Indians 1B prospect Nellie Rodriguez belted his 10th home run of the year Tuesday in a win for Double-A Akron.
Rodriguez also walked twice as the RubberDucks cruised to an 8-3 victory over Altoona. The 21-year-old has been a force of nature this year with 36 RBI and a .512 slugging percentage. Of course, Rodriguez's huge power numbers have come at the expense of his batting average. He's hitting only .259 while leading the league with 63 strikeouts.
Rays designated 1B/OF Jake Goebbert for assignment.
The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Ryan Garton, who will join the Rays' bullpen on Wednesday night. Goebbert was hitting .163/.258/.221 at Triple-A Durham.
Maikel Franco was pulled from Wednesday's game against the Tigers with an apparent foot injury.
Franco appeared to jam something while sliding into second base in the top of the seventh inning. He limped off the field. Look for an update shortly.
Joe Beimel received a clean bill of health from Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday.
Beimel had a minor league contract in place with the Marlins earlier this month, but Miami backed away from the deal after reviewing his medical records. The vote of confidence from Andrews might help Beimel get a shot with a different organization. The veteran left-hander battled shoulder problems last season and finished with a 3.99 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 47 1/3 innings with the Mariners.
Braves claimed LHP Dario Alvarez off waivers from the Mets; assigned him to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Alvarez was designated for assignment by New York on May 23 to open up a 40-man roster spot for utilityman Ty Kelly. The left-hander had a brutal 9.98 ERA over 17 appearances this season at the Triple-A level. It's a "why not?" situation for Atlanta.
Rays optioned INF Tim Beckham to Triple-A Durham.
Beckham was batting just .185/.241/.352 over 58 plate appearances as a utility infielder in Tampa Bay. The 26-year-old former top prospect shouldn't be owed in any standard fantasy league as he heads to Triple-A.
Indians OF prospect Bradley Zimmer ripped three hits Tuesday in a win for Double-A Akron.
He finished a double shy of the cycle while matching a season-high with four RBI. The former first-round pick has shown a nice blend of speed and power this year. He's tied for fourth in the Eastern League with 17 steals and is also fourth in RBI with 33. Unfortunately he's been plagued by a low batting average (.247) and huge strikeout totals (54 punch-outs in 150 at-bats). Zimmer has an intriguing skill set but he's not polished enough for the big leagues yet.
Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that Jonny Gomes has decided to retire from baseball.
Gomes left the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan on May 11 "by mutual consent" after batting just .169/.280/.246 with 22 strikeouts in 75 plate appearances. The 35-year-old outfielder finishes his playing career with 835 major league hits and 162 major league homers. He played for the Rays, Reds, Nationals, Athletics, Red Sox, Braves, and Royals during his 13-year career, earning World Series rings with Boston and Kansas City.