Brandon Cumpton took a tough loss after allowing two runs and four hits in seven innings Thursday against the Reds.
Cumpton walked just one, but he did hit three batters. Of course, those don't count against his WHIP, which was a nice 0.71 for the game. He should remain a useable NL-only pitcher for as long as he's needed in the rotation.
Pedro Figueroa has been diagnosed with a torn UCL and is likely to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery.
That was the diagnosis Thursday from Dr. Keith Meister. Figueroa has already been placed on the disabled list and is likely to be sidelined through early 2015.
Ryan Ludwick went 2-for-3 with a double that plated both Reds runs in Thursday's win over the Pirates.
Ludwick is hitting .293, so there's been little Chris Heisey in left field of late. Ludwick still doesn't have a lot going for him besides the average, with four extra-base hits and four walks in 59 at-bats, but he's doing enough to keep his job.
Starling Marte went 0-for-4 with two more strikeouts Thursday in the loss to the Reds.
Marte leads the majors with 35 strikeouts, which is pretty ridiculous for someone with such modest power. On the plus side, he has walked more, with eight in 23 games so far. Last year, he had a 138/25 K/BB in 135 games, yet he was still a productive leadoff hitter anyway.
Russell Martin expects to return to the Pirates' starting lineup on Friday in St. Louis.
Martin has been out the past two games with lower body soreness -- the result of a hard slide into home plate on Monday. He is still appealing the one-game suspension that he was given for his role in Sunday's brawl with the Brewers.
Yankees purchased the contract of RHP Bruce Billings from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Billings was sporting a 2.74 ERA, 1.217 WHIP, and 18/7 K/BB ratio in 23 innings this year at the Triple-A level. He has not appeared in a major league game since 2011.
Yankees recalled RHP Shane Greene from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Greene was called to the major leagues earlier this month to serve as the 26th man in a doubleheader, but he did not make an appearance. The right-handed reliever should actually get into a game this time around.
Red Sox activated OF Shane Victorino from the 15-day disabled list.
Victorino is in the Red Sox starting lineup on Thursday night for the first time this season, batting second and playing right field against the rival Yankees. He had been on the shelf since the end of spring training because of a Grade 1 right hamstring strain.