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.
Tyler Flowers hit a two-run home run in a loss to the Brewers on Thursday.
Flowers, batting cleanup, got the Braves on the board early with the two-run jack off Brewers starter Wily Peralta. The backstop has split time with A.J. Pierzynski this season but has been representative when in the lineup, hitting .269/.360/.372 with two homers and 10 RBI in 25 games.
Hernan Perez had a pinch-hit, two-run triple Thursday against the Braves.
Perez made a two-run game into a four-run game with his triple in the ninth inning, his first three-bagger of the year. The 25-year-old has been used sparingly by Brewers manager Craig Counsell this season but has posted a .291/.339/.509 line with three home runs and five steals in 55 at-bats. Given the current state of the squad, perhaps it's time to give Perez some more run to see what he can do with regular playing time.
Ryan Braun hit his ninth home run of the year in Thursday's win over the Braves.
Braun belted a solo shot off Braves starter Matt Wisler in the fifth inning. He continues to produce when on the field, owning a .361/.427/.599 line with 30 RBI and 23 runs scored in 39 games. Staying between the white lines has been the tricky part, but his back seems to be feeling better and he should be ridden hard by fantasy owners while in the lineup.
Matt Wisler turned in a quality start Thursday against the Brewers, allowing three runs over six innings in a loss.
Wisler struck out seven while walking two, but it was a two-run single by opposing starter Wily Peralta and a solo home run by Ryan Braun that saddled him with the loss. Despite the outcome, the quality start was Wisler's fifth in a row, and he's now struck out seven in each of his last three outings. The 23-year-old will carry a respectable 3.08 ERA and 1.03 WHIP into Tuesday's start against the Giants.