Billy Hamilton is not in the Reds' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon versus the Pirates.
Chris Heisey is getting the start in center field. Hamilton has hit safely in seven of his last eight games, tallying seven stolen bases in that span. The 23-year-old speedster should be back in action Friday in Atlanta.
Athletics shortstop prospect Daniel Robertson hit his second home run of the season on Wedneday as part of a 3-for-5 night for High-A Stockton.
Robertson is hitting .325/.409/.481 for the year, but is stuck behind Addison Russell on the Athletics minor league depth chart. He has a high baseball IQ and could hit .300 with 5-10 home runs if he gets consistent playing time. His likely role may be a very good utility infielder who ends up with 400 plate appearances at the end of the season.
Bobby Abreu is starting in right field for the Mets in Thursday's series-finale against the Cardinals.
Curtis Granderson will take a seat. It's the first major league start for Abreu since July 25, 2012.
Pirates recalled RHP Brandon Cumpton from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Cumpton will make a spot start Thursday against the Reds. He's filling in for Wandy Rodriguez, who landed on the disabled list earlier this week with a knee injury. Cumpton was off to a pretty good start this year at Triple-A and is worth a try in NL-only fantasy leagues.
Pirates optioned RHP Jared Hughes to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Hughes was up in the majors for only a couple of days and pitched a scoreless inning in his lone relief appearance. The right-hander should get another look soon.
Yankees prospect second baseman Angelo Gumbs went 3-for-4 with a triple for High-A Tampa on Wednesday.
He is hitting .342/.360/.411 for the season with two doubles and a triple. Gumbs does not walk much and has shown minimal power, but he has extremely quick hands that could turn him into a .300 hitter with 10-15 home run power in the major leagues. His prospect status has taken a major hit due to poor performance over the past years, so Gumbs will have to keep hitting to have a chance to reach Yankee Stadium.
Red Sox right-handed pitching prospect Matt Barnes is set to make his 2014 debut on Friday against the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings.
Barnes is scheduled to throw around 75 pitches. He projects as a solid mid-rotation starter with a lot of strikeouts and too many walks.
Astros prospect right-hander Mark Appel lasted only 2 1/3 innings on Wednesday, allowing six hits, three runs, and one walk while striking out two batters for High-A Lancaster.
While the scoreboard had Appel nearing triple digits with his fastball, scouts at the game had him sitting 89-91, which is below the mid-90s heat usually employed by Appel. Sometimes decreased velocity is a product of an injury and other times the pitcher has an off night. The Astros have yet to release any information.