Andrew Cashner (shoulder) threw a 31-pitch bullpen session on Sunday afternoon at Turner Field.
"I kinda surprised myself with my command," Cashner said after the workout. "It was coming out good." He threw only fastballs and changeups, and is still a long way from returning to the Padres' starting rotation. But it was a significant step in the right direction. The right-hander has been out since late June with a shoulder injury.
Mike Adams (shoulder) hopes to begin throwing off a mound during the first week of August.
Adams, who's been out since June 7 with fraying in his right shoulder labrum, was recently transferred to the 60-day disabled list. The right-hander could return in late August if he's able to avoid setbacks, but he admitted to reporters Sunday that he won't be 100 percent. Adams holds a $6 million club option for next season.
According to MLB.com's Thomas Harding, the Pirates have interest in Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins.
The Bucs are looking for some easy and inexpensive ways to upgrade their bullpen, and the 41-year-old Hawkins fits that mold. He has posted a 3.09 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 35 innings this season out of the Colorado bullpen on a salary of just $2.25 million. Hawkins also carries a $2.25 million club option for the 2015 campaign.
FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Giants "remain interested" in trading for Ben Zobrist.
The Giants don't exactly have a loaded farm system and gave up two good young pitchers to acquire Jake Peavy last week, but it seems they're ready to go all-in (so to speak) as they try to keep pace with the Dodgers in the National League West. Zobrist, 33, has hit .268/.358/.409 in 403 plate appearances this season for Tampa Bay. He could play all around the field for San Francisco.
Carlos Gonzalez (ankle) entered Sunday's loss to the Pirates in the top of the sixth inning.
That's a good sign for CarGo's ankle, which he rolled in a pregame workout on Saturday. The 28-year-old outfielder should be in the Rockies' lineup Monday in Chicago.
Carl Crawford delivered an RBI triple and scored a run as the Dodgers topped the Giants 4-3 on Sunday night.
Crawford, who is penciled in as the everyday left fielder for the time being, is in the midst of a disappointing season, hitting .242/.278/.360 with four homers, 20 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 55 games.
Kenley Jansen racked up his 30th save of the season in style on Sunday, fanning all three Dodgers hitters that he faced.
The flame-throwing right-hander has made good on 30 of his 33 save chances on the season while compiling a 3.24 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 66/12 K/BB ratio over 41 2/3 innings. He hasn't allowed a run in his last 12 outings and remains one of the finest stoppers in the game today.
Hyun-Jin Ryu picked up his 12th victory of the season on Sunday, allowing three runs on six hits over his six innings of work.
Ryu racked up seven strikeouts on the night while walking just one. The Giants got to him for single runs in the third, fourth and fifth inning, the last one on a solo blast off the bat of Buster Posey. The supersized southpaw will carry a 3.44 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 105/23 K/BB ratio into next weekend’s start against the Cubs.