Pirates recalled INF Brent Morel from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Morel has struggled mightily in his brief time with the Buccos this season, slashing a paltry/.143/.182/.190. He will function as extra infield depth for the remainder of the season, but holds no fantasy value.
Pirates optioned LHP Jeff Locke to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Nothing to read too much into, as Locke will surely rejoin the Pirates rotation once rosters expand in September. This was done merely as a procedural move to allow for an extra bench player for the next couple of days.
Royals optioned INF Christian Colon to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
Colon was sent back out to make room on the active roster for Jayson Nix who was claimed off waivers from the Pirates. He's expected to rejoin the Royals at some point in early September.
Joakim Soria (oblique) is scheduled to throw off flat ground once again on Saturday.
Soria has begun to progress in his recovery from a strained oblique, but still isn't close to returning to the Tigers bullpen. His chances of usurping the closer's role from Joe Nathan are dwindling with each passing day.
Anthony Rizzo (back) remains out of the Cubs starting lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.
Rizzo was pulled from Tuesday's game due to tightness in his lower back and has yet to progress enough to return to the lineup. Chris Valaika will once again draw the start at first base in his place.