Brewers claimed LHP Michael Kirkman off waivers from the Padres.
Kirkman was designated for assignment by San Diego earlier this week to clear a roster spot for Alex Dickerson. Kirkman had allowed four runs on six hits in 1 1/3 innings of work for the Padres and he owns a 5.25 ERA and 1.49 WHIP over 108 career major league frames. It's no more than an organizational depth addition for Milwaukee.
Billy Hamilton (thumb) is back in the Reds' starting lineup Thursday against the Brewers.
Hamilton has been in and out of the Reds' lineup over the last couple of weeks because of a jammed left thumb. The 25-year-old center fielder was able to serve as a late-inning defensive replacement on Wednesday night and he will bat second Thursday versus Brewers right-hander Chase Anderson.
Matt Holliday will get a day off Thursday.
Just a routine day of maintenance for the veteran outfielder. Brandon Moss will start in left and bat third in the matinee versus Phillies right-hander Jerad Eickhoff.
Randal Grichuk is getting the day off Thursday.
Jeremy Hazelbaker will start in center field and hit sixth versus Phillies right-hander Jerad Eickhoff. Grichuk came into the 2016 season with lofty expectations, but he's batting just .186/.268/.384 in 26 games.
Aledmys Diaz is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Phillies.
Diaz finally got to hit higher than seventh on Wednesday night, serving as the Cardinals' leadoff man in a 5-4 victory, but he'll take a day of rest Thursday versus Phillies right-hander Jerad Eickhoff. Ruben Tejada is playing shortstop and batting eighth.
Ryan Howard is out of the Phillies' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Cardinals.
Howard has homered in two straight games, further bolstering his excellent career numbers in his hometown of St. Louis, but he'll be on the bench in Thursday's series finale with the Cardinals throwing left-hander Jaime Garcia. Darin Ruf is starting at first base and batting cleanup in the matinee game.
Maikel Franco is getting a day off Thursday.
The young third baseman is in a 2-for-22 slump, so he'll take a day of mental and physical rest in Thursday afternoon's series finale in St. Louis. Andres Blanco is starting at the hot corner and batting third versus Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia.
Cory Luebke (hamstring) earned a three-inning save in a rehab appearance Wednesday at Triple-A Indianapolis.
Those three innings were scoreless and Luebke struck out four. The left-hander has been on the disabled list since April 14 because of a right hamstring strain. He should return to the Bucs' bullpen soon, or at least that should be an option soon. Pittsburgh could officially option the oft-injured Luebke to the minors once his rehab assignment has concluded.