Phillies catching prospect Jorge Alfaro (ankle) made his return to game action by catching three innings with the Gulf Coast League Phillies on Thursday.
It's his first game since he suffered a significant ankle injury back in mid-June. Acquired from the Rangers in the Cole Hamels trade, Alfaro will likely play some fall and/or winter ball in order to make up for lost time. He should begin 2016 at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, with a major league debut likely later in the season.
Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said Thursday that he plans to play Aaron Altherr more going forward.
All five of Altherr's starts to this point have come against left-handers, but Mackanin will start giving the 24-year-old starts versus righties, as well. The means less playing time for Cody Asche and/or Domonic Brown. "Possibly less. Not eliminating them, but less," Mackanin said. "We want to see [Altherr]. He had a heck of a good year in the minor leagues, and we like what we see." Altherr is an intriguing deep league option if he can find regular playing time. He hit .293/.367/.487 with 14 home runs, 67 RBI and 16 stolen bases between Double- and Triple-A this season and has a couple longballs in his first seven games with Philly.
An MRI on Jacoby Ellsbury's hip confirmed that he's merely dealing with a bruise.
Ellsbury injured the hip on a dive Tuesday and then sat out Wednesday. The hope is that he'll return to action Friday, although it's not a given. "The MRI was to make sure there was nothing more," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "He has a contusion of the muscle. There are obviously worse things that (the MRI) could’ve showed."
MLB.com's Peter Gammons reports that the Orioles have placed Darren O'Day on revocable waivers.
Gammons says the waivers will expire on Friday. O'Day almost surely will be claimed, as he's making just $4.5 million this season and is in the midst of the best season of his career. The Orioles are still in the American League Wild Card race and seem unlikely to deal the reliever.
MLB.com's Peter Gammons reports that the Brewers have placed Francisco Rodriguez on revocable waivers.
Gammons notes that the waivers will expire on Friday, so he must have been placed on them a couple days ago. There will surely be interest in K-Rod, who has a very reasonable contract and is having a great season. Whether the Brewers will be able to work out a deal remains to be seen.