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Nationals | Ross Detwiler with enhanced role
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:20:58 -0700

Washington Nationals RP Ross Detwiler will have a bigger role in the bullpen, according to manager Matt Williams. RP Jerry Blevins will be used as more of a left-handed specialist.

Nationals | Jayson Werth takes an at-bat
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:17:09 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (ankle) appeared as a pinch hitter Tuesday, July 29, and could return to the lineup Wednesday, July 30.

Nationals | Ryan Zimmerman has serious injury
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:15:57 -0700

Updating previous reports, Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) has a Grade 3 hamstring strain, according to two baseball sources.

Cardinals | Saturday starter spot vacant
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:25:16 -0700

Updating a previous item, the St. Louis Cardinals have vacated SP Shelby Miller from his starting spot on Saturday, Aug. 2. Manager Mike Matheny has said the spot could go to someone outside the organization, prompting speculation a trade might be made.

Pirates | A.J. Burnett talks appear off
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:59:00 -0700

The Pittsburgh Pirates appear to be out of the hunt for Philadelphia Phillies SP A.J. Burnett. The issue is that Burnett has been unwilling to give an assurance that he would not pick up his player option for next season, creating too much financial uncertainty for Pittsburgh.

Cubs | Jason Russell wouldn't mind starting
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:52:07 -0700

If he is not dealt at the trading deadline, Chicago Cubs RP James Russell has indicated he would like to start for the Cubs. "If we were to get a bunch of free-agent pitchers that were starters and bring them here, I could see a reason why I would stay in the bullpen," he said. "If we don't do that, I don't see the harm in getting the chance. But it's really not up to me."

Dodgers | Reportedly in on John Lackey
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:14:05 -0700

The Los Angeles Dodgers have expressed interest in Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey. The Dodgers like the fact Lackey's contract is $500,000 for 2015 because of Lackey's Tommy John surgery.

Cardinals | Daniel Descalso leaves game
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:51:35 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals 2B Daniel Descalso (leg) was hit on the right leg or knee injury by a pitch Tuesday, July 29, against the San Diego Padres, suffering an apparent injury. He was forced to leave the game early.

Giants | Landing spot for Asdrubal Cabrera?
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:38:49 -0700

The Cleveland Indians might be open to dealing SS Asdrubal Cabrera, and he has been linked to the San Francisco Giants.

Rockies | LaTroy Hawkins likely staying put
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:25:23 -0700

The Colorado Rockies talked briefly with the Pittsburgh Pirates about RP LaTroy Hawkins, but the Rockies are likely to keep the veteran reliever. The team is interested in picking up the option on Hawkins at $2.25 million.

Dodgers | Pass on deal for Cole Hamels
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:24:45 -0700

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies discussed a deal for SP Cole Hamels, with the asking price thee of the top prospects of the Dodgers - OF Joc Pederson, SS Corey Seager and P Julio Urias. The Dodgers passed on the deal.

Pirates | Pedro Alvarez sits
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:54:49 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez was not in the lineup Tuesday, July 29, against the San Francisco Giants, but the absence was not trade-related, according to a source.

Marlins | Express interest in Jon Lester
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:36:26 -0700

The Miami Marlins are interested in acquiring Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester, and they reached out to the team regarding the pitch Tuesday, July 29. The Red Sox are believed to be asking for OF Christian Yelich, a proposal the Marlins would not consider.

Pirates | In the mix for Jon Lester?
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:22:35 -0700

Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester could be on the move to the Pittsburgh Pirates, a team which is viewed as a dark-horse candidate in the pre-trade deadline sweepstakes, according to a major league source. One name at the center of the talks is Double-A switch-hitting prospect OF Joshua Bell, according to sources. The Los Angeles Dodgers are another team believed to be in the running for Lester's service.

Phillies | Cole Hamels deal seems unlikely
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:20:41 -0700

Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels is not expected to be traded before the July 31 non-waiver deadline. According to a source, a trade of Hamels is the "least likely" of all the deals the Phillies are considering.

Brewers | Not in on Jon Lester
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:13:25 -0700

Updating a previous report, the Milwaukee Brewers are not believed to be in the mix to acquire Boston Red Sox SP Jon Lester.

Reds | Logan Ondrusek progressing
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:13:27 -0700

Cincinnati Reds RP Logan Ondrusek (shoulder) resumed a throwing program Tuesday, July 29. Manager Bryan Price was glad the reliever was ready to throw again after being shut down for several days. "He still had just a bit of soreness (Monday), so that's a good sign," Price said. "There will be a throwing protocol. He's going to have to take some steps as far as effort level, long toss, and bullpen to be able to sign off on reactivation. If we activate him and he's sore in the first outing, we have to put him back on for 15 days."

Reds | Manny Parra nursing back injury
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:10:05 -0700

Cincinnati Reds RP Manny Parra (back) has been sidelined since July 20 due to a stiff back, manager Bryan Price said Tuesday, July 29. The skipper estimated it would be "maybe three days" until Parra is available again.

Pirates | Not optimistic about Starling Marte
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:05:37 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Starling Marte (concussion) might not be ready to come off the 7-day concussion disabled list when eligible Wednesday, July 30, manager Clint Hurdle said.

Cardinals | George Kottaras waived
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:12:50 -0700

The St. Louis Cardinals requested outright release waivers on C George Kottaras Tuesday, July 29. He was designated for assignment July 26.

Braves | Jason Heyward hopeful for Wednesday
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:11:42 -0700

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (back) said Tuesday, July 29, that he is hopeful of returning to the lineup Wednesday, July 30. His back started getting sore Thursday, July 24, when pursuing a foul ball, and he was given the day off Tuesday.

Giants | Matt Cain to see doctor Tuesday
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:05:50 -0700

Updating a previous report, San Francisco Giants SP Matt Cain (elbow) will meet with Dr. James Andrews Wednesday, July 30.

Cardinals | Oscar Taveras sitting
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:02:30 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras is not in the lineup Tuesday, July 29, after two straight starts. OF Allen Craig returns to the lineup and is batting seventh.

Braves | Jason Heyward out
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:55:16 -0700

Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward (back) is out of the starting lineup Tuesday, July 29. He left the game Monday, July 28, with lower back soreness and is considered day-to-day.

Cubs | Neil Ramirez's DL stint update
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:48:05 -0700

Updating a previous report, Chicago Cubs RP Neil Ramirez's (triceps) disabled list stint is retroactive to Saturday, July 26.

Giants | Brandon Belt plays catch
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:22:37 -0700

San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) played catch Tuesday, July 29. It marked Belt's first baseball activity since suffering a concussion Saturday, July 19.

Rockies | Justin Morneau activated
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:14:34 -0700

Updating a previous report, Colorado Rockies 1B Justin Morneau (neck) and RP Boone Logan (elbow) were officially activated from the disabled list Tuesday, July 29. Morneau is hitting fifth and playing first base Tuesday night. SS Cristhian Adames was recalled Tuesday, but he is not in the starting lineup. In corresponding moves, 1B Ben Paulsen and RPs Brooks Brown and Chad Bettis were optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Cubs | Kyuji Fujikawa update
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:13:48 -0700

Chicago Cubs RP Kyuji Fujikawa (elbow) will make at least one more rehab appearance with Triple-A Iowa before he is recalled to the majors.

Pirates | Clint Barmes update
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:10:10 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SS Clint Barmes (groin) took batting practice and participated in drills Tuesday, July 29.

Cubs | Had five sets of eyes on Rusney Castillo
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:01:06 -0700

Cuban free-agent OF Rusney Castillo had five members of the Chicago Cubs' scouting staff on hand for his workout, according to Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer.

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