Padres pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza has again been shut down with right elbow soreness.
The top prospect was shut down for a couple weeks earlier this month due to forearm tightness. The good news is an MRI didn't reveal anything serious. "This is a young man who throws very, very hard," Padres farm director Sam Geaney said. "He hasn’t to this point had any extreme workloads, but I think when you generate as much velocity as he does, these kinds of things happen. Often times it can take six to eight weeks for something like this to resolve itself and get back to normal."
Junior Guerra (calf) has resumed throwing bullpen sessions.
He's slated to throw a couple live batting practice sessions beginning early next week and then be cleared to begin a rehab assignment if all goes well. Guerra is working his way back from a strained right calf that he suffered in his first start of the season. He hopes to rejoin the Brewers' rotation before the end of May.
Zach Britton (forearm) will be activated from the disabled list either Sunday or Tuesday.
Britton will begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Bowie on Friday. Assuming everything goes off without a hitch, he'll likely be activated Sunday after the one appearance. However, if the Orioles determine that he needs another one, they'll delay his activation until Tuesday. Brad Brach has been filling in at closer.
Zack Cozart has replaced Jose Peraza as the Reds' No. 2 hitter.
Peraza isn't starting on Friday, but when he's back in there Saturday it sounds like he'll probably be at the bottom of the order. Manager Bryan Price stuck with Peraza in the two hole for nearly a month but has decided to move him down after he batted only .227/.261/.261 in his first 92 plate appearances. It hasn't been a total loss for Peraza's fantasy owners since he's stolen six bases, but he's obviously going to see his runs total dip now. Meanwhile, it's good news for the owners of Cozart, who's off to a scorching .393/.493/.689 start.
Rays acquired RHP Drew Smith from the Tigers to complete the trade for OF Mikie Mahtook.
Smith, 23, boasts a 0.77 ERA and 12/4 K/BB ratio over 11 2/3 innings at High-A this season. He's old for the level but looks like an interesting relief prospect.
An MRI on Sammy Solis's left elbow revealed nerve inflammation.
Solis was sent for an MRI after feeling tingling in his fingers when he tried to play catch a few days ago. There's no timetable for his return, but the good news is he doesn't have any ligament damage.
Eric Thames (hamstring) is back in the Brewers' lineup Friday.
Thames departed Wednesday's game with some left hamstring tightness, but it was a precautionary exit and he's ready to go. He's at first base and batting second against Bartolo Colon and the Braves.
Blue Jays recalled LHP Matt Dermody from Triple-A Buffalo.
Dermody was knocked around in an appearance earlier this month with the Blue Jays but will get another shot. He won't be used in high-leverage situations.