Braves prospect right-handed pitcher Lucas Sims allowed six hits, one walk, one hit batsman and two runs (one earned) over 6 2/3 innings, striking out five batters for High-A Lynchburg.
Sims has had a rough season, putting up a 4.97 ERA and a 1.342 WHIP with a surprisingly low 5.5 K/9. Opposing batters are hitting .251/.332/.395 off Sims. He is an athletic right-hander who has the potential to be a No. 2 pitcher, but his components are substantially down from his full-season debut in 2013.
Orioles recalled C Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk.
He'll provide extra depth behind the plate and function as a utility option for the O's in the last two games leading up to the All-Star break. In 24 games with the Orioles this season, he's hitting .243/.300/.378 with eight RBI.
Indians outfield prospect Clint Frazier went 5-for-5 with two home runs and a stolen base for Low-A Lake County on Friday, raising his season line to .266/.336/.419.
Frazier has hit a scorching .421/.463/.789 with two doubles and four home runs in July. For the season, Frazier has 95 strikeouts in 336 plate appearances (28.3 percent), and has 12 in 41 PA in July (29.3 percent). He will need to improve his pitch selection and decrease his swing and miss tendencies, but Friday was a glimpse at what he could become.
Nationals right-handed pitching prospect Austin Voth tossed seven shutout innings for High-A Potomac on Friday, scattering two singles and a walk while striking out eight.
Voth has been dominant since his promotion to the High-A Carolina League, allowing nine hits, four walks, and one run over four starts across 26 innings while striking out 28 batters. Of the four hits, he has allowed one double and one home run. Opposing batters are putting up a .103/.143/.149 against the 22-year old righty. Voth lacks elite offering, sitting in the low-90s with a good fastball, though he has flashed and average slider and the makings of an above-average change-up. He has well above-average command, and could be a solid back-end starter.
Shane Victorino (back, hamstring) is expected to be reevaluated on Sunday.
Victorino began his minor league rehab assignment on Thursday, and will continue through the weekend before the Red Sox see how he's holding up. There's no clear timetable for his return at the moment, but if all continues to go well he should be able to rejoin the Red Sox shortly after the All-Star break.
Jeurys Familia returned to action on Friday, hurling a scoreless ninth inning in a victory over the Marlins.
Familia had difficulty getting loose on Tuesday, and was held out on Wednesday as a precautionary measure. It appears that it was just a minor scare and that he should be good to go moving forward. He remains second in line for saves in the Mets bullpen behind Jenrry Mejia.
Jesse Hahn moved to 5-2 after limiting the Dodgers to one run and three hits in six innings Friday.
Hahn struck out six and walked four in his latest gem. Since returning to the majors on June 14, he's won five of his six starts, allowing just six earned runs over 37 innings. However, while Hahn figures to remain an asset in mixed leagues in the coming weeks, he's a prime candidate to be shut down for the season in early or mid-September. Prepare accordingly.
Dan Haren gave up four runs in four-plus innings Friday in a loss to the Padres.
Alexi Amarista, of all people, homered off Haren in the second, and Haren gave up a single and two RBI doubles before being pulled in the fifth. Fortunately for him, the lone runner he left on base was stranded. Haren has turned in just two quality starts in his last seven tries. The Dodgers have been getting him run support, so he's 8-6 despite his rough stretch. However, he's simply not a very good pitcher right now.