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  • D'Backs option Roger Kieschnick to Triple-A
    Diamondbacks optioned OF Roger Kieschnick to Triple-A Reno.

    Advice: Kieschnick was the odd man out with Mark Trumbo returning from the disabled list. He'll continue to function as organizational depth in the minor leagues.
    Today, 3:20 pm
    Not Active
    7:15 pm x @SF
  • Oscar Taveras not in Friday's lineup
    Oscar Taveras is not in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Taveras went hitless Thursday following two straight multi-hit games, and that was apparently enough to earn him a spot on Mike Matheny's bench. Allen Craig is playing right field against Yovani Gallardo and the Brewers.
    Today, 1:43 pm
  • David DeJesus (hand) needs 2-3 more weeks
    David DeJesus is expected to need 2-3 more weeks for his fractured left hand to heal.

    Advice: He'll be allowed to resume baseball activities at that time. DeJesus is hoping to return in early- to mid-August, with the latter being more likely.
    Today, 1:13 pm
    Disabled List
    Top 3, 1-2 vs x Tor
  • Robert Coello inks minors deal with Orioles
    Orioles signed RHP Robert Coello to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Coello had been at Triple-A with the Yankees, posting a 1.69 ERA with 44 strikeouts over 32 innings. He could get a shot with the O's at some point during the second half.
    Today, 12:45 pm
    Not Active
  • Yunel Escobar activated from disabled list
    Rays activated SS Yunel Escobar from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Escobar missed the last couple weeks with right shoulder soreness. He returns to a disappointing .244/.322/.328 batting line with four homers and 22 RBI over 77 games.
    Today, 12:26 pm
  • Jaime Garcia moved to 60-day DL
    Cardinals transferred LHP Jaime Garcia from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move clears room on the 40-man roster for the return of Joe Kelly. Garcia will undergo season-ending thoracic outlet syndrome surgery on Friday.
    Today, 11:49 am
    Disabled List
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Joe Kelly activated from disabled list
    Cardinals activated RHP Joe Kelly from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Kelly will rejoin the Cardinals' rotation on Friday in Milwaukee. The right-hander has been sidelined since mid-April with a severe hamstring strain but has been cleared to return after making a couple rehab starts. He only threw 72 pitches in his last rehab outing, so the Cards would probably be thrilled to get six innings out of him Friday.
    Today, 11:46 am
    5:10 pm ^ @Mil
  • Soto arrested for marijuana possession
    Geovany Soto was arrested Wednesday night and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana under two ounces.

    Advice: Soto was pulled over for speeding before the marijuana was discovered. He is free on a $500 bail. The Rangers declined to comment on the arrest other than to say they're "aware of the situation." Soto is currently on a rehab assignment as he works his way back from knee surgery.
    Today, 11:44 am
    Disabled List
    5:05 pm vs x LAA
  • Cardinals claim George Kottaras off waivers
    Cardinals claimed C George Kottaras off waivers from the Indians.

    Advice: The Cards needed some depth at catcher following the Yadier Molina (thumb) injury, and Kottaras makes sense as a stop-gap. The 31-year-old is a career .216/.326/.415 hitter but did slug three homers over 10 games with the Tribe. He figures to share time with Tony Cruz while Molina is out, with Audry Perez heading back to Triple-A Memphis. Kottaras won't officially report until Saturday.
    Today, 10:48 am
  • Zach Rosscup recalled from Triple-A
    Cubs recalled LHP Zach Rosscup from Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Rosscup was unscored upon in his four relief frames for the Cubs earlier this season. He'll be used in the middle innings.
    Today, 9:36 am
  • Bobby Korecky designated for assignment
    Blue Jays designated RHP Bobby Korecky for assignment.

    Advice: The move was made in order to clear room on the 40-man roster for the addition of Dan Johnson. Korecky has allowed three runs over 3 1/3 relief frames for the Jays this season. He seems likely to clear waivers.
    Today, 8:12 am
    Not Active
  • Cardinals interested in George Kottaras
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that George Kottaras is "of interest" to the Cardinals.

    Advice: The Cards, of course, are looking for a catcher following Yadier Molina's thumb surgery. Goold notes that Kottaras, who was designated for assignment by the Indians earlier this week, "has done well offensively" and "has a solid reputation in the game and experience at the position." Another catcher who could interest the Cardinals is John Buck, who was also just designated for assignment. They could also consider a trade for Kurt Suzuki. Goold says the club does not have interest in A.J. Pierzynski.
    Today, 7:13 am
  • Kris Johnson recalled from Triple-A
    Twins recalled LHP Kris Johnson from Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: He'll make the start on Friday in Colorado. While it's obviously not an ideal setting to rejoin the rotation, Johnson should stick around as long as Ricky Nolasco (elbow) is on the shelf. He's put up a 2.75 ERA over 16 Triple-A start this season.
    Today, 5:34 am
  • Torres throws scoreless frame in return
    Carlos Torres threw a scoreless frame in his return to action Thursday.

    Advice: Torres was unavailable for a few days due to a bruised hand, but it should no longer be an issue. The right-hander has pitched well out of the Mets' bullpen this season, putting up a 2.93 while striking out over a batter per inning.
    Today, 1:41 am
  • 3B Headley blasts homer in loss to Dodgers
    Chase Headley hit a solo homer off Clayton Kershaw in a 2-1 loss to the Dodgers on Thursday.

    Advice: He finished 1-for-4. This was Headley's first homer since June 14. He's taken plenty of heat for a subpar season, but the veteran third baseman has shown signs recently of breaking out of his funk. He entered this game batting .371 with an .829 OPS this month.
    Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Despaigne allows only 2 runs in 7 innings
    Odrisamer Despaigne tossed seven innings of two-run ball in a loss Thursday versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: Despaigne struck out a career-high seven and walked zero but was stuck with his first big league loss anyway. The Cuban right-hander isn't overpowering, but he's begun his major league career with four consecutive quality starts. Despaigne, who should be owned in most formats as long as he's pitching well, is 2-1 with a 1.35 ERA and 0.98 WHIP.
    Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Johnson to be promoted, will start Friday
    Kris Johnson will be promoted to start for the Twins on Friday.

    Advice: Johnson will take the rotation spot of Ricky Nolasco, who was placed on the disabled list with a right elbow issue. Johnson held the Dodgers scoreless over 4 1/3 innings in a spot start earlier this year, but the southpaw walked six in the outing. The official move and a corresponding roster move likely won't be made until Friday.
    Wednesday, 4:58 pm
  • Chase Headley going back to old grip
    Chase Headley has gone back to his natural "unorthodox" grip of the bat, which he last used during his breakout 2012 season.

    Advice: Headley broke a bone in spring training of 2013, forcing him to go to a more conventional grip. "I struggled when I came back, so I went to a more conventional grip," he said. "I decided to try to stay with it. I gave it a fair number of at bats this year and didn't feel like I was able to control the barrel like I have in the past." Headley has had two four-hit games over his last five contests, suggesting the grip change is working. It's hard to get too excited since he's still batting only .225/.301/.344 overall, but the change is certainly notable.
    Wednesday, 7:59 am
  • Yunel Escobar on track to return Friday
    Yunel Escobar (shoulder) is on track to the activated from the disabled list on Friday.

    Advice: That's the first day he's eligible. Escobar went 1-for-4 with a single and a run for High-A Charlotte on Tuesday in his second rehab game. He played all nine innings at shortstop and didn't have any issues, so the Rays getting him back on Friday shouldn't be a problem.
    Wednesday, 6:40 am
  • DeJesus (hand) could be back in early Aug.
    David DeJesus (hand) ran the bases on Tuesday.

    Advice: Working his way back from a fractured left hand, DeJesus is slowly but surely incorporating baseball activities back into his regimen. The outfielder could be activated in early August if all goes well.
    Wednesday, 6:36 am
    Disabled List
    Top 3, 1-2 vs x Tor
  • Taveras has first multi-hit game on Tuesday
    Oscar Taveras had the first multi-hit game of his major league career on Tuesday, finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored against the Pirates.

    Advice: Taveras singled and scored in the second inning before beating out an infield hit in the fourth. He's 5-for-20 (.250) in seven games since being recalled, and the top prospect is hitting just .200/.234/.300 overall. As he continues to adjust to major league pitching, those numbers should steadily go up in the second half.
    Tuesday, 8:43 pm
  • Jaime Garcia to have surgery on Friday
    Jaime Garcia will undergo thoracic outlet syndrome surgery on Friday.

    Advice: The news was expected, but Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak made it official on Tuesday. Garcia will obviously be sidelined for the remainder of the 2014, but he's hoping to be ready for spring training. The left-hander is owed $9.25 million in 2015 but won't be guaranteed a spot in the rotation.
    Tuesday, 3:34 pm
    Disabled List
    5:10 pm @Mil
  • Chase Headley goes 4-for-5 in win
    Chase Headley went 4-for-5 with a two-run triple versus the Rockies on Monday.

    Advice: Two four-hit games in four days have given Headley's batting average a nice boost, all of the way up to .229. Unfortunately, he still has just two extra-base hits and four RBI in his last 17 games. Trade suitors will want to see more power from him before parting with any top prospects.
    Monday, 10:00 pm
  • X-rays on Torres' hand are negative
    X-rays on Carlos Torres' hand came back negative.

    Advice: He just has a bruise and is being listed as day-to-day. Torres earned the win in relief Monday against the Braves with two shutout innings.
    Monday, 8:44 pm
  • Carlos Torres getting X-ray on hand
    Carlos Torres is undergoing an X-ray on his hand.

    Advice: Torres evidently must have suffered the injury during Monday's two-inning relief appearance. The Mets should update the right-hander's status on Tuesday.
    Monday, 8:22 pm
  • Joe Kelly (hamstring) to be activated Friday
    Joe Kelly (hamstring) will be activated from the disabled list to start Friday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Kelly, out since April with a severe hamstring strain, allowed just one run over 4 1/3 innings Sunday in his latest rehab start with Triple-A Memphis. He was originally expected to make one more start before being activated, but the Cardinals have decided to bring him back early. Tyler Lyons will head to the bullpen.
    Monday, 2:36 pm
    5:10 pm ^ @Mil
  • Indians designate Kottaras for assignment
    Indians designated C George Kottaras for assignment.

    Advice: Kottaras was 6-for-21 (.286) with three home runs in his nearly six-week stay with the Indians. The 31-year-old catcher could draw some interest on waivers.
    Monday, 11:45 am
  • Kelly (hamstring) pitches well in rehab start
    Joe Kelly (hamstring) threw 4 1/3 innings of one-run ball Sunday in a rehab start at Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Kelly struck out three and walked one in the outing, throwing 51 of his 72 pitches for strikes. The Cardinals might want the right-hander to make one more rehab start before adding him back to their starting rotation after the All-Star break -- with rookie Marco Gonzales likely heading back to the minors. Kelly has been out since April with a severe hamstring strain.
    Monday, 11:39 am
    5:10 pm ^ @Mil
  • Jays still talking to Padres about Headley
    According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the Blue Jays continue to talk to the Padres about acquiring third baseman Chase Headley.

    Advice: With the recent injury to Edwin Encarnacion, the Jays now have an even bigger need for a right-handed bat in the middle of their lineup, and Headley seems like a nice fit. Where there's this much smoke, there's usually fire, so don't be surprised if a deal gets hammered out in the coming days.
    Sunday, 6:45 pm