Blair will be called up from Triple-A Gwinnett and start the series finale for Atlanta against San Francisco on Sunday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
Blair returns to the major leagues after a stint at Gwinnett that hasn't been much better than his time in Atlanta. Since he was sent down late June, Blair is 2-4 with a 5.98 ERA and a .313 opponents batting average. The Braves are hoping the 24-year-old has learned something and will be better his second time around in the majors, similar to fellow starter Matt Wisler.
Belt has been scratched from Saturday's lineup with neck stiffness.
Conor Gillaspie will replace Belt both at first base and in the five-hole in the batting order. The extent this issue is uncertain but Belt should be considered merely day-to-day until more information becomes available.
Cain (back) is expected to be activated to start Sept. 2 against the Cubs in Chicago, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
A back strain forced Cain to the DL earlier this month but it sounds like he will return next Friday when first eligible. While Cain held the Cubs to one run over six innings in a home start back in May, he has struggled away from home the past two seasons with ERAs north of 6.00 on the road.
With Monday's off day, the Braves can move Matt Wisler and the rest of their starters up while keeping them on normal rest. Only three of the six runs against De La Cruz on Friday were earned but it was nonetheless an uninspiring performance. De La Cruz is now 0-7 with a 4.66 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 26:16 K:BB in 48.1 innings with the big club this season.
Pence (hamstring) is considered likely to return to the lineup Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, Amy Gutierrez of CSN Bay Area reports.
Although Pence reported improvement with his ailing hamstring Saturday, he is being held out of the lineup and it sounds like he will remain out for Sunday's series finale. Pence will need to continue to progress to hit Tuesday's target return date, but Pence and the team seem confident that four full days of rest -- the Giants are off Monday -- will be sufficient.
The rookie acquitted himself well against a potent Rockies offense, notching 15 swinging strikes overall and lasting 112 pitches. He endured some problems in the third and fourth innings, surrendering a solo homer to Charlie Blackmon, allowing Nolan Arenado to score on a wild pitch and then giving up an RBI single to opposing starter Jorge De La Rosa. Cole is scheduled to next take the mound next Friday versus the Mets.
De La Rosa didn't factor into the decision against the Nationals on Saturday but struck out eight over just five innings. He also surrendered three earned runs on eight hits and a walk and helped his own cause with an RBI single.
The veteran southpaw notched 13 swinging strikes over his 112 pitches and completely avoided the long ball. De La Rosa's eight strikeouts equaled his season high in that category, which he'd set in his first start of the season back on Apr. 4. The 35-year-old has pitched much better in the second half after a rocky start to the season, but has only notched one decision in five August starts. He'll look to get back in the win column versus the D-backs next Friday.
Giolito will be recalled to start Sunday against the Rockies, Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.
He seemed the most likely candidate for the start after Reynaldo Lopez was sent down earlier in the week, and the team has confirmed that Giolito will come up to start the series finale against Colorado. Giolito hasn't gone more than four innings in any of his three major league starts to this point as walks have been a major problem (nine in 11 innings). The 22-year-old will likely have a short leash again Sunday.
Cole underwent an MRI on his elbow which showed no ligament damage, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
The Pirates sent Cole for an evaluation after an uncharacteristically poor run of starts -- Cole's ERA has ballooned from 2.73 to 3.55 in his last five outings. While no ligament damage was found, he's not completely in the clear yet, as Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that Cole could have a bone spur. He will miss Monday's start at the very least.
With Devin Mesoraco on the DL and Tucker Barnhart battling a sore hand, Lopez will come up to temporarily serve as the backup to Ramon Cabrera. The 28-year-old Lopez is hitting just .213 in 47 Triple-A games this season and can be safely ignored in nearly all fantasy formats.