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OF Steven Souza Jr. (left shoulder contusion) was sent to Class A Advanced Potomac of the Carolina League for a minor league rehab assignment Aug. 22.
RHP Doug Fister started on Friday against the Giants. He fell to 12-4 as he allowed four runs in seven innings. He said after his outing that he had cancerous skin removed from his neck a few days ago. "It had no effect tonight," said Fister.
Jordan Zimmermann will start on Saturday against the Giants. He is 8-5 with an ERA of 2.91 at home against the National League West.
2B Asdrubal Cabrera made a fabulous play in the second to take a hit away from former National Michael Morse. He began to throw the ball with his back toward the infield and tossed to 1B Adam LaRoche for the out. He also fouled a ball off his foot but stayed in the game and was hitless in three at-bats as his average fell to .239.
SS Ian Desmond was back in the starting lineup after he got the day off Thursday. He was hitless in three at-bats and is hitting .247, though he leads the team in homers with 20 and RBIs with 77.