Manny Banuelos
Braves P Manny Banuelos gets another shot at starting Sunday
Manny Banuelos, SP, ATL
5:27 PM
News: The pounding Braves starter Manny Banuelos absorbed in his first outing since returning from an elbow injury has not prevented Fredi Gonzalez from keeping him in the rotation for now.

Gonzalez confirmed that Banuelos will start Sunday in Washington, but will be limited to about 70-75 pitches, per MLB.com.

Banuelos performed well during a three-week stint in July before going down. But he allowed three runs on six hits in just 2 2/3 innings Tuesday against Miami.

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Michael Taylor
Nationals' Taylor available off bench, but likely to get a few more days off
Michael Taylor, CF, WAS
5:12 PM
News: Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor still has some swelling in his knee as of Thursday and could be held out of the starting lineup for a few more days. He is available off the bench against the Braves, but manager Matt Williams said he needs to rest so the injury will heal.
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Andrew McCutchen
Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen (knee) only expected to miss one game
Andrew McCutchen, CF, PIT
5:07 PM
News: Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen received a day off Thursday against the Brewers to deal with a left knee injury, which manager Clint Hurdle said has been bothering the All-Star outfielder for 5-6 days.

"We’ve been talking about a day off for the past four or five days," Hurdle said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Last night, we decided today would be a good day off."

Hurdle added, however, he is only expecting McCutchen to miss one game. He said McCutchen will be in the lineup Friday unless he "misses the flight."

McCutchen is batting .382 (21 for 55) with two home runs, five doubles, eight RBI, eight runs, eight walks, 10 strikeouts and one stolen base in his last 15 games.

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Daniel Murphy
Mets' Daniel Murphy is day to day with mild left quad strain
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM
4:47 PM
News: Mets infielder Daniel Murphy has been diagnosed with a mild strain of his left quadriceps, the team announced Thursday. He is day to day heading into Friday's game against the Marlins.

Murphy suffered the injury Wednesday against the Phillies. He is mired in a 3-for-18 slump in his last six games. However, since Aug. 2, he is still hitting .324 with a .546 slugging percentage and .891 OPS in his last 26 games.

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Stephen Strasburg
Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg on track to face Mets next week
Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS
4:41 PM
News: Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg threw a successful bullpen session Thursday, manager Matt Williams said.

Strasburg will miss his scheduled start Friday against the Braves due to a back injury, but he remains on track to make his next start against the Mets, per MASNsports.com.

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Bryce Harper
Nationals OF Bryce Harper bounces back quickly from injury
Bryce Harper, RF, WAS
4:09 PM
News: Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was able to start Thursday against the Braves after being removed from Wednesday's game due to left glute tightness.

Harper is batting .370 (17 for 46) with one home run, six doubles, five RBI, nine runs, 12 walks, 11 strikeouts and one stolen base in his last 14 games.

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Tyler Moore
Nationals recall A.J. Cole, reinstate Tyler Moore from DL
Tyler Moore, 1B, WAS
2:58 PM
News: Nationals first baseman/outfielder Tyler Moore (ankle) was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list Thursday. Washington also recalled A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse.
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Chris Heston
Giants GM Evans says Chris Heston will start Friday at Colorado
Chris Heston, SP, SF
2:05 PM
News: Giants general manager Bobby Evans said starting pitcher Chris Heston will take the mound Friday against the Rockies.

"We're looking at Chris Heston. Heston will start for us," Evans revealed on KNBR 680-AM on Thursday morning, per CSNBayArea.com. "We're not sure whether the time off held back his best stuff in his last outing, but we're wanting the best of Chris Heston to show up."

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Matt Harvey
Mets say Matt Harvey should be fine, expected to make next start
Matt Harvey, SP, NYM
1:54 PM
News: Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey did not end up traveling with the team to Miami on Wednesday, according to ESPN. However, the Mets said he "should be fine," and he is expected to join the team Friday

Harvey experienced dehydration and weakness after his start Wednesday against the Phillies, a team spokesman said. He is expected to make his next start Tuesday against the Nationals.

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Tim Lincecum
Giants SP Tim Lincecum undergoes hip surgery, done for season
Tim Lincecum, SP, SF
12:42 PM
News: Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum underwent hip surgery Thursday morning and is out for the season, general manager Bobby Evans told CBS Sports Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The veteran right-hander finishes the season with a 7-4 record and 4.13 ERA through 15 starts. He totaled 60 strikeouts through 76 1/3 innings.

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