Evan Gattis (back) could begin a rehab assignment with High-A Rome as soon as Tuesday.
Gattis took batting practice Friday for the first time since landing on the disabled list last month with a bulging thoracic disc in his back. He felt good and is almost ready for game action. "He’ll do the same (workout) today, and then just keep ramping him up that way," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Saturday morning. "(Rome) doesn’t play Monday; they play Tuesday. But we haven’t talked about any of that (rehab assignment) stuff yet. Maybe he comes in today and it’s gotten a little sore and (he says) I don’t want to do all that stuff. But I think it was encouraging what he was able to do (Friday)."
The Braves are expected to designate Dan Uggla for assignment prior to Sunday's game.
The club has yet to announce a corresponding move after calling up Phil Gosselin late Saturday, but the expectation is that Uggla will lose his roster spot. It's possible that he'll be traded, but either way the Braves figure to DFA him first. The move is long overdue, as Uggla is barely playing anymore, going just 1-for-20 with eight strikeouts since May 23. The Braves had been holding out only because the second baseman is due roughly $19 million through the end of next season. Someone will take a shot on Uggla, but with a .175/.295/.332 batting line since the beginning of last season, it's hard to bet on him turning it around.
Braves purchased the contract of INF Phil Gosselin from Triple-A Gwinnett.
There's been no corresponding move announced, but Dan Uggla is expected to be designated for assignment or traded. Gosselin earned the promotion by batting .338 with a .375 on-base percentage in 86 games for Gwinnett. He'll be used in a utility role for the Braves.
Braves activated RHP Pedro Beato from the 15-day disabled list; sent him outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Beato is over his sore elbow, but he's now off the 40-man roster. The hard-thrower has been unscored upon in three appearances with the big club this season and could get another shot eventually.
Cardinals designated OF Mike O'Neill for assignment.
They needed to clear space on the 40-man roster for the addition of George Kottaras. O'Neill has been an on-base machine (.418 OBP) in the minors but is hitting just .258/.343/.341 in a return back to Double-A this year. Still, some team could see the gaudy walk total and take a shot on the 26-year-old as an extra outfielder.
Eddie Butler (shoulder) allowed three runs on two hits and two walks over four innings in his first rehab start with High-A Modesto Saturday.
Butler got his pitch count up to 58 and reportedly hit 96 mph on the radar gun, so it was a positive showing all in all. The Rockies are hoping that the young right-hander will be ready to rejoin the rotation not long after the All-Star break.
Kevin Siegrist (forearm, shoulder) walked two but threw two-thirds of a scoreless inning in his first rehab appearance with Double-A Springfield.
It's not clear how many appearances Siegrist will need before being activated, but he was seem to have a good shot to return immediately after the All-Star break. With Sam Freeman almost surely set to stick around, the Cardinals figure to go with three lefties in the bullpen.
Rangers signed RHP Erik Hamren to a minor league contract.
Hamren had been in independent ball, posting a 2.41 ERA with 42 strikeouts over 37 1/3 relief innings. The 27-year-old last pitched at Double-A when in pro ball and hasn't been in the majors since 2011.