Giants' Miguel Gomez: Receives first major-league start
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(1:10 pm ET) Gomez made his first major-league start at second base Wednesday, going 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in a 5-4 win over Cleveland.

The rookie had been deployed primarily as a pinch-hitter since his call up July 7, going 1-for-6 with a pair of RBI over that span. The Giants' infield is currently too crowded to afford the 24-year-old consistent playing time, but if the club opts to move Eduardo Nunez at the trade deadline, then Gomez could be one of the main beneficiaries.

Giants' Matt Cain: Tosses quality start Wednesday
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(1:01 pm ET) Cain gave up three runs on five hits while striking out five Wednesday. He did not factor into the decision in a 5-4 win over Cleveland.

Cain was aggressive against an Indians lineup sans Edwin Encarnacion, throwing 52 of his 79 pitches for strikes. After a brief demotion to the bullpen, the 32-year-old regained a spot in rotation to replace the injured Johnny Cueto (hand). The latter is hopeful he can return off the disabled list when eligible June 24, which could push Cain and his 5.49 ERA back to the bullpen, although the Giants could make a move at the trade deadline that opens up a rotation spot. Either way, the veteran righty is no longer a pitcher to rely on outside of very favorable matchups due to his extremely inconsistent results this season.

Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Rotation candidate in 2018?
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(12:54 pm ET) Lorenzen may be given a shot to win a rotation spot in 2018, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Despite bouncing around with his role in his short major-league career, the right-hander could reverse course again as the Reds look for some semblance of consistency in their starting quintet. The 25-year-old struggled with a 5.40 ERA in 2015, but he did make 21 starts and could ramp up his workload if stretched out properly heading into or during spring training. Lorenzen shined as a reliever in 2016 (2.88 ERA, 8.6 K/9, 2.3 BB/9 in 50 innings) and has been serviceable this year, though. He might even land the majority of save opportunities to finish 2017 should the Reds trade Raisel Iglesias. Still, dynasty players scrounging for cheap stashes among starters also could look his way.

Dodgers' Yusniel Diaz: Currently out with hand injury
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(12:54 pm ET) Diaz (hand) is currently on the disabled list but is expected to return soon, Kyle Glaser of Baseball America reports.

Diaz has been on the disabled list since July 9, but was having a pretty solid year before the injury. With High-A Rancho Cucamonga this season, Diaz is slashing .291/.355/.438 with eight home runs and seven stolen bases, albeit on 15 attempts.

Dodgers' Will Smith: Out at least four more weeks with hand fracture
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(12:48 pm ET) Smith (hand) was hit by a pitch during his debut with Double-A Tulsa on July 10 and is out at least another four weeks, Kyle Glaser of Baseball America reports.

It wasn't exactly the dream promotion that most prospects imagine when they get moved up. Smith was hit twice in the game, with the second one proving costly as it fractured his hand. Before the promotion, Smith was hitting .232 with 11 home runs with High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Giants' Steven Duggar: Elbow, hip injuries took toll on playing time
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(12:39 pm ET) Duggar has missed most of this season while dealing with hip and elbow injuries, J.J. Cooper of Baseball America reports.

Just days after being activated from from the hip injury June 28, Duggar returned to the disabled list with an elbow injury June 30. Since coming off the DL from the elbow problem July 15, Duggar has has gone 3-for-11 in three games to bring his season tally to 5-for-18 with High-A San Jose.

Giants' Rodolfo Martinez: Season marred by trips to disabled list
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(12:30 pm ET) Martinez (oblique) is currently on the disabled list due to his oblique injury, but also missed time earlier this season due to a muscle injury in his shoulder, J.J. Cooper of Baseball America reports.

Martinez has really been beaten up this season, being limited to only 8.0 innings for Double-A Richmond. Last season, the reliever spent half the season at the Double-A level and recorded an ERA of 6.65 with 17 strikeouts in 23.0 innings. Even in his limited time this season, his numbers have been similar to last season with a 5.63 ERA and five strikeouts.

Giants' Reyes Moronta: Recovering from muscle issue in shoulder
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(12:13 pm ET) Moronta has missed time this season with a muscle issue in his shoulder, J.J. Cooper of Baseball America reports.

The injury caused Double-A Richmond to put him on the disabled list June 3, but the reliever appears to be nearing as a return as he just made his first rehab appearance with the Arizona League Giants on July 16. Before the injury, Moronta had an ERA with 4.00 with 26 strikeouts in 18.0 innings for Double-A Richmond. He was also on the big league roster for one game in May but did not make an appearance.

Diamondbacks' Jose Herrera: Out until August with ankle sprain
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(12:04 pm ET) Herrera (ankle) is out until early August with a sprained ankle, Bill Mitchell of Baseball America reports.

Once the Diamondbacks' top international signee, Herrera has been hurt every season since he joined the organization in 2013. This season, the culprit has been an ankle sprain that has kept him out since June 12. Before the injury, the catching prospect was hitting .216 with 13 doubles for Low-A Kane County.

Pirates' Kevin Kramer: Pitch broke hand in June
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(11:45 am ET) Kramer broke his hand in June after being hit by a pitch, J.J. Cooper of Baseball America reports.

Kramer was having a really solid year with Double-A Altoona before being placed on the disabled list June 11, batting .297 with six home runs to earn on a spot in the Eastern League All-Star Game. He hasn't been able to receive any action since then, a tough blow for a young prospect who had been exceeding expectations before the injury.

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