Brandon Morrow
Padres SP Brandon Morrow said he feels good after simulated game
Brandon Morrow, SP, SD
10:18 PM
News: Padres pitcher Brandon Morrow threw 45 pitches during a simulated game Thursday and he said the outing went well, reports MLB.com.

"It felt good,'' Morrow said. "It's all been positive."

Morrow tossed three 15-pitch innings during the simulated game and manager Bud Black was pleased with what he saw from Morrow.

"I thought he did well," Black said."I thought his stuff, in a situation like this, was really good. His fastball had some good life to it and his secondary pitches had sharpness, his changeup was good."

Morrow is on the 15-day DL with right shoulder inflammation, but he said the shoulder is feeling good.

"This is the best [my shoulder] has felt all year,'' Morrow said.

If he does not suffer any setbacks over the weekend, Morrow could begin pitching in rehabilitation games next week.

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Jonathan Lucroy
Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy collects one hit in rehab assignment game
Jonathan Lucroy, C, MIL
10:12 PM
News: Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy went 1 for 3 at the plate during a rehab assignment game Thursday with the team's Class A affiliate.

Lucroy is on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured big toe. He has not played since April 20. He is expected to play three more rehab games before returning to the team.

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Gregory Polanco
Pirates OF Gregory Polanco trying to gain consistency
Gregory Polanco, RF, PIT
9:59 PM
News: With Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco hitting just .242 with one home run in 2015, Polanco said he's trying to find consistency in his game in the hopes of producing more at the plate, reports MLB.com.

"That's where my focus is right now," Polanco said. "Just trying to be me and do what I can do and not try to do too much."

Polanco is in his full season in the big leagues and general manager Neal Huntington said Polanco needs to rely more on his natural ability.

"Our [coaches] are working hard to get him back to just trusting his abilities, because he has the ability to play up here," Huntington said.

Polanco has particular trouble with left-handed pitching. He is hitting .173 against southpaws, but he plans to overcome his struggles.

"I know I'm going to be as I've always been. In the Minor Leagues, I hit the good lefties," Polanco said. "I'm going to get it. I just have to keep working at it every day and trust what I'm working on."

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Jameson Taillon
Pirates SP Jameson Taillon dealing with cut on heel
Jameson Taillon, SP, PIT
9:44 PM
News: Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon sustained a cut on his left heel, which altered his running and pitching schedule, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Taillon was able to continue to throw after suffering the cut. He is trying to recover from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent in April 2014.

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Jake Peavy
Giants SP Jake Peavy (back) not quite ready to return
Jake Peavy, SP, SF
9:26 PM
News: Although Giants pitcher Jake Peavy was able to throw 76 pitches in a rehab start Wednesday, manager Bruce Bochy said Peavy is not ready to return just yet, reports CSNBayArea.com.

"He got his work in," Bochy said. "He'll have at least a couple more outings and we'll see where he's at. He came out of it fine, he's healthy."

Peavy is on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury. He is 0-2 with a 9.39 ERA in two starts this season. He last pitched April 17.

"Results are nice, I'm not going to say that's not something we look at," Bochy said. "It gives us a measuring stick of where he's at, but the more important thing is he comes out of it and he feels good."

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Jarrod Saltalamacchia
Report: Diamondbacks to bring up C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, ARI
7:34 PM
News: The Diamondbacks are set to promote veteran catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia from Triple-A Reno, a source has told MLB.com.

Saltalamacchia hasn't exactly been tearing it up. He is 6-for-32 with Reno, but has three hits and four RBI in his last two starts.

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Rob Wooten
Brewers remove Rob Wooten from 40-man roster
Rob Wooten, RP, MIL
7:27 PM
News: The Brewers removed pitcher Rob Wooten from their 40-man roster Thursday, reports MLBDailyDish.com.

Wooten will head to the team's Triple-A affiliate. He has produced a 12.00 ERA in six innings of work this season.

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Todd Cunningham
Braves LF Todd Cunningham gets nod over Gomes on Thursday
Todd Cunningham, LF, ATL
6:37 PM
News: Braves left fielder Todd Cunningham will bat seventh and play left field in Thursday's game at San Francisco, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Cunningham gets the start over Jonny Gomes. It his first start since May 24. Cunningham will go against right-handed pitcher Chris Heston, who he has never faced in his career. Cunningham is hitting .077 with one RBI in his last three starts.

The Braves are the underdogs (+135) at San Francisco on Thursday.

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Yasmani Grandal
Dodgers C Yansmani Grandal collects three hits during rehab assignment
Yasmani Grandal, C, LAD
6:07 PM
News: Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal went 3 for 10 during three rehab games in Triple-A, reports TrueBlueLA.com.

Grandal is on the 7-day concussion disabled list and he is expected back Saturday. He was the designated hitter during the assignment.

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Jordy Mercer
Pirates SS Jordy Mercer benched for battle against Padres
Jordy Mercer, SS, PIT
5:42 PM
News: Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer has shown signs of emerging from a slump that had extended from the second week of the season, but he will not get a chance to give further proof Thursday night against the host Padres. He is out of the lineup.

Mercer ended his modest hit streak at three with an 0-for-3 performance Wednesday. He had played in four straight games and was on a 4-for-8 resurgence after sitting in six of his previous seven.

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