Anthony Rizzo is absent from the Cubs' lineup Friday.
Rizzo has just three hits in his last 38 at-bats, so it's probably a good time to get him a breather with a lefty (Adam Morgan) on the mound. Jason Heyward is also receiving a day off, as the Cubs have Kris Bryant at first base, Javier Baez at third base and Matt Szczur in right field.
Phillies pitching prospect Mark Appel has been placed on Triple-A Lehigh Valley's disabled list with a right shoulder strain.
Appel's velocity had been down of late, and now we know why. The former No. 1 overall pick posted a 1.64 ERA in April for Lehigh Valley but an 8.27 ERA in May, so the shoulder could have been bothering him for a few starts.
Maikel Franco (ankle) is back in the Phillies' lineup Friday.
Franco had to be pulled from Wednesday game after spraining his right ankle, but he's ready to roll after Thursday's off day. Franco is batting third and playing third base against Jon Lester and the Cubs.
Trevor Story was dropped from the second to the seventh spot in the Rockies' lineup in Thursday's win over the Red Sox.
DJ LeMahieu moved up to the No. 2 spot. Story has been slumping, although he hit a two-run homer Thursday from his new position in the lineup. It remains to be seen whether the change will stick, although the new alignment makes sense with LeMahieu offering more consistency and better on-base skills. Story obviously would lose a bit of fantasy value if he remains in the bottom-third of the order. "Trevor’s handled everything well," manager Walt Weiss said. "He’s a great kid and he’s having a great year. I told him, ‘This isn’t punishment because you are not doing something you are supposed to be doing. It has nothing to do with that.’ This is just me trying to stir things up a little bit."
Yovani Gallardo (shoulder) will throw a simulated game on Saturday.
Gallardo was cleared to face hitters after getting through a 30-pitch bullpen session Wednesday with no issues. It's possible he'll be cleared to begin a rehab assignment after the simulated game, although that hasn't been decided yet. "We’re hoping that [simulated game Saturday] goes well, and if that goes well, we’ve got to decide whether he needs to do that one more time or he goes out [for a rehab stint]," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
White Sox sent OF Daniel Fields outright to Triple-A Charlotte.
He's now off the 40-man roster. Fields, who the White Sox claimed off waivers back in February, is hitting only .216/.311/.267 at Charlotte this season.
Royals signed INF Steve Tolleson to a minor league contract.
They wanted to add some infield depth in the organization following Mike Moustakas' (knee) season-ending injury. Tolleson has hit just .245/.299/.372 across parts of four big league seasons and has two hits in 20 at-bats at the Triple-A level this year.
Jonathan Villar went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored to help the Brewers take out the Braves 6-2 on Thursday.
If he's not doing it with his legs, he's doing it with his stick, as evidenced by Thursday's solo dinger. The homer was his second of the season to give him 16 RBI, and he's got 21 runs scored through Thursday's game. More importantly, Villar has 15 steals to lead the National League, and his .295/.392/.416 line is all gravy as well.