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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Rangers prefer to sign Zack Greinke and trade for Justin Upton, which would mean not re-signing Josh Hamilton.

The Rangers reportedly are willing to give Hamilton a four-year deal, but it sounds like they'd rather pay for a pitcher and acquire a hitter by dipping into their farm system. To this point, though, they've been unwilling to give the D'Backs what they want in a trade for Upton. They might need the rumored four-team deal to be revived.
Wed, Dec 5, 2012 08:42:00 PM

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Monday that a decision on whether to activate Greg Bird (ankle) will come "maybe a week from now."

Boone said Sunday that Bird could return at some point this week, but it sounds like it will be a little longer than that. Bird -- who has been out all season following March ankle surgery -- entered Monday batting .174/.387/.304 with one homer over his first eight rehab games before going deep in his first at-bat with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
May 21 - 6:54 PM

The Orioles plan for Zach Britton (Achilles) to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Norfolk on May 30.

He'll obviously need a handful of rehab appearances before being activated. Coming back from a ruptured Achilles tendon, Britton has been throwing off a mound for nearly a month and will throw a simulated game Tuesday. He would seem to be tracking toward a return in mid-June if all goes well.
May 21 - 6:34 PM

Cardinals general manager Michael Girsch said Monday that Alex Reyes (elbow) will be used in the rotation upon his return.

The team had previously not committed to how they'd use Reyes as he worked his way back from Tommy John surgery, but his dominant showing on his rehab assignment (0.00 ERA, 31/6 K/BB ratio over 16 innings across three starts) has ended any doubt. Reyes will make what's expected to be his final rehab start Thursday at Triple-A Memphis before likely joining the Cards' rotation May 29 in Milwaukee. He'll bump John Gant from the rotation initially, but St. Louis will have a decision to make after Carlos Martinez (lat) returns.
May 21 - 5:52 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets are "showing interest" in Jose Bautista.

Bautista was released by the Braves on Sunday after hitting just .143/.250/.343 over 40 plate appearances. The fit with the Mets makes some sense, as they're in need of outfield depth with Juan Lagares (toe) done for the season and Yoenis Cespedes (hip) also sidelined. Todd Frazier (hamstring) is also currently out, but his return doesn't appear to be far off and the Mets might not want Bautista to play any third base like the Braves did. It's possible Joey Bats might have to settle for another minor league contract.
May 21 - 5:43 PM

Carlos Martinez (lat) played long-toss on Monday.

Martinez said he was pain-free during the session. It's the first time he's done any throwing since he landed on the disabled list a week and a half ago with a right lat strain. When Martinez will resume throwing off a mound isn't known yet, but Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said last Friday that the righty was likely at least 1-2 weeks away from a return.
May 21 - 5:03 PM

Zach Davies (shoulder) is expected to rejoin the Brewers' rotation Thursday versus the Mets.

Davies had a setback with his shoulder earlier this month, but he bounced back quickly and struck out nine over 4 2/3 scoreless innings in a rehab start with Low-A Wisconsin on Saturday. The right-hander holds a 4.24 ERA and 25/12 K/BB ratio over 34 innings across six starts this season.
May 21 - 5:00 PM

Dustin Pedroia (knee) will play in two more rehab games with Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday and Wednesday before being re-evaluated.

It's possible he'll be activated after that for the beginning of the Red Sox' six-game homestand on Friday. Pedroia has just one hit in eight at-bats in his first three rehab games for the PawSox but has drawn a couple walks. The important thing, of course, is how his surgically-repaired left knee feels, and all indications are that he feels good.
May 21 - 4:52 PM

Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Monday that Ryan Zimmerman (oblique) might be ready "fairly soon."

Zimmerman will need a short rehab assignment first, but it sounds like that might be imminent. The veteran first baseman has been sidelined for nearly two weeks with a strained right oblique. Zimmerman's fill-in, Matt Adams, has really cooled off of late after a hot start.
May 21 - 4:48 PM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Monday that Adrian Beltre (hamstring) is making progress but is still a few weeks away from a return.

Beltre has been on the disabled list twice this season with left hamstring issues, with the latest setback coming a week ago. The veteran third baseman has been a quick healer during his career, but given that he's 39 and has had an injury and then aggravation, it's not a surprise that he'll be out a while longer.
May 21 - 4:43 PM

Jerad Eickhoff (lat) felt a twinge in the tips of his right middle and index fingers when throwing curveballs during his latest rehab start.

Eickhoff has been out all season with a strained lat but now has a new ailment to deal with. He's being re-evaluated before the Phillies determine what his next step is. With Eickhoff likely out for a while longer, it gives Zach Eflin and Vince Velasquez more leash in the rotation.
May 21 - 4:34 PM

Brewers optioned RHP Freddy Peralta to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

He'll head back down to the minors with Chase Anderson (illness) ready to return. What a difference a week makes. Peralta had an amazing major league debut against the Rockies on May 13, but he walked six batters while allowing four runs over four innings Saturday against the Twins. The 21-year-old has never been a great control pitcher in the minors, so it's not a bad thing for him to go back down for some more seasoning.
May 21 - 3:38 PM




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