• Manager Lloyd McClendon continued saying he's not ready yet to name his starter for Monday in Houston, a spot that opened up when Erasmo Ramirez was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday. But the skipper said a decision would be coming shortly. Though McClendon offered no clues, all signs point to Taijuan Walker being the logical addition, as he's lined up to start Monday and is coming off a four-hit shutout in his last start with Tacoma.
• Left-hander James Paxton came out of his Friday bullpen session "feeling great," according to McClendon, after throwing 25 pitches off the mound for the first time since being shutdown in late May with more shoulder problems. Paxton will likely throw a more extensive bullpen on Monday but is still likely several weeks from being ready for another Minor League rehab stint.
• Hisashi Iwakuma threw a brief bullpen session Saturday afternoon as part of his normal routine for his next start Tuesday in Houston. Iwakuma had skipped his between-start bullpens the past two weeks due to a sore neck and struggled in his last start, going a season-low four innings in a 5-4 loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday.
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