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Mets signed INF Omar Quintanilla to a minor league contract with a spring training invite.

Quintanilla appeared in 29 games with the Mets last season prior to being traded to the Orioles in July. The 31-year-old owns a .220/.279/.302 batting line in the majors and will be an underdog to beat out Brandon Hicks for a backup infielder spot.
Thu, Jan 3, 2013 04:22:00 PM

Mark Teixeira (lat) could swing a bat as soon as Friday.

Teixeira hasn't played since Sunday due to a lower left lat strain but said Friday that he's feeling much better and looks like he'll avoid the disabled list. "I hope to be back soon," he said. The Yankees' first baseman is batting .231/.330/.443 with 17 homers and 48 RBI over 76 games this season.
Jul 25 - 3:50 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that five teams "are said to have shown interest, or at least talked to" the Dodgers about Matt Kemp.

Rival executives have told Heyman that they "have the feeling the Dodgers are ready to move on" from Kemp. It's no surprise, of course, as they have a logjam of outfielders and Kemp hasn't been thrilled about moving from center to left field. Kemp sports a decent .268/.333/.422 batting line with eight homers and 38 RBI this season, but the Dodgers will undoubtedly have to pick up a large portion of the $107 million Kemp is owed after this season in order to find a taker for him.
Jul 25 - 3:22 PM

CSNNE's Sean McAdam reports that David Ortiz (back) has told Red Sox manager John Farrell that he's "good to go" for Friday's game in Tampa.

The Red Sox haven't officially posted their lineup yet, but it sounds like Ortiz will be in it. Big Papi didn't play Thursday after exiting Wednesday's game with back spasms, but he's made a quick recovery. Ortiz is batting .251/.346/.501 with 24 homers and 72 RBI for the Sox this season.
Jul 25 - 3:08 PM

Padres recalled RHP Jesse Hahn from Triple-A El Paso.

Hahn will start on Friday in Atlanta after being sent down before the All-Star break in order to keep pitching. The young right-hander has been superb over his 40 2/3 innings with the Padres, putting up a 2.21 ERA and 1.06 WHIP with 47 strikeouts.
Jul 25 - 1:40 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles and Cardinals are among the teams showing trade interest in Kurt Suzuki.

The report backs up Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, who said in an interview earlier Friday that Suzuki was "in play" for the Cards. Suzuki makes sense for both clubs, as the Orioles (Matt Wieters) and the Cardinals (Yadier Molina) have both lost catchers to injury. The Twins have tried to extend the All-Star catcher, but talks didn't get very far. Suzuki is hitting .308 this season and has batted .348/.413/.409 over his last 19 games.
Jul 25 - 12:29 PM

Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets are willing to eat about $2 million of what remains on Bartolo Colon’s two-year, $20 million contract.

Colon is making $9 million this season and is owed $11 million next year. Martino adds that it's "been clear for weeks" that the Mets would like to trade Colon, who has posted a 4.03 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 100/19 K/BB ratio in 134 innings this season. He might wind up being a fallback option for contenders that lose out on the bigger names on the market.
Jul 25 - 12:08 PM

Brandon Belt (concussion) admitted Thursday that he's yet to feeling any improvement with his post-concussion symptoms.

Belt will visit with a specialist this weekend in San Francisco. The first baseman has been sidelined for the last week after being hit with an errant throw during batting practice and his return is nowhere in sight. Perhaps there will be more clarity with his situation after he's seen the specialist.
Jul 25 - 9:40 AM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that the Yankees "are not being aggressive" in their pursuit of Ian Kennedy.

It essentially backs up what CBS Sports' Jon Heyman said, as Heyman noted Thursday night that while the Yanks like Kennedy, they're not prepared to give up both third base prospect Eric Jagielo and pitching prospect Ian Clarkin for him. That was the proposed package that ESPN's Jim Bowden reported, but it would be a steep price given that they were the Yankees' two first-round picks last season. San Diego is listening on Kennedy, but he's under control next season so they don't feel obligated to move him now.
Jul 25 - 9:35 AM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Thursday that there remains no timetable for Michael Bourn's (hamstring) return.

"When he's ready to play, he's ready to play," Francona said. Bourn played catch in the outfield on Thursday but has yet to test out his strained left hamstring with any running. He's already missed nearly three weeks, so it sounds like he'll be lucky to make it back within the projected 3-4 week timetable that was offered when he went down.
Jul 25 - 9:19 AM

Joe Nathan struck out the side to emphatically shut out the lights on the Angels in a 6-4 Thursday victory.

He did so as new Dave Dombrowski toy Joakim Soria looked on from the bullpen area. This was the second time this season that Nathan has struck out the side. Nathan toted an embarrassing 6.23 ERA from the ballpark after July 19's blown save against the Indians, but he's struck out five and given up just one hit and no walks in three consecutive shutout appearances. As long as he keeps stringing together scoreless appearances, Brad Ausmus will keep trotting Nathan out in the ninth. If Nathan returns to his June form (9.00 ERA), however, it will be Soria time in Detroit.
Jul 25 - 1:45 AM

Wei-Yin Chen blanked the Mariners for eight innings Thursday, combining with Darren O'Day on a five-hitter.

Chen fired seven shutout innings against the Red Sox back on June 11. Since then, he'd allowed three earned runs or more in five of six starts, and didn't surrender less than two in any. That stretch saw his ERA spike from 3.76 to 4.21. It's back down to 3.96, a number he'll defend against the Angels next week.
Jul 25 - 12:59 AM




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