Jose Reyes (intercostal) is doubtful for Friday.
Reyes was diagnosed with a Grade 1 intercostal strain on Tuesday afternoon and is still dealing with some discomfort. Mets manager Terry Collins said he's not considering a disabled list stint at this point because the club has a string of games in American League parks next week. That would allow Reyes to DH, but it does seem like an odd strategy considering the veteran infielder suffered the injury on a swing.
Yankees RHP prospect Brady Lail fanned six hitters over seven shutout frames Wednesday in a win for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
He scattered three hits and one walk while throwing 53 of his 72 pitches for strikes. The right-hander has now allowed just one earned run over his last four starts. Lail has looked right at home since his promotion to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, compiling a solid 3.69 ERA over 10 Triple-A appearances. The 22-year-old has relied heavily on contact this year, which could cause him trouble when he eventually reaches the major leagues.
Yoenis Cespedes is out of the Mets' lineup Thursday because he had a flareup with his quad.
Cespedes missed a chunk of time earlier this month with a quad strain, and now it's rearing its ugly head again. Consider him day-to-day for now. Alejandro De Aza is in left field and Juan Lagares is in center field on Thursday afternoon against the Rockies.
Yoenis Cespedes is out of the Mets' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Rockies.
Alejandro De Aza is in left field and Juan Lagares is in center in the series opener versus Colorado. This is just a day of maintenance for Cespedes, who slugged a two-run homer on Wednesday against the Cardinals.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Royals are trying to package Ian Kennedy in a Wade Davis trade, with the Dodgers "a strong match."
Los Angeles badly wants Davis, as reported earlier by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, and the club has deep enough pockets to comfortably take on what remains on the ill-advised five-year, $70 million free agent contract that Kennedy received this winter from Kansas City. Kennedy has been a big disappointment in his first year with the Royals, currently holding a 4.41 ERA through 20 starts. He could eat some innings for a contender, but that's probably about it.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles are "trying hard" for Andrew Cashner.
Baltimore badly needs rotation help -- Ubaldo Jimenez and his 7.38 ERA are starting Thursday against the Twins -- and Cashner is almost certain to be dealt somewhere by the August 1 trade deadline. Rosenthal says the O's are not necessarily the front-runner for the 29-year-old right-hander, with the Rangers, Marlins, and Giants also lurking. Cashner, an impending free agent, owns a 4.76 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 67/30 K/BB ratio in 79 1/3 innings this season.
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cardinals are "said to have looked at Joe Smith."
St. Louis is on a wide-reaching search for relief help with Trevor Rosenthal falling apart this summer. Smith isn't the most exciting name on the market and he owns an underwhelming 4.08 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, and 24/13 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings this season. The 32-year-old impending free agent right-hander should come rather cheap.
Blue Jays signed C Erik Kratz to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Buffalo.
Kratz was designated for assignment by the Pirates on July 19 and elected to become a free agent a few days alter. He was 6-for-56 (.107) in Pittsburgh and is no more than a depth signing for the Blue Jays.