Anthony Rizzo is not in the Cubs' starting lineup on Thursday night against the Dodgers.
Rizzo missed nearly three weeks between late August and mid-September with a back injury, and the Cubs are planning to rest him every other day down the stretch as to avoid a re-injury. Mike Olt is starting at first base on Thursday versus Los Angeles.
David Ortiz is back in the Red Sox starting lineup on Thursday night versus the Pirates.
Ortiz was away from the Red Sox for much of this week due to a private family emergency. He is starting at first base for Boston on Thursday at PNC Park.
Rusney Castillo is not in the Red Sox starting lineup Thursday night against the Pirates.
Castillo will get a day off after netting one infield single in four at-bats Wednesday in his major league debut. The 27-year-old will be eased along over these final 10 games. Jackie Bradley Jr. is starting in center field on Thursday in Pittsburgh.
According to Marc Carig of Newsday, the Mets are sending three scouts to the Dominican Republic for Yasmani Tomas' showcase on Sunday.
Just about every team in baseball is expected to send a representative to the workout. Tomas defected from his native Cuba in June and was cleared for employment in the United States last week by the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. The 23-year-old corner outfielder could command more than $100 million.
Nationals claimed INF Pedro Florimon off waivers from the Twins.
Florimon is a .204/.266/.300 career hitter in 692 career plate appearances at the major league level, but he is athletic enough to play all around the infield. The Nats designated outfielder Eury Perez for assignment to open up a 40-man roster spot.