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The Yonhap News reports that the Cubs have signed Korean reliever Chang-yong Lim to a two-year contract.

Lim says the deal could be worth up to $5 million, depending on how much time he spends in the majors. The 36-year-old right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery in July and isn't expected to contribute until 2014. Lim posted a 2.09 ERA while striking out 231 over 233 innings over the last five years in Japan. "The Cubs expect to see me back on the field in 2014, rather than next year," Lim said. "Once the deal is signed, I will move to Arizona, where the Cubs operate a rehab center. My goal is to continue to rehab and get back on the mound by mid to late season next year."
Source: Yonhap News
Wed, Dec 12, 2012 10:29:00 PM

Dillon Gee (groin) will rejoin the Mets on Sunday in Pittsburgh.

Manager Terry Collins indicated that Gee will rejoin the rotation but also that Noah Syndergaard will stick around, so it sounds like the club is poised to go with a six-man rotation at least for a while. Gee posted a 3.86 ERA and 1.35 WHIP over five starts before going on the disabled list earlier this month with a groin injury.
May 22 - 4:51 PM

Charlie Morton (hip) will be activated from the disabled list to start on Monday against the Marlins.

Morton has been healthy for a while, but the Pirates wanted him to work on his mechanics as he made his way back from hip surgery. He appears to have accomplished that with a 1.33 ERA and 22 strikeouts over 20 1/3 innings during a rehab assignment. Vance Worley has been moved to the Pirates' bullpen.
May 22 - 4:35 PM

Pablo Sandoval (knee) remained out of the Red Sox' lineup Friday.

Sandoval remains available to pinch hit, but his left knee remains too sore when making throws. He hopes to return to the lineup at some point this weekend. Brock Holt is at third base Friday.
May 22 - 4:29 PM

Tanner Roark is expected to start either on Monday or Tuesday against the Cubs.

With Doug Fister (elbow) out indefinitely, it appears the Nationals are ready to move Roark back into the rotation. He hasn't pitched in five days, but he faced hitters on Friday and is expected to be able to get to 70 pitches during his start. The owner of a career 2.70 ERA over 36 starts, Roark should be scooped up in fantasy leagues where he remains unowned.
May 22 - 4:25 PM

Justin Verlander (triceps) will throw a simulated game on Tuesday.

If that goes well, he should then be cleared to begin a rehab assignment. Verlander has been out all season with a strained right triceps but has progressed nicely the last couple weeks after resuming a throwing program. Still, he probably won't be activated until mid-June even in a best-case scenario.
May 22 - 4:17 PM

Alex Wood has been scratched from Friday's scheduled start against the Brewers due to a stomach virus.

Eric Stults will fill in. Wood should be feeling up to rejoining the rotation in a couple days, although it's unclear at the moment when the Braves will slot him back in.
May 22 - 3:51 PM

Albert Pujols (hand) is back in the Angels' lineup Friday.

Pujols sat out Thursday after being hit in the left hand by a pitch, but he wound up missing just the one game. He's batting .231/.288/.413 with seven homers for the Halos this season.
May 22 - 3:49 PM

Red Sox recalled OF Rusney Castillo from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Castillo is batting eighth Friday and starting in right field, where he should be a regular for the Red Sox most days going forward. The Cuban defector has dealt with a few injuries since spring training, but he batted .293/.341/.440 with two homers, 10 RBI and six stolen bases at Pawtucket to earn the promotion. His power/speed combo makes him worth starting in fantasy lineups right away.
May 22 - 3:35 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Yasiel Puig (hamstring) is "feeling much better" and it "may not be that much longer" before he returns.

Puig was shut down just over a week ago after having a setback with his left hamstring during his rehab assignment, but he's evidently made nice progress since then. The Dodgers have yet to reveal when the outfielder will re-start the rehab assignment, but it sounds like it could happen shortly.
May 22 - 2:46 PM

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports that Cuban right-hander Norge has defected from his native country and is seeking a Major League contract.

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan is hearing that the Dodgers are the "early favorites" to sign the right-hander. Passan also notes that "many believe (Ruiz is) the best pitcher in Cuba" and that he's a "short right-hander but will get significant bank." Ruiz turned 21 just over a month ago.
May 22 - 2:40 PM

Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays haven't asked the Phillies about Cole Hamels "in months."

The report comes on the heels of a revelation from CBS Sports' Jon Heyman which stated that Hamels would not waive his no-trade clause to go to Toronto. Davidi, though, hears that their inquiry came all the way back during the GM meetings in November. Regardless of when it took place, it appears clear that Hamels isn't going to the Blue Jays.
Source: Sportsnet
May 22 - 1:25 PM




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