Jon Lester SP CHC 4 hours ago

Lester allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits, walking two and striking out seven over 6.1 innings of a 6-2 win against Philadelphia on Friday afternoon.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Lester (5-3) was coming off his worst outing of the year - five runs in 2.2 innings against the Giants - but he bounced back nicely, and kept the Phillies in check while tossing 69 of 105 pitches for strikes. He dropped his ERA back to 2.48 on the year, and will look to continue his winning ways when he takes on the Dodgers in Chicago next time out.

Adam Morgan SP PHI 4 hours ago

Morgan allowed six runs on eight hits, walking one and striking out three over four innings of a 6-2 loss to the Cubs on Friday afternoon.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Morgan (1-3) needed 93 pitches (60 for strikes) to complete the four innings, so he was actually getting too much of the strike zone rather than missing. Unfortunately, that lead to three of the hits leaving Wrigley Field as his ERA soared to an unsightly 6.67 on the season. His next scheduled start will come at home against the Nationals, but he is a risky play at best in fantasy circles.

DTDBrandon Belt 1B SF 4 hours ago

Belt (ankle) is expected to return to the lineup for Saturday's matchup with the Rockies, Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Belt suffered a mild ankle sprain Wednesday, which will cause him to sit out of Friday's series opener. Fortunately, manager Bruce Bochy indicated that he expects Belt to start Saturday. He has been mired in a bit slump recently with just two hits in his last 24 at-bats.

15DMatt Thornton RP SD 4 hours ago

Thornton (Achilles) is close to returning from the disabled list but won't be activated Friday, Dennis Lin of the Union-Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The veteran southpaw is with the team as they start a weekend series with the Diamondbacks, but Lin explains that that has to do with the fact that Thornton has a home near Chase Field. He won't come off the DL on Friday, but Thornton did tell reporters that he feels very close to rejoining the team. Once Thornton is activated, the likes of Luis Perdomo or Keith Hessler could be bumped out of the Padres' bullpen.

DTDJordan Zimmermann SP DET 4 hours ago

Zimmermann is optimistic about making his next scheduled start against the Angels next Friday, Katie Strang of ESPN reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Zimmerman indicated he thinks he will be able to take the mound in his next scheduled start. However, the real test will be Sunday when he throws a bullpen session. Expect an update on his status once he has some time to recover from Sunday's workload.

Kevin Newman SS PIT 4 hours ago

Newman suffered a fractured left orbital bone Thursday while playing for High-A Bradenton, Pirates Prospects reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He'll travel to Pittsburgh for further evaluation, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the No. 1 draft choice miss at least a month. Newman is hitting .346/.414/.444 in 38 games this season.

7DTaylor Jordan RP WSH 4 hours ago

Jordan had Tommy John surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews done on Thursday,William Ladson of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

This is now the second time Jordan has had to undergo this procedure. He was placed on the 7-day DL in Triple-A Syracuse on April 21 for an undisclosed reason. Unfortunately, that reason turned out to be a shoulder injury in need of surgery. There is currently no timetable for a return, but his 2016 season has come to an untimely end.

15DWill Smith RP MIL 4 hours ago

Smith (knee) is headed to Biloxi and it's expected that he'll be ready to return before the Brewers' series in Philadelphia next week at the latest, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Once Smith returns, it's expected that he'll quickly return to a role in the late innings for the Brewers, likely setting up closer Jeremy Jeffress.

15DLeonys Martin CF SEA 5 hours ago

Martin (hamstring) will be out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Twins, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

According to Divish, Martin is set to meet with team doctors late Friday to evaluate his hamstring and decide whether the hot-hitting outfielder requires a stint on the disabled list or not. He tweaked his hamstring in Wednesday's game against the A's and the injury has not progressed to the point where he can get back on the field. GM Jerry Dipoto was cautiously optimistic Thursday about Martin returning over the weekend, but the fact that he has to meet with team doctors could imply a lengthier absence. Further information on Martin's doctor's visit figures to be made available late Friday.

15DDavid Peralta LF/RF ARI 5 hours ago

Peralta (wrist) is expected to begin playing in extended spring training games Wednesday, Jack Magruder reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The expectation is that Peralta will play a handful of games before rejoining the Arizona lineup. At this point, it sounds as though he is at least one week away from returning from the disabled list.