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Jim Bowden of ESPN.com hears that the Royals could be willing to offer Ryan Dempster a three-year, $39 million deal.

Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reported last week that they had offered Dempster a two-year, $26 million deal but dropped out when the bidding got too high. However, Bowden thinks they could relent and give the veteran righty a third year if it gets the deal done. The Brewers and Red Sox are also interested in Dempster.
Wed, Dec 5, 2012 07:31:00 PM

Carlos Carrasco (pectoral) will start Tuesday in Cincinnati.

Carrasco exited his last outing with tightness in his left pectoral area, but he threw his between-starts bullpen session with no issues. "He's in a really good spot," Indians pitching coach Mikey Callaway said. "He feels great. His bullpen was outstanding the other day. We're going to lean on him a lot the rest of the season, so a couple extra days doesn't really hurt if you can get them."
May 22 - 7:53 PM

Corey Kluber (back) has officially been cleared to begin a rehab assignment on Thursday at Triple-A Columbus.

Kluber got the go-ahead after completing a bullpen session Monday. He's slated to throw 70-75 pitches for Columbus before rejoining the Indians' rotation next week if all goes well. "We don't want this recurring," pitching coach Mickey Callaway said. "We need our ace out there every day, and we think we went with the right approach." Mike Clevinger has been filling in for Kluber and doing a great job with a 1.56 ERA.
May 22 - 7:51 PM

Carlos Rodon (biceps) threw another simulated game at extended spring training Monday.

Rodon threw 60 pitches in 15-pitch intervals, getting up and down four times. It's his fourth since he began ramping up his throwing program after going down with bursitis in his left biceps. Rodon admitted Monday that the rehab process has been "frustrating" for him, but it does appear he's making real progress. As far as what that might mean for a potential rehab assignment, it's not clear at this point.
May 22 - 7:00 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Monday that he anticipates Hunter Pence (hamstring) being another week away from returning.

Pence did sprints in the outfield and went through agility drills Monday, saying afterward that he's "got to run a little better, but I'm close, very close." The veteran outfielder will go through the same routine Tuesday. It's unclear whether he'll require a rehab assignment before being activated.
May 22 - 6:11 PM

Tigers optioned RHP Anibal Sanchez to Triple-A Toledo.

Sanchez had to agree to the move given his big league tenure, and it was actually his idea, as he wants to be stretched out to start again. The veteran right-hander has posted a 9.00 ERA and 2.05 WHIP over 11 relief appearances this season, although he did strike out 22 over 21 innings. He could get another shot to start with the Tigers if Matt Boyd's struggles continue.
May 22 - 5:15 PM

Mariners recalled C Mike Zunino from Triple-A Tacoma.

Zunino was sent down earlier this month after hitting just .167/.250/.236 with no homers and a 30/6 K/BB ratio, but he's earned another shot after batting .293/.356/.707 with five homers in 12 games at Tacoma. He'll go back to seeing the lion's share of starts at catcher for the Mariners and remains an intriguing power bat, but obviously he's far from a safe bet.
May 22 - 5:03 PM

Brandon Finnegan (trapezius) will throw a 20-pitch bullpen session Tuesday.

It will be his first time throwing off the bump since he strained his left trapezius in his third start of the season. Obviously he has a ways to go, but Finnegan is projected to rejoin the Reds' rotation sometime in the June 19-24 range assuming all goes well with his rehab.
May 22 - 3:50 PM

Albert Pujols (hamstring) has returned to the Angels' lineup Monday against the Rays.

Pujols sat out the entire weekend series against the Mets while dealing with a minor hamstring strain. He's back in the DH spot on Monday while Jefry Marte is starting at first base.
May 22 - 3:21 PM

Kyle Schwarber is not in Monday's lineup against the Giants.

He'll take a seat against left-hander Ty Blach. Rookie Ian Happ is also out of the lineup. Ben Zobrist will start in left field and bat leadoff while Albert Almora, Jr. gets a start in center.
May 22 - 3:14 PM

Angels optioned 1B C.J. Cron to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Cron gets the boot one day after hitting a grand slam against the Mets. The 27-year-old has missed time with a foot injury this season while batting just .232/.281/.305 through 24 games. Still, he didn't get much of a leash after putting up a .792 OPS (115 OPS+) last season. The Angels can mix and match at first base with Luis Valbuena, Jefry Marte, and Albert Pujols.
May 22 - 2:42 PM

Carlos Santana will start in right field Monday against the Reds in Cincinnati.

Santana will be pushed to right field with the designated hitter unavailable under National League rules. This will be Santana's fourth start in right field this season. Edwin Encarnacion is starting at first base and Bradley Zimmer is on the bench.
May 22 - 2:26 PM




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