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Video: Josh Donaldson hits mammoth homer in Philly

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Josh Donaldson destroyed this Aaron Nola pitch in the first inning Tuesday in Philadelphia …

That was the 32nd home run, 88th RBI, and 87th run scored of the 2015 season for Donaldson.

Nori Aoki expected to return from concussion on Thursday

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Some positive news for the Giants’ battered outfield from CSNBayArea.com’s Alex Pavlovic

Aoki was struck on the front of his batting helmet last Sunday by a Jake Arrieta pitch. He tried to return to action a few days later against the Astros but had to exit that game after experiencing lightheadedness.

The 33-year-old has been an important presence at the top of the Giants’ lineup this season, batting .302 with a .368 on-base percentage across 338 plate appearances. Aoki signed a one-year, $4.7 million free agent contract with San Francisco over the winter. That deal carries a $5.5 million club option for 2016.

Reds pitching prospect Robert Stephenson diagnosed with strained right forearm muscle

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From MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon comes word that Reds pitching prospect Robert Stephenson has been placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Louisville with a right forearm strain. It’s presumably going to be a season-ending injury for the 22-year-old right-hander.

Stephenson, the 27th overall pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft out of a California high school, had registered a 3.59 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 131/64 K/BB ratio through 120 1/3 innings this season between Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville.

He could be in the running for a rotation spot next spring in Reds camp if his health cooperates.

Forearm strains can sometimes be a precursor to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.