Let’s check in on a few injury situations around the league: Padres righty Josh Johnson says he’s ready for a rehab assignment, as Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Johnson has dealt with a variety of health issues, most recently undergoing Tommy John surgery and experiencing several setbacks in his return, and is currently taking part in simulated games. The former top-of-the-rotation hurler is aiming to make it back to the big leagues this year in a relief capacity. Johnson is still just 31, though he’s now far removed from his last effective big league action — a 191 1/3-frame, 3.81 ERA campaign back in 2012. Given his age and ceiling, Johnson will once again be an interesting name to keep an eye on this coming offseason. Righty Evan Scribner will miss the rest of the year for the Athletics after being diagnosed with a torn lat muscle, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets. Scribner, 30, was in the midst of an interesting — albeit ultimately disappointing — 2015 campaign. Though he maintains a stellar strikeout-to-walk ratio of 9.6 K/9 against 0.6 BB/9, he’s been touched for 14 home runs (22.6% HR/9) in his 60 innings of work. He’s likely to qualify for arbitration as a Super Two after the season, as he’ll have 2.142 years of service on his clock, but could be a non-tender candidate for Oakland. Another player who’ll be out the rest of the way due to surgery is Rangers outfielder Kyle Blanks, who will undergo procedures on both of his Achilles tendons, ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reports on Twitter
Matt Harvey’s dehydration symptoms, which had him confined to the Citi Field trainer’s room for at least an hour after Wednesday’s 9-4 win over the Phillies, were severe enough to prevent him from boarding the team plane to Miami later that night. The Mets, however, expect Harvey to join them in Florida later this weekend and make his next start as scheduled Tuesday in Washington.
Here are today’s minor moves from around the league… The Yankees announced today that they have outrighted infielder Cole Figueroa to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yanks designated Figueroa, 28, for assignment earlier this week to make room for a series of September call-ups. He went 2-for-8 in a pair of games with New York at the big league level in 2015 but has spent most of the season at Scranton, where he’s batted .291/.361/.368 in 492 PAs. Figueroa can elect minor league free agency this winter.
Two hundred eighteen thousand, three hundred ninety-five fans packed into Citi Field for six games on the Mets’ most recent homestand against the Red Sox and Phillies. That meant 218,395 bits of nostalgia for David Wright.
Mark Mathias’ career is just beginning, but he may never have as good of a game as he did Wednesday. The Indians’ No. 21 prospect homered and tripled as part of a 4-for-5 performance, while his career-high six RBIs proved to be the difference in Class A Short Season Mahoning Valley’s 11-5 victory over Auburn
Carlos Gonzalez had never faced D-backs rookie reliever Keith Hessler before. He had some paperwork that said Hessler threw an upper-90s fastball with a slider, but the resources were still limited.
The Orioles snapped a six-game losing streak in style Wednesday night. They hit a few home runs, robbed one at the wall and watched their star center fielder cut down another run at the plate. Adam Jones’ assist from center field leads off Wednesday’s highlights, which also include a robbery by Steve Pearce, a pair of Chris Davis homers, an inside-the-park round-tripper in New York and a pair of prodigious blasts in Missouri.
American League batting leader Miguel Cabrera was ejected from Wednesday night’s Tigers-Royals game after arguing a called third strike in the fourth inning.
The Orioles, marred in a six-game losing streak entering Wednesday, are still putting on a defensive show.
Phillies right fielder Domonic Brown crashed and flipped head-over-heels over the short wall in right field in the second inning on Wednesday night at Citi Field.