Marwin Gonzalez is in the Astros' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon versus the Athletics.
Gonzalez was pulled from Wednesday's game with soreness in his right hamstring -- something he's been dealing with since last week. But it's a manageable injury and he'll start at shortstop on Thursday. Gonzalez is batting .294/.333/.412 so far in July. He took over starting duties from Jonathan Villar at the end of June.
Orioles acquired INF Jimmy Paredes from the Royals for cash; optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk.
Paredes was designated for assignment by Kansas City over the All-Star break. He has posted a decent .305/.332/.457 batting line with 17 stolen bases in 65 games this season at the Triple-A level, but the 25-year-old has never had much success in the majors.
Yoenis Cespedes (thumb) is not in the A's starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Astros.
Cespedes sprained his right thumb on a hard swing late Wednesday night -- after clubbing two home runs earlier in the game. X-rays ruled out a fracture, but the Cuban slugger could need multiple days of rest.
Athletics recalled RHP Evan Scribner from Triple-A Sacramento.
Scribner is taking the bullpen spot left vacant by Jim Johnson, who was designated for assignment on Thursday afternoon. Scribner has made two scoreless appearances this season for Oakland. He'll pitch in middle relief.
Athletics designated RHP Jim Johnson for assignment.
Oakland GM Billy Beane made a rare mistake this winter when he traded for Johnson and his $10 million salary for 2014. The right-hander had poor peripherals in Baltimore despite his dominant save totals and wound up posting a brutal 6.92 ERA in 40 1/3 innings with the A's. Johnson should latch on with a new team pretty quickly as a reclamation project, but he's probably done getting save opportunities.
Mets recalled SS Wilmer Flores from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Flores has batted just .225/.253/.300 in 83 plate appearances this season at the major league level, but the 22-year-old infielder has been a force in the Pacific Coast League. He was rated a Top 75 prospect this winter by Baseball Prospectus and may carry mixed-league fantasy value if he finds consistent playing time in New York.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Rockies asked for Kevin Gausman in exchange for Jorge De La Rosa.
It was worth a shot, but the O's weren't going to bite on that ridiculous request. Gausman has tremendous upside and at least five more years of cost control. De La Rosa, meanwhile, is set to become a free agent this winter. Baltimore is seeking pitching upgrades with the July 31 trade deadline approaching, but it's been a seller-friendly market so far and the club is reluctant to part with any top prospects.
Angel Pagan (back) took more swings Wednesday.
Pagan is slowly but surely recovering from a back strain that put him on the disabled list in the middle of June. He is aiming to return sometime in early August. Gregor Blanco has been playing center field for the Giants.