Week That Was: So Long Joe

Week That Was: So Long Joe
We recap the week's biggest baseball news, including Nathan's injury, Hamilton's impending trade and brawl suspensions.
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Dodgers purchased the contract of RHP Scott Baker from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

He'll get the ball on Sunday against the Padres. With Brandon McCarthy (elbow) presumably out for a while and Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) still on the shelf, Baker could stick around for a bit if he pitches well. He came within one pitch of a seven-inning perfect game for Oklahoma City his last time out.
Apr 26 - 1:07 PM

Dodgers recalled RHP Carlos Frias from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Frias was with the big club for just one day earlier this month and didn't make an appearance. He'll give the Dodgers another relief arm.
Apr 26 - 1:04 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak confirmed in an interview on KMOX 1120 AM on Sunday that Adam Wainwright (Achilles) is likely done for the season.

"I would imagine that with this injury he will not pitch again this season, but we want to wait for the reports Monday," the GM said. It's confirmation of an earlier report from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal as well as what others had speculated. Losing Wainwright is obviously a major hit to the Cards as they seek their third straight division title and fifth straight playoff appearance.
Apr 26 - 12:46 PM

Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals and John Lackey agreed in spring training to an incentives package that could push the pitcher's total earnings in 2015 past $2 million.

Strauss adds that "neither Lackey, the club, MLB nor the players union has announced the amendment," which is based around the number of appearances the right-hander makes. Lackey base salary this season is just $507,500 due to a contract stipulation he agreed to with the Red Sox which kicked in when he had Tommy John surgery. The Cards were under no obligation to sweeten his deal, but doing so modestly to keep the veteran more motivated is probably a wise move.
Apr 26 - 12:41 PM

Scooter Gennett (hand) will resume swinging a bat on Sunday.

He'll be cleared for full activity when his stitches are removed later this week. Gennett is expected to be activated from the disabled list once his 15 days are up on May 5.
Apr 26 - 12:32 PM

J.J. Hardy (shoulder) will need at least 3-4 rehab games before being activated from the disabled list.

He'll rest until Wednesday after being given a cortisone injection in his ailing left shoulder Saturday, so that means Hardy won't be activated until next weekend in a best-case scenario. Everth Cabrera will continue to fill in at shortstop for the Orioles.
Apr 26 - 12:09 PM

Athletics recalled RHP Ryan Cook from Triple-A Nashville.

Cook failed to crack the Opening Day roster following a poor Cactus League showing, but he bounced back with five scoreless appearances at Nashville. The A's will use him in middle relief.
Apr 26 - 12:04 PM

Athletics optioned RHP Kendall Graveman to Triple-A Nashville.

There was some buzz surrounding Graveman following a great spring training, but he then went out and posted an 8.27 ERA and 2.02 WHIP over his first four starts. Jesse Chavez was terrific in a spot start last week and will presumably slide into Graveman's spot in the rotation, at least until Jarrod Parker (elbow) is ready.
Apr 26 - 12:02 PM
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