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Braves general manager Frank Wren said Sunday that he and Brian McCann's agent have agreed to delay contract extension talks until after the season.

"We've spoken and both sides have decided to wait until the end of the year," Wren said on SiriusXM's Inside Pitch show. McCann will be a free agent after the 2013 season, but the Braves, understandably, likely want to see how he looks following shoulder surgery before committing big money to him. The 28-year-old Braves backstop is expected to miss the first few weeks of the season while recovering from a procedure to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
Sun, Jan 6, 2013 11:36:00 AM

Nationals acquired RHP Kelvin Herrera from the Royals for 3B Kelvin Gutierrez, OF Blake Perkins and RHP Yohanse Morel.

Herrea, who is set to be a free agent at season's end, owns a brilliant 1.05 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 22/2 K/BB ratio across 25 2/3 innings this season. It's unclear if he'll function in the closer's role for the Nationals, or operate in a time-share with incumbent closer Sean Doolittle, but either way it gives the Nationals a savage one-two punch at the back end of their bullpen.
Jun 18 - 8:20 PM

Juan Soto crushed a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning on Monday, powering the Nationals past the Yankees in the completion of their May 16th game.

The two sides started play with the score knotted at 3-3 in the sixth inning, and the only scoring on the afternoon was the 19-year-old's two-run blast off of Chad Green in the sixth. Soto finished the day 1-for-2 and is hitting a mighty impressive .316/.407/.608 with six homers and 14 RBI in his first 91 plate appearances at the big league level.
Jun 18 - 6:19 PM

Angels activated OF Kole Calhoun from the 10-day disabled list.

Calhoun has missed most of this month with a strained right oblique but is back in right field and batting ninth Monday. He'll return to an ugly .145/.195/.179 batting line.
Jun 18 - 5:59 PM

Jay Bruce (hip) has been scratched from the Mets' lineup Monday.

Bruce has been dealing with soreness in his hip and will now miss his fourth game out of the last five. Jose Bautista has replaced him in the lineup.
Jun 18 - 5:51 PM

Kevin Kiermaier (thumb) is on track to be activated from the disabled list Tuesday.

It was reported previously that Kiermaier would return on Friday, but he must have talked his way into an earlier return. The outfielder will go through a workout with the Rays on Monday and then be activated the following day assuming all goes well. He's been out since mid-April with a torn ligament in his right thumb and went 7-for-17 (.412) with a triple and a double in five rehab games.
Jun 18 - 5:28 PM

Javier Baez (elbow) could return to the Cubs' lineup Tuesday.

Baez is sitting out Monday after leaving Sunday's game following a hit by pitch on the left elbow, but he didn't need any X-rays and said he's fine. Ben Zobrist is at second base Monday.
Jun 18 - 5:01 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) said after getting through a three-inning simulated game Monday that he expects to pitch in a game in five days.

Kershaw wouldn't say if that game would be a start in New York against the Mets, but he didn't seem to rule it out, either. The veteran left-hander has made just one start for the Dodgers since May 1, but he has rejoined their rotation without a rehab start before in the past. We'll know more about his status in the coming days.
Jun 18 - 4:59 PM

Tom Murphy is starting at catcher and batting eighth for the Rockies on Monday.

Murphy has started six of seven games since being recalled, including five at catcher. Chris Iannetta and Tony Wolters haven't provided much at the plate on an offense that's struggled, and it appears the Rockies are willing to give Murphy -- who has the best offensive ceiling of the trio -- a long look. Murphy is hitting .300/.333/.400 over his first five games with the big club after slugging 16 homers over 48 games at Triple-A. He needs to be owned in fantasy leagues.
Jun 18 - 4:48 PM

All tests on Carlos Carrasco's injured right elbow came back negative.

Carrasco had to leave Saturday's start against the Twins after he was drilled by a comebacker, but he has avoided a serious injury. He was placed on the disabled list Sunday and will be re-evaluated Wednesday following a few days of treatment. There would seem to be a pretty good chance he could return before the end of the month, but the stiffness and soreness in his elbow will have to go away.
Jun 18 - 4:39 PM

Whit Merrifield (knee) is in the Royals' lineup Monday.

Merrifield exited Sunday's game after fouling a ball off his left knee, but he escaped with merely a bruise. He is in the designated hitter spot Monday, as Adalberto Mondesi is at second base.
Jun 18 - 4:32 PM

Kris Bryant will hit leadoff Monday against the Dodgers.

It will be his third start out of the leadoff spot this season, all three of them coming in the past two weeks. Ben Zobrist hit leadoff on Sunday, but he's in the No. 3 spot Monday.
Jun 18 - 4:13 PM




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