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Cardinals released C George Kottaras.

Kottaras had been designated for assignment over the weekend following the A.J. Pierzynski signing. He cleared waivers and is now free to sign on elsewhere.
Jul 29 - 7:44 PM

George Springer (quad) took batting practice on Tuesday.

It's the first time he's done so since landing on the disabled list last week. "He’s increased his activity every day," Astros manager Bo Porter said Tuesday. "I think yesterday he was able to throw and do a little shagging. He’s been hitting in the cage and he’s going to continue to hit and it seems like he’s progressing well." There's no timetable for Springer's return, but he's obviously progressing well.
Jul 29 - 7:17 PM

Jason Heyward (back) is expected to return to the Braves' lineup on Wednesday or Thursday.

Heyward left Monday's game with lower back soreness and is sitting out on Tuesday, but it appears it's just a minor issue. Ryan Doumit is getting the start in right field Tuesday.
Jul 29 - 7:10 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that trade talks between the Phillies and Pirates regarding A.J. Burnett are "all but dead."

The stumbling block is Burnett's player option for 2015, which could pay him as much as $14.25 million if he makes 32 starts. Stark says that the Phillies are telling teams they expect Burnett to retire, and Burnett has told his teammates the same thing. However, the Pirates don't want him at $14.25 million next year and aren't willing to take the chance if he changes his mind. After all, Burnett waffled back-and-forth between continuing his career or retiring last winter before ultimately deciding on the former.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 29 - 6:32 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said that an MRI on Coco Crisp's neck showed "no changes."

It would qualify as good news, but Crisp will be held out of the lineup until at least Friday and it's not clear when he'll be ready to return. More will be known when the A's return home this weekend. Crisp has battled a neck issue off-and-on for much of the season.
Jul 29 - 6:26 PM

Nick Castellanos was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to a right index finger contusion.

Castellanos suffered the injury when he was hit by a grounder during batting practice. He's listed as day-to-day. Miguel Cabrera will slide across the diamond to handle third base Tuesday, while Victor Martinez will be at first.
Jul 29 - 6:21 PM

Michael Pineda (back) has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment after throwing a successful simulated game Tuesday.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi described Pineda during the sim game as "really good." It's not clear where he'll be assigned for his rehab assignment or what day it will begin, but it will come later this week. He'll throw 60-65 pitches and/or four innings in his first rehab start. Pineda is tracking towards a mid-August return if all goes well.
Jul 29 - 6:19 PM

Rockies recalled INF Cristhian Adames from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Adames will give the Rockies some infield depth while Troy Tulowitzki (hip) is on the DL and Josh Rutledge battles an illness. The 23-year-old has hit .276/.332/.351 with two homers between Double- and Triple-A this season and will be making his major league debut when he gets into a game.
Jul 29 - 6:12 PM
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