Return of the Closers

Return of the Closers
With the All-Star Game and the first closer trade in the rearview, it's time to do some good old fashioned closer talk.
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Pirates recalled 3B Brent Morel from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Morel was recalled to take the spot of Starling Marte, who hit the disabled list with a concussion. Morel is hitting .246/.318/.342 and will serve as infield depth for the Pirates.
Jul 23 - 7:15 PM

Gerrit Cole (lat) threw 70 pitches in a simulated game Wednesday.

Cole was scheduled to throw between 50 and 60, so the fact that he hit 70 may be a sign that he's close ready for a rehab assignment. Cole said afterward that he felt good but recognized that he didn't want to rush too much in his haste to return. He'll almost certainly need a rehab assignment before rejoining the Bucs.
Jul 23 - 7:12 PM

Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI as the Tigers pounded the Diamondbacks 11-5 on Wednesday afternoon at Arizona's Chase Field.

Cabrera singled and scored in the top of the fourth inning and then slugged a three-run shot to give the Tigers some insurance in the top of the eighth. The Detroit slugger has gone 2-for-4 in three straight games and is now batting .315/.372/.539 with 15 home runs and 80 RBI in 97 total games this season.
Jul 23 - 7:08 PM

Pirates placed OF Starling Marte on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

Marte was expected to be disabled after taking a pitch to the helmet during Friday's game. Concussions are tricky, so it's near impossible to estimate how long Marte might be shelved. Brent Morel was recalled in his absence.
Jul 23 - 7:07 PM

Anibal Sanchez yielded five earned runs in 6 1/3 innings but earned a win Wednesday versus Arizona.

Sanchez did not pitch well, allowing 11 total hits, but the Detroit offense exploded for 11 runs to take two of three games at Chase Field. Sanchez will look to bounce back next week at home against the White Sox. He is 7-4 with a solid 3.45 ERA and 1.09 WHIP.
Jul 23 - 7:04 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said Ruben Tejada feels "pretty good" after leaving Wednesday's game due to being hit in the head with a pitch.

It's good news, as Tejada could have easily been more seriously injured. Team doctors said he has no concussion symptoms, so a roster move won't be made at this time. Tejada will travel home with the team and should be back in the lineup shortly.
Jul 23 - 7:04 PM

Trevor Cahill surrendered seven runs -- three earned -- over four innings Wednesday in a loss to the Tigers.

It was an ugly game all around for the Diamondbacks, who lost 11-5. Cahill didn't walk a batter and struck out three, but the Detroit offense tagged him for eight hits. He's 1-7 with a 5.72 ERA and 1.71 WHIP this season.
Jul 23 - 7:00 PM

Nationals manager Matt Williams said the MRI results for Ryan Zimmerman showed a "pretty substantial" hamstring strain.

Well, that's not good. Zimmerman was placed on the disabled list prior to Wednesday's game, and it doesn't appear he's anywhere close to returning to the club at this point. Anthony Rendon will get the majority of the starts at third base with Zimmerman sidelined.
Jul 23 - 6:59 PM
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