1B | Brett Pill | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants will promote 1B Brett Pill and OF Roger Kieschnick from Triple-A Fresno Tuesday, July 30. The team hasn't announced what the corresponding moves will be. Kieschnick is hitting .273 with an .836 OPS and 13 home runs in 422 plate appearances.
2B | Tony Abreu | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants placed INF Tony Abreu (knee) on the 15-day disabled list Monday, July 29, due to bursitis in his left knee.
2B | Kensuke Tanaka | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants optioned OF Kensuke Tanaka to Triple-A Fresno Monday, July 29.
2B | Scooter Gennett | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 2B Scooter Gennett will be promoted from Triple-A Nashville Tuesday, July 30, as the 26th player for the scheduled doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs. Gennett will start one of the two games, giving 2B Rickie Weeks (rest) one game to rest.
2B | Eric Sogard | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics 2B Eric Sogard was promoted to the two-hole by manager Bob Melvin for the game Monday, July 29, against the Toronto Blue Jays. He entered the game with 11 hits over his past 27 at-bats, but was hitless in four at-bats Monday.
2B | Jordany Valdespin | New York Mets | Fantasy,
The team will not say when they plan on recalling SSs Jordany Valdespin or Ruben Tejada from Triple-A Las Vegas. Valdespin is batting .500 (22-for-44) with two home runs and 21 RBIs in 11 games and Tejada is hitting .337 (33-for-98) with eight RBIs in 24 games. The Mets' priority right now is to maintain a six-man rotation in order to limit the innings of SPs Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler.
2B | Jayson Nix | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees INF Jayson Nix (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Tuesday, July 30.
SS | Xander Bogaerts | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox are unlikely to trade for Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee because the Phils are reluctant to move him, and the Red Sox don't want to give up SS Xander Bogaerts, OF Jackie Bradley or other big-name prospects.
SS | Jose Iglesias | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Jose Iglesias is sitting the bench Monday, July 29, and he's 4-for-40 (.100) in his last 11 games with no extra-base hits and one run scored. His batting average has dropped from .384 to .330. SS Xander Bogaerts is starting at third base with Triple-A Pawtucket Monday, his fifth game there. Bogaerts is batting .273/.377/.476 in 40 games and has eight homers and 42 RBIs. "Xander's doing everything that he can to tell us when he's ready to come to the big leagues," manager John Farrell said. "Whether that's this week or next month, that's still in the debate or in the conversation. But it's an exciting young player. We're all looking forward to the day he begins his career, not knowing when that's going to be."
SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (quadriceps) homered in his first at-bat back from the disabled list Sunday, July 28, and he went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in the game. Manager Joe Girardi wants Jeter to "run under control" until his injury is fully healed.
3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is prepared to invoke the "integrity of the game" clause in the collective bargaining agreement to suspend New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez without the chance to appeal. By invoking that rarely used power - embodied in Article XI, Section A1b of the game's collective bargaining agreement - Selig would attempt to effectively keep Rodriguez from ever returning to the field by bypassing the grievance procedure outlined in the joint drug program MLB operates in conjunction with the Players' Association. Rodriguez would be suspended immediately for interfering with MLB's year-long investigation into Biogenesis and would later be hit with an additional suspension for violating baseball's drug program. MLB investigators believe Rodriguez attempted to intimidate witnesses and purchase incriminating documents to keep them out of the hands of baseball officials.
3B | Aramis Ramirez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez (knee) was able to test his left knee injury in batting practice Tuesday, July 29, although he has been making slow progress. "I'm not healing as well as I thought I would," Ramirez said. "I don't know why. I'm doing everything I can, but it's not coming out like I hoped."
C | John Jaso | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics C John Jaso (concussion) has not yet resumed baseball activities, and it appears he will not be ready to come off the 7-day concussion disabled list Thursday, Aug. 1, when eligible.
C | Ryan Hanigan | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds C Ryan Hanigan (wrist) hopes to be activated from the disabled list soon, and he's said he's dealing with the soreness in his strained left wrist. He's not pain-free, but he said his wrist only hurts when he's swinging.
C | Mike McKenry | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates placed C Mike McKenry (knee) on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee sprain Monday, July 29, and they will recall OF Alex Presley from Triple-A Indianapolis in a corresponding move.
C | Jesus Montero | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners C Jesus Montero will be limited to first base and designated hitter for the rest of the season with Triple-A Tacoma.
OF | Hunter Pence | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
The New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds have joined the list of teams to call about San Francisco Giants OF Hunter Pence.
OF | Marlon Byrd | New York Mets | Fantasy
The New York Mets have fielded calls from other teams about OF Marlon Byrd and CL Bobby Parnell only.
OF | B.J. Upton | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said OF B.J. Upton (adductor) could begin a rehab assignment this week.
OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) is not believed to have a serious injury. While he was scratched Monday, July 29, against the Cincinnati Reds, he was available off the bench for pinch-hitting duties.
OF | Cameron Maybin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Cameron Maybin (knee, wrist) will join Triple-A Tucson to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Tuesday, July 30. After the team's eight-game road trip, Maybin will be re-evaluated.
OF | Kyle Blanks | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Kyle Blanks (Achilles') has been sidelined by a sore Achilles' tendon since July 12, and he is not close to returning. "It's bothersome, sore," manager Bud Black said Monday, July 29. "The doctors looked at him today and said it would be a couple of weeks. I'm not sure if that means he'll play in a big-league game in two weeks or if it means he can put on his spikes. Honestly, I don't think he'll be in the lineup in two weeks."
OF | Yoenis Cespedes | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes went 3-for-5 with a triple, home run, two runs scored and three RBI Monday, July 29, against the Toronto Blue Jays. He has back-to-back three-hit games for the first time in his career.
OF | Seth Smith | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Seth Smith entered the game Monday, July 29, against the Toronto Blue Jays with a 29 at-bat hitless streak, but he snapped out of it with two hits in three at-bats with a double, RBI and walk.
OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Shin-Soo Choo (ankle) is dealing with a sprained ankle and might be available to pinch hit Monday, July 29. The injury isn't serious.
OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson (pinkie) and 3B Alex Rodriguez (quadriceps, hip) ran the arc of the infield Monday, July 29, and neither player suffered any setbacks. Granderson will play for Double-A Trenton Tuesday, July 30, and Wednesday, July 31, and could join the team this weekend. Rodriguez will participate in a simulated game Thursday, Aug. 1.
OF | Peter Bourjos | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Peter Bourjos (wrist) took batting practice Monday, July 29, hitting 40 pitches off a tee and also doing soft toss. He hopes to start a rehab assignment next week. SP Jason Vargas (armpit) and RP Sean Burnett (elbow) both threw bullpen sessions Monday. Vargas could pitch in a simulated game in three days, and there is still no timetable for Burnett's rehab assignment.
OF | Junior Lake | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said OF Junior Lake is basically an everyday player despite his recent cold streak.
OF | Mike Morse | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners activated OF Mike Morse (quadriceps) from the 15-day disabled list Monday, July 29. He hit .250 (6-for-24) with a double, home run, two RBIs, two walks and six strikeouts in six games with Triple-A Tacoma.
OF | Reed Johnson | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves OF Reed Johnson (Achilles') is day-to-day and will be a game-time decision Monday, July 29.
OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (finger) is back in the lineup Monday, July 29.
OF | Alex Rios | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
The Texas Rangers are no longer pursuing Chicago White Sox OF Alex Rios, and general manager Jon Daniels doesn't think the team will make any more big moves before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
OF | Jason Bay | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners designated OF Jason Bay for assignment Monday, July 29.
OF | Franklin Gutierrez | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Mike Morse (quadriceps) was scheduled to play in his fourth rehab game in right field for Triple-A Tacoma late last week, and he could rejoin the team soon. Morse hit .222 (2-for-9) with a home run and a double in his first three games with Tacoma. "I talked to him briefly today and he's champing at the bit," acting manager Robby Thompson said. "He says he feels real good." Morse can come off the disabled list whenever he's ready. Morse is closer to a return than OF Franklin Gutierrez (hamstring), who is also rehabbing at Tacoma.
OF | Chris Dickerson | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction
Baltimore Orioles OF Chris Dickerson cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk Monday, July 29.
OF | Alfonso Soriano | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said owner Hal Steinbrenner ordered him to finalize the deal to acquire OF Alfonso Soriano from the Chicago Cubs last week when he wanted to be a little more patient in negotiations. "I didn't want to give up (Single-A pitcher) Corey Black, but I didn't nix the Soriano deal," Cashman said. "I did not want to do Corey Black. We had been negotiating with the Cubs for a long time. They wanted something more a week earlier and ownership, obviously, in our discussions (felt) we needed to do something." Soriano is 0-for-8 with an RBI in his first two games with the team.
SP | Yovani Gallardo | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles are one of the teams on Milwaukee Brewers SP Yovani Gallardo's no-trade list.
SP | Joel Pineiro | free agent | Transaction
The Baltimore Orioles released SP Joel Pineiro.
SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Rival executives believe Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee will be traded before the July 31 deadline.
SP | Jake Peavy | Chicago White Sox | Transaction, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox SP Jake Peavy was scratched from his start Tuesday, July 30, amid trade rumors. SP Andre Rienzo is expected to be called up from Triple-A Charlotte to take the start.
SP | Dylan Bundy | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles don't want to trade SP Dylan Bundy (elbow) because they know they'd be selling low on him due to his injury.
SP | Jake Arrieta | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Jake Arrieta will make his debut with the team in the second game of a doubleheader against the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday, July 30.
SP | Matt Harrison | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Matt Harrison (back) will toss two innings for Double-A Frisco Wednesday, July 31.
SP | Ian Kennedy | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
The Arizona Diamondbacks have been shopping SP Ian Kennedy and OF Jason Kubel on the trade market.
SP | Kevin Slowey | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Kevin Slowey (forearm) will be out four to six weeks with a strained right forearm muscle. He could miss the rest of the season. Slowey is 3-6 with a 4.11 ERA in 20 games this season.
SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis (elbow) will make another rehab start for Double-A Frisco Saturday, Aug. 3, and he thinks he can return to the team after that.
SP | Jonathon Niese | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Jonathon Niese (shoulder) is starting a rehab assignment in the minor leagues, and he'll make two more rehab starts before he thinks he'll be ready to return. Manager Terry Collins thinks Niese is "a little ways away yet," though. Over the weekend, he allowed two earned runs in two innings in the Gulf Coast League. He will pitch again for Single-A St. Lucie Aug. 1.
SP | Steven Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Injury,
Baltimore Orioles SP Steven Johnson (oblique) gave up two hits and no runs while walking one and striking out two for Single-A Aberdeen in 3 2/3 innings Monday, July 29.
SP | Roy Oswalt | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Roy Oswalt (hamstring) will throw a 40-pitch side session Tuesday, July 30.
SP | Tim Lincecum | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
The San Francisco Giants are listening to offers for OF Hunter Pence, SP Tim Lincecum and RP Javier Lopez, but the price of all three players is believed to be "very strong" for Pence and Lincecum. The Giants plan on making qualifying offers to both Pence and Lincecum once the season is over, which would bring them draft choices if they don't take the offer and sign with another team. The high asking price is likely to keep Lincecum around more so than Pence, since he'll still be coveted.
SP | Alex Cobb | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Alex Cobb (finger, concussion) will throw a simulated game Tuesday, July 30, and could make a rehab start Saturday, Aug. 2.
SP | Tyler Thornburg | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Tyler Thornburg will start Game 2 of the team's doubleheader Tuesday, July 30.
SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
The New York Yankees haven't received any trade offers for SP Phil Hughes.
SP | Carlos Carrasco | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies may want to trade for Cleveland Indians SP Carlos Carrasco in exchange for SP Josh Outman.
SP | Brandon Beachy | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
The Atlanta Braves will activate SP Brandon Beachy (elbow) from the disabled list Monday, July 29, and manager Fredi Gonzalez said Beachy will likely be limited to 100 pitches in his start against the Colorado Rockies. "I feel good now and I've felt good ever since that point I was shut down," Beachy said.
RP | Brian Wilson | free agent | Free Agents
The Los Angeles Dodgers are the front runners for free-agent RP Brian Wilson (Giants).
RP | Javier Lopez | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
The Detroit Tigers are among the teams to have talked to the San Francisco Giants about trading for RP Javier Lopez.
RP | Jonathan Broxton | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Jonathan Broxton (elbow) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment Tuesday, July 30, with Triple-A Louisville.
RP | Scott Downs | Atlanta Braves | Transaction,
The Atlanta Braves designated RP Kameron Loe for assignment Monday, July 29, to make room on the roster for RP Scott Downs.
RP | Rafael Betancourt | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies RP Rafael Betancourt (appendix) isn't close to game action. He has played catch this week, but he won't go on a rehab assignment until after the team's road trip.
RP | Jesse Crain | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Transaction,
The Tampa Bay Rays moved RP Brandon Gomes (lat) to the 60-day disabled list Monday, July 29, to make room on the 40-man roster for RP Jesse Crain.
RP | Frank Francisco | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Frank Francisco (elbow) received two cortisone shots last week, and he's expected to be cleared to start a throwing program later this week.
RP | Jason Grilli | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jason Grilli (forearm) intends to return and pitch again this year, saying he's "going to be ready before the season's out, you can mark my word on that." He will rest for at least another week before starting a throwing program, and there is no timetable for his return. The typical healing period for his injury is one to two months.
RP | Jonathan Papelbon | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies RP Jonathan Papelbon is unlikely to be traded by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. "I can't imagine anyone taking that contract of his and giving Philadelphia pieces back," one rival executive said, basically echoing the sentiments of several who were asked about Papelbon. Papelbon's name isn't being thrown around in trade talks right now. He's interested in going back to the Boston Red Sox, but the BoSox don't seem interested. Also, he's gained a reputation for not fitting well in the clubhouse, which won't help his trade value.
RP | Luke Gregerson | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres aren't interested in dealing any of their outfielders unless it's a big deal. They are more likely to trade RPs Luke Gregerson or Joe Thatcher.
RP | Stephen Pryor | Seattle Mariners | Injury,
Seattle Mariners RP Stephen Pryor (shoulder) has tossed three scoreless outings with Triple-A Tacoma during his rehab assignment, last pitching Wednesday, July 24. "I think it's coming in the near future, but I'm not sure what days," said the hard-throwing right-hander. "If I get through that and everything goes fine, that's kind of the test. But I've felt good. Mechanically, everything has been good. I'm just kind of working on pitches and trying to get back to where I was."
RP | Jose Veras | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said RP Jose Veras will be used to pitch in the seventh or eighth innings, meaning RP Joaquin Benoit will continue to serve as the team's closer. However, Veras could fill in in the ninth if Benoit needs to rest. Right-handed hitters are batting only .162 (12-for-75) against Veras with two home runs, eight walks and 30 strikeouts.
RP | Cory Rasmus | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction,
The Atlanta Braves acquired RP Scott Downs from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Monday, July 29, in exchange for RP Cory Rasmus.
RP | David Phelps | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP David Phelps (forearm) will make his second rehab start for Double-A Trenton Tuesday, July 30.
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