There is no timetable for when Josh Hamilton (knee) will resume baseball activities.
Hamilton was pulled off his rehab assignment after just one game after feeling soreness in his surgically-repaired left knee. He's been given a cortisone shot and is working out at the Texas Metroplex Institute in Arlington. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels conceded that it's unlikely Hamilton will ever be 100 percent healthy again. "I don’t think that’s anybody’s expectation at this point. It’s more about getting to a level where he’s comfortable playing on it," he said.
Nationals optioned OF Matt den Dekker to Triple-A Syracuse.
He's clearing space for the return of Ben Revere (oblique) from the disabled list. Den Dekker has hit .194/.265/.323 over 34 plate appearances with the big club this season.
Nationals activated OF Ben Revere from the 15-day disabled list.
Revere missed a little over a month of action with a strained right oblique. He's back in center field and leading off for the Nationals on Friday against the Cubs and John Lackey.
Justin Bour (finger) is hoping to return to the Marlins' lineup sometime over the weekend.
Bour suffered a dislocated left pinkie finger on Tuesday while diving back into second base. He was examined by a hand specialist on Thursday and it sounds like he could be cleared to return to action as soon as Friday. Bour is hitting .276/.341/.461 with three homers so far this season.
Jason Heyward (wrist) is back in the Cubs' lineup Friday.
Heyward missed four starts with a sore right wrist, although he replaced Dexter Fowler during Thursday's game after Fowler was ejected. The 26-year-old is hitting just .207/.311/.250 so far this season. The Cubs also have Javier Baez at shortstop and Tommy La Stella at third base Friday, with Addison Russell and Jorge Soler on the bench and Kris Bryant in left field.