Alex Gordon (wrist) will not participate in the All-Star Game.
Gordon was scratched from the Royals' lineup on Wednesday because of a sprained right wrist. The Royals are holding off on a DL decision for now, but we wouldn't be surprised if he misses the remainder of the first half at the very least.
Aroldis Chapman touched off a benches-clearing incident in Thursday's Cubs-Reds game after throwing some high-and-tight pitches during a scoreless ninth.
Chapman buzzed a couple of guys in a tie game, leading to much jawing in the Cubs dugout. Chapman tried to show the Cubs players up after the frame, smiling and waving his glove dismissively at that, and the jawing continued after Anthony Rizzo took his position at first base (near the Reds dugout) to begin the bottom of the ninth, leading to the incident. Chapman wasn't so much involved then, as Alfredo Simon instead thrust himself into the middle of the fracas. Fortunately, no punches were thrown and the series is now over, giving both sides some time to cool down.
Billy Hamilton was used as a pinch-hitter Thursday and flied out.
Hamilton didn't start because of a mild hamstring injury. He's still day-to-day.
Brandon Phillips will undergo left thumb surgery and is expected to miss around six weeks.
The exact nature of the injury isn't yet known, but it's apparently not as serious as Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, who is expected to miss 8-12 weeks following thumb surgery. The Reds figure to look to Ramon Santiago as their primary second baseman for now.
Brett Gardner (abdominal strain) is back in Thursday's lineup against the Indians.
Gardner was held out of Wednesday's lineup with a lower abdominal strain, but he apparently feels well enough to give it a go Thursday. The Yankees need some good news right now and this certainly qualifies.
Ryan Ludwick went 3-for-6 with a solo homer and two RBI against the Cubs on Thursday.
The homer was Ludwick's first in a month. He's been a part-time player of late, but not all that bad of one. Interestingly, he's hitting .383 and slugging .568 in 81 at-bats in day games this year, compared to .191 with a .301 slugging percentage in 136 at-bats in night games.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that Bud Norris is not an option to start on short rest Sunday against the Yankees.
Showalter previously floated the idea after Norris threw just four innings on Wednesday, but that's no longer an option. However, it's possible he could be available in relief.
Angels purchased the contract of RHP Drew Rucinski from Double-A Arkansas.
Rucinski, 25, has posted a solid 2.35 ERA and 85/28 K/BB ratio in 95 2/3 innings over 17 starts this season in Double-A. The Angels will likely use him in long relief for his first taste of the majors.