Murphy was designated for assignment recently, but rejected the move. He was hitting .196 over 112 at-bats.
Teammate Jason Vargas had to be taken to a hospital Wednesday, but there is no indication Moustakas' issue is that severe. He is currently day to day.
Hill has even been linked to a trade with the Blue Jays. He played for Toronto from 2005-11 before he was traded to Arizona in Aug. 2011.
Alvarez had just one hit as he went 1 for 4 in the game, but he made it count. Alvarez clubbed a two-run home run in the fourth inning to open the scoring for Pittsburgh, though it was his only contribution in the loss.
Alvarez is hitting .240/.326/.412 with 14 home runs in 88 games.
Gillaspie was locked in to begin the game. He singled in his first at-bat, and then followed that up with a double his second time up. In his third at-bat, Gillaspie unleashed a two run homer to right field. Gillaspie had one chance at a triple, but wound up striking out his last time up.
He's hitting .317/.367/.449 over 243 at-bats.
Frazier will join Troy Tulowitzki, Yasiel Puig and Giancarlo Stanton in the contest. The National League will announce a fifth participant Thursday. Frazier is in the midst of a breakout season with Cincinnati. He's hitting .293/.356/.499 over 335 at-bats. He's hit 17 home runs.
At age 22, he's only begun to scratch the surface of his potential -- potential so great that it earned him comparisons to Alex Rodriguez when he was drafted back in 2010.
Obviously, he doesn't deserve as much trust as Josh Donaldson, Adrian Beltre or even Todd Frazier, but if you're stuck at 5-9 and need to make some magic happen to move up in the standings, trading one of those more established types for, say, Brandon Moss or Alex Gordon along with Machado, knowing his big breakout could potentially come this year, might be worth the gamble.
Again, I'm not saying Machado is as valuable as Donaldson, Beltre or Frazier yet, but he has a chance to get there. And depending on your specific circumstances, it could be a game-changer for you.
So basically, in four July games, he's 12 for 26 (.462). Again, odd, but not entirely without explanation. Headley says he changed his grip a week ago, or about the time of this turnaround (if you could even call it that) began.
"I feel like it lets me be a little shorter to the ball, gives me a little more leverage," Headley said.
Now obviously, it's a small sample, and as Al Melchior pointed out on Tuesday's Fantasy Baseball Today, Headley is still contending with a back issue that may have a greater say in his performance than any sort of mechanical change. But the Headley we saw in the first three months, the one we presumed was ruined by the back issue, didn't seem capable of a four-hit game, much less two in one week.
I'm not rushing to pick him up or anything, but I think it's worth monitoring.
Sandoval has missed a few games due to an elbow injury. Over 310 at-bats, Sandoval is hitting .261/.315/.416. He's set to hit fifth and play third.
Freese had been hot when healthy enough to play. He had 11 hits in 23 at-bats before taking an 0 for 3 on Monday.