Pirates recalled OF Jaff Decker from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Decker went hitless in three plate appearances with the Bucs earlier this year. He won't play much.
Pirates optioned RHP Brandon Cumpton to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Cumpton allowed four runs on nine hits over just 3 1/3 innings Wednesday in a spot start against the Cardinals. Francisco Liriano (oblique) is returning on Sunday.
Royals recalled RHP Louis Coleman from Triple-A Omaha.
Coleman had a 6.41 ERA in 18 appearances with Kansas City earlier this season. He'll pitch in mid-relief.
Royals placed LHP Jason Vargas on the 15-day disabled list with appendicitis.
Vargas underwent an appendectomy on Thursday and could be out 3-4 weeks. Bruce Chen seems likely to take his rotation spot. Vargas, 31, owns a 3.31 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 82/29 K/BB ratio in 125 innings this season.
According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Brandon Phillips (thumb) will be out for "a while."
Phillips rolled over his left thumb Wednesday while trying to make a diving play on the edge of the outfield grass. The Reds initially labeled it a thumb sprain, but Rosenthal is hearing from sources that it's more of a "ligament issue" and "possible tear." Ramon Santiago started at second base for Cincinnati on Thursday afternoon against the Cubs.
Homer Bailey was removed from his start Thursday against the Cubs due to pain in his right patellar tendon.
That's better than an arm injury but still a serious concern for the Reds and their $105 million starter. Bailey allowed three earned runs in five innings before pulling up lame in the middle of a pitch in the top of the sixth. Cincinnati's medical staff should provide an update on the right-hander's knee at some point Thursday evening. Bailey finishes the first half with a 4.21 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 105/38 K/BB ratio in 117 2/3 innings.
Homer Bailey left his start Thursday afternoon against the Cubs with an apparent injury.
Bailey was in the middle of his delivery in the top of the sixth inning when he appeared to tweak something. He dropped the ball straight to the ground and didn't even attempt a warmup toss. This could be bad, bad news for the Reds and their $105 million pitcher. He had allowed three earned runs over five innings to the Cubs.
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel suspects the Brewers will call up top pitching prospect Jimmy Nelson to start Saturday against the Cardinals.
Nelson was sharp in a spot start in late May against the Marlins and owns a lights-out 1.46 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 114/32 K/BB ratio over 111 innings this season at Triple-A Nashville. If he pitches well against second-place St. Louis, he could be up in the majors for good. The 25-year-old right-hander is worth grabbing in all standard mixed fantasy leagues.