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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 May against the Marlins and owns a lights-out 1.46 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 114/32 K/BB ratio in 111 innings this season at Triple-A Nashville. If he pitches well against second-place St. Louis, he could be up in the majors permanently. The 25-year-old is worth grabbing in all standard mixed fantasy leagues.
Jul 10 - 1:10 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark hears that the Rockies want a "young impact starter" in return for Jorge De La Rosa.

Stark adds that such a return is "very unlikely" for De La Rosa, who owns a rough 4.75 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 18 starts this season. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reported earlier this week that the Orioles are "monitoring" De La Rosa, but it doesn't sound like the two teams are going to be able to find a common ground for a trade. The O's would be taking a step backward if they moved one of their young pitching prospects for the 33-year-old De La Rosa, who is set to become a free agent this winter.
Jul 10 - 1:04 PM

Reds designated RHP Brett Marshall for assignment.

Marshall missed the first three months of the 2014 season with a finger injury and is now off the Reds' 40-man roster. The 24-year-old righty has a pedestrian 4.30 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 636 career minor league innings.
Jul 10 - 12:23 PM

Carlos Beltran was diagnosed with two small facial fractures after Wednesday's batting practice mishap.

Beltran had to be scratched from the Yankees' starting lineup on Wednesday night after a ball that he hit ricocheted off the protective "L" screen and struck him in the face. "You don't expect that to happen when you're practicing," the veteran said late Wednesday. "I had a headache for the whole day. Now it's getting better. Hopefully tomorrow it will get better and I could be back soon."
Jul 10 - 12:19 PM

Jered Weaver (back) is expected to make his next scheduled start Saturday against the Rangers.

Weaver made an early departure from his outing Monday against the Blue Jays with tightness in his lower back, but he played catch Tuesday and felt fine. The right-hander owns a 3.50 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 93/33 K/BB ratio in 118 1/3 innings this season for the Angels.
Jul 10 - 11:29 AM

Astros third base prospect Rio Ruiz went 2-for-5 with two doubles and a walk for High-A Lancaster on Wednesday, raising his season line to .293/.387/.428.

Ruiz has been solid all year, hitting well both on the road (.296/.385/.402) and at home (.291/.390/.455), as well as against lefties (.307/.382/.364) and righties (.289/.389/.451). With top shortstop prospect Carlos Correa out for the season with an ankle injury and the promotions of George Springer, Jon Singleton, and Domingo Santana, Ruiz is currently the Astros' top hitting prospect in the minors. He is unlikely to reach the major leagues before 2016, but he could be a top 10 fantasy third baseman at his peak.
Jul 10 - 11:24 AM

Cubs outfield prospect Billy McKinney went 1-for-2 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch on Wednesday for High-A Daytona.

McKinney has gone 3-for-10 with two walks over his first four games since being traded away from the A's. He hit .241/.330/.400 with 12 doubles, two triples, and 10 home runs while playing for Stockton in the offense-friendly California League. It will be interesting to see how McKinney does in the in the more pitcher-friendly Carolina League.
Jul 10 - 11:14 AM

Ryan Braun (back) is in the Brewers' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon versus the Phillies.

Braun missed a couple of games with back spasms and is hitting fifth for Milwaukee in his return to action Thursday. He has only batted fifth three other times in his career. The last time he did was September 2008.
Jul 10 - 11:10 AM
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