Red Sox GM Ben Cherington confirmed Thursday that he has not engaged in long-term talks with Jacoby Ellsbury.
"Because Ellsbury has gone through arbitration the last three years, there’s been an opportunity to talk to [agent Scott Boras] and Jacoby each of those years in the winter before spring training or early in spring training about his status," said Cherington. "And each of those years we’ve signed a one-year deal." Ellsbury, 29, is set to become a free agent after the 2013 season. He has a disappointing .673 OPS since the start of the 2012 campaign.
Darin Ruf could be called up this weekend.
Ruf is batting .263/.341/.431 with five home runs and 23 RBI in 42 games this year at the Triple-A level. Those aren't spectacular numbers, but Chase Utley (rib cage) may be headed to the disabled list and the Phillies will need an extra bat for their interleague series early next week in Boston. Ruf is unlikely to be fantasy-relevant.
Mike Adams (back) is scheduled to make an appearance in a minor league rehab game Monday.
That means that he won't return to the Phillies' bullpen until Tuesday night, at the earliest. Adams has been sidelined since May 11 with a right back strain.
Joe Mahoney (hamstring) is expected to begin playing in rehab games Sunday at Triple-A New Orleans.
Mahoney was placed on the disabled list April 28 with a right hamstring strain. He'll beat Logan Morrison (knee) back to the Marlins' active roster but will probably be sent back to Triple-A when LoMo is deemed fully healthy. Mahoney, 26, carries no fantasy value.
Logan Morrison (knee) will shift his rehab assignment to Double-A Jacksonville on Monday.
Morrison has spent the past week with the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads, collecting three hits and one RBI in 13 at-bats. He's working his way back from September surgery to repair a torn patella tendon in his right knee and is currently aiming to join the Marlins in early June. NL-only leaguers might want to stash him now.
Giancarlo Stanton took live batting practice Wednesday for the first time since straining his right hamstring.
"He looked good," manager Mike Redmond said afterward. "I’m just going off the results. He was hitting them out. It’s another encouraging sign that he’s a little closer to being back on the field." Stanton has been on the disabled list since April 30 and is still without a timetable. The best guess is that he's activated around mid-June.
Reds signed RHP Trevor Bell to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Louisville.
Bell had a rough 7.03 ERA, 2.06 WHIP and 27/27 K/BB ratio in 48 2/3 innings last season in the Angels' farm system. The 26-year-old righty is probably a lost cause.
Marlins released RHP Jon Rauch.
Rauch was designated for assignment by the Fish earlier this week after posting a 7.56 ERA and 1.80 WHIP over his first 16 2/3 innings. The 34-year-old right-hander will presumably look to latch on with a new organization.