Arm trouble for top prospect Hembree

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Arm trouble for top prospect Hembree

WASHINGTON -- Hard-throwing top relief prospect Heath Hembree will have an MRI exam on his right elbow after Triple-A Fresno placed him on the disabled list Thursday, CSNBayArea.com has learned.

Hembree, 23, complained of soreness after allowing five runs in two-thirds of an inning Wednesday night. He was diagnosed with a strained flexor muscle in his forearm and will not be able to compete in the Triple-A All-Star Game, Giants vice president Bobby Evans told me.

Hembree had an impressive spring and was dominant in early action as the Grizzlies closer, but Fresno stopped using him on consecutive days at the end of April -- an indication that maybe he wasn't 100 percent. He has 13 saves and a 5.52 ERA in 32 games with a 26-to-15 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 31 innings.

Not only does Hembree's injury cast doubt on his ability to help the Giants down the stretch, but it might take away one of the Giants' more valued potential trade chips as GM Brian Sabean looks to improve the roster in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Hembree's status will become clearer after doctors examine him and test results are reviewed.

Reports: Former Giants reliever traded to White Sox

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Reports: Former Giants reliever traded to White Sox

Former Giants reliever Jean Machi reportedly has another new home. 

Machi, along with reliever Mark Lowe, has been traded to the White Sox, according to multiple national reports. 

The 35-year-old has spent time with the Mariners and their Triple-A affiliate this year. In five appearances with Seattle, Machi went 1-0 with a 1.17 ERA over 7.2 innings pitched. 

Over four seasons with the Giants, from 2012-2015, Machi put together an 11-2 record with a 3.24 ERA. 

He will reportedly join the White Sox's Triple-A team. 

Tacoma Rainiers announcer Mike Curto was first to report the news. 

Giants lineup: Bochy sticks with his guys vs Padres

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Giants lineup: Bochy sticks with his guys vs Padres

The Giants fell to the Padres on Thursday night, but Bruce decided to make no changes to his batting order for Friday.

San Diego Padres (41-54)

Lineup still to come

San Francisco Giants (37-60)

1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B
3. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Hunter Pence (R) RF
7. Joe Panik (L) 2B
8. Gorkys Hernandez (R) LF
9. Jeff Samardzija (R) P