Rich Hill (finger) said that he will not be wearing a covering on his blistered left middle finger during Friday's bullpen session.
Friday will mark the first time Hill has attempted to throw the ball off the mound without a covering on his blister. He said that the skin on the effected area still feels thin, but hopes for it to thicken the more he pitches. He could start against the Indians on Sunday, though that will largely depend on how he feels after his bullpen.
Prince Fielder (neck) will undergo fusion surgery on Friday.
As was expected. This is a killer blow for the Rangers, but it is an even more troubling setback for the 32-year-old slugger, himself. Fielder already underwent a season-ending fusion surgery on his neck in 2014. With this new surgery upcoming, he will miss the remainder of the 2016 season at the very least. 2017 and beyond could be in doubt, too. His contract runs through 2020.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that Vance Worley will probably be skipped over in the rotation against the Blue Jays this weekend.
Per Showalter, Worley should be available out of the bullpen for the key weekend series between the two AL East contenders. Worley should feel comfortable enough there -- the 29-year-old right-hander has actually mostly pitched out of the pen this season, with 22 relief appearances compared to just four starts. Depending on how the Orioles want to play this, he could return to a starting role next week.
Justin Wilson earned his first career save in the Tigers' defeat of the Red Sox on Wednesday.
Francisco Rodriguez had the day off after going an inning on Tuesday and 1 1/3 innings on Monday. Wilson retired Xander Bogaerts, David Ortiz, and Jackie Bradley Jr. in order to make Miguel Cabrera's go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth inning fully stick. The left-hander holds a 3.46 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 47/6 K/BB ratio over 39 innings this season for Detroit.
Brewers recalled RHP Michael Blazek from Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Blazek earns the promotion with Jacob Barnes (elbow) landing on the disabled list. The situation was actually reversed back in June, when Barnes was called up to take the place of Blazek after the latter went down with an elbow injury of his own. There is no fantasy intrigue here, though, as the 27-year-old right-hander has pitched to a dreadful 5.87 ERA over 30 2/3 innings of previous relief work with the Brew Crew this season.
Miguel Cabrera launched a go-ahead solo homer in the top of the ninth inning to push the Tigers past the Red Sox 4-3 on Wednesday afternoon in Boston.
Cabrera pounced on Brad Ziegler with two outs in the top of the ninth to snap a 3-3 tie and secure a three-game sweep for the visiting Tigers. It was Cabrera's 21st home run of the season and the 14th go-ahead homer in the ninth inning or later in his 14-year major league career. Cabrera also had two singles in Wednesday's victory and he's now slashing .301/.382/.522 over 101 games this season.
Eduardo Rodriguez surrendered three earned runs over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Tigers.
Rodriguez walked three and gave up nine hits, so the damage could have been even worse. The left-hander has been pretty good overall since returning from Triple-A Pawtucket after the All-Star break and he'll have a slightly friendlier matchup next week in Seattle.
ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners have "reached out" to the Reds regarding Jay Bruce.
Crasnick reported on Tuesday that discussions regarding a Bruce trade have been picking up steam of late, with at least four teams showing legitimate interest in the slugger. This season, Bruce is hitting a stellar .271/.324/.567 with 24 homers and 78 RBI over 358 at-bats.