Daily Dose: Tanaka Torment

Daily Dose: Tanaka Torment
Drew Silva examines Masahiro Tanaka's right elbow troubles and praises two budding young infielders in Thursday's MLB Daily Dose.
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Cliff Lee (elbow) allowed three earned runs over four innings Wednesday at High-A Clearwater.

Lee needed just 32 pitches to get through the first three frames, fanning two and inducing six groundouts. He got knocked around a bit in the fourth inning, but some of the blame goes to the Clearwater defenders. The veteran left-hander is on track to return from the disabled list shortly after the All-Star beak. He's been out since mid-May because of an elbow strain.
Jul 10 - 10:42 AM

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Rockies intend to re-sign impending free agent Michael Cuddyer.

Which obviously means that the veteran outfielder won't be made available around the July 31 deadline. The Rockies have a crowded outfield (with some good, cost-controlled young players) but team owner Dick Monfort loves Cuddyer's presence in the clubhouse and the feeling is that he wouldn't attract much of a return package on the trade market because of his current shoulder injury. Negotiations toward a contract extension could begin later this summer.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 10 - 10:32 AM

Reds purchased the contract of UTIL Kristopher Negron from Triple-A Louisville.

Negron will add some needed depth and versatility to the Reds' bench with Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, and Billy Hamilton all fighting injuries. Negron last appeared in the majors in 2012. The 28-year-old can play all around the diamond but isn't a great hitter.
Jul 10 - 10:25 AM

Reds optioned RHP Carlos Contreras to Triple-A Louisville.

Contreras posted a 2.08 ERA in 4 1/3 innings (three relief appearances) during his three-week stay in the majors. The right-hander should get a longer look soon.
Jul 10 - 10:22 AM

An MRI for Royals right-handed pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer did not show any inflamation, and team doctors cleared him to resume throwing.

After missing the first six weeks of the season with shoulder discomfort, Zimmer was shut down again after suffering a strained right latissimus dorsi muscle. It seems like eons ago since he appeared in a game, but he could be back in early August. Zimmer is unlikely to reach the major leagues this year, but he could spend time in the Arizona Fall League to pick up additional innings.
Jul 10 - 10:18 AM

Twins right-handed pitching prospect Jose Berrios allowed three hits, three walks, and five runs over five innings, striking out two batters in his debut with Double-A New Britain.

Two of the three hits were home runs, and the other was a two-run single, so Berrios' debut did not go as well as hoped. He still projects as a solid No. 3 pitcher, and is one of the few developmental bright spots for the Twins this year, due to injuries to top prospect Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano.
Jul 10 - 10:13 AM

Brayan Pena (forearm) is in the Reds' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Cubs.

Pena missed a couple of games with minor soreness in his right forearm. The 32-year-old is playing first base and batting cleanup Thursday for the injury-riddled Reds.
Jul 10 - 10:08 AM

Brandon Phillips (thumb) is not in the Reds' starting lineup Thursday afternoon versus the Cubs.

Phillips suffered a sprained left thumb while attempting to make a diving play on defense Wednesday night. The second baseman looked to be in a great deal of pain as he was helped off the field and could be held out until after the All-Star break. Ramon Santiago is starting at second for the Reds on Thursday against Chicago.
Jul 10 - 10:01 AM
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