Dodgers top pitching prospect Julio Urias will make his major league debut Friday against the Mets.
Here we go. Urias has been regarded as one of the top young pitching talents in baseball since age 16 and he will debut Friday night at Citi Field at the age of 19. The left-hander was sporting a dominant 1.10 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, and 44/8 K/BB ratio through 41 innings this season at Triple-A Oklahoma City. He'll be filling in Friday for Alex Wood, who has been scratched due to left triceps tightness. It's not clear what the plan is beyond Friday's game.
Welington Castillo will get a day of rest Thursday.
Chris Herrmann is starting at catcher and batting sixth in the matinee versus Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole. Castillo should return to the lineup for Friday's series opener against the Padres. He has an .810 OPS, seven home runs, and 20 RBI in 36 games this season.
Jean Segura (head) is in the Diamondbacks' starting lineup Thursday against the Pirates.
Segura was taken to a hospital in Pittsburgh and tested for a concussion Tuesday after getting plunked on the side of the batting helmet by a 96 mph Arquimedes Caminero fastball. He somehow managed to avoid a serious injury and will bat leadoff in his return to action Thursday afternoon versus Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole.
Francisco Cervelli is back in the Pirates' starting lineup Thursday versus the Diamondbacks.
Cervelli is in the middle of an ugly offensive slump and was granted back-to-back days of mental and physical rest Tuesday and Wednesday. He will start behind the plate and bat sixth in his return to action Thursday afternoon against Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin. It's a 12:35 p.m. EDT start at PNC Park.
Asdrubal Cabrera (back) hopes to return for Friday's series opener versus the Dodgers.
Cabrera made an early exit from Wednesday's series finale against the Nationals after experiencing back spasms. "All of a sudden, it locked up on him downstairs as he was stretching," Mets manager Terry Collins said Wednesday night. "He says he feels fine and will be ready for Friday. I hope he is." Cabrera is batting .283/.335/.392 with three home runs and 17 RBI in 46 games this season for New York.
Aaron Blair is expected to return to the majors to start Saturday against the Marlins.
He would appear to be the best option at this point for the rebuilding Braves. Blair got lit up for nine runs over just 1 1/3 innings in his last start at the big league level and isn't worth the gamble in a standard mixed or NL-only fantasy league. The 24-year-old right-hander does have some long-term upside -- look to his 1.64 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 22 innings this season at Triple-A -- but there will be better streaming options available over the weekend.
Byron Buxton homered as part of a three-hit night on Wednesday at Triple-A Rochester.
Buxton has 17 hits over his last 10 games at the Triple-A level and is now batting .333/.394/.576 with five home runs and four stolen bases in 24 games since his late-April demotion. The dynamic center field prospect should be back in the majors within the next couple of weeks and seems poised for much better results in what will be his third cup of coffee. Buxton opened the 2016 season with a brutal .156/.208/.289 batting line in 49 plate appearances for Minnesota.
Leonys Martin (hamstring) only expects to miss a couple of games.
Martin was lifted from Wednesday's defeat of the Athletics after tweaking his left hamstring while running the bases in the bottom of the third inning. "They decided to take me out of the game to be smart," the hot-hitting center fielder said late Wednesday. "But I hope to be back in a few days. We've got a day off tomorrow and we'll see. This is the first time I've had this happen, but it'll be all right."