Joey Rickard will have his right thumb re-examined on Monday to see if he can have a splint removed.
Rickard is showing signs that he's coming along from his torn thumb ligament ahead of schedule, but he'll need to be examined further before the Orioles decide whether to accelerate his rehab. He's currently a week into a 4-6 week timetable. "I’m hoping he gets out of that splint," manager Buck Showalter said. "[Head trainer Richie Bancells] said a lot of the swelling has just about managed it’s way out of there. That’s unusual. That’s moving along good."
Ramiro Pena (groin) struck out as a pinch-hitter in Thursday's loss to the Nationals.
Pena was listed from a game earlier this week after getting hit with a ball in the groin area. He'll be fine.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Marlins first base prospect Josh Naylor is among those going to the Padres in the Andrew Cashner/Colin Rea trade.
Naylor is arguably the Marlins' top prospect, as he was the only one represented in Baseball America's midseason ranking at No. 100. That's a big piece to give up for two starters who have under-performed this season, but Miami was obviously desperate for rotation help and willing to overpay. Naylor, 19, has batted .269/.317/.430 with nine homers and 10 steals at Low-A this season.
Shawn Kelley struck out the only batter he faced to pick up his fifth save of the season in Thursday's win over the Giants.
Jonathan Papelbon started the inning but was pulled after allowing a one-out single and walk. Oliver Perez came on to retire two of the three batters he faced while allowing one inherited runner to score. Kelley then finished things off with a strikeout of Angel Pagan. Nationals manager Dusty Baker was non-committal after the game when asked about his ninth-inning situation, but Kelley may now be the favorite for saves. Of course, there's a pretty decent chance the Nats will acquire a reliever over the weekend.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins are also receiving Colin Rea in the Andrew Cashner trade.
They wanted to acquire two starters at the deadline and have done it in one fell swoop. Like Cashner, Rea has had a shaky season with a 4.98 ERA over 99 1/3 innings. He's just 26 and is under team control through 2021 and the hope is that he'll develop into a solid back-end starter.