Nationals activated OF Jayson Werth from the 60-day disabled list.
Werth is in the Nationals' starting lineup on Tuesday night for the first time since mid-May. He missed over two months with a pair of small fractures in his left wrist. The veteran outfielder hit well on his lengthy minor league rehab assignment and should be safe for immediate activation in fantasy leagues.
Randal Grichuk (groin) is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup again on Tuesday night.
Grichuk is still nursing a groin injury, though an MRI taken Monday showed nothing serious. Peter Bourjos will start in center field against the Reds and Mike Leake.
Yadier Molina (illness) is back in the Cardinals' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Reds.
Molina made an early exit from Monday's game because he wasn't feeling well. It obviously wasn't anything major. He is batting fifth versus righty Mike Leake.
Royals designated RHP Joe Blanton for assignment.
The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Johnny Cueto. Blanton had a 3.89 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 40/7 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings (four starts, 11 relief appearances) this season for Kansas City. He is 34 years old but will probably draw interest on waivers.
Mike Trout is not in the Angels' lineup Tuesday.
Trout tweaked his left wrist Sunday afternoon on a diving catch, though he also went 4-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI in that same game. It's obviously not a serious issue. Daniel Robertson will start in center field Tuesday night against the Astros.
Henderson Alvarez is undergoing shoulder surgery.
Alvarez was examined this week by Dr. James Andrews, who apparently recommended the shoulder procedure. The 25-year-old right-hander was limited to just four starts this season because of what was originally labeled shoulder inflammation. It's not clear if he'll be ready by next spring. Shoulders are often trickier than elbows.
Cole Hamels' next start has been pushed to Friday.
Hamels is scheduled to start Thursday, but the Phillies obviously don't want to use him one day before the July 31 trade deadline. His start Friday will likely be in a different uniform. The left-hander threw a no-hitter against the Cubs on Saturday afternoon.
According to Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post, the Nationals are nearing a deal for Jonathan Papelbon.
Papelbon has said that he won't waive his no-trade clause unless he gets to remain a closer, so he's presumably going to push Drew Storen out of the ninth-inning role in Washington. Papelbon, who's making $13 million this year and carries a $13 million vesting option for 2016, owns a sparkling 1.59 ERA and 40/8 K/BB ratio through 39 1/3 innings this season.