Arenado went 2-for-4 with a triple and a two-run homer in Friday's win over the Braves.
The third baseman, coming off a scheduled rest day Thursday, belted his 24th homer to give the Rockies a 2-1 lead that they'd never relinquish. Arenado hasn't been at his best this month, hitting just .242 with two home runs, six RBI and six runs through 62 at-bats in July. In years past, Arenado has been a better second-half hitter, so owners can relax and associate this month with small slump.
Franco suffered a left wrist injury after getting hit by a pitch Friday, the News Journal's Meghan Montemurro reports.
X-rays on the wrist were negative, but he said the pitch hit him almost exactly where he suffered a fracture last year, and he didn't have feeling in his fingers or wrist, so it could still be somewhat serious. The team will likely subject their young third baseman to further tests, at which point a more exact diagnosis could be announced. Andres Blanco and Cody Asche will absorb any third base starts in the short term.
Franco left Friday's game against Pittsburgh with an apparent injury, Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal reports.
Franco was hit in the wrist by a pitch in the first inning which could be the reason for his departure. While the wrist is usually a vulnerable area to get hit by a pitch, Franco managed to play the next two innings which indicates it's nothing too serious. Check back later for details concerning the injury.
Baez looks to be the odd man out with the return of Dexter Fowler to the lineup on Friday. Over his last 10 games, Baez is hitting .375 with five RBI and three stolen bases. Baez will most likely return to his utility role with the Cubs for the time being.
Duffy (achilles) is making progress and is a week away from beginning a rehab assignment, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
If all goes well in his rehab assignment, Duffy appears likely to return at some point in early-August. In his absence, Ramiro Pena and Connor Gillaspie have been manning the hot corner for the Giants.
Carpenter (oblique) has been cleared for limited baseball activities, Jennifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Carpenter was taking grounders and throwing to first on Friday before the Cardinals game against the Dodgers. It's unclear when Carpenter will be cleared to start a rehab assignment, but this is a step in the right direction. Jedd Gyorko and Greg Garcia have been filling in at third base during Carpenter's absence.
Flores has homered in each of his last two games, allowing manager Terry Collins to slot him into the cleanup spot on Friday. Flores will hit behind Jose Reyes, Curtis Granderson and Yoenis Cespedes as they take on Adam Conley and the Marlins. On the season, Flores is hitting .333/.390/.704 with six home runs and 13 RBI in 54 at-bats against left-handed pitching. Flores makes for a great play on Friday.
It looks to be just a regular day off for Prado, who's hitting .308 over his past 10 games. The Marlins third baseman is having a fantastic season for the Marlins hitting in the two hole. On the season, he's hitting .314 with only 42 strikeouts in 357 at-bats. While he's not a flashy offensive player, Prado can help owners in runs and batting average, hitting in front of Christian Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna. Miguel Rojas will get the start at third base for the Marlins on Friday.
Solarte went 3-for-4 with a double and his 10th homer of the season Thursday against the Cardinals.
It's hard not to be surprised and impressed by what Solarte's been able to do this year, as he's turned in remarkable stats when healthy. He's hit safely in 21 of his last 24 games, with seven multi-hit efforts in that span. The Padres' offense is limited in capability, but the Solarte-Wil Myers-Matt Kemp trio is doing what it can.