Anibal Sanchez SP DET 5 Hrs
Sanchez (chest) is slated to throw a simulated game Sunday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander threw 40 pitches off a mound Thursday, his third mound session of the week, and will now look ahead to facing live hitters Sunday morning. According to the report, Sanchez is upbeat about a possible return next week, though the team has yet to clarify whether he'll work as a starter or as a reliever immediately upon his reinstatement from the DL.
Tyson Ross P SD 5 Hrs
A determination about Ross's availability for the remainder of the season likely won't be made until Sunday at the earliest, MLB.com's Corey Brock reports.
Ross is dealing with arm/elbow soreness, and the team will either elect to shut him down for the season or allow him to make one final start. His replacement in the rotation, Robbie Erlin, pitched six innings of one-run ball Thursday, so it certainly wouldn't be surprising if the Padres thought it would be more beneficial to play it safe with Ross and allow Erlin another start before the conclusion of the 2014 season. Owners should continue to monitor Ross's status heading into next week.
Brandon Belt 1B SF 5 Hrs
Belt will start at first base and hit sixth Friday, Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News reports.
This will be his first game in the Giants' starting lineup since being activated from the DL after recovering from a concussion. The Giants will likely play him most days down the stretch to try to let him get into a rhythm heading into the postseason.
Angel Pagan CF SF 5 Hrs
Pagan (back) will bat leadoff Friday, Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News reports.
Pagan had missed the previous three games with a back injury, but he appears to be getting healthy just in time for the Giants' final week and a half of the season. Once the Giants clinch a wild card berth, they may take the opportunity to rest Pagan in a game or two.
Alex Rios RF/DH TEX 5 Hrs
Rios (thumb) remains out of the lineup Friday against the Angels.
Rios' status for a return this season remains uncertain, as he has been adamant that he will wait until the incision fully heals before rejoining the lineup. He will miss his 13th straight start Friday.
Craig Gentry OF OAK 5 Hrs
Gentry (concussion) still hasn't resumed any baseball activities, Joe Stiglich of CSN California reports.
Gentry has been shut down for well over a week now as a result of a concussion, suffered in a collision with White Sox second baseman Carlos Sanchez. With no timetable for him to start back up with baseball activities, a return this season for Gentry is looking iffy, at best.
Ryan Raburn LF/RF.. CLE 5 Hrs
Raburn underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery Friday.
A lateral meniscus tear was repaired during the procedure, and with a full recovery expected in just 6-to-8 weeks, it seems likely Raburn will back to full strength well ahead of spring training. The 33-year-old hit just .200/.250/.297 with four homers in 74 games this season.
Alex Avila C DET 6 Hrs
Avila (head) felt "disoriented" after taking some swings Thursday, according to manager Brad Ausmus, Chris Iott of MLive.com reports.
Concern is mounting in regard to Avila, who will sit Friday for a fourth straight game and for the eighth time this month. Avila took yet another foul ball off his facemask last Sunday, and a possible return date will remain up in the air until his symptoms subside. The 27-year-old has dealt with concussions each of the past three seasons, but the team still has not labeled his current injury a concussion.
Tommy Milone SP MIN 6 Hrs
Milone (neck) will take part in long toss prior to Friday's game, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Although Milone was able to play some light catch the past two days, he's still not where he needs to be to pitch for Minnesota, so the team will instead go with Anthony Swarzak on Sunday. However, if Milone continues to progress without a setback, he could still get in one more start before the year is out.
Rusney Castillo CF BOS 6 Hrs
Castillo will play in the Arizona Fall League and the Puerto Rico winter league until he reaches 200 plate appearances, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
It makes sense that the Red Sox would want to get Castillo ample at-bats this winter, considering he did not play in a formal league in close to a year-and-a-half after defecting from Cuba. The 27-year-old played in 11 minor league games, including the Triple-A National Championship, before being promoted to the major league roster Wednesday. He's starting in center field for Boston on Friday but will receive occasional rest days over the remainder of the season.