Wittgren will replace reliever Bryan Morris in the bullpen while he is on the disabled list with a herniated disc in his lower back. Wittgren posted a 3.18 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 5.2 innings during his two stints in the majors this season.
Morris's injury created space for Nick Wittgren on the 25-man roster. The reliever has a 3.06 ERA and 1.42 WHIP over 17.2 innings in 2016. There is no current timetable for his recovery.
The Marlins continue to handle Yelich on a day-to-day basis, and Thursday will mark his sixth consecutive absence. It's possible he could be available as a pinch hitter, though the Marlins have not offered much commentary on the situation. Derek Dietrich will serve as the left fielder Thursday, joining Marcell Ozuna and Cole Gillespie in the outfield.
Stanton was held out of Wednesday's game with what manager Don Mattingly called "a little soreness" on his right side, and the issue is apparently still persisting. The outfielder should continue to be considered day-to-day, and the Marlins will go with Cole Gillespie in right field Thursday.
The wait is finally over for Dodger fans and Urias owners, as the highly touted prospect will slot into the Dodgers' rotation this weekend. The 19-year-old southpaw has 1.10 ERA and 44:8 K:BB in 41 innings with Triple-A Oklahoma City, and has dominated at every stop in the minor leagues. He is the consensus No. 2 pitching prospect in baseball behind Lucas Giolito, and features three plus pitches. Urias should be owned in all formats already, but if he was out there on waivers, make sure to grab him immediately. It is unclear how long Urias will stick in the rotation, as the Dodgers have some veteran starters returning from injury in the coming weeks, and Urias probably only has around 60 innings left before he is shutdown this season.
The Dodgers may just be exercising caution here, as Wood's next start will simply be pushed back a few days to Monday. Starting in Wood's place Friday will be 19-year-old Julio Urias, widely considered one of the best pitching prospects in all of baseball. It will be the major league debut for Urias, who's been dominant in 41.0 innings at Triple-A this season, posting a 1.10 ERA and .780 WHIP.
He has a hit in six of those seven contests. d'Arnaud also has seven walks versus just four strikeouts and two stolen bases during that time, but unfortunately, it hasn't led to many runs. In the last seven games, d'Arnaud has two runs and zee RBI.
Jaso will sit out against the Diamondbacks in favor of David Freese at first base in order to fill the lineup with more right-handers against lefty starter Patrick Corbin. Jaso has just seven at-bats against lefties in 2016. Jaso's leadoff spot in the lineup will be filled by Jordy Mercer.
Polanco has been on a tear in the month of May and has eight hits over his last four games, but the Pirates will move him down in the order Thursday. David Freese will hit in Polanco's usual No. 3 spot, while Jordy Mercer will assume leadoff duties with John Jaso getting the day off.
The Pirates are giving John Jaso the day off, so Mercer will shift up to the top of the lineup while slotting in at shortstop, defensively. Mercer went hitless in four at-bats Wednesday, but he's still hitting a shade under .300 on the season.