Red Sox optioned RHP Heath Hembree to Triple-A Pawtucket.
The move clears a spot for Thursday's starter, Eduardo Rodriguez, on the active roster. Hembree has appeared in two games with the Red Sox this season.
Melky Cabrera went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in Thursday afternoon's win over the Orioles.
Cabrera's RBI double off of Tyler Wilson in the sixth inning put the first run of the game up on the board, in a game that the White Sox would win 3-2. Even with the double, Cabrera continues to post one of the most disappointing batting lines for a former All Star that can be imagined. He's currently hitting just .244/.287/.278. There's just no power there, at all. To that point, Thursday's double was just Cabera's third of the season.
According to MLB.com's Bill Ladson, a CT scan taken Thursday on Jayson Werth's left wrist revealed two small fractures.
Werth suffered the fractures on May 15 when he got struck on the wrist by an Odrisamer Despaigne pitch. He was placed on the disabled list a couple days later and will now probably be sidelined until sometime in August. The veteran outfielder has a littered history of wrist injuries. Tyler Moore, Michael Taylor, and Clint Robinson have been on somewhat of a rotation in left field for the Nationals.
Adam LaRoche went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI in Thursday afternoon's win over the Orioles.
In a low-scoring game, LaRoche hit an RBI double off Orioles starter Tyler Wilson in the sixth inning, scoring Melky Cabrera and giving the White Sox a 2-0 lead. The team would eventually win 3-2. The two doubles pushed LaRoche's season total of two-baggers to seven and the RBI was his 18th. LaRoche has struggled to this point with his new team, but he's hit 20 or more homers in each of his last four healthy seasons and it's not unreasonable to expect an improvement on his .239/.368/.373 slash as he grows familiar with AL pitchers.
Tyler Wilson pitched well in a spot start against the White Sox on Thursday afternoon, surrendering two runs on five hits over six innings.
Wilson was called up to start the first game of Thursday's double-header. He had the unfortunate luck to go up against a lights-out Chris Sale, but pitched more than well enough to keep the Orioles in the game. The 25-year-old right-hander struck out one and walked one, with the only damage coming when he ran into trouble in the sixth inning and gave up RBI doubles to Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche. Wilson's currently holding a 3.29 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 32/7 K/BB ratio in 41 innings at Triple-A and he should see additional time with the big club when an extra starter or bullpen arm is needed, especially after Thursday's strong showing.
Chris Sale pitched a brilliant game against the Orioles in Thursday's 3-2 win, striking out 12 and pitching 7 2/3 innings of shutout ball.
Sale came into the game with a somewhat inflated 4.21 ERA, but he was in Ace Mode against the Orioles, allowing just four hits over 7 2/3 innings while striking out 12 without a walk. The Orioles barely touched Sale in the contest. After allowing 13 total runs over 8 1/3 innings in back-to-back starts on April 30 and May 6, the southpaw has now allowed just six runs in his last 31 2/3 innings. He'll take a 4-2 record, 3.66 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 66/14 K/BB ratio (over 59 innings) into his next start, a road match-up with the Rangers.
Reds prospect SS Alex Blandino went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI on Wednesday for High-A Daytona.
Blandino hasn’t stopped hitting since the Reds popped in the first round of the 2014 draft, while his strong game on Wednesday pushed his season batting line to .319/.405/.448 through 44 games. The 22-year-old also has 12 extra-base hits (four home runs), 21 RBI, five steals (in 12 attempts) and a 23/22 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Some doubt whether the Stanford product will be able to remain at shortstop long term, but his impressive bat should be a clean fit at either second or third base if he’s forced off the position.
Derek Holland (shoulder) is scheduled to resume throwing Thursday.
He'll start with games of catch before eventually stepping back atop a mound. Holland strained the subscapularis muscle in his left shoulder in his major league debut and remains out indefinitely. The 28-year-old southpaw can be dropped in most standard fantasy leagues.