Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Brewers' starting lineup Thursday against the Diamondbacks.
Rev up those trade rumor engines. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported on Wednesday night that talks involving Jonathan Lucroy had begun to intensify, and it sounds like he could be dealt at some point Thursday. There is believed to be interest from the Rangers, Indians, Astros, Mets, and Red Sox. Martin Maldonado will start at catcher for Milwaukee on Thursday afternoon versus Arizona.
Phillies C prospect Jorge Alfaro matched a season-high with four hits Wednesday in a win for Double-A Reading.
He plated three runs as the Fightin Phils rolled to an easy 11-3 victory over visiting Binghamton. All of his hits were singles. Alfaro's big night came on the heels of a 3-for-20 slump that dropped his average from .297 to .287. Alfaro leads all Eastern League catchers in home runs (12) and RBI (53) this season. The 23-year-old was acquired from Texas last summer in the Cole Hamels trade.
Pirates 1B prospect Stetson Allie tallied a career-high five hits Wednesday in a win for Double-A Altoona.
He finished a triple shy of the cycle. The 25-year-old has been on a real heater lately. He's hit .647 (11-for-17) with eight RBI during his five-game hitting streak. Over that span he's seen his average climb from .246 to .272. The former second-round pick has had a productive year for the Curve, contributing 10 homers, 45 RBI and a .463 slugging percentage over 257 at-bats. He's looking for a breakthrough after spending his last three seasons in Double-A.
Jose Reyes (intercostal) is doubtful for Friday.
Reyes was diagnosed with a Grade 1 intercostal strain on Tuesday afternoon and is still dealing with some discomfort. Mets manager Terry Collins said he's not considering a disabled list stint at this point because the club has a string of games in American League parks next week. That would allow Reyes to DH, but it does seem like an odd strategy considering the veteran infielder suffered the injury on a swing.
Yankees RHP prospect Brady Lail fanned six hitters over seven shutout frames Wednesday in a win for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
He scattered three hits and one walk while throwing 53 of his 72 pitches for strikes. The right-hander has now allowed just one earned run over his last four starts. Lail has looked right at home since his promotion to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, compiling a solid 3.69 ERA over 10 Triple-A appearances. The 22-year-old has relied heavily on contact this year, which could cause him trouble when he eventually reaches the major leagues.
Yoenis Cespedes is out of the Mets' lineup Thursday because he had a flareup with his quad.
Cespedes missed a chunk of time earlier this month with a quad strain, and now it's rearing its ugly head again. Consider him day-to-day for now. Alejandro De Aza is in left field and Juan Lagares is in center field on Thursday afternoon against the Rockies.
Yoenis Cespedes is out of the Mets' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Rockies.
Alejandro De Aza is in left field and Juan Lagares is in center in the series opener versus Colorado. This is just a day of maintenance for Cespedes, who slugged a two-run homer on Wednesday against the Cardinals.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Royals are trying to package Ian Kennedy in a Wade Davis trade, with the Dodgers "a strong match."
Los Angeles badly wants Davis, as reported earlier by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, and the club has deep enough pockets to comfortably take on what remains on the ill-advised five-year, $70 million free agent contract that Kennedy received this winter from Kansas City. Kennedy has been a big disappointment in his first year with the Royals, currently holding a 4.41 ERA through 20 starts. He could eat some innings for a contender, but that's probably about it.