Alvarez has struck out 20 batters over nine innings in his first two starts for Low-A Great Lakes.
That's a pretty good first impression in his first taste of full-season ball. At this rate, it's looking likely Alvarez will make his MLB debut sometime in 2017.
Lopez was transferred from Triple-A Colorado Springs to Double-A Biloxi on Tuesday, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Lopez has had a rough season both in the thin air of Colorado Springs and on the road, so the Brewers decided to move him down a level in hopes of getting him back on track. Lopez made his major league debut last season, and if he rebounds as the Brewers hope, he could get another shot with the big club before the current campaign comes to a close.
DeSclafani (6-0) allowed five runs on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts but still picked up the win Monday over the Giants.
This was DeSclafani's first real cheap win, as he had thrown six consecutive quality starts entering Monday night. He was hurt by a pair of home runs, the first time all season he has allowed multiple homers in a start. DeSclafani still owns a solid 3.09 ERA supported by a slick 46:11 K:BB.
He's now served up at least one homer in six straight starts and 22 in 111.1 innings on the season, tying him with Max Scherzer for the NL lead in that ignominious category. Finnegan's next start could offer some relief from the barrage however, as he'll take the mound Friday in pitcher-friendly Petco Park.
The Marlins were among the suitors for Hellickson even before losing Wei-Yin Chen to the disabled list with a sprained left elbow. The Marlins' farm system is pretty weak, so it makes sense that the Phils would be scouting the low minors looking for high-upside talent. The Orioles, Pirates and Giants are also rumored to have interest in Hellickson.
Williams is 5-3 with a 4.89 ERA and 1.39 WHIP through nine starts with Triple-A Memphis. He has shown very good control over the course of the season, giving up just 2.37 BB/9, which has helped limit baserunners. However, the 34-year-old found very little success in the majors in 2015, owning a 5.80 ERA and 1.61 WHIP through 121 innings as both a starter and reliever for the Phillies.
A night after he got shelled by the Dodgers, the Cardinals sent the right-hander back to Triple-A Memphis. The 24-year-old was having a fantastic season between Double-A and Triple-A before getting called up, compiling a 2.62 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with 86 strikeouts in 106.2 innings. Back in Memphis, he'll need to work on his command of the strike zone.
Rusin (shoulder) gave up three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out five over 3.2 innings Sunday in what may have been his final rehab start with Triple-A Albuquerque.
The Rockies are expected to activate Rusin in the coming days to serve as bullpen depth down the stretch. He could see a spot start or two as well, depending on the health of the rotation, and whether someone like Jorge De La Rosa is dealt at the deadline. Rusin has a 5.08 ERA in 39 innings as a big league starter this season, but he boasts a 1.37 ERA in 19.2 innings as a reliever.
De La Rosa was transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL on Monday.
De La Rosa was placed on the 60-day DL in order to make room for right-handed pitcher Braden Shipley on the 40-man roster after he had his contract selected from Triple-A on Monday. This move means that De La Rosa's season could be over, as he will not be eligible to return from the DL until late September. The 27-year-old hasn't pitched since May 25, but his 4.15 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in eight starts are better than anticipated, which could be a confidence booster heading into 2017.
Shipley was called up from Triple-A Reno and will start Monday in Milwaukee.
Shipley no longer looks like a potential No. 1 or No. 2 starter, which was the presumed upside when the Diamondbacks took him with the No. 15 pick in the 2013 draft. However, he has turned into a very solid contact-oriented pitcher in the difficult conditions of the Pacific Coast League, posting a 3.70 ERA and 1.28 WHIP despite just a 15.5 percent strikeout rate. The Brewers have been a bottom-two offense in baseball over the last month (by wOBA and wRC+) so Shipley could have immediate success Monday. If he pitches well, there's a chance the Diamondbacks could keep him in the rotation over Zack Godley once Zack Greinke (oblique) returns next month.