Diamondbacks designated INF/OF Michael Freeman for assignment.
The D'Backs needed to clear space on the 40-man roster to bring up relievers Steve Hathaway and Adam Loewen. Freeman should clear waivers and return to Triple-A Reno. He went 0-for-9 during his brief stint in Arizona.
Diamondbacks purchased the contract of LHP prospect Steve Hathaway from Triple-A Reno.
Hathaway is on his way to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers amid a flurry of roster moves. The 25-year-old left-hander has dominated the Pacific Coast League this year with a 2.48 ERA over 37 relief outings. This will be his first stint in the big leagues.
Diamondbacks purchased the contract of LHP Adam Loewen from Triple-A Reno.
The 32-year-old right-hander is ready to make his D'backs debut after going 3-2 with a 3.52 ERA across 34 outings for Reno. Loewen has made 55 career big league appearances with his most recent stint coming with Philadelphia in 2015.
Diamondbacks optioned LHP Zac Curtis to Double-A Mobile.
Curtis will head back to the minors after posting a 6.75 ERA over 21 relief appearances for the D'Backs. The 23-year-old has been hit hard this year and will have to improve his strikeout rate (6.75 K/9) if he wants to get back to the big leagues.
Diamondbacks designated RHP Josh Collmenter for assignment.
First baseman Mike Freeman has also been designated for assignment. Collmenter has pitched to a 4.84 ERA over 15 outings this year after missing the first two months with a shoulder injury. The 30-year-old carries a solid 3.54 ERA over 659 1/3 career innings and should resurface quickly.
David Ortiz is not in the Red Sox lineup Saturday against the Angels.
Manager John Farrell suggested this might be a possibility so it's not a complete shock to see Ortiz getting the day off against left-hander Hector Santiago. With Ortiz sitting, Hanley Ramirez will DH with Travis Shaw covering first. Big Papi should be ready to go on Sunday.
Two rival GMs told Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports that the Indians are now considered the favorites to land Jonathan Lucroy.
Lucroy was held out of Saturday's lineup in anticipation of a trade materializing in the next 24 hours. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick said the Mets haven't made much headway in talks for Lucroy while SB Nation's Chris Cotillo shared that the Rangers remain "far apart" in negotiations. That leaves Cleveland as the de facto favorite. The Brewers could be eying top catching prospect Francisco Mejia, who is currently on a 40-game hitting streak for High-A Lynchburg. Though no deal is imminent, the odds are incredibly strong that Lucroy has played his final game as a Brewer.
According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, the Mets are "very involved" in talks for Jay Bruce.
The Mets signed Justin Ruggiano on Saturday but are still looking for more outfield depth with Juan Lagares sidelined by a thumb injury and Yoenis Cespedes still hampered by a quad strain. It looked like Bruce might be headed to the Dodgers in a three-team trade on Friday but those talks seemed to have died down. Despite the trade rumors, Bruce will start as usual Saturday against the Padres.