Sam Tuivailala will serve as the Cardinals' 26th man in Thursday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays.
Tuivailala is only be eligible to pitch in the second game. The hard-throwing right-hander allowed one run over three innings of relief earlier this season for St. Louis before getting optioned to Triple-A Memphis.
Brandon Phillips (groin) said Thursday morning that he doesn't anticipate needing a 10-day disabled list stint.
Phillips made an early exit from Wednesday's game against the Mets after suffering a strained left groin, but it's thought to be relatively minor. The veteran second baseman told reporters he's aiming to play this weekend in Milwaukee, even if trainers have to wrap him "like a Chipotle burrito."
Cuban outfielder Luis Robert worked out for the Reds on Tuesday in the Dominican Republic.
Ben Badler of Baseball America says Reds general manager Dick Williams was in attendance, along with other high-ranking club officials. Robert homered off live pitching during the workout, as he did in his workout with the A's last Friday and in his workout with the Astros earlier this month. The ultra-talented 19-year-old will officially become a major league free agent on May 20. He's also drawing heavy interest from the White Sox, Cardinals, and Padres.
J.D. Martinez (foot) took live batting practice on Wednesday.
The next step for Martinez will be playing in extended spring training games at the Tigers' facility in Lakeland, Florida. He began running last week and has reported no lingering discomfort around his once-sprained Lisfranc ligament. The 29-year-old slugger is on course to make his 2017 debut sometime in early May.
Braves purchased the contract of RHP Jason Motte from Triple-A Gwinnett.
Motte signed a minor league contract with Atlanta earlier this month after getting released by the Rockies at the end of spring training. The former closer will work in middle relief for the Braves.
Braves optioned C Anthony Recker to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Recker cracked the Braves' roster out of camp, but he'll head to the minors after seeing only seven plate appearances in nearly four weeks. Jason Motte was called up in a corresponding roster move.
Cesar Hernandez is getting the day off Thursday against the Marlins.
Andres Blanco will fill in at second base and Daniel Nava will take a turn at leadoff in the Phillies' series finale versus Miami. Hernandez has put up an impressive .321/.360/.536 batting line with four home runs and three stolen bases in 19 games this season.
Kyle Seager (hip) is back in the Mariners' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon.
Seager wound up missing four games because of a sore hip. He is starting at third base and batting fifth Thursday versus Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander.