Jayson Werth hit a solo home run, his only hit in five at-bats, as the Nationals were handed a one-run loss by the Orioles on Thursday.
Werth has found his power stroke in July, having homered yesterday as well, giving him four in eight games this month. His sixth-inning homer brought the Nationals to within 4-2 and Ian Desmond would later make it 4-3, but the O's were able to hang on. Werth's slugging percentage was as low as .370 on June 30, but is now .427. He's slashing .278/.361/.427 overall with 10 home runs and 47 RBI.
Steve Pearce singled and hit a solo home run in four at-bats as the Orioles defeated the Nationals on Thursday.
Pearce hasn't logged a hit since Sunday, as he only had one at-bat when the O's were in Washington playing without the DH and was held hitless on Wednesday at home. The homer got the scoring started in the bottom of the first. In only 198 plate appearances, Pearce has 11 home runs, 31 RBI, and a .322/.379/.583 slash line.
Paul Maholm is likely to start on Saturday against the Padres in place of the injured Josh Beckett (hip).
He's expected to take the ball unless he's needed relief on Thursday or Friday. Red Patterson will be on standby at Triple-A Albuquerque in case Maholm does have to pitch in relief over the next couple days. He can be avoided for fantasy purposes.
Ian Desmond exited Thursday's game against the Orioles after being hit on the right hand by a pitch.
Desmond initially stayed in the game and tried to play defense the next inning, but he felt too much pain while making warm-up throws. The shortstop figures to undergo an X-ray to make sure he didn't break anything.
Brewers recalled RHP Jimmy Nelson from Triple-A Nashville.
Nelson will take Marco Estrada's spot in the rotation starting on Saturday against the Cardinals. The young right-hander boasts a 1.46 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 114/32 K/BB ratio over 111 innings this season at Nashville and is worth gambling on in all fantasy formats.
Brewers placed LHP Wei-Chung Wang on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder tightness.
Wang gave up two runs over a relief inning Thursday to push his ERA up to 11.12. The Rule 5 pick has some talent, but he's clearly not big league-ready and is probably better off being stashed on the DL. It's not clear how long he'll be out.
Masahiro Tanaka has been diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament.
Oh boy. The Yankees are saying that the tear is small and Tanaka could return after six weeks following a platelet-rich plasma injection. The club noted that the right-hander has seen three doctors and none of them have recommended surgery at this point. However, general manager Brian Cashman also isn't ruling out an operation eventually being required. Tanaka is in the first year of a seven-year, $155 million contract.
Phillies transferred LHP Cliff Lee from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
It's a paper move, as Lee will be eligible to return on July 18 and is slated to rejoin the Phillies' rotation on July 19. The veteran left-hander allowed three earned runs over four innings Wednesday at High-A Clearwater in his second rehab start. He'll make one more rehab appearance before returning.