Yankees OF prospect Blake Rutherford registered a career-high six hits Wednesday in a loss for Rookie-level Pulaski.
Rutherford's four base knocks weren't enough for the Yankees to steal a win against Elizabethton, but the 19-year-old did up his season average from .310 to .342. He's hit safely in eight of his last nine games with a .442 average during that stretch. The Yankees selected Rutherford with the 18th overall pick in last month's draft after a successful high school career at Chaminade Prep in California.
Marlins designated INF/OF Don Kelly for assignment.
The move clears a roster spot for Dee Gordon, who is back from his 80-game PED suspension. Kelly was batting just .148/.200/.296 in 30 plate appearances with Miami.
Mike Minor (shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Omaha.
It will be his first time pitching in a minor league game since May 30, when he had to shut down his rehab assignment because of rotator cuff fatigue. Minor missed the entire 2015 season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder and hasn't thrown a pitch at the major league level in 2016. Maybe he could become an option for the Royals in late August, but it's not something to count on.
Rays SS prospect Daniel Robertson clubbed four hits Wednesday in a win for Triple-A Durham.
He provided a double, three singles and one RBI while guiding the Bulls to a 5-2 win over Toledo. The 22-year-old has looked overmatched at times this season, though he's had a good stretch this month with 12 hits over his last nine outings. Robertson has been a jack of all trades for Durham, seeing time at three different infield positions.
Jonathan Villar is not in the Brewers' starting lineup Thursday against the Diamondbacks.
Villar was pulled from Wednesday night's game after committing multiple blunders at shortstop and on the basepaths. Brewers manager Craig Counsell was not impressed. Hernan Perez will fill in Thursday versus Arizona.
Blue Jays OF prospect Anthony Alford ripped three hits Wednesday in a win for High-A Dunedin.
He supplied two triples, a double and two RBI as the Blue Jays squeaked out a 10-9 win over Lakewood. Alford has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, batting .371 during that span with two homers and six RBI. The hot streak has raised his average from .188 to .232. The 22-year-old is looking for better results after a disappointing first half that included a .200 batting average and 50 strikeouts in 125 at-bats.
Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Brewers' starting lineup Thursday against the Diamondbacks.
Rev up those trade rumor engines. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported on Wednesday night that talks involving Jonathan Lucroy had begun to intensify, and it sounds like he could be dealt at some point Thursday. There is believed to be interest from the Rangers, Indians, Astros, Mets, and Red Sox. Martin Maldonado will start at catcher for Milwaukee on Thursday afternoon versus Arizona.
Phillies C prospect Jorge Alfaro matched a season-high with four hits Wednesday in a win for Double-A Reading.
He plated three runs as the Fightin Phils rolled to an easy 11-3 victory over visiting Binghamton. All of his hits were singles. Alfaro's big night came on the heels of a 3-for-20 slump that dropped his average from .297 to .287. Alfaro leads all Eastern League catchers in home runs (12) and RBI (53) this season. The 23-year-old was acquired from Texas last summer in the Cole Hamels trade.