Robbie Ray dropped to 8-15 after giving up five runs in 4 2/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Nationals.
Ray finishes with an 11.25 K/9 IP, which ranks 21st all-time among pitchers to qualify for the ERA title. Unfortunately, he also finishes with a 4.90 ERA, which is the third highest mark ever for a pitcher with 200 strikeouts. Many will look at the strikeouts and label him as a 2017 breakthrough candidate. We're not quite as optimistic; he should be quite a bit better than this, but he doesn't project as a top-of-the-rotation guy.
X-rays on Mike Trout's left shoulder came back negative.
Trout exited Wednesday's game against the A's after being hit in the shoulder blade by a pitch, but he's expected to be fine. The hope is that he'll be ready to go on Friday versus the Astros.
Wilmer Difo hit his first big-league homer Thursday against the Diamondbacks.
Difo's first homer came in his 62nd major league at-bat. He was quite the disappointment in the minors this year, hitting just .259/.318/.354 as a 24-year-old in Double-A. He has speed and he can play both second and short, so he still profiles as a useful utilityman. Still, his chances of becoming a regular have taken a big hit.
Jean Segura is dealing with a cramp under his left rib cage.
Segura departed Thursday's game with the ailment. The D'Backs think he's going to be fine, but they'll see how he feels when he reports to the park Friday before knowing whether he'll be in the lineup.
Jesus Montero has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for dimethylbutylamine.
Montero has spent all of 2016 at Triple-A in the Blue Jays' organization, batting .317/.349/.438 with 11 homers. The former top prospect will turn 27 in November and his future in the majors is now looking as cloudy as ever.