Cardinals claimed C George Kottaras off waivers from the Indians.
The Cards needed some depth at catcher following the Yadier Molina (thumb) injury, and Kottaras makes sense as a stop-gap. The 31-year-old is a career .216/.326/.415 hitter but did slug three homers over 10 games with the Tribe. He figures to share time with Tony Cruz while Molina is out, with Audry Perez heading back to Triple-A Memphis.
Yankees acquired LHP Jeff Francis from the Athletics in exchange for cash considerations.
Francis had been designated for assignment last week. Th left-hander posted a 6.08 ERA over 13 1/3 relief innings for the A's but might even get a shot in the Yankees' rotation with all of their injuries.
Billy Hamilton is back in the Reds' lineup Friday.
Hamilton didn't start Thursday after tweaking his left hamstring, though he was able to pinch-hit. The speedster is back in there Friday, though it remains to be seen whether he'll take it easy on the bases in order to protect the hammy.
Cubs recalled LHP Zach Rosscup from Triple-A Iowa.
Rosscup was unscored upon in his four relief frames for the Cubs earlier this season. He'll be used in the middle innings.
Cubs optioned RHP Blake Parker to Triple-A Iowa.
Parker has allowed six runs over 5 2/3 relief innings for the Cubbies this season. He's being replaced in the bullpen by Zach Rosscup.
ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners recently scouted Marlon Byrd.
The M's are in the market for a right-handed power bat, and Byrd certainly fits the profile. The 36-year-old has slugged 18 homers and driven in 52 runs this season while sporting a .261/.313/.481 batting line. He's in the first year of a two-year, $16 million contract with the Phillies.
Blue Jays designated RHP Bobby Korecky for assignment.
The move was made in order to clear room on the 40-man roster for the addition of Dan Johnson. Korecky has allowed three runs over 3 1/3 relief frames for the Jays this season. He seems likely to clear waivers.
Blue Jays placed 1B/DH Adam Lind on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 8, with a non-displaced fracture in his right foot.
Lind played through the ailment for a while before finally undergoing an MRI, which revealed the fracture. He's expected to miss the next 6-8 weeks. Dan Johnson has replaced Lind on the roster.