Tulowitzki's return on holdWednesday, August 29, 2012
The Rockies expect Troy Tulowitzki (groin) to return this season, but he won't be available when rosters expand Saturday.
"It’s going to be a slow process," Tulowitzki said. "Saturday was the goal, but after playing in these games I'm just not sure what the timetable is. If I make progress, that could become a possibility."
This isn't a setback, but Tulowitzki is now without a clear timetable. He won't be activated from the disabled list this weekend, and given his progress, isn't a lock to return in September. The Denver Post believes it could be "a while" before we see him in the Rockies' lineup. Both Tulowitzki and Jason Giambi (viral syndrome) will move their rehab assignments Wednesday to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Josh Rutledge (quad) returned to action Tuesday and will continue to serve as the everyday shortstop.
Twins exploring market for Mauer?
The Twins placed Joe Mauer on revocable waivers Tuesday.
Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com speculates that the Red Sox could pursue a trade, but it would be surprising if Mauer was moved before the end of the season.
The Twins are committed to at least a $65 million payroll in 2013 and have $42 million invested in Mauer, Justin Morneau, and Denard Span. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, Morneau was recently waived and claimed by an unknown team, without a trade being completed. It was also previously reported that Span was involved in a deal that would have sent him to the Reds at the non-waiver deadline.
Mauer has six-years and $138 million remaining on his contract, but Rosenthal suggests that the Red Sox could consider reinvesting the payroll they purged in their trade with the Dodgers. The Twins are believed to have some level of interest in Felix Doubront and prospect Matt Barnes.
That's all speculation for now, of course. But Mauer is signed for an average annual value (AAV) of $23 million through 2018. And the Twins aren't close to winning anytime soon.
American League Quick Hits: Yankees general manager Brian Cashman think it's realistic Ivan Nova (shoulder) could return from the disabled list in mid-September …The Red Sox placed Franklin Morales on the 15-day disabled list and reinstated Alfredo Aceves from suspension … Doug Fister (groin) completed a successful bullpen session Tuesday … Rays outfielder Josh Sale and Blue Jays prospect right-hander Marcus Stroman were suspended 50 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug … Jason Hammel (knee) will make a minor league rehab start Saturday with High-A Frederick … The Orioles are nearing an agreement with left-hander Randy Wolf … Andy Pettitte (ankle) is expected to throw a bullpen session this weekend … The White Sox placed Gavin Floyd on the disabled list … The Rangers are reportedly shopping Roy Oswalt to other teams … Denard Span is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his right shoulder/collarbone.
National League Quick Hits: Matt Kemp underwent an MRI on his right knee and a CAT scan on his jaw Tuesday night … The Cardinals haven't ruled out Chris Carpenter (thoracic outlet syndrome) returning this season … Joey Votto (knee) went 0-for-1 with a walk in his first rehab game with Class A Dayton …. Takashi Saito (hamstring) was cleared to begin a rehab assignment with the Diamondbacks' rookie league affiliate … Josh Collmenter (ulcers) expects to be activated from the disabled list Saturday … Jed Lowrie (knee, ankle) is aiming to rejoin the Astros in mid-September … Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has spoken to executives that believe Melky Cabrera will have to settle for a one-year deal this offseason … The Giants reinstated Guillermo Mota from the restricted list … Nick Masset (shoulder) is not expected to return this season … The Cardinals recalled Trevor Rosenthal from Triple-A Memphis … Roger Clemens told the Houston Chronicle that he has no immediate plans to pitch again … The Padres officially released Jeremy Hermida.