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Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Wellington Castillo will get the night off to rest as he's not in the starting lineup Saturday. He will be replaced by Tuffy Gosewisch behind the plate who will also be batting eighth.
On Saturday, Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt was placed on the family medical leave list. Although there are no specific details about the reason for it, the list requires players to miss a minimum of 3 and maximum of seven days. In his absence Josh Phegley will be getting the duties behind the plate.
Oakland Athletics P Fernando Rodriguez was transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL Saturday. Rodriguez who suffered a right rotator cuff strain earlier in July has made little progress in his rehab, and with Stephen Vogt being moved to the family medical list, it makes sense to look at Rodriguez' recovery as more long term.
San Francisco Giants Hunter Pence has had a quick recovery from his hamstring surgery thus far, even with a minor snag in Mondays rehab assignment at Round Rock. He bounced back Thursday and went 2-3 with a home run and a double. Saturday he will play six innings for AAA Sacramento, and aim to not re-aggravate the injury.
After thirteen seasons in the NFL, most of them with the Chicago Bears, 35 year old CB Charles Tillman signed a one day contract with the Bears his hometown team, to be able to retire in Chicago. He has the most interceptions in Bears franchise history with 36. Meanwhile joining the reserve list, is newly signed OT Nate Chandler who was released by the Carolina Panthers about a month ago, and has been competing for a starting position.
Kansas City Royals Whit Merrifield will get the day off to rest as he is not in the lineup Saturday. He will be replaced by Christian Colon at second base, who will also bat seventh.
The Toronto Blue Jays have outrighted pitcher Dustin Antolin to AAA Buffalo Saturday. Friday he was designated for assignment to make room for Franklin Morales who was activated off of the DL. He cleared waivers this morning, and will rejoin AAA Buffalo for the time being. During the course of his time with Buffalo this season he has recorded a 2.37 ERA with a 0.89 WHIP.
Miami Marlins 42 year old Ichiro Suzuki is going to the night off to rest as he's not in the starting lineup Saturday. Suzuki is exceptionally close to joining a very exclusive club players whom have 3,000 hits in their career. In fact he is only four measly hits away. However he's going to have to wait to hit that milestone Saturday as the Marlins take on the Mets.
Much like Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, Daniel Norris has been rehabbing from an oblique strain since early July as well. He will get his rehab start Saturday against AAA Norfolk, and says he's looking to keep his pitch count somewhere around 80-85 pitches.