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Brewers placed RHP Jacob Barnes on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow soreness.

Barnes had been with the big league club since being called up on June 1. In 17 innings at the major league level this season, the 26-year-old right-hander held a 3.71 ERA and 18/4 K/BB ratio. When he might be healthy enough to return to the Brewers has yet to be determined.
Jul 27 - 4:28 PM

The Chicago Sun-Times' Daryl Van Schouwen relays that Carlos Rodon (wrist) is a possibility to start against the Twins on Sunday.

Rodon made a rehab start at Triple-A Charlotte on Monday and is set to throw a side session on Friday. Should he emerge without issue, he might not need another rehab outing. The 23-year-old southpaw last started on July 6. He suffered a sprained left wrist after slipping on the dugout steps and was subsequently placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Jul 27 - 4:20 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that trade talks involving Jonathan Lucroy are "intensifying."

Crasnick writes that "[m]omentum [is] building toward a trade by the deadline." He counts the Rangers, Indians, Astros, Mets and Red Sox as interested parties, but also notes that there is a "mystery team" in the mix. Worldwide Leader colleague Buster Olney reported on July 20 that the Indians were in talks with the Brewers regarding a potential Lucroy trade, but nothing came of it at the time. Stay tuned.
Jul 27 - 4:13 PM

Mariners manager Scott Servais said that Taijuan Walker (foot) will be reevaluated after he makes his first start on a rehab assignment.

Walker tossed a three-inning simulated game on Wednesday. He will have a bullpen session on Friday and (assuming no setbacks) could begin a minor league rehab assignment on Monday. Servais said that once he makes that start, the team will reevaluate to determine whether he is ready to be activated from the disabled list. Right foot tendinitis has plagued him this summer. He hasn't pitched since July 1.
Jul 27 - 4:07 PM

Rockies activated LHP Chris Rusin from the 15-day disabled list.

Rusin wound up missing six weeks with a left shoulder strain. He returns to a long relief role.
Jul 27 - 4:00 PM

Rockies placed RHP Jason Motte on the 15-day disabled list with a right rotator cuff strain.

Motte had allowed eight earned runs on nine hits and three walks over his last 4 2/3 innings out of the Colorado bullpen. The right-hander has been battling shoulder issues since spring training.
Jul 27 - 3:58 PM

Alex Dickerson homered for the fourth consecutive game Wednesday as the Padres beat the Blue Jays by a score of 8-4 at Rogers Centre in Toronto.

Dickerson went deep for a solo shot in the top of the eighth inning, becoming the first Padres rookie to homer in four straight games. The 26-year-old outfielder has been on an absolute tear over the last week and he has a clear path to regular playing time down the stretch with Melvin Upton now out of the picture in San Diego. Buy, buy, buy.
Jul 27 - 3:49 PM

Luis Perdomo yielded four earned runs in five innings Wednesday but the Padres beat the Blue Jays.

Perdomo was actually pitching very well until the bottom of the fifth inning, when Devon Travis drew a walk, made it to second base on a wild pitch, and then later scored on a sacrifice fly. Toronto would rally for three more runs against Perdomo in the bottom of the sixth, but San Diego was able to hold off that late charge. Perdomo, 23, is 5-4 with a 6.89 ERA and 1.81 WHIP in 82 1/3 innings this season.
Jul 27 - 3:45 PM
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