, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

It seems that Tim Cooney is the favorite to get that start, but it is not a guarantee at this point. Whoever gets named the starter will likely be brought up as the 26th man for the doubleheader and then be sent back to Triple-A that night. Lyons has a 5.09 ERA in five starts this season for the Cardinals.

Coco Crisp LF/CF/DH OAK 40 minutes ago

Manager Bob Melvin revealed Friday that Crisp (neck) is dealing with kidney stones and is resting at home, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Crisp's status for the remainder of the season was already in peril due to a neck injury that may end up requiring surgery, and the kidney stones add only another complication to the outfielder's recovery process. At this point, the Athletics are likely not even thinking about when Crisp will resume baseball activities; his long-term health remains the greater priority.

Will Middlebrooks 3B SD 52 minutes ago

Middlebrooks (ankle) remains out of the lineup Friday against the Cardinals.

Middlebrooks continues to nurse an ankle issue dating back to last Sunday, but was thought to be a candidate to rejoin the lineup Friday after going through agility drills Thursday. However, Yangervis Solarte will receive the start at third base once again, batting fifth for the Padres.

Alexi Amarista 2B/SS/3B/CF SD 54 minutes ago

Amarista is out of the lineup Friday against the Cardinals.

Amarista entered Thursday's game for Yangervis Solarte, but will once again be out of the initial lineup after another two hitless at-bats, dropping his average to .213 on the season. Clint Barmes will once again start at shortstop, batting eighth for the Padres.