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Nationals optioned C Sandy Leon to Double-A Harrisburg.

Leon is probably fourth right now on the Nats' organizational catching depth chart. He will only see the majors in 2013 if there's an emergency.
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 10:15:00 AM

Jorge Soler homered in his first major league plate appearance and added an RBI single later, finishing 2-for-4 overall, as the Cubs were defeated by the Reds on Wednesday.

Soler took Mat Latos out to center field for a no-doubt home run, starting off his big league career in fashion. The Cubs have been ushering in the youth movement and Soler is the latest part of that. The 22-year-old should get regular playing time in right field through the end of the season.
Aug 27 - 10:33 PM

Julio Teheran earned his 13th win of the season after holding the Mets to one run in 6 1/3 innings of work on Wednesday.

Neither side had much going for them offensively, though Teheran was helped by a pair of spectacular Andrelton Simmons defensive plays, including one to finish the bottom of the eighth inning which saved a run. Teheran allowed just three hits and a pair of walks while striking out four. He owns a 2.90 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP, and a 116/52 K/BB ratio. Teheran will look for his 14th win on Monday at home against the Phillies.
Aug 27 - 10:10 PM

Drew Smyly continued his excellence on Wednesday, limiting the Orioles to one run over seven innings of work en route to a win.

Smyly was coming off of a complete game shutout against the Blue Jays on Friday and kept the train rolling with a dominant outing, holding the O's to just two hits and a walk while striking out six. Since joining the Rays, Smyly has a 1.50 ERA and a 29/7 K/BB ratio. The lefty will try to keep the good times rolling when he takes on the Red Sox at home on Monday.
Aug 27 - 9:57 PM

The deadline for the Tigers to work out a trade for Astros reliever Chad Qualls passed without a deal Wednesday.

The deadline passing means Qualls won't be dealt this season. That's good news for fantasy owners, as the right-hander would likely have been a setup man for Joe Nathan in Detroit a la Joakim Soria. Qualls earned his 15th save of the season on Tuesday, and the 36-year-old has a 3.05 ERA on the year.
Aug 27 - 9:28 PM

R.A. Dickey was placed on revocable waivers by the Blue Jays on August 25, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

The Jays placed a bunch of players on waivers, which is pretty standard procedure for teams in August. It will soon be known whether he cleared waivers or was claimed by a team. Dickey is owed $12 million in 2015 with a $12 million club option for 2016. The knuckleballer is 10-12 with a 4.00 ERA this season.
Aug 27 - 8:50 PM

Adrian Gonzalez is not in the Dodgers' lineup Wednesday due to back stiffness.

The back hasn't really been an issue to this point, so unless it progresses into something more it's likely not something that will give him problems going forward. Justin Turner started at first base in Gonzalez' place.
Aug 27 - 7:48 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports the Blue Jays have placed Mark Buehrle on revocable waivers.

Buehrle is owed $19 million in the final year of his deal in 2015, so interest in the 35-year-old may be hard to come by. The Angels, a team in serious need of another starter after Garrett Richards' injury, could be interested. Buehrle started the year strong and is 11-8 with a 3.41 ERA through 26 starts.
Aug 27 - 7:45 PM

MLB Network's Peter Gammons said the Dodgers' interest in Bartolo Colon "apparently is more fiction than non-fiction."

The Dodgers have continually been included in the Colon trade rumors after he passed through waivers a few days ago. It makes sense that they wouldn't have a ton of interest, though, with both Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu trending in the right direction. The Angels appear to be the lone serious suitor for Colon at this point.
Aug 27 - 6:43 PM

Hyun-Jin Ryu (glute) threw a two-inning simulated game without pain on Wednesday.

Getting through the simulated game was the last hurdle for Ryu before a return. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly hasn't committed to when Ryu will be activated for a start, but it appears that he'll return Sunday or Monday at the latest.
Aug 27 - 6:37 PM

Joey Votto (quad) did some "baseball activities" Wednesday, taking ground balls.

Votto has also been playing catch and doing some running. He appears to be getting closer to a return, but the minor league seasons ending over the weekend limits his opportunities to get into rehab games. Even when he comes back he won't be 100 percent, Reds manager Bryan Price has continued to say, and it's still unclear when that return may be.
Aug 27 - 6:30 PM

Jed Lowrie (finger) may begin a rehab assignment this weekend.

Lowrie played catch on Tuesday, and the next step is a rehab assignment. Assuming he needs a few games to get up to game speed, Lowrie should be back in Oakland in the first few days of September.
Aug 27 - 6:22 PM




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