Joe Ross allowed one run over seven innings in a win over the Cardinals on Thursday.
Ross gave up a solo home run to Aledmys Diaz among his six hits allowed, but he otherwise kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard. Ross walked just one while striking out four. The win snapped a four-start losing streak, bringing him to an even 4-4 in nine starts. Ross will carry a 2.52 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 41/16 K/BB ratio into Tuesday's start at the Phillies.
Archie Bradley did not make his scheduled start Thursday for Triple-A Reno.
Zack Godley got the start in his place. It looks like Bradley will make his next start in the major leagues. There's a good chance this has something to do with Shelby Miller, who has struggled all year while dealing with finger discomfort. Miller was scheduled to start Sunday's game against the Padres. Bradley has dominated in the minors this year with five wins and a 1.99 ERA. He hasn't been as successful in the majors, collecting a 7.84 ERA in two spot starts for the Diamondbacks.
Matt Adams left Thursday's game against the Nationals with mid-back stiffness.
He went 1-for-2 with a single before exiting in the fifth inning. Brandon Moss, who began the game in left field, has moved to first base. Randal Grichuk came into play center field with Jeremy Hazelbaker moving from center to left. Adams will be reevaluated on Friday. Consider him day-to-day.
Yankees released OF Slade Heathcott.
That frees up a spot on the Yankees' 40-man roster. Heathcott hit just .230 in 23 games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and wasn't getting the call to New York anytime soon. He'll serve as minor league depth wherever he ends up.
Dodgers GM Andrew Friedman expects Julio Urias to balance time between the bullpen and the starting rotation this year.
Urias is a future top-of-the-rotation starter but the Dodgers understandably want to limit his workload in year one. "Julio is an extremely talented pitching prospect whose talent is a little bit ahead of his development," said Friedman. The Dodgers haven't decided if Urias will stick around after Friday's start against the Mets. Urias is starting in place of Alex Wood, who was scratched with forearm tightness.
Bryan Morris (back) acknowledged he might need surgery.
In fact, Morris went as far as to say that "surgery is the only option that can fix what is the issue." Manager Don Mattingly agreed that Morris' lumbar disc herniation probably isn't a "15-day thing." All signs are pointing to an extended absence for the 29-year-old.
Matt Boyd was scratched from his scheduled outing Thursday for Triple-A Toledo.
It looks like he's headed to Oakland to start Saturday against the Athletics. The Tigers need someone to fill in for Jordan Zimmermann, who is out with a groin injury. Boyd made one appearance for the Tigers earlier this season, scattering two hits over 4 2/3 shutout innings against Cleveland on April 24. He's registered a 2.06 ERA in eight starts for Toledo this year.
Drew VerHagen returned to Detroit for an MRI on Thursday.
Triple-A Toledo placed him on the disabled list with an undisclosed injury. VerHagen has a history of back issues, having missed most of the 2014 campaign with a stress fracture. We should know more on his status Friday. VerHagen was sent to the minors Sunday after posting a 7.11 ERA in his first 19 outings for Detroit.