Chris Johnson hit a two-run home run, his only hit in three at-bats, in a losing effort against the Marlins on Thursday.
Johnson took Henderson Alvarez yard in the second inning to give the Braves an early 2-0 lead. It's been a rough year for Johnson, but he has been swinging a better bat in July -- he has five home runs in the month, as compared to three between April and June. Overall, he's slashing .277/.299/.389 with eight home runs and 42 RBI.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia doubled twice and knocked in the winning run with a ninth-inning single in four trips to the plate as the Marlins downed the Braves on Thursday.
A big game for Salty, who has now hit safely in four of five games since the All-Star break. He doubled and scored in the fifth, and knocked in a go-ahead run in the ninth inning with a single off of Craig Kimbrel. The catcher is slashing .232/.333/.414 with 10 home runs and 30 RBI on the season.
Phil Hughes is considered day-to-day after being diagnosed with a bruised right shin.
Hughes was injured when he took an Adam Dunn comebacker in the fourth inning of Thursday's outing versus the White Sox. It doesn't appear that X-rays will be required, so Hughes should have a good shot to make his next start. He struck out four while allowing two runs over three frames before exiting.
J.D. Martinez was scratched from Thursday's lineup due to a minor upper quad injury.
Martinez tweaked his quad on Tuesday and has now sat out two straight contests. He'll be available to pinch-hit Thursday and it sounds like he should rejoin the lineup over the weekend.
Justin Ruggiano hasn't played since Tuesday due to some tightness in his groin.
Ruggiano was feeling better Thursday and has been doing extra exercises with the Cubs' athletic trainers. It sounds like he should avoid a stint on the disabled list. "It's important that we make sure he maintains work with [the trainers]," manager Rick Renteria said.
Jason Vargas (appendectomy) will throw a simulated game on Saturday.
Vargas didn't feel quite right during a bullpen session Wednesday, so the Royals are pumping the brakes on him a bit rather than activating him to start Sunday. He's not expected to need a rehab assignment, so Vargas could conceivably rejoin the rotation sometime next week.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, Rangers, Astros, Cubs, Braves, Giants, White Sox, Orioles and Marlins are among the teams that will be at Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo workout on Saturday.
Heyman says there is a "fair amount of excitement over the showcase" for a player he's been told is like "Brett Gardner with power." Castillo, 27, could conceivably be ready to play in the majors during the second half, though it will be a while before we know whether that's a realistic expectation.
Phil Hughes left Thursday's start versus the White Sox after being hit in the right leg by a comebacker.
Adam Dunn's smash appeared to hit Hughes' shin, and he eventually limped off the field with the Twins' trainer. He'll likely go for an X-ray, at which point an update on his status will be available.