Jordan Zimmermann was removed from Friday's start against the Phillies with an apparent injury.
No word yet on the type or extent of the injury, but it's certainly worrisome that Zimmermann called for the trainer after delivering his last pitch. He had surrendered four runs on six hits over 3 1/3 innings before departing. Look for the Nationals to provide an update on his status shortly.
The Giants plan to activate Marco Scutaro (back) from the disabled list on Saturday.
There was a prevailing thought that he would rejoin the team on Friday, but it looks as though he needed an extra day. Expect him to rejoin the Giants starting lineup and make his season debut on Saturday.
Desmond Jennings was forced to leave Friday's game against the Blue Jays after fouling a ball off his left knee.
Kevin Kiermaier came on to replace him in center field. The team should provide an update on his status after the game, but he's expected to return to the lineup in a day or two.
Ian Kinsler has been named to the American League All-Star team as a replacement for the injured Victor Martinez.
Martinez has been nursing side and back injuries that have kept him out of action for the last week, so he'll sit out the Mid-Summer Classic as well. He will be well represented by his Tigers' teammate who's having a terrific year, slashing .305/.339/.477 with 11 homers, 49 RBI and nine stolen bases.
George Springer was scratched from the Astros starting lineup on Friday due to discomfort in his right knee.
Springer is being called day-to-day for the time being, but it wouldn't be terribly shocking to see the Astros play it safe and rest him the remainder of the weekend heading into the All-Star break.
Justin Ruggiano went 2-for-5 and drove home a pair of runs, including the game-winner in Friday's 5-4 triumph over the Braves.
Ruggiano delivered an RBI single in the third inning, then plated Arismendy Alcantara with an RBI knock in the ninth to deliver the Cubs the walk-off win. He has really picked up the pace offensively in recent weeks, and is now hitting .286/.358/.449 with 19 RBI on the season. His blend of power and speed make him a very attractive option as a fourth or fifth outfielder in deeper mixed leagues.
Hector Rondon was handed his third blown save of the season on Friday after surrendering a run in the ninth inning against the Braves.
Tasked with protecting a one-run advantage, Rondon allowed a leadoff double to Jason Heyward to put himself in trouble. After battling back to get the next two outs, Christian Bethancourt delivered an RBI single to score Heyward and tie the game. The Cubs did manage to score in the bottom half of the inning to earn him a backdoor win. With as much as he's struggled lately, it wouldn't be surprising to see Neil Ramirez get the ball the next time the Cubs are facing a save situation.
Jake Arrieta delivered another strong outing against the Braves on Friday, allowing three runs on four hits over 7 2/3 innings, but was denied his sixth victory of the season after Hector Rondon blew his lead in the ninth inning.
Arrieta punched out six on the afternoon while issuing three walks. He has been outstanding for the Cubs in the first half of the season, registering a 5-1 record, 1.95 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 85/22 K/BB ratio over 78 1/3 innings. He has been a tremendous find for fantasy owners who scoured for rotation help early in the year.