Dee Gordon went hitless in his return to the lineup Thursday.
Gordon batted .257/.278/.343 in nine minor league games before being reinstated, so he's still probably knocking some of the rust off. In 22 games overall, Gordon is hitting .255/.277/.327, so he's really yet to get it going at all this year. That said, Gordon's speed is game-changing, and he should be in fantasy lineups for that factor alone.
Michael Wacha allowed three runs over six innings in Thursday's win over the Marlins.
It was an odd final line for Wacha, who surrendered just four hits without issuing a walk but struck out just two and exited after only 80 pitches. That was likely due in large part to the fact that the Marlins scored all three of their runs against him in the fifth inning, concerning manager Mike Matheny. Wacha improved to 6-7 with a 4.38 ERA and 1.40 WHIP with the win. He'll next take on the Reds in Cincinnati on Wednesday.
Jose Fernandez allowed five runs over five innings in a loss to the Cardinals on Thursday.
Fernandez gave up two home runs, a two-run shot to Aledmys Diaz and a solo blast to Matt Holliday, among his six hits allowed. On the plus side, he struck out nine, giving him 184 strikeouts in 125 2/3 innings this year. Fernandez is 12-5 with a 2.79 ERA and 1.05 WHIP ahead of another difficult test Tuesday against the Cubs.
Jon Jay has drawn considerable trade interest, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Aside from Wil Myers, no one is off-limits for the rebuilding Padres. Jay carries an impressive .296 average this year, though he's still recovering from a broken arm. As Rosenthal notes, players on the disabled list can be traded as long as they have the consent of the acquiring team. Jay hasn't begun a rehab assignment yet but he's hoping to be back in early August.
The Mets are expected to place Juan Lagares on the disabled list to make room for Brandon Nimmo on the active roster.
Lagares has been trying to play through a torn ligament in his left thumb but it's clear he isn't 100 percent. He's been holding off on surgery but that might have to be revisited given how little progress he's made. With Lagares and Yoenis Cespedes (quad) both banged up, the Mets could be in the market for an outfielder at the trade deadline.
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Joe Smith is drawing interest from the Cardinals, Indians, Mariners and Mets.
Cam Bedrosian's emergence as the primary setup man for Huston Street has made Smith somewhat expendable. With the Angels unlikely to make the postseason this year or anytime soon, dealing Smith for a prospect would be a good way to begin the rebuilding process. The 32-year-old hasn't been anything special this year (4.08 ERA in 36 appearances) but he has a proven track record and could be an asset for a contending team looking for bullpen depth.
Taiwan Walker (foot) is drawing strong trade interest, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
Nightengale didn't mention which teams were interested, though he did say there will be scouts on hand for Walker's bullpen session Friday at Wrigley Field. Walker pitched a simulated game on Wednesday and is close to returning from a foot injury. He could be a good fit for the Marlins who are looking to add a controllable starting pitcher. Walker won't hit free agency until 2021.
Mets recalled OF Brandon Nimmo from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPN.com believes the Mets are sending someone to the disabled list, though it doesn't appear to be Yoenis Cespedes (quad) or Jose Reyes (intercostal). Nimmo hit .389 in nine games for Las Vegas after his demotion. Cespedes has been limited to playing left field since his quad injury, so Nimmo will likely see most of his time in center.