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Danny Santana, Nomar Mazara Exit With Injuries  

TUESDAY: Santana’s confident he won’t miss time, according to manager Chris Woodward, but it doesn’t appear Mazara will be as fortunate. His oblique injury is similar to (but not as severe as) the strain that sent teammate Joey Gallo to the IL in June. Gallo wound up sitting out just over three weeks (via Jeff…

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2019-08-20 06:43:58



Carlos Correa Leaves Game With Back Discomfort  

The Astros defeated the Tigers on Monday to improve to 80-46, but the World Series hopefuls didn’t escape unscathed. Star shortstop Carlos Correa left the game with discomfort in his back, the team announced. Manager A.J. Hinch said afterward Correa’s day-to-day, but he admitted: “I don’t like it. It’s not comfortable.” (Twitter links via Mark…

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2019-08-20 05:41:14



Central Notes: Abreu, Gordon, Bader, Brusdar  

Although the White Sox and first baseman Jose Abreu have made their affinity for one another known on many occasions, the club reportedly won’t offer the pending free agent a contract extension this season. Nevertheless, Abreu once again made it clear Monday his mission is to re-sign with the White Sox, as Daryl Van Schouwen…

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2019-08-20 05:05:13



Braves Place Jacob Webb On 60-Day IL  

The Braves recalled right-handed reliever Jacob Webb from Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday and placed him on the 60-day injured list with an elbow impingement, David O’Brien of The Athletic tweets. The move opened up 40-man space for outfielder Billy Hamilton, whom the Braves claimed off waivers from the Royals. This will be a season-ending development…

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2019-08-20 04:35:24



Athletics Outright Dustin Garneau  

The Athletics outrighted catcher Dustin Garneau to Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday after he cleared waivers, the team announced. Garneau has been outrighted in the past, meaning he could have turned down the assignment in favor of free agency. However, he’ll stay in the organization, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com tweets. The well-traveled Garneau was a…

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2019-08-20 02:24:21



Rays Select Hoby Milner's Contract  

The Rays have selected the contract of left-hander Hoby Milner from Triple-A Durham, Juan Toribio of MLB.com tweets. Milner will take the 25-man spot of lefty Brendan McKay, whom the Rays optioned. The Rays took a 9-3 beating at the hands of the Mariners on Monday, when McKay yielded seven runs (three earned) on three…

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2019-08-20 01:57:24



Mariners Will Reportedly Promote Jake Fraley  

The Mariners plan to promote outfielder Jake Fraley from Triple-A Tacoma before their game against the Rays on Tuesday, Daniel Kramer of MLB.com reports. Fraley isn’t on the Mariners’ 40-man roster, but the team currently has three openings. Fraley is in his first year with the Seattle organization, which acquired him from the club he’ll…

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2019-08-20 01:18:14



Cubs Option David Bote  

The Cubs have optioned utility man David Bote to Triple-A, as Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times was among those to tweet. It seems that’s the roster move to make way for the return of righty Steve Cishek. Bote, 26, has been a constant presence on the MLB roster this year since inking a surprise…

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2019-08-19 22:15:16



Corey Kluber Will Be Shut Down For Two Weeks  

This season has already tested the Indians’ vaunted pitching depth, and the latest development regarding venerable righty Corey Kluber will do so further. He’s now slated for at least a two-week shutdown after leaving his most recent rehab start with an abdominal issue, Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer reports. It had seemed that Kluber…

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2019-08-19 20:31:54



Rockies Claim Wes Parsons  

The Rockies announced that they’ve claimed right-handed reliever Wes Parsons off waivers from the Braves, who had designated him for assignment over the weekend. In order to make room on the 40-man roster, the Rox moved Scott Oberg from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL, definitively ending his season. Oberg went on the IL…

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2019-08-19 18:57:29



Latest On Tyler Glasnow  

With the Rays seeking to hang on to a Wild Card spot, they will need whatever contributions they can get from several injured players — among them, righty Tyler Glasnow. Today’s update on the situation delivers a bit of a mixed bag of news on the exciting young hurler, as Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay…

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2019-08-19 18:28:57



Orioles Release Matt Wotherspoon, Josh Lucas  

The Orioles have released righties Matt Wotherspoon and Josh Lucas, per an announcement from the club’s top affiliate. Neither presently held a 40-man roster spot. The Baltimore organization has continued to cycle through arms at the MLB level, with an obvious need for depth. But the churn has also created a roster squeeze in the upper…

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2019-08-19 16:40:10



The Best Young Starters Of 2019  

We’re nearing the end of the 2019 regular season, a campaign which has featured plenty of valuable contributions from young starters. By my count, no fewer than 10 starters age 25 or younger have excelled this year. Several of them could continue helping their teams’ causes once the postseason rolls around in a couple months.…

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2019-08-19 13:02:26



Diamondbacks Sign Michael Tonkin  

The Diamondbacks have signed right-hander Michael Tonkin out of the independent Atlantic League, per an announcement Long Island Ducks GM Michael Pfaff (Twitter link). He’ll head to Triple-A Reno for now, Tonkin, 29, allowed just one earned run with a 31-to-9 K/BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings with the Ducks prior to signing with the…

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2019-08-19 12:53:51



Braves Claim Billy Hamilton  

The Braves have claimed outfielder Billy Hamilton off waivers from the Royals, per a club announcement. The Atlanta organization will be responsible for the remainder of Hamilton’s $4.25MM salary along with a $1MM buyout on a mutual option. It’s a fairly significant price to pay, but understandable under the circumstances. The Braves have lost their…

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2019-08-19 12:49:34



MLBTR Chat Transcript  

Click here to read a transcript of today’s chat with MLBTR’s Steve Adams.

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2019-08-19 12:06:58



AL West Notes: Haniger, Tucker, Manaea  

While Mariners right fielder Mitch Haniger was deemed close to untouchable in trade talks last offseason, some around the game expect him to be available in the coming offseason, tweets MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. That’s hardly a firm indication that Seattle will push to move Haniger when his value has diminished, but the 28-year-old (29…

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2019-08-19 09:32:48



Rangers Designate David Carpenter  

The Rangers announced that they have designated righty David Carpenter for assignment. It’s the second time he has been bumped from the MLB roster this season. The move coincides with the team’s decision to send fellow right-hander Adrian Sampson to the 10-day injured list due to a lower back issue. To take the open roster…

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2019-08-19 09:09:39



Rafael Devers' Star Turn  

Considering his age, contract status and performance, there is no question that Boston’s Rafael Devers is on the short list of most valuable third basemen in the game. That Devers has reached this point isn’t something which would’ve shocked many observers back when the Red Sox promoted the then-touted prospect to the majors in July…

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2019-08-19 09:02:59



Ivan Nova Open To Re-Signing With White Sox  

Ivan Nova’s tenure with the White Sox began in shaky fashion, as he allowed five or more runs in four of his first six starts to the season. However, the former Yankees and Pirates righty has settled into a run of success and tells Doug Padilla of the Chicago Sun-Times that if the opportunity to…

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2019-08-19 07:46:33



Minor MLB Transactions: 8/18/19  

The latest minor moves from around the game… The Marlins outrighted Deven Marrero to Triple-A after the infielder cleared waivers, the team announced.  Marrero was designated for assignment on Friday.  Formerly a highly-touted prospect during his days in Boston’s farm system, Marrero didn’t produce much at the plate in limited Major League action (343 PA)…

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2019-08-19 06:59:13



Athletics To Promote A.J. Puk  

The Athletics will promote left-hander A.J. Puk from Triple-A Las Vegas prior to tomorrow’s game, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports (via Twitter). Puk, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2016 draft, will need to have his contract formally selected. Oakland has an opening on its 40-man roster to accommodate him. Puk, 24, is considered…

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2019-08-19 04:36:08



Injury Notes: Kluber, Gallo, Dietrich, Casali, Robinson  

After just one inning of work in a rehab start on Sunday, Corey Kluber was removed from the game due to left abdominal tightness.  (Cleveland.com’s Joe Noga was among those to report the news.)  Kluber is expected to receive further tests on Monday, though the early word is that Kluber was simply removed as a…

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2019-08-19 04:33:04



Angels Select Miguel Del Pozo's Contract, Option Jose Suarez To Triple-A  

Prior to Sunday’s game, the Angels selected the contract of left-hander Miguel Del Pozo from Triple-A.  Fellow left-hander Jose Suarez was optioned to Triple-A in the corresponding move.  Del Pozo didn’t pitch in the Angels’ 9-2 victory over the White Sox, so he is still looking for his first official Major League appearance. Originally signed…

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2019-08-19 04:02:12



Chris Sale Out For Remainder Of Regular Season  

5:17pm: The team update does have some bad news: Sale has received a platelet-rich plasma treatment and will be shut down for at least six weeks. He’ll be reevaluated at that time. Whether there’s any possibility of Sale appearing in the postseason isn’t known. But with less than six weeks to go before the end…

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2019-08-19 02:02:54



Dodgers Activate Jedd Gyorko From IL  

10:54 am: Gonsolin’s promotion won’t merely be a one-day spot start. Manager Dave Roberts tells Ken Gurnick of MLB.com the rookie will stay on the active roster through at least next week to make one additional start. 9:04 am: The Dodgers announced today they have activated infielder Jedd Gyorko from the 60-day injured list. Additionally, the club has…

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2019-08-18 14:51:35



Poll: Who Will Be The AL's Wild Card Teams?  

The Twins hold a 2.5-game lead over the Indians in the AL Central after today’s action, and in addition to fighting for the division crown, both clubs are desperately trying to avoid facing even more competition in the AL wild card hunt.  Cleveland (74-51) is currently in possession of the top wild card spot, with…

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2019-08-18 14:23:05



Giants Designate Travis Bergen, Recall Abiatal Avelino  

The Giants have designated left-handed pitcher Travis Bergen for assignment and have recalled infielder Abiatal Avelino, according to Maria Guardado of MLB.com. More to come.

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2019-08-18 13:55:10



Nationals To Reevaluate Ninth Inning  

The Nationals are reconsidering their usage of closer Sean Doolittle, manager Dave Martinez tells Mark Zuckerman of MASN. Any significant change could affect both the team’s 2019 postseason push and Doolittle’s employment in 2020. Washington lost in fourteen innings to the Brewers last night, a game which bizarrely saw Milwaukee hit five home runs after the…

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2019-08-18 13:33:16



MLBTR Chat With Mark Polishuk  

Click here to join tonight’s baseball livechat, moderated by MLBTR’s Mark Polishuk

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2019-08-18 13:11:14



Yankees Activate CC Sabathia From IL  

As expected, the Yankees announced they have activated left-hander CC Sabathia from the 10-day injured list. He’ll start today’s series finale against Cleveland after missing around three weeks with right knee inflammation. It hasn’t been a banner final season for the 39 year-old, who has been especially plagued by the league’s home run surge. Sabathia’s 2.39…

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2019-08-18 11:36:58



Nationals Place Sean Doolittle On Injured List  

The Nationals announced today they have placed reliever Sean Doolittle on the 10-day injured list with right knee tendinitis. Righty Kyle McGowin is up from Double-A Harrisburg to take Doolittle’s active roster spot. We just heard Washington was considering cutting Doolittle’s workload back in recognition of his recent downturn in performance. Doolittle and manager Dave Martinez attributed…

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2019-08-18 11:05:14



Rockies' Scott Oberg Likely Out For Season  

The Rockies announced today that they have placed closer Scott Oberg on the 10-day injured list with a blood clot in his right arm. To take his spot on the active roster, right-hander DJ Johnson has been recalled from Triple-A. The Athletic’s Nick Groke adds that the blood clot, an issue that Oberg has already…

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2019-08-18 10:03:23



Cubs Activate Craig Kimbrel  

The Cubs have activated closer Craig Kimbrel from the 10-day injured list, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. He will replace Duane Underwood Jr., who has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa, on the active roster. Kimbrel landed on the injured list with right knee inflammation, which has held him out of action for the Cubs…

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2019-08-18 06:37:20



Yankees Place Thairo Estrada On IL, Recall Tyler Wade  

10:18 am: Estrada suffered the injury running the bases in yesterday’s game, manager Aaron Boone tells Bryan Hoch of MLB.com (via Twitter). 10:06 am: The Yankees announced today they have placed infielder Thairo Estrada on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain. Utiltyman Tyler Wade is up from Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre to take his place. Estrada,…

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2019-08-18 06:04:12



Prospect Notes: Lux, Adell, Dalbec, Hall  

As Gavin Lux continues to shred Triple-A pitching, it isn’t yet clear if the star prospect will make his Dodgers debut in 2019, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register writes.  Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman simply said “I don’t know” when asked about the possibility of a Lux promotion, as Friedman cited…

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2019-08-18 05:53:46



Felix Hernandez Nearing Return  

Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez could be activated as early as next weekend, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. He is scheduled to make a rehab start with the Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate on Monday, which would put the 33-year-old on track to rejoin the Seattle rotation on Saturday or Sunday, assuming no setbacks. With the Mariners…

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2019-08-18 05:41:52



Rays Expected To Call Up Trevor Richards  

The Rays are expected to call up pitcher Trevor Richards to start Sunday’s game against the Tigers, according to a tweet from Juan Toribio of MLB.com (link). Peter Fairbanks was optioned to Triple-A Durham in an accommodating move. This will be Richards’ first appearance in a Rays uni since being acquired by the club in…

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2019-08-18 04:56:12



Nationals Likely To Activate Max Scherzer Thursday  

The Nationals will likely activate ace Max Scherzer on Thursday, manager Dave Martinez tells Jamal Collier of MLB.com (via Twitter). Scherzer threw a simulated game yesterday and came out unscathed. Of course, a Scherzer return will be a boon to a Washington club holding onto a 2.5 game in the Wild Card standings. The Nats just…

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2019-08-18 03:28:49



Reds Place Joey Votto On IL  

The Reds announced today they have placed first baseman Joey Votto on the 10-day injured list with a lower back strain. Brian O’Grady has been recalled to replace Votto on the 25-man roster. So continues a shockingly difficult season for the former NL MVP. Votto’s .262/.352/.410 line is the first below-average offensive performance of his career. In…

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2019-08-18 03:17:48



AL Notes: Laureano, Harvey, Brusdar, Lourdes  

We’ll kick off this Sunday by taking a look at some injuries and minor-league news around the Junior Circuit. Athletics center fielder Ramón Laureano is making slow but steady progress from a stress reaction in his shin, he tells Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle (via Twitter). Laureano plans to begin running next week…

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2019-08-18 02:27:01



Astros Place Aledmys Diaz On IL, Activate Brad Peacock  

The Astros have placed infielder Aledmys Diaz on the 10-day injured list, according to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle. Per The Athletic’s Jake Kaplan, Cy Sneed has been recalled to replace Diaz on the active roster, while Brad Peacock has also been activated from the injured list. While there’s no official diagnosis for Diaz,…

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2019-08-18 01:40:15



Phillies Place Roman Quinn On Injured List  

The Phillies placed outfielder Roman Quinn on the 10-day injured list today, following his removal from Friday’s game with the Padres. It’s a right groin muscle strain for the 26-year-old Philadelphia product, as detailed by a report from Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Enquirer (link). After managing a 97 wRC+ in 50 games in his rookie…

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2019-08-18 01:30:13



Robert Gsellman To Injured List With Triceps Injury  

After being generally harangued for their win-next-year approach at July’s trade deadline, the Mets have ripped off an 11-5 record this August. At 63-60, New York sits just 2.0 games back in the NL Wild Card race. But if the Mets are going to summon a truly amazing late-season turnaround, they will be doing so,…

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2019-08-18 01:10:19



Jake Arrieta To Undergo Season-Ending Surgery  

Phillies righty Jake Arrieta will undergo season-ending surgery later this month to remove a bone spur in his right elbow, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Arrieta, 33, had been pitching through the injury since early in the summer, to less-than-stellar results. The 2019 season was the hurler’s worst since his days in Baltimore: though the…

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2019-08-17 22:45:54



NL Notes: Kimbrel, Scherzer, Swanson  

MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian offers that the “expectation” is that Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel will be activated for Sunday’s contest with the Pirates. Signed this midseason to a 3-year/$43MM contract, Kimbrel got off to a rocky start in Chicago before a knee injury robbed him of participation in the club’s last 13 games. Through his first…

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2019-08-17 19:46:23



Carlos Carrasco Set For Rehab Assignment, Likely To Return As Reliever  

Indians righty Carlos Carrasco, out since late May after being diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, is set to appear in a rehab game for AA-Akron on Monday, per The Athletic’s Zack Meisel. Carrasco will be limited to just an inning in preparation for a bullpen role upon return, per Meisel. The rotation lynchpin, who last…

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2019-08-17 19:29:56



Red Sox Place Chris Sale On 10-Day IL With Elbow Inflammation  

6:37 pm: Ryan Brasier has been called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill Sale's spot on the active roster, according to a report from the Boston Herald’s Steve Hewitt (link). 4:52 pm: It appears the issue may indeed be more serious than initially believed. Per President of Baseball Ops Dave Dombrowski (h/t to Bill Koch of the…

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2019-08-17 17:58:33



Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Headed For MRI  

Heralded Blue Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was removed from today’s contest with the Mariners due to what the team has called “left knee discomfort”. “Vladito” exited the game after making a diving grab on a ground ball at third base in the top of the second inning, and it appears the move may have…

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2019-08-17 14:14:18



Ender Inciarte Placed On Injured List  

Following a string of earlier reports regarding the hamstring injury sustained by Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte yesterday, the team has officially placed him on the 10-day injured list. Gabriel Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution shares that Inciarte is expected to be out 4-6 weeks after an MRI scan revealed a sprain of the Grade 2 variety…

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2019-08-17 13:44:58



Pirates Season Marked By Conflict On-Field And Off  

Last night’s walkoff victory against the reeling Cubs aside, the Pirates are mired in a deep funk. They started the second half in free fall, going 6-25 as they’ve dipped from the fringes of the playoff race to (at one point) twenty games under .500. The Pirates have been involved in multiple on-field conflicts, with…

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2019-08-17 13:30:49



Orioles Recall Hunter Harvey  

The Orioles recalled right-hander Hunter Harvey, the team’s PR department announced. This comes after Tom Eshelman was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk last night. Harvey, 24, is a former top prospect whose ascent was slowed by a number of injuries. When he enters a game, it will be a major league debut for Harvey, though it’s…

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2019-08-17 12:34:19



Mets Injury Updates: J.D. Davis, Robert Gsellman  

After storming back into the playoff picture after the trade deadline, the Mets took a tough loss against the lowly Royals last night. Coming off a series loss to the first-place Braves, the Mets remain two games out of playoff position. Their aggressiveness at the trade deadline prompted reactions ranging from surprise to accusations of…

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2019-08-17 09:31:52



David Robertson Undergoes Tommy John Surgery  

Phillies righty David Robertson, who negotiated a two-year, $23MM deal prior to the season on his own behalf, has undergone Tommy John Surgery and will miss the rest of this season and all of 2020, Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Robertson, 34, had been one of baseball’s premier relievers for nearly the entire…

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2019-08-17 06:31:49



Julio Urias Suspended 20 Games  

Dodgers lefty Julio Urias has been suspended 20 games under MLB’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse policy, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports. Per Jorge Castillo of the LA Times, the suspension includes the five games Urias served while on administrative leave. Urias will not appeal the decision and will be eligible for postseason…

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2019-08-17 06:30:41



Outrighted: Yacabonis, Mantiply, Lail  

Let’s catch up on a few announcements regarding players who have been outrighted after clearing waivers … The Orioles announced that righty Jimmy Yacabonis is destined for Triple-A after clearing. He had struggled in a 41-inning showcase this year, managing only a 5.40 ERA with 7.2 K/9 against 5.3 BB/9. Yacabonis has produced similar numbers…

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2019-08-17 05:19:15



Latest On Tyler Glasnow, 3 Other Injured Rays  

It’s unclear whether injured Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow will be able to pitch again this year, but he isn’t giving up on his season, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Glasnow, out since May 10 with forearm troubles, has been throwing from 90 feet of late and is set for a bullpen session Monday. The soon-to-be…

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2019-08-17 04:42:40



Rangers Could Call Up Brock Burke  

The Rangers, seeking a starter for half of their Tuesday doubleheader against the Angels, are considering calling up left-hander Brock Burke, Jeff Wilson of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram reports. It would be the major league debut for the 23-year-old Burke, who’s already on the Rangers’ 40-man roster. "We're kind of hoping that Burke would be…

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2019-08-17 03:27:47



Astros Option Cy Sneed, Recall Rogelio Armenteros, Reinstate Francis Martes  

The Astros optioned Cy Sneed to Triple-A while promoting Rogelio Armenteros, per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter). Armenteros, 25, is up to slated to start today’s game versus the Athletics. It’s been so far so good for Armeneteros this season, with a 1.93 ERA/2.86 FIP in 14 innings thus far, including one…

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2019-08-17 03:27:47



Pitcher Notes: Carrasco, Scherzer, German  

The latest on a few notable right-handers… The Indians’ Carlos Carrasco took a significant step Friday toward returning to a major league mound, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com explains. Carrasco, out since the end of May because of a leukemia diagnosis, threw his first live batting practice session, tossing 25 pitches to Single-A hitters. The Indians…

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2019-08-17 02:36:15



NL Notes: Kang, Brewers, Mets, Reds  

After spending several years with the Pirates, who released him Aug. 5, it’s possible free-agent infielder Jung Ho Kang will resurface in the National League Central. Kang took infield practice with the Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate in San Antonio on Thursday, as journalist Joe Alexander noted. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel corroborated Alexander’s report…

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2019-08-17 02:10:07



AL Notes: Cole, Astros, Voit, Jays, Twins, Tigers, Rays  

The Astros remain optimistic that right-hander Gerrit Cole will avoid a stint on the injured list, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com writes. Cole, who has been dealing with hamstring discomfort this week, played catch Friday and will do so again this weekend, manager A.J. Hinch said. Hinch added that the Astros are hopeful the AL Cy…

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2019-08-17 02:03:20



Mets Select Paul Sewald, Designate Tim Peterson  

As they continue to cycle through right-handed relief arms, the Mets have made a few tweaks to the makeup of their bullpen and roster. The club announced that it has selected the contract of Paul Sewald. To create 40-man space, Tim Peterson was designated for assignment, while an active roster spot was freed by optioning…

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2019-08-16 22:29:28



Blue Jays Claim Beau Taylor  

The Blue Jays have claimed catcher Beau Taylor off waivers from the Athletics, per a club announcement. He’ll begin his tenure with the Toronto organization at Triple-A. Taylor was likely targeted to bolster the Jays’ catching depth. The team seems likely to continue utilizing Danny Jansen and Reese McGuire at the major-league level for the…

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2019-08-16 20:53:46



Cubs Activate Kintzler, Russell; Option Almora, Norwood  

The Cubs announced today that they have activated reliever Brandon Kintzler from the injured list and recalled infielder Addison Russell. In corresponding moves, outfielder Albert Almora and reliever James Norwood were optioned. (Via Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune; Twitter links.) It’s good news for the Chicago organization that Kintzler is already prepared to return from a pectoral…

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2019-08-16 20:50:37



Athletics Designate Dustin Garneau, Activate Josh Phegley  

Change is afoot behind the dish for the Athletics. The club announced today that it has designated Dustin Garneau for assignment, clearing the way for the return of Josh Phegley from the injured list. Garneau, who recently turned 32, had a nice run in seven games with the A’s. But he was obviously seen mostly…

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2019-08-16 20:08:52



White Sox Outright AJ Reed  

The White Sox have outrighted first baseman AJ Reed, MLB.com’s Scott Merkin tweets. That leaves the club with two 40-man roster openings. A former second-round pick, Reed was once considered a premium prospect with the Astros. But his bat has failed to translate in limited opportunities at the major-league level. Reed had already been optioned…

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2019-08-16 17:12:43



Braves Remove Ender Inciarte With Hamstring Injury  

Already facing mounting health challenges, the Braves are now left with another potentially significant injury. Center fielder Ender Inciarte was removed from tonight’s game with what the team is labeling a right hamstring injury, as David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was among those to cover on Twitter. After a slow start at the plate,…

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2019-08-16 16:47:55



A Minor Signing Pays Off For Giants  

Giants infielder Donovan Solano has somewhat quietly held his own since the team selected his contract from Triple-A Sacramento on May 7. Dating back to then, Solano has slashed .331/.363/.471 (119 wRC+) with four home runs across 168 plate appearances. Not bad for someone who had to settle for a minor league pact when he…

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2019-08-16 16:20:32



NL East Notes: Doolittle, Camargo, Chisholm  

Sean Doolittle is on pace to finish just enough games to trigger the clause in his contract that turns the Nationals’ $6.5MM club option into a mutual option, and the reliever spoke to Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post about his future this week. “I mean, you play this game for a really long time, and…

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2019-08-16 14:56:43



Poll: Who Will Win The AL Central?  

The two best teams in the American League Central brutalized their opponents on Thursday. The Twins crushed the Rangers, 13-6. The Indians pulled off an even more decisive victory, destroying the mighty Yankees by a 19-5 score. On the heels of those wins, Minnesota and Cleveland entered play Friday neck and neck in the division,…

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2019-08-16 14:16:30



Royals Designate Billy Hamilton  

The Royals have designated outfielder Billy Hamilton for assignment. His active roster spot will go to Brett Phillips, who was recalled from Triple-A. Hamilton has long seemed a candidate to change uniforms — ever since he was signed over the offseason, in fact. The rebuilding Kansas City organization inked him for a guaranteed $5.25MM (including…

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2019-08-16 12:52:45



Yankees Sign Tyler Lyons  

The Yankees have signed left-hander Tyler Lyons to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, per Conor Foley of the Scranton Times-Tribune (Twitter link). He’s the second veteran reliever the club has added on a minor league deal this week and the third veteran piece of bullpen depth the club has picked…

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2019-08-16 12:49:42



Padres To Place Tatis, Kinsler On Injured List  

The Padres will place infielders Fernando Tatis Jr. and Ian Kinsler on the injured list, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. It was already known that a back issue — now reported to be a strain — would likely send Tatis to the IL for the second time this season. A herniated disk…

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2019-08-16 07:42:05



Brian Cashman Reflects On Gio Urshela Acquisition  

Even though the Yankees had 2018 AL Rookie of the Year runner-up Miguel Andujar manning third base, surprise abounded when they didn’t aggressively pursue free agent Manny Machado in the offseason. Plenty has changed for those two players since then. Machado took a 10-year, $300MM offer from the Padres and has gone on to post…

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2019-08-16 06:29:33



Giants Could Call Up Logan Webb  

The Giants haven’t named a starter for Saturday’s game in Arizona, but president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi “strongly hinted” in a radio appearance on KNBR the job will go to right-hander Logan Webb, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets. Webb is already on the Giants’ 40-man roster, so calling him up from…

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2019-08-16 06:20:43



Rays Promote Peter Fairbanks  

10:40am: The Rays announced the move. Righty Jose De Leon was optioned back to Durham in place of Fairbanks. 10:22am: The Rays will promote pitching prospect Peter Fairbanks from Triple-A Durham, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports (via Twitter). Fairbanks, 25, was acquired in a perhaps under-the-radar deadline trade that sent fellow prospect…

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2019-08-16 05:15:21



Rhys Hoskins Undergoes X-Ray On Hand  

The Phillies staged one of the most memorable comebacks of the season Thursday, rallying from a 5-1 ninth-inning deficit against the Cubs to pull off a 7-5 victory. The game ended on a walk-off grand slam from outfielder Bryce Harper, with first baseman Rhys Hoskins among the players he knocked in. Hoskins got on base…

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2019-08-16 04:52:32



Braves Considering Signing Adeiny Hechavarria  

The Braves are contemplating a move to sign veteran shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). Hechavarria evidently cleared release waivers earlier this afternoon. It’s not surprising that Hechavarria was not claimed. He was earning at a fairly hefty $3MM rate. And his deal included big bonuses ($1MM apiece at…

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2019-08-16 04:33:13



Braves To Sign Hechavarria; Option Camargo, Duvall  

The Braves are slated to make a few notable roster tweaks, according to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman (via Twitter). The club will ink shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, who was recently released by the Mets, as had been suggested earlier today. Also joining the active roster will be righty Bryse Wilson. To create roster space, the organization has…

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2019-08-16 04:27:51



Marlins Designate Deven Marrero, Activate Neil Walker  

The Marlins announced today that they have designated infielder Deven Marrero for assignment. His roster spot will go to fellow infielder Neil Walker, who was activated from the injured list. Marrero, who is closing in on his 29th birthday, was brought up recently to fill out the Miami roster. He has seen action in parts…

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2019-08-16 04:12:30



Injury Notes: Cueto, Stanton, Hill, Morrow  

Johnny Cueto’s rehab outing with Single-A San Jose is set for tonight, manager Bruce Bochy told reporters (including NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic and Kerry Crowley of the Bay Area News Group), with the veteran righty slated to make 45 pitches.  Cueto is expected to make one more start beyond tonight for San Jose,…

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2019-08-16 03:34:34



12 Pitchers Whose Saves Tallies Will Drive 2020 Earnings  

The ability to handle late-inning pressure still has value to teams. But the accumulation of saves, standing alone, isn’t generally the driver of open-market bullpen salaries that it once was. For arbitration, however, saves tallies pay big, opening the door to significant earning opportunities for relievers. So, which players have put themselves in position to…

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2019-08-16 02:53:32



Fernando Tatis Jr. Expected To Miss Remainder Of Season  

Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. is expected to miss the remainder of the season, manager Andy Green tells reporters including Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune (Twitter link). The exceptional rookie is dealing with a back issue that drove him to the injured list earlier today and is evidently more serious than had originally…

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2019-08-16 02:08:29



Chris Taylor Begins Rehab Assignment  

Injured Dodgers utilityman Chris Taylor began a rehab assignment at the Single-A level Thursday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com relays. There’s no word on how long it’ll take Taylor to return to the majors. The Dodgers have been without the versatile Taylor since July 14, when he fractured his left forearm. The hope then was Taylor…

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2019-08-16 01:35:50



Braves Designate Wes Parsons  

The Braves announced that they have designated righty Wes Parsons for assignment. His roster spot was needed for the club’s previously reported signing of Adeiny Hechavarria, which is now official. Parsons, 26, converted to a full-time relief role this season and has had success at limiting earned runs. But that only tells a limited portion…

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2019-08-16 01:32:33



Diamondbacks Place Robbie Ray On 10-Day Injured List  

5:58PM: Ray’s MRI didn’t indicate any serious damage, the southpaw told MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert (Twitter link). 3:14PM: The Diamondbacks have placed left-hander Robbie Ray on the 10-day injured list due to a lower back spasm, the team announced.  Right-handers Jon Duplantier and Stefan Crichton have been called up from Triple-A to take the roster spots…

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2019-08-15 22:57:48



NL Notes: Carlson, Hader, Hosmer, Ahmed  

The Cardinals have promoted top outfield prospect Dylan Carlson to Triple-A, per an announcement from the club’s top affiliate. That puts the 20-year-old switch-hitter right on the doorstep of the big leagues. Carlson turned in a strong .281/.364/.518 batting line with 21 long balls and 18 steals over 483 Double-A plate appearances. It’s not clear whether…

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2019-08-15 22:32:44



Free Agent Stock Watch: Wade Miley  

Left-hander Wade Miley was one of the most cost-efficient free-agent signings in each of the previous two offseasons. He was highly successful as a Brewer in 2018 after settling for a minor league contract, and has continued to thrive this year as an Astro on the heels of taking a major league pact worth $4.5MM.…

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2019-08-15 22:19:36



NL East Notes: Zimmerman, Phillies, Lowrie, Marlins  

Ryan Zimmerman is in the final guaranteed year of his contract, and the longtime Nationals staple tells MLB.com’s Bill Ladson that he has yet to speak to GM Mike Rizzo or team ownership about what he hopes will be a continued relationship in 2020 and beyond.  The Nats hold an $18MM club option ($2MM buyout)…

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2019-08-15 19:18:01



MLBTR Poll: The NL East Bullpen Experience  

As I watched last night’s Braves-Mets game, the already fascinating NL East bullpen dynamics really came into view. Here we have four clubs — those two, plus the Nationals and Phillies — with big expectations and major core talent, all trying to get past season-long relief woes. Odds are, none of these clubs will truly…

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2019-08-15 13:05:43



6 Extended Players Who Have Improved In 2019  

There was a well-documented run on contract extensions prior to this season, which bled into the current campaign in multiple instances. All told, 30 players inked multiyear pacts with their clubs between January and April. We highlighted five last week who’ve disappointed this year since landing their new deals. Now, here are six who have…

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2019-08-15 11:41:02



Twins Activate Michael Pineda  

The Twins activated right-hander Michael Pineda from the injured list Thursday, per Phil Miller of the Star Tribune. He’ll start the team’s game in Texas. The Twins optioned righty Randy Dobnak to Triple-A Rochester in a corresponding move. Pineda’s back after missing a little over the minimum of 10 days for Minnesota, which placed him…

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2019-08-15 09:48:52



Yankees Sign David Hernandez  

The Yankees  agreed to a minor league contract with veteran right-hander David Hernandez, as was first reported by Conor Foley of the Scranton Times-Tribune (via Twitter). The Yankees didn’t make any formal announcement of the move, but Hernandez actually pitched last night for the team’s Triple-A club. Hernandez, 34, was released by the Reds on…

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2019-08-15 09:45:52



Mariners Select Taylor Guilbeau  

The Mariners announced Thursday that they’ve selected the contract of lefty Taylor Guilbeau from Triple-A Tacoma and placed right-hander Brandon Brennan on the 10-day injured list due to right shoulder inflammation. Guilbeau, 26, currently ranks 22nd among Mariners prospects at both MLB.com and Baseball America. Seattle acquired the hard-throwing southpaw in the trade that sent Roenis…

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2019-08-15 06:48:48



Jeter: Marlins Haven't Made Decision On Mattingly's Future  

The Marlins will reportedly move on from manager Don Mattingly after the season, but the 58-year-old said Wednesday he hopes to return to his post in 2020, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com relays. "I’d love to be back, especially if they want you back," said Mattingly, whose contract will expire at season’s end. Marlins owner Derek…

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2019-08-15 06:22:11



Injury Notes: Astros, Ray, Nimmo, Voit  

The hamstring injury that prompted the Astros to scratch Gerrit Cole from yesterday’s start isn’t immediately believed to be serious, manager A.J. Hinch told reporters (Twitter link, with video, via Brian McTaggart of MLB.com). That doesn’t necessarily preclude a trip to the injured list, but Hinch explained that Cole “doesn’t think it’s that serious.” He’ll…

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2019-08-15 05:36:31



Athletics Sign Matt Harvey  

9:53pm: The club has indeed signed Harvey, per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Harvey will report to Triple-A Las Vegas. 9:17pm: The Athletics are closing in on a contract with free-agent right-hander Matt Harvey, according to Roster Roundup. It’ll be a minor league pact, Jon Heyman of MLB Network tweets. An agreement with…

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2019-08-15 05:17:07



Jose Iglesias Interested In Re-Signing With Reds  

Jose Iglesias has been an effective pickup at a low price for the Reds, who inked the former Boston and Detroit shortstop to a minor league contract last winter. Although he had to settle for a non-guaranteed deal, Iglesias earned a spot on the Reds’ roster and a $2.5MM salary coming into the season. The…

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2019-08-15 05:11:35



Blue Jays Notes: Smoak, Galvis, Bichette, Catcher  

A day after suggesting that Rowdy Tellez was in line to receive more playing time down than Justin Smoak down the stretch, Blue Jays skipper Charlie Montoyo has walked that assertion back a bit. “Maybe it came out like he's going to play more than Smoak, but it's still the same way,” Montoyo told reporters, including Shi…

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2019-08-15 05:05:20






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