The Red Sox could call up pitching prospect Aaron Wilkerson to make his major league debut on Sunday against the Angels.
They need a starter to replace Eduardo Rodriguez and the most obvious candidate, Roenis Elias, isn't an option since he pitched Wednesday. Henry Owens is unlikely given his control issues (6.2 BB/9 at Triple-A Pawtucket). That brings us to Wilkerson, a 27-year-old who was pitching in independent ball in 2014. Wilkerson has been superb between Double- and Triple-A this season, posting a 2.00 ERA and 97/24 K/BB ratio over 85 1/3 innings. It's unlikely that he'll produce much fantasy value.
Joel de la Cruz is expected to make another start for the Braves on Monday in Philadelphia.
De la Cruz had a solid major league debut on Wednesday, holding the Indians to three runs over six innings. The Braves are dealing with a handful of injuries to their rotation, so the 27-year-old will get a shot to stick around for a while. He's not recommended in fantasy leagues.
The Diamondbacks expect to have a clearer picture as to Zack Greinke's (oblique) status on Friday.
That's the day he's slated to throw his normal between-starts bullpen session. Greinke, who left Tuesday's outing with tightness in his left oblique, is scheduled to start again on Monday but might wind up needing a stint on the disabled list. "We’ve just got our fingers crossed," chief baseball officer Tony La Russa said. "I know there’s a lot of the season left after the All-Star break, so we want to be very careful. … We’ll be more careful than aggressive in pushing." If Greinke does need a DL stint, Zack Godley and possibly Braden Shipley are the most likely options to fill his spot in the rotation.
Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) will play catch every other day for another week before hopefully beginning a throwing program.
He played catch Wednesday for the second time since being placed on the disabled list. "I feel good," he said. "I feel pretty much normal." It's a nice first step for De La Rosa, who is battling a stretched ulnar collateral ligament, but he's a ways away. "When he starts to get off the mound, that will be the tell-tale sign of when he starts to go out and throw a couple (bullpens)," Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said. "It’s back to spring-training mode for him."
Curtis Granderson (calf) notched a pinch-hit single in Wednesday's loss to the Nationals.
Granderson was a late scratch from the lineup due to a minor calf ailment that forced him from Tuesday's game, but the fact that he was able to pinch-hit (and do so successfully) is a good sign. He could be back in the lineup as soon as Thursday.
The Giants will forgo the DH and have Madison Bumgarner bat in his start in Oakland on Thursday.
If the Giants really thought batting Bumgarner in a game in Oakland were a smart play, it'd probably make more sense to actually let him DH once. By forgoing the DH while he's pitching, it means they'll be pinch-hitting for the pitcher after he leaves. On the other hand, it is Bumgarner in Oakland, so he's a threat to go eight or nine innings anyway. Bumgarner is hitting .175/.261/.350 with two homers in 40 at-bats this year.
Jameson Taillon defeated the Mariners by allowing one run in six innings on Wednesday.
Taillon struck out six and walked none in his second big-league victory. He's issued a total of six walks in five starts for the Pirates, so control isn't any kind of issue. He's not getting as many swings and misses on his fastball as one would like to see from someone who throws in the mid-90s, but he's been pretty impressive anyway, particularly for someone who has missed so much time as a professional. Next up for him is a showdown in St. Louis.
Wade Miley lasted four innings and gave up five runs in a loss to the Pirates on Wednesday.
Miley was making his return after missing a couple of weeks with a shoulder impingement. He had a 5.28 ERA before getting hurt, so there's no telling from his performance whether the Mariners rushed him back or not; he just hasn't been consistent or good. His rotation spot should be safe until Felix Hernandez comes back, but he needs to do better if he wants to keep it for the long haul.