Danny Santana (knee) will begin a rehab assignment at High-A Fort Myers this weekend.
It's good news for the Twins as they head into the All-Star break. Assuming all goes well during the rehab assignment, Santana seems likely to be ready for activation at the beginning of the second half. Santana was batting .328/.366/.448 batting line with two homers, 16 RBI and six steals over 37 games before suffering a left knee bone bruise.
Homer Bailey (knee) is expected to make his first start after the All-Star break.
Bailey exited Thursday's contest with pain in his right patellar tendon, but he's expected to be fine. "The timing's good. We can put him on the back end of the rotation coming out of the All-Star break," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "It sounds like he should be good to go by that time."
All-Star Scott Kazmir blanked the Giants for seven innings, striking out nine, in a victory Thursday.
Kazmir allowed just three hits for the second straight start. It's the fifth time this year that he's pitched at least five innings and allowed no more than three hits. Only Chris Young, with seven such outings, has more among American League starters.
Justin Morneau has been selected as the final participant for the National League in next week's Home Run Derby.
Morneau lost out to Anthony Rizzo in the Final Vote, but he'll at least get to go back to Minnesota in another capacity. The Rockies' first baseman is a former Derby champ, having won the year Josh Hamilton put on a show at Yankee Stadium. Morneau is joined by teammate Troy Tulowitzki, Todd Frazier, Yasiel Puig and Giancarlo Stanton in the NL. The American League will go with Jose Bautista, Adam Jones, Brian Dozier, Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Donaldson.
Tim Hudson was tagged for six runs in 5 1/3 innings by the A's on Thursday.
Hudson picked the Giants over his original team as a free agent over the winter, causing the A's to sign Scott Kazmir instead. All parties are probably happy with the way things worked out. Hudson, while struggling some of late, has gone 7-6 with a 2.87 ERA in San Francisco.
Stephen Vogt had two hits and three RBI versus the Giants on Thursday.
Vogt isn't doing a whole lot of catching, but he is playing regularly of late, giving him value as a second catcher in mixed leagues. He's 16-for-35 (.457) in his last 10 games.
Josh Donaldson has been named the final participant for the American League in next week's Home Run Derby.
Donaldson gets selected after cranking his 20th homer of the season in Thursday's win over the Giants. He'll join captain Jose Bautista, Adam Jones, Brian Dozier and teammate Yoenis Cespedes. The National League will be going with Troy Tulowitzki, Yasiel Puig, Todd Frazier and Giancarlo Stanton.
Buster Posey went 0-for-4 in Thursday's loss and is 6-for-34 with two RBI so far this month.
Posey hit .362 in June, but he's back slumping again now. He's scored just one run in his last 16 games, and he hasn't homered since June 14. If the Giants are ever going to pull out of their funk, it will be up to Posey to lead the way.