Marlins C Jeff Mathis could be activated from DL on Monday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:26 pm ET) Catcher Jeff Mathis could be nearing a return to the Marlins. Mathis, who has been on the disabled list since the middle of April with a fractured right hand, has played four rehab games with Triple-A New Orleans and is hitless in 10 at-bats.

Mathis may need just three more rehab games, and could be activated as early as Monday, according to

Upon his return, Mathis will likely be the backup option to J.T. Realmuto.

"He's a big presence in our clubhouse," Miami manager Dan Jennings said.

Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford promoted to Double-A
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:03 pm ET) The Phillies have promoted shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford to Double-A Reading on Friday, according to Crawford, the team's first-round draft pick in 2013, was batting .392 (29 for 74) in 20 games with Class A Clearwater this season.

Crawford is ranked the 14th best prospect in the game by Baseball America

Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg exits Friday with neck tightness
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:50 pm ET) Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg was removed from Friday's start against the Reds in the bottom of the second inning with neck muscle tightness. Strasburg threw one inning had allowed a solo home run to Joey Votto prior to his departure.

The right-hander, who has experienced back and shoulder pain this season, will be evaluated on Saturday before the team makes any decision, according to His next start, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, is very much up in the air at this point.

Brewers rescind DFA on Brandon Kintzler and place him on DL
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:44 pm ET) Brewers pitcher Brandon Kintzler's designation for assignment was rescinded by the team on Friday. Instead, the Brewers placed the right-hander on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Thursday, with left knee tendonitis, according to

Reds 3B Todd Frazier belts home run No. 15 on Friday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:36 pm ET) Reds third baseman Todd Frazier continued his hot hitting in Friday's win over the Nationals. Frazier had two hits in four at-bats, including his 15th home run of the season. The seventh-inning solo shot gave the Reds their final 5-2 score.

Frazier has 13 hits in 38 at-bats over his last 10 games, including three home runs. He has been held hitless just once over that stretch.

Reds 1B Joey Votto smacks solo home run in win on Friday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:32 pm ET) Reds first baseman Joey Votto got the offensive party started on Friday, as the Reds beat the Nationals 5-2. Votto launched a one-out solo home run in the top of the first inning off Stephen Strasburg to give the Reds the early 1-0 advantage.

The home run was his only hit of the game. It was his eighth longball of the season, but his first since April 28. He now sports a .275 batting average on the season. 

Nationals RHP Taylor Jordan gives long relief in loss on Friday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:29 pm ET) Coming in relief of the injured Stephen Strasburg, Nationals pitcher Taylor Jordan pitched decently as he picked up the loss in the 5-2 defeat to the Reds on Friday.

Jordan (0-1), who entered the game in the second inning, tossed 4 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits while walking two. He struck out one batter on the evening.

Jordan, who was recalled from Triple-A on Sunday, was making his season debut for the Nationals on Friday. He owns a 2.14 ERA over 42 innings in seven starts for Triple-A Syracuse this season. 

Reds closer Aroldis Chapman records eighth save on Friday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:24 pm ET) Reds closer Aroldis Chapman nailed down his eighth save of the season, pitching a scoreless ninth inning in the 5-2 win over the Nationals on Friday. Chapman gave up one hit and struck out one.

Chapman has been shaky recently, giving up earned runs in two of his last four outings. But he is still a perfect 8-for-8 in save chances this season. 

Reds SP Anthony DeSclafani allows two runs to Nationals on Friday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:22 pm ET) Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani improved is record to 3-4 as he picked up the victory over the Nationals on Friday. The young right-hander tossed six innings, allowing two runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out one. He threw 53 of his 85 pitches for strikes, as he lowered his ERA to 3.41.

He gave up RBI-singles in the fifth and sixth innings accounting for all the damage against him, as he was able to quiet a dangerous Nationals offense. DeSclafani will make his next start on Thursday in Philadelphia.

Rockies RP John Axford gives up unearned run in Friday's win
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:05 pm ET) Rockies closer John Axford pitched in a non-save situation on Friday, though it was not without a bit of drama. 

Axford, who came in with the Rockies up 4-0, allowed an unearned run to score with one out, thanks to an error by left fielder Brandon Barnes. But Axford was able to get the next two batters out to close out the game.

The unearned run ends a seven-game scoreless streak for Axford, who still holds a very fine 0.69 ERA on the season.

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