OUTJosé Lobatón C WSH 1 hour ago
Lobaton is 10-for-68 with two home runs and two RBI this season for Washington.
Now in his fourth season with the Nationals, the 32-year-old veteran is having a poor year at the plate, even by his standards. The .147 batting average is on pace to be his career worst over the course of a full season. His strength remains on the defensive side of the game, which is great for Manager Dusty Baker but doesn't do much to help fantasy owners.
Keon Broxton CF MIL 1 hour ago
Broxton is starting in center field and batting leadoff Saturday against the Braves.
With Eric Sogard nursing an elbow injury, Broxton was bumped up to the leadoff spot for the first time since the beginning of the month. The 27-year-old is slashing .192/.300/.346 in six games (26 at-bats) from the leadoff spot this season, and he'll likely slide back down in the order once Sogard is back.
Lewis Brinson CF MIL 2 hours ago
Brinson (finger) is starting in left field and batting seventh Saturday against the Braves.
This is welcomed news, as the top prospect is won't be forced to miss any time after getting hit by a pitch on his pinkie finger Friday night. Brinson, who is just 3-for-26 (.115) with the Brewers this season, will look to turn things around as he faces knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.
OUTPatrick Kivlehan 3B/RF CIN 2 hours ago
Kivlehan is slashing .243/.324/.419 with four home runs in 74 at-bats this season.
The 27-year-old is seeing few opportunities as the Reds' fourth outfielder, with 25 of his at-bats coming as a pinch hitter. With right fielder Scott Schebler heating up in June, it's unlikely Kivelehan's role will change in the near future.
Franklin Barreto SS OAK 2 hours ago
Barreto indicated Saturday that manager Bob Melvin pegged him to make his first major league start Sunday against the White Sox, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
Barreto patiently awaited his first call to the majors, batting .281/.326/.428 with eight home runs and four steals over 68 games with Triple-A Nashville this season. He finally earned the promotion on the heels of Chad Pinder's (hamstring) placement on the 10-day DL on Saturday. His first start will arrive Sunday, but it's possible the youngster will receive an opportunity even sooner should he serve as a pinch-hitter during Saturday's contest.
DTDEric Sogard 2B/SS MIL 2 hours ago
Sogard (elbow) is not in the lineup Saturday against the Braves.
Sogard exited Friday's game with some elbow tightness after being hit by a pitch earlier in the game, and it's apparently still bothering him enough to keep him out of Saturday's matinee contest. He should be considered day-to-day for now; Hernan Perez is starting in his place at the keystone.
OUTManny Piña C MIL 2 hours ago
Pina is not in the lineup Saturday against the Braves.
After catching all nine innings in Friday's night game against the Braves, Pina will get the day off for Saturday's matinee. Jett bandy will take over behind the dish in Pina's absence.
Fernando Abad RP BOS 2 hours ago
Abad has a 1.72 ERA and 1.09 WHIP over 15.2 innings since the start of May.
The veteran left-hander has yet to record a hold this season but is pitching well in low-leverage situations for the Red Sox. Abad has recorded only 13 strikeouts across 21 innings this season, but has pitched well against lefties, as they hold a .214/.258/.357 slash line against him.
10DAarón Sánchez SP TOR 2 hours ago
Sanchez (finger) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Dunedin on Tuesday, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet reports.
Sanchez's finger ailment has plagued him throughout the season, taking on forms from a blister to a cracked nail. He and the club decided to allow ample time for recovery by taking an extended stay on the disabled list, and he appears to finally have it under control. There's always a risk of the issue resurfacing at a later date, but Sanchez will attempt to take another step in his recovery Monday by pitching in his first game since May. He's expected to require at least two rehab outings, potentially allowing him to return prior to the All-Star break.
10DCole Hamels SP TEX 2 hours ago
Hamels (oblique) was confirmed as the starter for Monday's game against the Indians, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Hamels, who has been on the DL since that start of May, was able to get through his Friday bullpen session with no issues, clearing the way for him to return to the big-league rotation. The southpaw compiled a 3.03 ERA and 15:12 K:BB in five starts (32.2 innings) before landing on the disabled list.