Jerad Eickhoff suffered his seventh loss of the season on Saturday, allowing four runs on eight hits over his six frames against the Cubs.
Eickhoff racked up seven strikeouts on the afternoon while walking only one. The Cubs jumped on him right out of the gate, with Dexter Fowler blasting a leadoff home run in a two-run first inning. The young right-hander will look for better results next time out when he does battle against the Brewers at home on Thursday.
Michael Lorenzen (elbow) successfully threw live batting practice on Friday and is expected to toss a pair of innings in extended spring training in the very near future.
Lorenzen sprained his right ulnar collateral ligament in spring, and this represents the most meaningful step in his rehab program. Although it's unclear whether he'll return as a starter or a reliever, fantasy owners should remain patient. He posted a 5.40 ERA in 113 1/3 innings a year ago, after all, and had both walk and home-run issues.
Giants recalled RHP Chris Stratton from Triple-A Sacramento.
The 25-year-old right-hander will replace injured Matt Cain (hamstring) in the Giants' starting rotation, both physically and statistically. Stratton had compiled a 6.02 ERA in 51 1/3 innings for Triple-A Sacramento with just 36 strikeouts. How Cain-like, indeed.
Giants placed RHP Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring injury.
It's been a few years since Cain has been fantasy relevant -- which makes this trip to the disabled list rather harmless -- but it still affects owners in deeper leagues or NL-onlies. Cain owns a 5.20 ERA with only a 6.37 K/9. Even when he returns, it's best to avoid him, if possible.
Dodgers recalled RHP Casey Fien from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
The right-hander is active and in uniform for Saturday's game against the Mets. He's taking the roster spot of Julio Urias who was optioned back to Triple-A on Saturday. Fien registered a 7.90 ERA, 1.76 WHIP and 12/3 K/BB ratio over 13 2/3 innings before he was cut by the Twins earlier in the season.
Rangers optioned INF/OF Joey Gallo to Triple-A Round Rock.
Gallo was with the club for just a couple of days as an extra bat, and he saw just one at-bat during his stay. He'll head back to Round Rock where he'll undoubtedly crush Triple-A pitching until he is needed once more.
Rangers activated RHP Yu Darvish from the 15-day disabled list.
He'll make his long anticipated season debut on Saturday against the Pirates. Darvish, who looked electric on his minor league rehab assignment, will be limited to 85-90 pitches in his first outing.
Denard Span was scratched from the Giants starting lineup on Saturday due to a bruised right hip.
Span is still dealing with a bit of soreness from crashing into the outfield wall earlier in the week, so manager Bruce Bochy felt he could get him a day off now that Hunter Pence had returned. Span should be back in the lineup on Sunday.