Player Notes

  • Returns to majors
    The Giants recalled Villar from Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday.

    Advice: With Wilmer Flores (knee) headed for the injured list, the Giants will call upon Villar to provide the team with additional depth at first base. In six games with San Francisco this season, the 27-year-old has gone 5-for-17 with a home run and four RBI, and he's also posted an .857 OPS through 311 plate appearances in Triple-A. He'll presumably get the starting nod at first base against left-handers until Flores returns from the IL. Rotowire.com 1 minute ago
    David VillarSF - 1B,2B,3B
  • Rehab assignment imminent
    Kiner-Falefa (knee) is on track to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.

    Advice: Kiner-Falefa will be cleared for rehab games as long as he gets through workouts the next couple days with no issues. The utility infielder has been out since early July with a left knee sprain. He shouldn't need too many rehab at-bats before being activated, with a return next week looking likely. Kiner-Falefa could take over at shortstop for the Blue Jays while Bo Bichette (calf) is out. Rotowire.com 22 minutes ago
    Isiah Kiner-FalefaTOR - 2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Picks up second steal
    Wisely went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Wednesday's 8-3 win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Wisely has offered little in production in July with no home runs, three RBI, two runs scored and one steal on three attempts over 17 games. The infielder also has a 2:17 BB:K this month. He's been better, as evidenced by his .268/.301/.396 slash line for the year over 174 plate appearances. The emergence of Tyler Fitzgerald at shortstop has left Wisely to compete with Thairo Estrada for playing time at second base, a situation where Wisely has the platoon advantage. Rotowire.com 41 minutes ago
  • Braves designate Zack Short for assignment
    Braves designated INF Zack Short for assignment.

    Advice: It’s a little surprising the Braves are keeping Luke Williams over Short, but then Short did make an ugly error yesterday. The light-hitting utilityman played in 30 games for the Braves and batted .148/.313/.204 in 69 plate appearances. He also served brief stints with the Mets (1-for-9) and Red Sox (0-for-7) earlier this season. Rotoworld Today, 9:26 am
    Zack ShortATL - 2B,3B,SS
  • Reaches twice in loss
    Polanco went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk in a loss to the Angels on Wednesday.

    Advice: Polanco was productive on yet another night of anemic play by the Mariners offense as a whole, snapping a brief 0-for-8 skid that had encompassed the previous two games. Polanco has now hit safely in five of the last seven contests overall, and the .231 average he's mustered in that span actually represents significant improvement over his body of work for the majority of the season. Rotowire.com Today, 9:20 am
  • On bench in series finale
    Caballero is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Caballero has moved back into a near-everyday role in the Tampa Bay infield since Yandy Diaz (personal) was placed on the restricted list Saturday. Though he'll cede his spot in the lineup to Amed Rosario in the series finale in Toronto, Caballero had started in each of the Rays' previous six contests, going 4-for-22 with a home run, a stolen base, a walk, two RBI and two runs. Rotowire.com Today, 9:16 am
  • Not in lineup again Thursday
    Foscue is not in the lineup for Thursday's contest against the White Sox.

    Advice: Foscue started at designated hitter in four straight games upon his promotion, but after going just 1-for-13 with seven strikeouts in those contests he'll now sit out for the second day in a row. Robbie Grossman will serve as the Rangers' DH on Thursday. Rotowire.com Today, 8:44 am
  • Will miss 'significant' time
    Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said Thursday that Mateo (elbow) will miss "a significant amount of time," Paige Leckie of MLB.com reports.

    Advice: Mateo landed on the 10-day injured list Thursday with a partially dislocated elbow, the result of a collision with teammate Gunnar Henderson earlier this week. The Orioles won't know more about a potential timetable for the infielder's return until the swelling goes down, but surgery is a possibility. Even if Mateo doesn't wind up going under the knife, it sounds like he'll be sidelined for at least several weeks. Jordan Westburg and Connor Norby will handle the reps at second base for now, and Jackson Holliday could also eventually get another look. Rotowire.com Today, 8:23 am
    Jorge MateoBAL - 2B,SS
  • Records 17th stolen base
    Palacios went 0-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Palacios has gotten on base six times across 17 plate appearances in four games since the All-Star break. In addition to popping his fifth home run of the season, he also has three stolen bases in that span. Palacios has retained a large-side platoon role in the Rays' outfield and has started 10 of the last 11 games. Rotowire.com Today, 8:07 am