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Harrison Bader (knee) is not in Thursday's starting lineup against the Cubs, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

Javier Baez is out of the lineup against the Cardinals on Thursday.

Willson Contreras is out of Thursday's starting lineup against the Cardinals.

Koda Glover (shoulder) made a rehab appearance at Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday, covering an inning and striking out two while giving up a run on three hits and a walk.

Joely Rodriguez exercised an opt-out clause in his minor-league contract with the Orioles last week, Rich Dubroff of PressBoxonline.com reports.

Jonny Venters (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Charlotte on Thursday, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports.

Andrew Miller (knee) will likely need a few more weeks until he's able to return from the disabled list, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

Adam Plutko will be optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Friday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.

Jim Johnson (back) shifted his rehab assignment to Triple-A Salt Lake and gave up one hit in a scoreless inning for the affiliate in its 11-5 win over Las Vegas on Wednesday.

Bo Bichette went 1-for-2 with a double, a walk and a stolen base Wednesday in Double-A New Hampshire's 3-2 win over Trenton.

Manny Pina (biceps) was sent to Low-A Wisconsin on Wednesday to begin a rehab assignment.

Kirby Yates is set to take over the closer role following the trade of Brad Hand to Cleveland on Thursday, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.

Francisco Mejia was sent to the Padres in exchange for Brad Hand and Adam Cimber on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

Max Fried (finger) tossed 4.2 scoreless, no-hit innings for Triple-A Gwinnett in his rehab start Wednesday for the affiliate. He struck out six and walked three in the 76-pitch outing.

The Royals released Abraham Almonte on Wednesday.

Adam Cimber and Brad Hand were shipped to Cleveland in exchange for Francisco Mejia on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

The Cubs activated Anthony Bass (illness) from the 10-day disabled list Wednesday.

Brad Hand was traded to Cleveland along with Adam Cimber in exchange for Francisco Mejia on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

General manager Jerry Dipoto said Thursday that Robinson Cano (suspension) will be in the lineup "every day" upon his return, though Dee Gordon is expected to earn the bulk of playing time at second base, TJ Cotterill of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Albert Almora (personal) is expected to be activated from the Family Medical Emergency list ahead of Thursday's game against the Cardinals, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.