Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle confirms that the Astros are calling up prospect first baseman A.J. Reed.
This confirms a report from 1250 AM WLRT in Lexington, Kentucky. The Astros have yet to make an official announcement, but Reed is expected to join the team on Saturday. The 23-year-old is batting .266/.345/.509 with 11 home runs through 59 games this season with Triple-A Fresno. While those numbers aren't quite on par with what he did last year between High-A and Double-A, he has been on a major tear of late, hitting .372 with three homers and five doubles over his last 10 games. The Astros could sit him against some southpaws, but he should get most of the playing time at first base. His power makes him worth adding in most fantasy formats.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts hasn't ruled out Brandon McCarthy (elbow) pitching in the majors before the All-Star break.
McCarthy, who is making his way back from Tommy John surgery, owns a 4.15 ERA and 8/3 K/BB ratio in 8 2/3 innings through three minor league rehab starts. He threw 3 2/3 innings in his most recent start on Wednesday, so he still needs to be stretched out a bit more before making his return.
Nick Ahmed (hip) is out of the Diamondbacks' starting lineup again Friday.
Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said that Ahmed is dealing with "hip issues," but he's expected to return on Saturday. Jean Segura will play shortstop while Phil Gosselin will start at second base.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Friday that it's possible Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) will make a start in the majors before the All-Star break.
Ryu was touched for eight runs (five earned) on 10 hits over four innings Thursday in a rehab start with Triple-A Oklahoma City, but Roberts said he felt good coming out of the start and got his velocity up to 90 mph. The Dodgers still think he has work to do, but he's getting closer.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said that Yunel Escobar (knee) is expected to play Saturday.
Escobar tweaked his knee during Thursday's game and will get a day of rest on Friday. However, it's not expected to be a lingering issue. Consider him day-to-day.
Franklin Morales (shoulder) will continue his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo.
Morales threw two scoreless innings with High-A Dunedin and will now test himself against advanced competition. The southpaw has been on the disabled list since the first week of the season due to shoulder fatigue.
Brett Cecil (lat) will continue his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo.
Cecil, who is making his way back from a torn lat muscle, allowed one run in two innings with four strikeouts over two appearances with High-A Dunedin. The southpaw will likely make another couple of appearances before rejoining the Blue Jays.
Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski said that prospect outfielder Andrew Benintendi wasn't a consideration to be called up Friday.
Chris Young was placed on the disabled list Friday and the Red Sox called up Bryce Brentz instead. Dombrowski said that they are pleased with Benintendi's defense and baserunning and that it could play in the majors right now, but that he isn't quite ready offensively. The 21-year-old is batting .246/.297/.397 over 32 games since his promotion to Double-A Portland last month, but he has swung the bat much better recently. It might not be long before he forces the issue.