Pirates pitching prospect Chad Kuhl is expected to make his major league debut on Sunday versus the Dodgers.
The club has yet to reveal who will take Juan Nicasio's spot, but MLB.com's Adam Berry spotted Kuhl stretching on the field at PNC Park on Friday. The 23-year-old has put up a 2.58 ERA and 59/16 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings at Triple-A Indianapolis this season. Kuhl's upside is limited since he doesn't miss many bats, but he has great control and polish, which is surely why the Pirates chose him over the more dynamic but rough-around-the-edges Tyler Glasnow.
ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Angels "are listening" on Yunel Escobar and the Giants are "among the teams that have expressed interest."
It could indicate that the Giants aren't expecting Matt Duffy (Achilles) back anytime soon. It's no surprise that the Angels are willing to move Escobar, as they're already 16 games out of first place and don't seem likely to close that gap. Escobar is making $7 million this season and the Halos have a $7 million option on him for 2017.
Braves signed C/INF Jordan Pacheco to a minor league contract.
Pacheco was released by the Reds a couple days ago but didn't need much time to find another gig. He'll provide organizational depth at multiple positions.
Reds released RHP Steve Delabar.
He was outrighted off the 40-man roster a month ago and is now out of the organization. Delabar has missed bats but also walked a ton of batters both at Triple-A and in the majors this season, which is pretty typical of him.
Jayson Werth is not in the Nationals' lineup Friday.
He's just receiving a day off. Ben Revere has moved over to left field and Michael Taylor will start in center.