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Brewers avoided arbitration with RHP Marco Estrada by agreeing to a one-year, $1.955 million contract.

Estrada was arbitration-eligible for the first time. The right-hander put up a surprising 3.64 ERA and 143/29 K/BB ratio over 138 1/3 innings in 2012 and will pitch in the middle of the Brewers' rotation this season.
Fri, Jan 18, 2013 02:20:00 PM

X-rays on Jason Heyward's left thumb came back negative.

Heyward left in the eighth inning of Wednesday's game after the thumb, which has caused him problems previously this season, acted up. It appears he's day-to-day for now, but his status should be clearer when he shows up to the ballpark Friday.
Sep 17 - 10:25 PM

Brandon McCarthy picked up his eighth win as a Yankee, holding the Rays to two runs over seven innings on Wednesday.

McCarthy was on point yet again, relenting just four hits and a walk to the Rays while striking out four. In 13 starts since joining the Yankees, the right-hander has a 2.54 ERA with a 74/13 K/BB ratio in 85 innings. McCarthy will take on the Orioles at home on Monday in his next outing.
Sep 17 - 10:12 PM

According to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, the Phillies are one of the teams that have interest in Cuban OF Yasmani Tomas.

Salisbury, speaking about Tomas' workout in the Dominican Republic set for Sunday, said "you can bet" the Phillies will be in attendance. He also cited sources who believe the Phils have "legitimate interest" in the 23-year-old. They're not the only ones, as nearly every team is expected to be represented at his upcoming workout. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe recently reported Tomas could receive a contract upwards of $100 million.
Sep 17 - 10:06 PM

Christian Bethancourt's sixth-inning single allowed three runs to score, helping the Braves top the Nationals on Wednesday.

Two runs scored initially on the single, which deflected off of the glove of first baseman Tyler Moore and was just out of the range of second baseman Jeff Kobernus. Jason Heyward came around to score as the Nationals weren't paying much attention; Bethancourt was not credited with an RBI. The rookie catcher finished 1-for-4 with the two RBI, giving him nine on the season along with a lackluster .259/.284/.271 slash line.
Sep 17 - 9:53 PM

The results of Angel Pagan's (back) MRI came back clean on Wednesday and the veteran outfielder expects to return to the Giants starting lineup on Friday.

Pagan has reported significant improvement after sitting out the entire three-game set against the Diamondbacks. In what has been a season ravaged by injuries, he has managed to excel when on the field, hitting .302/.342/.391 with three homers, 27 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 95 games.
Sep 17 - 7:43 PM

Evan Gattis has been diagnosed with a kidney stone.

Gattis hasn't played since September 7 due to strep throat and hasn't seen much in the way of improvement, but Braves general manager Frank Wren is now optimistic that they've gotten to the root of the problem. The hope is that he could return to the lineup in the next couple of days.
Sep 17 - 6:54 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Brewers intend to exercise their half of Aramis Ramirez's $14 million option for 2015.

Of course, Ramirez could always turn down his portion of the option and attempt to find a multi-year deal. The 36-year-old has been productive when healthy this season, batting .295/.341/.447 with 15 home runs and 65 RBI over 123 games.
Sep 17 - 6:48 PM

Roenis Elias is scheduled to fly back to Seattle to undergo an MRI on his left elbow.

Elias was forced to leave Tuesday's start against the Angels with what the Mariners are now calling "flexor bundle tightness" in his throwing elbow. There should be more clarity on his status soon, but Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon acknowledged Wednesday that he's likely done for the year. No word yet on who will replace him in the rotation Sunday against the Astros, but Taijuan Walker is a strong possibility.
Sep 17 - 6:42 PM

Justin Morneau finished 3-for-4 with a home run and six RBI in Wednesday's 16-2 rout of the Dodgers.

Colorado absolutely pounded Dodgers spot starter Carlos Frias, with Morneau kicking off the fun on a three-run blast in the bottom of the first inning. He also hit a two-run single to finish off the scoring in that eight-run opening frame before doubling in the bottom of the fourth and collecting his sixth RBI of the afternoon on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth. The veteran first baseman has an excellent .320/.363/.497 batting line with 16 home runs and 79 RBI in 127 games this season.
Sep 17 - 6:32 PM

Ryan Raburn needs surgery to repair damaged meniscus in his left knee.

He's done for the year. Raburn was a pleasant surprise for the Indians last season, but he'll finish 2014 with a disappointing .200/.250/.297 batting line and four home runs over 74 games. The 33-year-old is under contract for $2.5 million next season.
Sep 17 - 6:25 PM

Shin-Soo Choo had torn cartilage and a small bone spur removed from his left ankle Wednesday.

Choo should be fully recovered in 6-8 weeks. The 32-year-old already underwent season-ending surgery late last month for bone spurs his left elbow. He'll look to rebound in 2015 from a disappointing first season in Texas where he batted just .242/.340/.374 with 13 home runs and four stolen bases over 123 games.
Sep 17 - 6:22 PM




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