The Atlanta Braves fell for the third time in their last four games Saturday with a 5-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants. Atlanta had a number of opportunities throughout the game but were unable to come up with a timely hit. The loss dropped them to 69-59 and saw their NL East lead trimmed to just 4.5 games. They will face San Francisco again Sunday as Ian Anderson returns from the injured list before heading west for a seven game road trip that will take them to Los Angeles and Colorado.
- Prior to Saturday’s game, Brian Snitker discussed Anderson’s return, the possibility of a six-man rotation and what Eddie Rosario’s role will be going forward.
- The Giants got some good news on the injury front Saturday as an MRI exam on Kris Bryant came back clean. Bryant left Friday’s game in the second inning after he experienced tightness in his side. He could return to the lineup as soon as Sunday.
- Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto is playing with a sore shoulder and may see some time at first base with Rhys Hoskins lost for the season due to injury.
- Zach Eflin’s season may be in jeopardy. Eflin was activated from the injured list on Thursday but was scratched after he felt soreness in his knee. He was later placed on the Covid-19 injured list and will now have to quarantine for 10 days.
- The Pittsburgh Pirates released outfielder Gregory Polanco Saturday and recalled Cole Tucker from Triple-A. Polanco has struggled this season posting a .606 OPS in 157 plate appearances.
- Cardinals reliever Andrew Miller is back on the injured list due to a blister on his left foot. Miller missed all of May while dealing with a blister on his right foot.
- Injured Athletics’ starter Chris Bassitt spoke with the media Saturday for the first time since he was struck in the face by a line drive last week. Bassitt said that his goal is to return to the mound this season but it remains to be seen if that will happen.
- Reds third baseman Mike Moustakas left Saturday’s game early due to tightness in his right hip. Moustakas was replaced by Asdrubal Cabrera who was claimed off waivers Friday.
- Finally, Ender Inciarte was released by the Reds Saturday. Inciarte had appeared in 15 games for Louisville .288/.354/.339 in 59 at-bats.