Brandon Phillips (thumb) is not in the Reds' starting lineup Thursday afternoon versus the Cubs.
Phillips suffered a sprained left thumb while attempting to make a diving play on defense Wednesday night. The second baseman looked to be in a great deal of pain as he was helped off the field and could be held out until after the All-Star break. Ramon Santiago is starting at second for the Reds on Thursday against Chicago.
Mariners right-handed pitcher Taijuan Walker will make two starts for Triple-A Tacoma, and then return to the Mariners after the All-Star break.
Walker will only miss one major league start due to the demotion, and will be on track to start against the weak-hitting Mets in Safeco. If you can stash him on your roster over the All-Star break, it could be worth doing so.
Billy Hamilton (hamstring) is not in the Reds' starting lineup on Thursday versus the Cubs.
Hamilton tweaked a lingering left hamstring injury in his final at-bat Wednesday night. The speedy center fielder expects to be good to go in a couple of days. Chris Heisey is playing center and leading off Thursday.
Astros outfield prospect Teoscar Hernandez went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks, and a sacrifice fly for High-A Lancaster on Wednesday.
Hernandez is hitting .293/.378/.562 with 25 doubles, eight triples, and 16 home runs for the season, while also stealing 27 bases. He has the raw power to have 15-plus home runs while hitting .280 and playing an above-average center field, but is unlikely to reach the major leagues until late-2016.
Angels shortstop prospect Jose Rondon went 4-for-5 with two triples, a walk, and a stolen base for High-A Inland Empire on Wednesday.
Rondon is hitting .327/.363/.421 in the California League in 2014. His lack of power and below-average pitch recognition may prevent him from being more than a utility infielder, but he is an above-average defensive shortstop and can make consistent contact.
Rockies left-handed pitching prospect Kyle Freeland threw two scoreless innings for rookie-level Grand Junction on Wednesday.
Freeland, the eighth overall pick in the 2014 draft, scattered three singles while striking out two batters. The University of Evansville product has frontline potential, but could be moved to the bullpen if he is unable to succeed as a starter with his limited fastball/slider combination.
Giants left-handed pitching prospect threw five shutout innings for Triple-A Fresno on Wednesday, scattering three hits and four walks.
Two of the three hits were doubles, and opposing batters are now hitting .288/.346/.480 off him for the season. Escobar has a solid 8.0 K/9, but his control is still an issue and he was lucky Wednesday to avoid allowing a run. He projects as a back-end rotation option for the Giants.
Blue Jays outfield prospect Dalton Pompey went 2-for-4 with his first Double-A home run for Double-A New Hampshire on Wednesday.
Pompey has struggled in his introduction to Double-A pitching, putting up a brutal .083/.233/.139 line over his first 11 games. But the 21-year-old has been productive now in two straight. Pompey was hitting .319/.397/.471 for High-A Dunedin before his promotion. The primary knock on his game is that he may never develop power, but if he does, the speedy former 16th-rounder could become a special player.