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David Peralta (L) Headshot

Peralta is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Thursday, Jody Jackson of Fox Sports Arizona reports.

Typically an automatic start against right-handed pitching, the lefty bat will take a breather for the afternoon clash against rising Reds hurler Luis Castillo. Peralta should return to the card Friday, though it'll come against Nationals ace Max Scherzer. Daniel Descalso will occupy left field, and Chris Herrmann will patrol right field.
10:35 am (EST)
Jay Bruce (L) Headshot

Bruce is out of the lineup Thursday against the Cardinals, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

Bruce has started every game for the Mets since June 23, so the 30-year-old was likely overdue for a maintenance day. He'll give way to Curtis Granderson in right field for the series finale.
10:34 am (EST)
John Brebbia (R) Headshot

Brebbia fired three scoreless innings in Wednesday's 7-3 loss to the Mets, allowing just one hit and recording three strikeouts.

The 27-year-old reliever was razor-sharp, throwing 28 of his 37 pitches for strikes and extending his streak of not allowing an earned run to nine appearances. Brebbia has quietly become one of manager Mike Matheny's most trusted bullpen options, with Wednesday's outing lowering his ERA and WHIP to 1.64 and 0.77, respectively.
10:31 am (EST)
A.J. Pollock (R) Headshot

Pollock is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Thursday, Jody Jackson of Fox Sports Arizona reports.

No other reason than rest was given for Pollock's day off, so it's probably just a maintenance breather during the afternoon contest. Since returning July 4, Pollock is just 8-for-37 (.216) with a solo home run, though he does have three stolen bases, a good sign that he'll offer his normally top-shelf fantasy production in time. Gregor Blanco takes his place in center field, batting eighth.
10:31 am (EST)
Colton Parayko Headshot

Parayko agreed to terms with St. Louis on a five-year, $27.5 million deal Thursday, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Parayko avoided the sophomore slump by registering 35 points -- two more than his rookie numbers. The blueliner averaged 21:12 of ice time which includes minutes on both the power play and penalty kill. The 24-year-old has performed well with the man advantage -- all four of his goals came with the extra attacker -- and he should continue to expand this role heading into the 2017-18 campaign.
10:30 am (EST)
Keone Kela (R) Headshot

Kela (shoulder) is expected to be activated from the 10-day disabled list Thursday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

Kela didn't experience any issues during his bullpen session Tuesday and had no complications while throwing off flat ground Wednesday either, so it appears the right-hander's health is sound after a sore shoulder sidelined him for about three weeks. Earlier in the week, manager Jeff Banister seemed to dismiss the idea of Kela needing a rehab assignment before being activated, so it appears likely that the 24-year-old will be available out of the bullpen for the Rangers' series finale with the Orioles on Thursday. While Alex Claudio has picked up the Rangers' lone two saves since Matt Bush was removed from the closing role in late June, Claudio is hardly entrenched as the ninth-inning man, so look for Kela to merit consideration for those duties upon returning. Kela was arguably the Rangers' top reliever prior to hitting the DL, compiling a 2.64 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 42 strikeouts in 30.2 innings.
10:30 am (EST)
Christian Vázquez (R) Headshot

Vazquez takes a seat for Thursday's series finale against the Blue Jays, Evan Drellich of WEEI.com reports.

Vazquez gets a day off from his catching duties following three starts in the past four games, including an 0-for-3 night at the plate during Wednesday's victory. Sandy Leon will take over behind the plate in his stead.
10:25 am (EST)
Keon Broxton (R) Headshot

Broxton is out of the lineup Thursday against the Pirates.

After making back-to-back starts in center field, Broxton will take a seat in favor of Brett Phillips for the series finale. The Brewers are currently riding a four-game losing streak, and Broxton is hitless with five strikeouts over that span. The difficult stretch has dropped Broxton's season batting average down to .220.
10:22 am (EST)
Mitch Moreland (L) Headshot

Moreland is out of the lineup Thursday against Toronto, Evan Drellich of WEEI.com reports.

Moreland will once again take a seat in favor of Hanley Ramirez at first base. With southpaw Francisco Liriano on the mound for the Blue Jays, this move was to be expected, especially with Moreland's continual struggles at the plate. During the second half of the season, he is batting just 2-for-21 with nine strikeouts in seven games of action.
10:21 am (EST)
A.J. Griffin (R) Headshot

Griffin (oblique) was charged with four runs on six hits (including two home runs) over three innings in his rehab start with Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday. He struck out four batters.

After turning in three no-hit innings for the Rangers' rookie-level Arizona League team last week, Griffin raised his pitch count in his second rehab start, but wasn't able to work deeper into the game since he was unable to silence the opposing bats. On a positive note, Griffin at least succeeded in finding the strike zone, as he didn't yield a walk for the second straight outing, but he'll likely require at least one more rehab start before being activated from the 60-day disabled list. It's unclear if Griffin will have a rotation spot with the Rangers waiting for him once activated after he turned in a 5.77 ERA and 1.28 WHIP over eight starts with the big club earlier this season.
10:19 am (EST)
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