Hyun-Jin Ryu (glute) threw a bullpen session on Thursday.
It comes after he played catch the previous two days. The Dodgers have said that Ryu won't need a rehab assignment before returning, so he appears to be on track for activation on August 29, the first day he's eligible.
An MRI on Salvador Perez's right knee came back negative.
The Royals were never overly concerned that Perez had structural damage, and the exam has confirmed that the catcher will be fine. The All-Star catcher should be back in the lineup on Friday in Texas.
Pirates sent RHP Wirfin Obispo outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Obispo cleared waivers after being designated for assignment and will remain in the organization. He holds a 3.80 ERA with 45 strikeouts over 45 frames at the Triple-A level this season.
Stolmy Pimentel (ankle) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Altoona on Thursday.
Pimentel should be ready to go when his 15 days are up on August 29, though the Pirates might elect to wait until rosters expand to activate him. He's been out with a sprained right ankle.
Joey Votto (quad) remains without a timetable to return.
Updates on Votto's progress have been few and far between, which isn't a great sign. The first baseman has yet to resume baseball activities and on Thursday didn't offer any clues as to how far along he is. "So the second I’m capable of playing and I’m no longer injured, I’ll be back on the field," Votto said. "In the meantime, you can assume I’m injured." With the Reds rapidly falling out of playoff contention, the probability of Votto eventually being shut down for the season would seem to be rising.