Ruben Tejada (head) will be back in the Mets' lineup Friday.
Tejada isn't playing Thursday after being hit in the helmet by a pitch Wednesday, but he has no concussion symptoms and the Mets are just being cautious. "Talked to the trainers last night," manager Terry Collins said Thursday. "We thought we’d give him one more day just as a precaution. He feels great. Said he could play, but we’ll just give him today and get him back in there tomorrow."
Giants general manager Brian Sabean said Thursday that Angel Pagan (back) could return during the team's August 1-10 road trip.
Pagan has resumed swinging a bat this week and is slowly but surely recovering from a back strain that put him on the disabled list in the middle of June. Gregor Blanco has been playing center field for the Giants and will continue to do so for the next week or so.
Joe Mauer (oblique) hit in the batting cage on Thursday.
The next step is taking live batting practice, though that hasn't been scheduled yet. Mauer has been swinging a bat for a few days now and hasn't had any setbacks, which is obviously a good sign. A return sometime next week would seem to be doable.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Pirates' interest in A.J. Burnett is "mild at best."
He adds that their interest "might fall further" if Burnett intends to pick up his 2015 player option, which would be worth $12.75 million if he makes 32 starts this season. Burnett, of course, pitched for the Pirates from 2012-13 and they wanted to re-sign him over the winter but were outbid by the Phillies. Heyman also says that the Orioles' interest in Burnett "doesn't seem keen, either." The righty holds a good-but-not-great 3.86 ERA in 2014 and it appears his market might be drying up.
Manny Machado (back) is hoping to return to action sometime over the weekend.
Machado is missing a third straight contest Thursday with what he calls annoying pain" in his lower back, but he's expected to take batting practice and field grounders prior to the game. Ryan Flaherty is getting a third straight start at third base Thursday.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said that Avisail Garcia (shoulder) was "looking pretty normal" while taking live batting practice on Thursday.
"You see how close he’s getting," the skipper added. The White Sox ruled Garcia out for the season when he tore his left labrum in early April, but he's healed quicker than expected and it's looking like he has a real shot to return late this season. It's not clear when Garcia might go out on a rehab assignment, but he would surely need a bunch of rehab at-bats.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs are "trying to trade" Edwin Jackson.
It won't be easy, as Jackson has posted a 5.22 ERA over 51 starts for the Cubs and is due about $26 million through the 2016 season. However, the right-hander is durable and has flashed upside in the past, so it's possible the Cubs might find a taker as long as they're willing to eat most of the contract. The Yankees have been mentioned as possible suitors of Jackson, though that might change now that they've acquired Chris Capuano.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Diamondbacks are "looking to trade" Aaron Hill.
It appears that they're much more likely to move Hill than Martin Prado, as Heyman says the club is "barely listening" to inquiries on Prado. Hill is batting .251 with eight homers and 49 RBI in a down season and is still owed $28 million through 2016, so Arizona probably wouldn't receive a whole lot in return.