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According to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston, David Ortiz's new contract with the Red Sox includes incentives based on the health of his right Achilles tendon.

Ortiz signed a two-year, $26 million contract with the Red Sox on Monday which will pay him a $1 million signing bonus, $14 million in 2013 and $11 million in 2014. According to Edes, his salary for 2014 can escalate to $13 million-$15 million depending on the number of games he misses because of the Achilles injury that caused him to miss most of the second half of the 2012 season.
Mon, Nov 5, 2012 04:06:00 PM

Devon Travis (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo on Friday.

He'll stay with Buffalo through the weekend before being activated on Monday, the first day he's eligible, if all goes well. Travis has been on the shelf since May 17 with inflammation in his left shoulder.
May 29 - 12:56 PM

Alex Rios (hand) will be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.

He had been slated for a return on Friday, but the Royals have decided to give him one more day. Rios has been on the shelf since mid-April with a fracture in his left hand. Paulo Orlando is getting another start in right field Friday but is expected to be sent down when Rios is activated.
May 29 - 12:47 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Johnny Cueto "is at least on (the Astros') radar."

It's possible they could ultimately shoot a little lower (Heyman says that they're also considering Aaron Harang), but it sounds like there's a good chance the Astros will add a starter before the deadline. One executive noted that potential trade talks between the Astros and Reds could get interesting given the icy relationship Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow and Cincinnati GM Walt Jocketty had when together in St. Louis. Cueto is currently dealing with an elbow issue, but he was cleared of structural damage and is expected to rejoin the rotation Sunday.
May 29 - 12:28 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma (lat) played catch again on Thursday.

Iwakuma was shut down for a while after having a setback with his strained right lat, but Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Thursday that "the discomfort and inflammation has dissipated to the point where he can get out and continue his rehab." The skipper added that he’d be "surprised" if Iwakuma were able to throw a bullpen session in the next 7-8 days, but it does appear progress is being made. "He feels real good," McClendon said, "and we’ll continue to progress with his rehab and see how that goes."
May 29 - 10:28 AM

Matt Moore (elbow) is expected to begin a rehab assignment next week.

Moore threw 46 pitches in three innings Thursday in his final appearance in extended spring training. Working his way back from Tommy John surgery, the left-hander is looking at a return to the Rays in late June or early July, depending on how many rehab starts they decide he needs.
May 29 - 10:02 AM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia considers Erick Aybar (hamstring) day-to-day and doesn't think he'll require a disabled list stint.

Aybar was lifted from Thursday's game against the Tigers due to tightness in his left hamstring. He actually tried to talk his way into staying in, so it doesn't appear to be too serious. Scioscia said the club will be careful, though, so he figures to be out a few days. "He's as important as anyone on our team," the skipper said.
May 29 - 8:20 AM

Billy Burns finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Thursday's 5-4 victory over the Yankees.

Billy Burns is apparently the new Rickey Henderson. He's hit two homers in the past five games (and also smacked a double). How surprising is that? Well, Mr. Burns hit a grand total of two homers in 1,796 minor league at-bats. He slugged .357 on the farm, but has found this major league stuff pretty easy with a .417 mark (and a .302 average). It won't continue, but who are we to rain on Billy Burns' parade?
May 29 - 1:16 AM

Erick Aybar was removed from Thursday's game against the Tigers with an apparent hamstring injury.

Aybar was hustling down the first base line while attempting to beat out a bunt single in the fifth inning. He was replaced by Taylor Featherston, who could see additional playing time if Aybar requires any sort of extended absence. The Angels should have an update on his status shortly.
May 28 - 11:45 PM

In his major league debut, Eduardo Rodriguez hurled 7 2/3 scoreless innings against the Rangers for a victory Thursday.

It seemed like Rodriguez would be done after seven, especially after an eighth inning that included two Rangers pitching changes and three Red Sox runs. However, he did come back out and strike out the next two batters he faced before giving up a walk and a single to get removed. It was just the third hit off him off the night. Rodriguez wasn't guaranteed anything more than the spot start going in, but he needs to be in the Red Sox rotation after this. He's worth picking up in mixed leagues.
May 28 - 11:18 PM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Thursday that Masahiro Tanaka (forearm, wrist) should rejoin the rotation next week.

He is traveling west with the club and is expected to start against the Mariners on Tuesday or Wednesday. He will be limited to around 80 pitches in his first start, but should be all systems go afterwards.
May 28 - 6:59 PM

Indians placed C Carlos Santana on the paternity leave list.

Santana can remain on paternity leave for 24 to 72 hours. The Indians have called up Jerry Sands to take his place on the active roster.
May 28 - 5:48 PM




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