Jed Lowrie 2B/SS.. OAK 5 Hrs
Lowrie (finger) took his first on-field batting practice since landing on the DL with a finger injury, Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area reports.
Lowrie's progress is certainly encouraging, and if the session goes well, he could be cleared to begin a rehab assignment as early as Saturday. There remains a chance that he could return to provide fantasy owners with nearly a month of consistent playing time, as the As continue to fight for a division title.
Yorman Rodriguez CF CIN 6 Hrs
There's a chance that Rodriguez could get called up when the Reds expand their roster in September. He's hitting .267/.333/.398 with nine homers and a 44:112 K:BB in 435 at-bats at Double-A Pensacola.
The Reds have suggested that they will call up seven-to-nine players, including some that haven't yet been called up this year. That lead to the speculation that Rodriguez, who is on the 40-man roster but has been in Double-A all year, could get the call.
Jonny Venters RP ATL 6 Hrs
Venters has a full UCL tear in his left elbow according to manager Fredi Gonzalez.
A UCL tear for Venters was confirmed Wednesday, but the severity of the tear had yet to be disclosed until Thursday evening. A full tear is clearly bad news, as Venters will miss a calendar year at the minimum, but considering that it would be his third Tommy John surgery, extended rehab seems like a likely possibility. Whether he chooses rehab or retirement remains to be seen.
Angel Pagan CF SF 7 Hrs
Pagan had a nice day at the dish going 3-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base in the Giants' win over Colorado on Thursday afternoon.
After missing a game with tightness in his calf, he returned to the lineup Monday, and the stolen base today suggests the minor injury is behind him. He should be safe to keep active in your lineup going forward.
Gregor Blanco LF/CF SF 7 Hrs
Blanco was 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run in San Francisco's win over Colorado on Thursday afternoon.
He has just three dingers on the season, but two of those have come over the last four days. He's providing a little spark right now so the Giants will try to keep finding ways to get him into the lineup, but if he cools off, he'll likely return to his role as a fourth outfielder.
Jay Bruce RF CIN 7 Hrs
Bruce went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts in Thursday's win over the Cubs.
Bruce just can't get going on a consistent basis this year. He went just 3-for-25 on the Reds' recent seven-game homestand.
Santiago Casilla RP SF 7 Hrs
Casilla notched his 12th save with a scoreless ninth inning in the Giants' 4-1 win over Colorado on Thursday afternoon. He walked one in the outing.
Earlier San Francisco announced that Casilla (12 saves, 1.68 ERA) and Sergio Romo would share closing duties the rest of the way, but Romo pitched a scoreless eighth inning before Casilla came on to finish it off. Expect Romo to get an opportunity some time soon, but Casilla could still be the better bet if he stays out of trouble over his next few outings.
Yusmeiro Petit P SF 7 Hrs
Petit was dazzling on Thursday afternoon, allowing just one run on four hits, he did not walk a hitter and struck out nine over six innings of a 4-1 win against Colorado.
Along the way, Petit (4-3, 3.44 ERA) established a Major League record by retiring 46 consecutive hitters - he has not allowed a baserunner since late July - before the opposing pitcher Jordan Lyles smacked a double in the third inning to break the string. He has stepped in for the struggling Tim Lincecum, and this outing will only reinforce his claim to that rotation spot. Since he has been pitching primarily in long relief, he may need some time to build his stamina, but he's on a roll right now.
Daniel Murphy 2B NYM 7 Hrs
Murphy (calf) will undergo an MRI on Thursday, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports.
Murphy has now missed three straight games due to calf soreness, so the Mets will check to see if there's anything more serious in play. If any meaningful injury is discovered, look for Wilmer Flores -- who has manned the keystone for three straight games -- to see the biggest benefit in terms of additional playing time.
Jordan Lyles SP COL 7 Hrs
Lyles turned in a quality start, allowing three runs on four hits, walking three and striking out five over six innings of a 4-1 loss to the Giants on Thursday afternoon.
Lyles (6-2, 4.08 ERA) has struggled through much of August, but he kept his team in this one even though they never mounted much of an offense. He made one mistake early allowing a two-run home run to Gregor Blanco, but was strong before tiring in the sixth where he issued all three walks. He'll look for a better outcome when he faces the Giants again, this time at Coors Field, in his next start.