MLB Power Rankings: Week 17

MLB Power Rankings: Week 17
The surging Cubs have almost caught up to the Brewers in the NL Central. Jesse Pantuosco details their revival in his latest Power Rankings.
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Indians activated OF Austin Jackson from the 10-day disabled list.

Jackson ended up missing about a month with a left quad strain. He returns to a .304/.383/.500 batting line over 37 games.
Jul 25 - 2:53 PM

Brad Ziegler (back) allowed an unearned run over one inning of work Tuesday in his first minor league rehab appearance with the GCL Marlins.

Ziegler, out for over a month with a back strain, allowed two hits and walked one while striking out a pair. The veteran reliever should rejoin the Marlins in the next few days. Ziegler owns a disappointing 6.52 ERA over 34 appearances this season.
Jul 25 - 2:50 PM

Royals optioned RHP Jake Junis to Triple-A Omaha.

Junis gets the boot with the recently-acquired Brandon Maurer and Ryan Buchter added to the active roster. The 24-year-old owns a 5.50 ERA over nine appearances (including six starts) this season.
Jul 25 - 2:46 PM

Blue Jays sent LHP Jeff Beliveau outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

Beliveau cleared waivers after being designated for assignment over the weekend. The 30-year-old owns a 7.47 ERA in 15 2/3 innings with the Jays this year and will serve as relief depth in the minors.
Jul 25 - 1:54 PM

Willson Contreras is expected to get the day off Wednesday.

Contreras is starting his fifth straight game Tuesday, so he could use the breather. Victor Caratini will fill in and catch Jake Arrieta.
Jul 25 - 12:42 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Athletics are prioritizing young center fielders in trade talks for Sonny Gray.

As such, Morosi hears that the Athletics have interest in Yankees prospect outfielder Estevan Florial, who has enjoyed a breakout year with Class A Charleston and recently played in the Futures Game. It's unclear if the Yankees would be willing to part with him in this particular deal, but the price tag figures to be high for a pitcher who is under team control though 2019. The Yankees have a clear need for a starter.
Jul 25 - 11:41 AM

Brewers activated RHP Brandon Woodruff from the 10-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Woodruff was poised to make his major league debut last month before going down with a right hamstring strain. Now that the 24-year-old is back to full health, he'll continue to serve as rotation depth in the minors.
Jul 25 - 11:14 AM

Bartolo Colon allowed three earned runs, eight hits and no walks over five innings with two strikeouts in a no-decision Monday in a road start against the Dodgers.

Colon threw 44 of his 64 pitches for strikes, pitching slightly better than his team debut against the Yankees last Tuesday. Still, he owns a rough 7.00 ERA over his first two starts since signing with Minnesota. Since the Twins are in contention, it's hard to see them giving him many more chances until he shows dramatic improvement soon.
Jul 25 - 10:56 AM
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