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Yadier Molina (R) Headshot

Molina was scratched from the lineup ahead of Friday's game with the Cubs, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

Molina was originally slotted in as the starting catcher, but when the Cardinals took the field in the bottom of the first, Carson Kelly was behind the plate. Alaina Getzenberg of MLB.com reports that Yadi is experiencing some ankle discomfort, although the severity is unknown. Consider the veteran day-to-day for right now. Kelly should continue to see most of the reps behind the dish until Molina is good to go again.
2:41 pm (EST)
Brock Stassi (L) Headshot

Stassi was sent down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday.

Stassi heads to Lehigh Valley with the return of Howie Kendrick (hamstring) to the big-league club. During 51 games with the Phillies this season, Stassi has hit just .167/.278/.295 with two home runs and seven RBI. He will continuing to serve as organizational depth while looking to bounce back at the Triple-A level.
2:38 pm (EST)
Anthony Alford (R) Headshot

Alford (wrist) was transferred to Double-A New Hampshire to begin the next phase of his rehab assignment, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.

This is a positive sign related to Alford's overall recovery, as it indicates the team is confident with his rehab progress thus far. The 23-year-old went just 3-for-21 over eight strikeouts over six games at High-A Dunedin, mainly serving as the designated hitter before starting as the centerfielder for Tuesday's contest. Alford has been out of action since May while rehabbing from a broken hamate bone, and likely slots back in as a reserve outfielder for the Blue Jays upon his return.
2:37 pm (EST)
Matt Szczur (R) Headshot

Szczur started in center field and went 0-for-4 in Thursday's win over the Giants.

With Manuel Margot on paternity leave, Szczur got the nod against the left-handed Madison Bumgarner. The 28-year-old is slashing a meager .202/.343/.349 in 136 plate appearances, so he isn't more than a punt play in daily formats when he is penciled in the lineup. Franchy Cordero should get the start in center Friday against Jeff Samardzija, but Szczur should see one more start Saturday against Matt Moore before Margot returns to the team.
2:26 pm (EST)
Howie Kendrick (R) Headshot

Kendrick (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day DL on Friday.

Kendrick wound up missed 17 straight games due to the mild hamstring strain, but is set to return after participating in a rehab appearance with Double-A Reading on Thursday. Although Kendrick has missed over two months time on the DL this season (an oblique injury sidelined him in May), the 34-year-old has played at a high level when he's been on the field, hitting .349 with two home runs and 14 RBI in 33 games. In a corresponding move, the Phillies optioned Brock Stassi to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In the long-term, Kendrick will slot behind Cesar Hernandez at second base and provide depth in the outfield.
2:24 pm (EST)
Brock Stewart (R) Headshot

Stewart tossed two scoreless innings Thursday, walking one and striking out one in a loss to the Braves.

Make that 13 scoreless innings for the 25-year-old in the majors this season. All of his appearances have been two or more innings, so he appears to be manager Dave Roberts' long reliever of choice. Stewart, however, isn't striking out enough batters (6.9 K/9) to have relative fantasy value in his current role.
1:58 pm (EST)
Steve Clevenger (L) Headshot

Clevenger signed with independent Lancaster in the Atlantic League, Rich Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

Clevenger drew little interest from MLB organizations throughout the offseason, but has finally found a home in the independent leagues. The 31-year-old has a career .227/.284/.324 slash line in the majors and is unlikely to get an opportunity in 2017.
1:44 pm (EST)
Robert Stephenson (R) Headshot

Stephenson will get the start Saturday against the Marlins.

Stephenson was officially tabbed as the starter after tossing six innings with Triple-A Louisville on Monday. The 24-year-old has made 13 appearances with the Reds this year, but Saturday will mark his first start since last season. Since being optioned by the club in late May, Stephenson posted a 3.92 ERA with a 1.03 WHIP over the course of eight starts at the Triple-A level. During eight starts with the big-league team in 2016, Stephenson allowed 25 runs in 37 innings of work, with a 31:19 K:BB.
1:10 pm (EST)
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