Homer Bailey left his start Thursday afternoon against the Reds with an apparent injury.
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel suspects the Brewers will call up top pitching prospect Jimmy Nelson to start Saturday against the Cardinals.
Nelson was sharp in a spot start in late May against the Marlins and owns a lights-out 1.46 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 114/32 K/BB ratio over 111 innings this season at Triple-A Nashville. If he pitches well against second-place St. Louis, he could be up in the majors for good. The 25-year-old right-hander is worth grabbing in all standard mixed fantasy leagues.
ESPN's Jayson Stark hears that the Rockies want a "young impact starter" in return for Jorge De La Rosa.
Stark adds that the Rockies are "very unlikely" to find such a return given that De La Rosa owns a rough 4.75 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 18 starts this season and is set to become a free agent this winter. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday that the Orioles are "monitoring" the 33-year-old left-hander, but it doesn't sound like the two teams are going to be able to find a common ground for a trade. The O's would be taking a step backward if they moved one of their young pitching prospects for a mediocre rental.
Reds designated RHP Brett Marshall for assignment.
Marshall missed the first three months of the 2014 season with a finger injury and is now off the Reds' 40-man roster. The 24-year-old righty has a pedestrian 4.30 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 636 career minor league innings.
Carlos Beltran was diagnosed with two small facial fractures after Wednesday's batting practice mishap.
Beltran had to be scratched from the Yankees' starting lineup on Wednesday night after a ball that he hit ricocheted off the protective "L" screen and struck him in the face. "You don't expect that to happen when you're practicing," the veteran said late Wednesday. "I had a headache for the whole day. Now it's getting better. Hopefully tomorrow it will get better and I could be back soon."