Eduardo Núñez (R) Headshot

Nunez could be an option in left field when Dustin Pedroia (knee) returns from the DL, Tim Britton of The Providence Journal reports.

Added Yesterday 6:47 pm (EST)
This is by no means surprising, given Nunez's versatility, but it's good to hear manager John Farrell acknowledge that Nunez will still get plenty of opportunities even when Pedroia returns. Jackie Bradley is out indefinitely with a thumb injury, so the Red Sox have a need in the outfield. He is hitting .330/.356/.557 with five home runs and three steals in 101 plate appearances since getting dealt to Boston from San Francisco.
Jon Lester (L) Headshot

Lester (shoulder, lat) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Friday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Added Yesterday 6:31 pm (EST)
Lester is on the disabled list with shoulder fatigue and lat tightness, though neither issue is thought to be overly serious. If everything goes well Friday, Lester should return to the Cubs' rotation sometime during the first week of September, shortly after he's first eligible. Mike Montgomery will continue to take his turn in the rotation until then.
Ian Desmond (R) Headshot

Desmond (calf) is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday, Thomas Harding of reports.

Added Yesterday 6:22 pm (EST)
Desmond continues to work his way back from a strained right calf, and the 31-year-old said he felt good after a hard workout Wednesday, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports, so he'll join the Rockies' Triple-A affiliate for the final step in his rehab. He's set to play Thursday and Friday before the Rockies reevaluate him and determine the whether to activate him or keep him on a rehab assignment a little longer.
Joey Gallo (L) Headshot

Gallo (concussion) joined the Rangers in Anaheim on Wednesday to resume workouts in hopes of being cleared to return when first eligible on Tuesday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Added Yesterday 6:16 pm (EST)
This is an encouraging sign, as concussions can sometimes sideline players for a lengthy period, but it seems this is the type of concussion that may not sideline Gallo for long. For all his faults, Gallo still has plenty of time to eclipse 40 home runs this season (currently at 35). Despite hitting .205, he has been 27 percent better than league average, and made strangely be better in reality than in fantasy, considering how important batting average is.
Matt Carpenter (L) Headshot

Manager Mike Matheny said Carpenter is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Padres due to an illness, Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest reports.

Added Yesterday 6:00 pm (EST)
Carpenter was sent home before the game, so he won't even be available off the bench. The Cardinals will likely wait and see how he's feeling Thursday before deciding on his status for the series finale. Jedd Gyorko is starting at first base in his stead.
Yoenis Céspedes (R) Headshot

Cespedes is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks.

Added Yesterday 5:48 pm (EST)
Cespedes has been hot at the plate recently -- collecting eight hits over his last three contests -- but he'll get the day off after starting 20 of New York's first 21 games in August. The Mets will send out an outfield trio of Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto and Juan Lagares in his absence.
Michael Conforto (L) Headshot

Conforto (thumb) is starting in right field and batting third Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

Added Yesterday 5:43 pm (EST)
Conforto was scratched from Tuesday's contest due to a thumb issue, but the 24-year-old never thought it was anything serious, and he's back in action after missing just one game. He'll face Zack Godley in his return to the lineup.
Willson Contreras (R) Headshot

Contreras (hamstring) participated in agility drills and caught for teammate Jake Arrieta on Wednesday, Jesse Rogers of reports.

Added Yesterday 5:35 pm (EST)
Contreras' workout Wednesday included sprints and additional running drills. He did a similar workout Tuesday, so seeing him be able to increase his level of activity in such a short amount of time is certainly promising. If he keeps his current pace, a mid-September activation from the disabled list should be in order for Contreras. Until then, Alex Avila and Rene Rivera will share time in the Cubs' lineup.
David Price (L) Headshot

Price (elbow) was able to extend his range to 105 feet while throwing strictly fastballs prior to Wednesday's game in Cleveland, Evan Drellich of reports.

Added Yesterday 5:34 pm (EST)
In the coming days, Price is expected to begin tossing breaking balls into his progression as he ramps up his efforts. The left-hander has steadily progressed from 60 feet, to 90 feet and now 105 feet over the past three days, but is likely to take a day off from throwing Thursday. It still remains up in the air regarding a timetable for Price to return to Boston this season, but these last few days have been good, and necessary, steps forward if he hopes to come back and be effective this season.
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