Marlins acquired RHP Victor Araujo from the Dodgers in the three-team, 13-player Mat Latos trade.
Araujo joins fellow minor league pitchers Jeff Brigham and Kevin Guzman in moving from the Dodgers to the Marlins. Araujo, a 22-year-old Dominican right-hander, is sporting an underwhelming 5.40 ERA in 50 innings this season at High-A. Though he has missed bats pretty consistently throughout his minor league career. There seems to be some upside here for the Fish.
Jonathan Papelbon tossed a scoreless ninth in Thursday afternoon's 1-0 win over the Marlins, locking down his first save since being traded from the Phillies on June 28.
Everything went according to plan. Former closer Drew Storen entered in the eighth inning and struck out two of the three batters he faced, then handed the 1-0 lead over to Papelbon, who worked a scoreless final frame while striking out one. Storen might not be happy about losing his job, but if he can set aside his personal feelings, the Nationals' new combination for the eighth and ninth could be lethal. Prior to the trade, Paps was pitching to a 1.59 ERA and 40/8 K/BB ratio over 39 2/3 innings. He's now a perfect 18-for-18 in save chances between his two teams.
Ichiro Suzuki went 0-for-3 with a walk in Thursday afternoon's loss to the Nationals.
Ichiro--and the Marlins in general--couldn't do much of anything against Nationals starter Max Scherzer on Thursday. The 0-for-3 dropped the veteran outfielder's season-slash to an unimpressive .246/.300/.289. He's amassed just five extra-base hits to this point.
Reds recalled RHP Keyvius Sampson from Triple-A Louisville.
Sampson has registered a 3.38 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, and 74/46 K/BB ratio in 82 2/3 innings this season between Double-A and Triple-A. He is obviously not fantasy relevant.
Reds recalled LHP David Holmberg from Triple-A Louisville.
Holmberg will start for the Reds on Thursday night against the Marlins. The 24-year-old left-hander has posted some rather underwhelming numbers this season in the minors and shouldn't be considered a fantasy option.
Christian Yelich went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and a stolen base in Thursday afternoon's loss to the Nationals.
Yelich was the offensive star for the Marlins on Thursday. Which isn't saying much. His two singles represented 66% of the team's hit output on the day. That's three total hits by the Marlins, if you're not into math. Max Scherzer will do that to you. Yelich also stole his 10th base of the season in the contest. He's hitting just .267/.343/.360 with five homers, 23 RBI and 34 runs scored this season, but if you need somebody to slap singles off Max Scherzer, you've found your guy. Joking aside, Yelich's raised his triple-slash from a watery .217/.279/.296 mark in June and has value in deeper mixed leagues.
Reds optioned C Kyle Skipworth to Double-A Pensacola.
Skipworth was only in the majors for a couple of days and went hitless in four plate appearances. The 25-year-old has shown some offensive promise this season at the Double-A level, but he's not much of a prospect.
Reds placed RHP Nate Adcock on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.
It's not clear when the injury happened or how severe it is. Adcock had allowed 12 earned runs in 18 innings (13 relief appearances) this season for the Reds.