According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Jay Bruce would "very likely" waive his no-trade clause to join the Indians.
It seems inevitable at this point that Bruce will be dealt and Cleveland might be his best landing spot. The Indians are beginning to run away with the AL Central and they have a need at outfield with Michael Brantley still recovering from biceps and shoulder injuries. Bruce has improved his stock by hitting .290 this month with seven jacks and 26 RBI. The 29-year-old has a club option for next season.
Tommy La Stella (hamstring) will remain on his minor league rehab assignment through at least Friday.
La Stella has made two rehab appearances for Triple-A Iowa and it looks like he'll make at least two more. The 27-year-old should join the Cubs later this weekend. He'll return to a .291 average with two homers in 79 at-bats.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Aledmys Diaz (eye) is available off the bench Thursday against the Royals.
So is Stephen Piscotty (foot). Diaz hit in the batting cage on Thursday and seems to be doing much better. Don't be surprised if he's back in the lineup for Friday's series opener against Milwaukee. Greg Garcia has been handling shortstop during his absence.
Athletics signed first-round pick LHP A.J. Puk.
His slot value was $4.0692 million. The No. 6 overall pick finished 2-3 with a 3.05 ERA in his last season at Florida while recording 101 strikeouts over 73 2/3 innings. His two best pitches are a mid-90s heater and a wipeout slider.
Felix Hernandez (calf) will throw another bullpen session on Friday.
After that Hernandez will pitch a simulated game before embarking on a minor league rehab assignment. Hernandez will need two rehab starts in the minors, putting him on track to return sometime after the All-Star break. Hernandez had a 2.86 ERA in 10 starts before landing on the disabled list with a strained right calf earlier this month.
Mariners optioned RHP Donn Roach to Triple-A Tacoma.
Tom Wilhelmsen will take his spot on the active roster. Roach failed to impress in his three appearances for Seattle, logging a 10.80 ERA with two strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings. He'll probably get another shot with the M's later this year.
Mariners recalled RHP Tom Wilhelmsen from Triple-A Tacoma.
Donn Roach was sent down in the corresponding move. Wilhelmsen signed a one-year deal with the Seattle last week after getting released by Texas. He owns a lousy 10.07 ERA over 22 appearances this year.
Caleb Cotham (shoulder) is expected to make at least five rehab appearances for Double-A Pensacola before joining the Reds' bullpen.
He'll be with the team through at least July 11, meaning Cotham's return to the big leagues won't come until after the All-Star break. It's already a lost year for Cincinnati so there's no point in rushing Cotham back if he's not 100 percent. The 28-year-old pitched to an ugly 7.40 ERA over 23 appearances for the Reds before getting hurt.