Diamondbacks pitching prospect Yoan Lopez has left the Double-A Mobile team with the intention of quitting baseball.
General manager Dave Stewart said the club has convinced Lopez to hold off on a decision for the time being. The GM added that Lopez is dealing with "serious emotional issues," which he believes are related to all he went through in escaping from Cuba. The D'Backs signed Lopez for $8 million in January of 2015, which triggered another $8 million in penalties for exceeding their international spending cap. It's unclear how much of that money they might be able to recoup if Lopez retires, although it appears they're doing their best to talk him out of it. Lopez has posted a 4.89 ERA over 116 innings in pro ball.
Marlins transferred RHP Bryan Morris from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
The Marlins needed an extra 40-man roster spot for the addition of Fernando Rodney. Morris might be done for the season following back surgery.
Pirates sent RHP Jorge Rondon outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Rondon cleared waivers after being designated for assignment. He's now off the 40-man roster but remains in the organization.
Justin Smoak (knee) struck out in all three of his at-bats in his return to the lineup Thursday.
Smoak hadn't started in over a week while battling a sore knee. He's hit a wall of late, batting just .125/.239/.325 over his last 18 games.
Buster Posey went 2-for-6 with a three-run home run in Thursday's 12-6 win over the A's.
Posey slugged a three-run homer to center off A's starter Dillon Overton in the third inning. The stalwart backstop has notched multiple hits in three of the last five games. On the whole, he is slashing .288/.349/.464 with 18 doubles, nine homers and 39 RBI across 267 at-bats.
Yonder Alonso went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Giants.
Alonso's two-run homer in the seventh inning drew the A's to within 8-4 and gave them a fighting chance in the late innings, but their bullpen foiled any legitimate comeback attempt by allowing the Giants to score four times in the top of the ninth. For his part, Alonso is slashing .250/.308/.342 with three homers and 22 RBI across 240 at-bats. While he has now homered in back-to-back contests, Alonso offers no real fantasy value.
Madison Bumgarner posted a rare misstep of a start in Thursday's 12-6 win over the A's, allowing four runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings.
Bumgarner made headlines before the game, as the Giants became the first team to forego the DH since 1976, allowing the southpaw ace to take his hacks. He doubled in his first at-bat for his lone hit of the game. Bumgarner finished 1-for-4 at the dish. As for the pitching side of things (he does that, too), not so hot. At least by his lofty standards. A sign of his dominance, the four earned runs on Thursday were the most he has yielded in 17 starts. He will carry a 2.20 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 126/29 K/BB ratio into a home start against the Rockies. As the schedule stands right now, that would be his last start before the All-Star Break.
Dillon Overton was flattened in Thursday's loss to the Giants, surrendering eight runs on eight hits over three-plus innings.
Overton allowed a respectable three runs to the Angels over 5 2/3 innings in his major league debut last time out, but the Giants hit him early and often in start No. 2. Six of the eight runs on his line scored in the third inning. Brandon Belt burned him for a two-run double in the frame, followed by a Buster Posey three-run homer and a Brandon Crawford solo shot. The home run has been an early issue for Overton, who has yielded a whopping five of them through just 8 2/3 innings. He was pitching fantastically at Triple-A Nashville prior to his promotion earlier this month -- 1.40 ERA in his last seven starts -- but has yet to find that same kind of footing with the big league club.