Daily Dose: Jon on the Spot

Daily Dose: Jon on the Spot
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MLB.com's Peter Gammons reports that the Athletics and Giants are "sifting through" potential options at second base, including Luis Valbuena, Asdrubal Cabrera, Aaron Hill, Martin Prado and Gordon Beckham.

With Chase Utley not expected to be traded, the above group is the best of the lot for contenders looking to upgrade at second base. Of the five, only Hill and Beckham list second as their main position. However, all have plenty of experience at the keystone. The D'Backs appear much more willing to deal Hill than Prado.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Royals have "backed off" Jonny Gomes.

The concern is that Gomes is limited to left field or the designated hitter spot, while the Royals are looking for someone who can play right field. Josh Willingham is also not a fit with Kansas City for the same reason. Gomes is making $5 million and will be a free agent after the season.
Jul 30 - 11:15 AM

Marwin Gonzalez (hamstring) is not in the Astros' lineup Wednesday.

Gonzalez is still nursing soreness in his right hamstring after tweaking it last week. He'll avoid the disabled list for the time being, but the Astros will be cautious with his playing time.
Jul 30 - 11:00 AM

C.J. Wilson (ankle) revealed Tuesday that he believes his recent struggles have been due to tightness in his left hip.

Wilson has been out since early July with a sprained ankle, but it's the hip the lefty says was giving him issues well before that. "It had the affect of dragging the ball back over the middle of the plate, which is bad," Wilson deadpanned. "That’s where they hit the ball." Wilson has been doing exercises to loosen the hip and says it's "better, way better." He's expected to rejoin the Angels' rotation this weekend.
Jul 30 - 10:58 AM

David DeJesus (hand) said Tuesday that there's no timetable for when he'll resume swinging a bat.

"We’re going to start in the pool, things like that, and then we’ll progress," he said. DeJesus has already missed six weeks with a fractured left hand and appears to be recovering more slowly than expected. The Rays will probably be happy if they can get him back by the end of August at this point.
Jul 30 - 10:50 AM
Wil Myers - OF - Rays

Wil Myers (wrist) will learn on Friday when he'll begin a rehab assignment.

It will be a day before he resumes taking batting practice. Myers has been hitting off a tee for a few days and played catch in the outfield prior to Tuesday's game. He figures to begin a rehab assignment sometime next week and is on track for a mid-August return.
Jul 30 - 10:48 AM

Billy Hamilton is not in the Reds' lineup Wednesday.

It appears to just be a day off for the speedster. Chris Heisey is in center field Wednesday in Hamilton's place.
Jul 30 - 10:23 AM

Athletics trainer trainer Nick Paparesta said Tuesday that Coco Crisp has "some chronic degenerative changes" in his neck.

Crisp was initially injured back on May 7 and has dealt with pain his his neck off-and-on since then. He'll avoid the disabled list for now and could return to the lineup as soon as Friday, but it's something that the outfielder is "going to battle throughout the season," Paparesta said. "Now we're trying to figure out what the next course would be to alleviate some of the issues that he's having," manager Bob Melvin added, "whether it's medication or whatever."
Jul 30 - 10:20 AM
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