The Phillies needed a brilliant effort from Jerad Eickhoff to have any chance against the Cubs on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.
John Lackey and the Cubs meet Vince Velasquez and the Phillies in the rubber game of their three-game series at Citizen’s Bank Park on Wednesday afternoon.
The Cubs called up highly ranked prospect Albert Almora on Tuesday to take the place of starting left fielder <span class=”token token-playerCard” id=”token-710FD58479D99E5D08FA1″>Jorge Soler</span>, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.
For Cardinals infielder Jhonny Peralta, a March surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb meant that for the first time in his 13-year career, he’d need a stint on the disabled list.
Brewers reliever Corey Knebel deemed himself ready to pitch when he rejoined club on Tuesday after a Minor League rehabilitation assignment, but team officials said only that Knebel would be activated from the disabled list “later this week.”
In a move that paves the way for Anthony DeSclafani’s return to the rotation, the Reds optioned starting pitcher Jon Moscot to Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday. Outfielder Steve Selsky was recalled from Louisville to take Moscot’s place on the 25-man roster.
Jameson Taillon, Pittsburgh’s No. 4 prospect and the No. 49 prospect in baseball according to MLBPipeline.com, will be called up to make his MLB debut as Wednesday night’s starter against the Mets at PNC Park.
Left fielder Starling Marte left the first game of the Pirates’ doubleheader against the Mets on Tuesday at PNC Park due to left ankle discomfort.
In his first outing against his old team, left-hander Jonathon Niese quieted Mets hitters as the Pirates won the first game of a doubleheader 3-1 at PNC Park on Tuesday. .
Cubs No. 5 prospect Albert Almora is on his way to join the team in Philadelphia on Tuesday, and he will likely be activated if left fielder Jorge Soler goes on the disabled list, according to a baseball source.
A few hours after arriving Monday at the clubhouse in Pittsburgh, both his hometown and longtime Major League home, Neil Walker hopped out of the PNC Park dugout for batting practice. As Walker ascended the steps, a group of several dozen stadium employees began clapping, whistling and cheering, their private ode to a native son.
Pittsburgh had four players dinged up in Thursday’s series finale at Marlins Park. Two of them returned to the starting lineup this weekend, a third was poised to before Monday’s postponement at PNC Park and their final bruise may be healed in time for Tuesday night’s game between Jonathon Niese and Steven Matz.