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Chris Stewart (knee) could begin a rehab assignment next week.

According to Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk, Stewart's rehab assignment would likely boot up in the middle or later portion of the week after the calendar flips to August. The catcher ran the bases on Wednesday and is expected to ramp up baseball activities over the weekend. While Stewart has been plagued by knee and ankle woes during the summer months, the July MRI on his knee revealed wear and tear, as opposed to structural damage.
Jul 27 - 6:21 PM

Braves acquired 2B Travis Demeritte from the Rangers for RHP Lucas Harrell and LHP Dario Alvarez.

This is a move looking toward the future, as Demeritte has yet to play at a more advanced level in the minors than High-A. Playing at that level in the Rangers system this season, he was hitting a smooth .272/.352/.583 with 25 homers and 59 RBI over 331 at-bats.
Jul 27 - 6:07 PM

Rangers acquired LHP Dario Alvarez and RHP Lucas Harrell from the Braves for INF Travis Demeritte.

Alvarez should slot into relatively low-leverage action out of the pen at first. The 27-year-old southpaw pitched well in 20 1/3 relief innings with the Braves this season, holding a 3.00 ERA and 28/5 K/BB ratio in 15 innings of work.
Jul 27 - 6:03 PM

Rangers acquired RHP Lucas Harrell and LHP Dario Alvarez from the Braves for INIF Travis Demeritte.

Harrell made five starts for the Braves this season. The 31-year-old Harrell worked to a 3.38 ERA with a 21/12 K/BB ratio across 29 1/3 innings prior to the trade. He figures to take a spot in the rotation unless the Rangers are interested in using him as a potential long-arm out of the pen.
Jul 27 - 5:59 PM

MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that Lucas Harrell and Dario Alvarez have been traded to the Rangers.

The Rangers are set to receive the pair of relievers, while according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, infield prospect Travis Demeritte will be heading to the Braves. Harrell holds a 3.38 ERA and 21/12 K/BB ratio over 29 1/3 innings of relief work for the Braves while Alvarez pitched to an even 3.00 ERA with a nice 28/5 K/BB ratio across 15 frames. Both pitchers figure to slot into middle relief roles with the Rangers, assuming the trade is finalized.
Jul 27 - 5:48 PM

Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk said that Tyler Glasnow (shoulder) could pick up a baseball "in the coming days."

That "in the coming days" comment might not be the most concrete assessment, but regardless of the particulars, Glasnow's health has been improving since he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury on July 24. The Pirates figure to play matters cautiously with their stud 22-year-old right-hander and there is no current timetable for his return.
Jul 27 - 5:36 PM

Chad Kuhl (biceps) has been playing catch.

Kuhl was lifted from his start for Triple-A Indianapolis on July 23, but it appears he has dodged a major injury. Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk said that Kuhl's biceps discomfort is not as severe as a similar injury that has sidelined ace Gerrit Cole. For the time being, it is unknown when Kohl might be ready to return to action, but that could come relatively soon.
Jul 27 - 5:32 PM

Rich Hill (finger) said that he will not be wearing a covering on his blistered left middle finger during Friday's bullpen session.

Friday will mark the first time Hill has attempted to throw the ball off the mound without a covering on his blister. He said that the skin on the effected area still feels thin, but hopes for it to thicken the more he pitches. He could start against the Indians on Sunday, though that will largely depend on how he feels after his bullpen.
Jul 27 - 5:22 PM
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