Waiver Wired: Top MLB Pickups

Waiver Wired: Top MLB Pickups
In this week's Waiver Wired, D.J. Short welcomes Dillon Gee back from the disabled list and hopes that Kolten Wong is ready for a breakout.
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Chris Sale has won the All-Star Game Final Vote competition for the American League.

Sale beat out Rick Porcello, Corey Kluber, Dallas Keuchel, and Garrett Richards in the balloting. With a 2.08 ERA and 102/16 K/BB ratio over 95 innings, the 25-year-old southpaw is plenty deserving of the honor. He now has three straight All-Star selections.
Jul 10 - 5:09 PM

Making his major league debut, Kyle Hendricks gave up four runs in six innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Reds.

Three of the runs came in the first. Hendricks walked the first two batters he faced, getting squeezed a couple of times, and went on to give up three hits in the frame. He settled down nicely afterwards, though he was doing so against one of the worst lineups any major league team will put on the field this year (Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Brandon Phillips, Devin Mesoraco and Billy Hamilton were all absent for various reasons). Hendricks ended up striking out seven, and he gave up just one walk after the first. He's not going to be a world beater with his below average fastball, but he should be able to hold his own and contribute in NL-only leagues.
Jul 10 - 5:09 PM

Alex Gordon (wrist) will not participate in the All-Star Game.

Gordon was scratched from the Royals' lineup on Wednesday because of a sprained right wrist. The Royals are holding off on a DL decision for now, but we wouldn't be surprised if he misses the remainder of the first half at the very least.
Jul 10 - 5:05 PM

Aroldis Chapman touched off a benches-clearing incident in Thursday's Cubs-Reds game after throwing some high-and-tight pitches during a scoreless ninth.

Chapman buzzed a couple of guys in a tie game, leading to much jawing in the Cubs dugout. Chapman tried to show the Cubs players up after the frame, smiling and waving his glove dismissively at that, and the jawing continued after Anthony Rizzo took his position at first base (near the Reds dugout) to begin the bottom of the ninth, leading to the incident. Chapman wasn't so much involved then, as Alfredo Simon instead thrust himself into the middle of the fracas. Fortunately, no punches were thrown and the series is now over, giving both sides some time to cool down.
Jul 10 - 5:04 PM

Billy Hamilton was used as a pinch-hitter Thursday and flied out.

Hamilton didn't start because of a mild hamstring injury. He's still day-to-day.
Jul 10 - 5:00 PM

Brandon Phillips will undergo left thumb surgery and is expected to miss around six weeks.

The exact nature of the injury isn't yet known, but it's apparently not as serious as Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, who is expected to miss 8-12 weeks following thumb surgery. The Reds figure to look to Ramon Santiago as their primary second baseman for now.
Jul 10 - 5:00 PM

Brett Gardner (abdominal strain) is back in Thursday's lineup against the Indians.

Gardner was held out of Wednesday's lineup with a lower abdominal strain, but he apparently feels well enough to give it a go Thursday. The Yankees need some good news right now and this certainly qualifies.
Jul 10 - 4:57 PM

Ryan Ludwick went 3-for-6 with a solo homer and two RBI against the Cubs on Thursday.

The homer was Ludwick's first in a month. He's been a part-time player of late, but not all that bad of one. Interestingly, he's hitting .383 and slugging .568 in 81 at-bats in day games this year, compared to .191 with a .301 slugging percentage in 136 at-bats in night games.
Jul 10 - 4:57 PM
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