Carlos Ruiz (concussion) has been cleared to resume baseball activities after his second positive IMPACT test in three days.
Ruiz hasn't played since he was hit in the helmet by a pitch on June 26. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro had previously said Ruiz will start baseball activities this weekend if Wednesay's test went well. If things continue to progress, the catcher will likely be ready to go shortly after the All-Star break.
Tyler Chatwood (elbow) was set to throw live batting practice on Wednesday but was shut down after throwing just a few pitches.
It's obviously not a good sign for the right-hander, who hasn't pitched since April 29. It's also not the first time he's had a setback during his recovery -- he previously felt some forearm tightness during a batting practice session in late June. There's no indication of what Wednesday's development means for Chatwood's timetable, but it's fair to say he remains out indefinitely.
Danny Santana (knee) won't return to the Twins before the All-Star break.
There had been some thought that Santana could be back when first eligible on Friday, but the team confirmed he'll need a rehab stint before returning. With so few days left before the break, he'll be able to take his time in coming back. Santana should head out on an assignment over the break before being activated sometime next week.
Rangers released INF Donnie Murphy.
Murphy was designated for assignment on Monday, and the infielder refused an outright assignment to Triple-A Round Rock. He'll try to catch on somewhere else in a utility role.
Adam Lind will miss the next six to eight weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his right foot.
Lind played in games as recently as Monday, but an MRI revealed the fracture after the first basemen felt some discomfort in the foot. It's a huge blow for the Blue Jays, as they're already missing Edwin Encarnacion for the next few weeks. Cole Gillespie just came into a lot more at-bats over the next month.
Kris Johnson will be promoted to start for the Twins on Friday.
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.
A source tells Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun that the Orioles are "monitoring" Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa.
The O's are in the market for a starting pitcher and the Rockies have been identified as one of the teams that will likely be sellers at the deadline, so the rumor makes some sense. Connolly notes that De La Rosa was once purchased by the Red Sox when current Orioles general manager Dan Duquette was the team's GM. The southpaw has a 4.75 ERA and 1.31 WHIP over 18 starts this season, and he'll be a free agent this winter.
Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 8-7 win over the Blue Jays.
Pujols had a string of four straight multi-hit games snapped with an 0-for-4 night Tuesday, but he was right back at it on Wednesday. The home run, his 20th of the year, gave the Angels a one-run lead, and they ended up winning by the same margin. He also scored a run in the third inning. His strong push has his season line at .270/.321/.489 with a few days left before the All-Star break.