Chase Utley (ankle) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday.
Utley has been ramping up baseball activities since the All-Star break and is now ready to test things out in game action. He's hitting just .179/.257/.275 this season but reportedly discovered a mechanical flaw in his swing that he thinks was caused by his nagging ankle injury. Utley could be an August trade candidate if he turns things around at the plate.
Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.
He's just getting a day off. Andre Ethier has shifted over to right field in Puig's place, while Carl Crawford is getting a start in left.
Dodgers optioned RHP Yimi Garcia to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
He's making room for Mat Latos on the roster. Garcia was scored upon in four out of his last five appearances.
Cubs designated RHP Yoervis Medina for assignment.
Medina has struggled this season between the Mariners and Cubs, posting a 4.71 ERA and 16/11 K/BB ratio over 21 innings. However, he held a sub-3.00 ERA each of the last two seasons in Seattle and throws in the mid-90s, so it wouldn't be a surprise if he draws interest on waivers.
Vidal Nuno will start on Thursday in Colorado.
He's taking J.A. Happ's spot in the rotation. Nuno boasts a 2.02 ERA and 38/8 K/BB ratio over 35 2/3 relief innings between the D'Backs and Mariners this season. The downside is that he hasn't thrown more than 2 2/3 innings in any appearance this month, so he'll be pretty limited from a pitch count perspective on Thursday.
Nick Markakis is not in the Braves' lineup Sunday.
It's only Markakis' second day off this season. Eury Perez is taking his spot in right field.
Yankees recalled RHP Branden Pinder from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
He's taking Diego Moreno's spot in the bullpen. Pinder boasts a 2.92 ERA over 11 relief appearances with the big club this season.
Athletics optioned RHP R.J. Alvarez to Triple-A Nashville.
Alvarez holds a disappointing 12.54 ERA over 11 relief appearances with the A's this season. He'll try to work out his issues in the minors.