Jed Lowrie (thumb) was seen fielding grounders during batting practice on Monday.
Lawrie underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb in late March. He's been progressing in his recovery and is swinging a fungo bat and fielding grounders, but he's still a few weeks out from returning.
Mets C prospect Brandon Brosher contributed a team-record seven RBI Sunday in a win for Low-A Brooklyn.
Brosher followed up a first-inning grand slam with a three-run double in the seventh. He had been just 3-for-22 in his previous nine games. A broken right leg limited Brosher to seven games last season. His grand slam was the first by a Brooklyn player since 2012.
Red Sox sent RHP Zeke Spruill outright to Triple-A Pawtuckett.
Spruill was put on waivers by the Red Sox on July 3. He's cleared them and has been sent outright to Triple-A Pawtuckett, where he'll return to a tough 5.40 ERA over 53 1/3 innings.
Red Sox optioned RHP Steven Wright to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Over the course of two stints with the Red Sox this season, Wright holds a 4.15 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 24/13 K/BB ratio covering 43 1/3 innings (including four starts). The 30-year-old knuckleballer will return to Pawtucket until the Red Sox need an extra long arm in the pen.
According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Giants are looking at Brewers outfielder Gerardo Parra and Braves outfielder Cameron Maybin as possible trade targets.
Parra is currently playing for one of the worst teams in baseball and is a logical trade candidate. He's been on fire of late, too, raising his season slash line to .308/.345/.477 thanks to a bevy of multi-hit games to start July. He's also swatted seven home runs and driven in 25. Olney notes that Giant outfielders--combined--have hit just 12 homers on the season.
Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said that the idea of sending the struggling Gregory Polanco to Triple-A "hasn't even been a conversation."
That's a very strong endorsement from Huntington. He elaborated by saying, "We believe Gregory Polanco is going to be a quality major league player but there are growing pains. There is an evolution for a young player." The 23-year-old outfielder is hitting .231/.300/.330 with three homers, 19 RBI and 17 steals across 273 at-bats this season.
ESPN's Buster Olney wrote that some other teams perceive that the Braves may be willing to trade Cameron Maybin as a sell-high move before the trade deadline.
It should be noted here that Olney does not attach any specific team names, but it would make sense that the Braves would at least be open to discussing Maybin, who is posting one of the best overall seasons of his career (.294/.363.416, seven homers, 39 RBI, 15 steals). The team currently sits at 40-42.
According to Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, there will be "no restrictions" on Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) when he returns to start against the Tigers on Monday.
Iwakuma last started on April 20. While McClendon and the team are not placing any restrictions on Iwakuma, it's reasonable to assume that he'll be at least be relatively limited in the number of pitches he throws in his first few starts back. He sported a 6.61 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 11/3 K/BB ratio over 16 1/3 innings and three starts prior to the DL stint.