Roundtable: Favorite Targets

Roundtable: Favorite Targets
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Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow) is expected to resume throwing in 3-4 days.

Matsuzaka doesn't have an structural damage in his right elbow and anti-inflammatory medication has reduced the swelling. He's eligible to return from the DL on August 9 and it sounds like he'll have a shot to be ready at that time.
Jul 28 - 6:59 PM

Aaron Hill (hand) is expected back in the lineup on Tuesday.

Hill has missed the last two games after being hit on the right hand by a pitch Saturday, but he's feeling much better. The second baseman had heated up at the plate of late, batting .410/.442/.718 with a couple homers during a 10-game hit streak.
Jul 28 - 6:55 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Marlon Byrd is "not an option" for the Royals and the Mariners' talks for the outfielder "remain stalled."

Byrd has been connected to both clubs, but the Royals and Mariners are both on his no-trade list. The outfielder has said he'd be willing to waive the clause only if his $8 million option for 2016 is picked up. Byrd has also been linked to the Reds, and ESPN's Jim Bowden said last week that talks between Cincinnati and Philadelphia are ongoing.
Jul 28 - 6:51 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals have acquired Liam Hendriks from the Blue Jays.

Erik Kratz is also expected to head to Kansas City with Hendriks. It's not clear at this point what the Blue Jays will receive in return. Hendriks seems likely to be assigned to Triple-A Omaha as rotation depth. He holds a 6.08 ERA in three starts in the majors this season. Kratz has hit .198/.226/.346 with three homers over 34 games for the Jays.
Jul 28 - 6:47 PM

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal Monday that he's willing to trade one of the team's starters if he can "get back a big-league piece, preferably a bat."

Rosenthal lists Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh and Jarred Cosart as starters that could be on the move for the right price. "We do seem to have an excess of pretty good young starters so we wouldn’t rule anything out," Luhnow said. "We’d have to get back a big-league piece, preferably a bat, in a package that makes sense for the future and present." As Rosenthal points out, Keuchel, McHugh and Cosart all have fewer than two years of major-league service time.
Jul 28 - 6:41 PM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Monday that Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) "feels better and better."

It's been nearly three weeks since Tanaka receive a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow. While it's encouraging that he's feeling better, it means little until he resumes throwing from a mound. The odds of Tanaka eventually requiring Tommy John surgery to repair a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament are still high.
Jul 28 - 6:32 PM

Coco Crisp will undergo an MRI on his ailing neck Monday.

The A's expect to know the results of the exam on Tuesday. Oakland is in a bit of a bind in center field, as both Crisp and Craig Gentry (hand) are banged up. Yoenis Cespedes will play center against right-handers, with the recently promoted Billy Burns covering the position versus lefties.
Jul 28 - 6:27 PM

The Mets have set an innings cap for Jacob deGrom this season at around 185.

That means he has roughly 59 2/3 frames to go, or about 10 starts if he averages six innings per outing. deGrom is in line for 11 more starts if he pitches every five days, so he could either be skipped over once or shut down a bit early. It's not a major concern, and Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Monday that the club isn't considering giving deGrom a break anytime soon. "So I think we have a couple of different ways of approaching that," Alderson said. "Now, I don’t think we want to interrupt the flow that he has going, the success he’s had."
Jul 28 - 6:18 PM
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