Waiver Wired: Oscar Freed

Waiver Wired: Oscar Freed
In this week's Waiver Wired, D.J. Short sees opportunity for Oscar Taveras and looks at some quick post-trade deadline fallout.
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Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) will be shut down for at least the next two weeks.

The Nationals haven't officially commented on the severity of Zimmerman's right hamstring strain, but it's been reported that it's a Grade 3 strain and he's likely out at least 6-8 weeks. He'll be re-evaluated in two weeks, but it's possible his season is over. The Nats traded for Asdrubal Cabrera Thursday to help shore up their infield situation.
Jul 31 - 9:19 PM

Marlins designated LHP Donnie Joseph for assignment.

The Marlins needed to clear space on the 40-man roster after Thursday's trade with the Astros. Joseph was acquired via trade from the Royals last month after being designated for assignment. He didn't appear in a game for Miami.
Jul 31 - 9:12 PM

Giants sent INF Tony Abreu outright to Triple-A Fresno.

Abreu cleared waivers after being designated for assignment. He can elect free agency if he wants and seems likely to do so given that he opted out of his deal earlier this month before being re-signed.
Jul 31 - 9:03 PM

Dodgers sent LHP Scott Elbert outright to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Elbert had been designated for assignment, but he's cleared waivers and will remain in the organization. The lefty has posted a 4.26 ERA over 15 rehab appearances while working his way back from elbow surgery.
Jul 31 - 9:01 PM

Tyler Skaggs exited Thursday's start against the Orioles with tightness in his left forearm.

The good news is that it doesn't appear to be a serious ailment at the moment. Skaggs should be re-evaluated on Friday before it's determined how much time he'll miss, but the Angels could play it safe and DL him even if it's not a major injury.
Jul 31 - 9:00 PM

Braves released RHP Luis Vasquez.

It was reported earlier Thursday that he was designated for assignment, but Vasquez has apparently already be cut loose. The righty held an 11.91 ERA over 11 relief appearances at Triple-A Gwinnett.
Jul 31 - 8:48 PM

Tyler Skaggs left Thursday's start against the Orioles with an apparent arm injury.

Skaggs was cruising along, tossing 4 2/3 hitless frames with seven strikeouts, before walking off the field with the Angels' trainer. He appeared to point to his left forearm as he approached the dugout, which obviously isn't a good sign. The Halos should update Skaggs' status soon.
Jul 31 - 8:42 PM

Cliff Lee exited Thursday's start against the Nationals with a left flexor pronator strain.

It's the same injury that caused him to miss two months of action earlier this season. Obviously Lee is headed back to the disabled list, and the probability is high that his 2014 campaign is over. The Phillies just have to hope now that he can avoid surgery and return to pitch in 2015. He's owed approximately $45.8 million through the end of next season.
Jul 31 - 8:33 PM
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