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Ryan Madson (elbow) hopes to face batters "within two weeks."

Madson has thrown a few bullpen sessions, including a 30-pitch one on Tuesday. The reliever isn't expected to be game ready until next month, and he'll surely be eased into the closer role. Ernesto Frieri is currently the ninth-inning man for the Angels.
Wed, Apr 10, 2013 08:51:00 PM

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reports that the Rays are "very close" to acquiring Steve Cishek from the Mariners in exchange for Erasmo Ramirez.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick says the Mariners are including cash in the deal to balance the salaries out. Cishek got a late start to the season following offseason hip surgery, but he's pitched well since returning with a 3.15 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 15/7 K/BB ratio over 20 innings. He'll slide into a right-handed setup role and is an impending free agent. Ramirez, of course, came up with the Mariners and offers them versatility with an ability to start or relieve. He holds a 4.80 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 55/16 K/BB ratio over 69 1/3 frames this season and is under team control through 2019.
Jul 28 - 11:10 AM

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets are expected to call up first base prospect Dominic Smith "soon."

Multiple outlets reported Thursday that a Smith promotion wasn't imminent even after Lucas Duda was traded. However, the club is probably just waiting for more trade dominoes to fall with Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson and Asdrubal Cabrera all likely to be dealt in the next few days. Top prospect Amed Rosario also figures to join Smith in the majors soon. A first-round pick in the 2013 Draft, Smith sports a .337/.390/.524 batting line with 15 homers at Triple-A Las Vegas this season. Those numbers are inflated by the environment at Vegas, but Smith is one of the top first base prospects in the game and is worth stashing now in deep formats.
Jul 28 - 10:53 AM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that David Price had an MRI on his left elbow Thursday.

Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe first reported earlier Friday that Price's elbow is "barking again," and Evan Drellich of CSN New England hears that the left-hander will be placed on the disabled list. It's unclear at this point what exactly the MRI revealed and how long he might be sidelined. Price, of course, missed almost the first two months of the season with an elbow injury. Brian Johnson is a candidate to replace him in the rotation.
Jul 28 - 10:45 AM

Martin Prado will have season-ending surgery on his right knee.

The operation will be performed by Dr. David Altchek. It's essentially been a lost season for Prado, who has made multiple trips to the disabled list due to hamstring issues and more recently the knee problem. The Marlins no doubt would love to trade him over the winter, but with two years and $28.5 million remaining on his contract after this year interest could be minimal.
Jul 28 - 10:26 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Braves are "listening" to inquiries on Jim Johnson, but they're "not actively looking to move him."

Johnson is under contract for 2018 at a reasonable $4.5 million, so the Braves aren't necessarily in a rush to trade their closer, but Crasnick says of the reliever that "several teams have had scouts in to look at him." The veteran reliever hasn't had a great July, pushing his ERA for the year up to 4.10, but he boasts a nice 50/15 K/BB ratio over 41 2/3 innings and would be a quality addition for a contender, likely as a setup man. Arodys Vizcaino is a worth stash just in case the Braves do wind up dealing Johnson.
Jul 28 - 9:43 AM

Brett Gardner scored the tying run in the ninth inning before hitting a walk-off homer in the 11th to give the Yankees a 6-5 win over the Rays on Thursday.

Gardner had a relatively quiet night before he stepped to the plate to lead off the ninth inning. In that at-bat, he slapped a triple into the left-center gap, eventually scoring the game-tying run later in the inning. He then stepped in to lead off the 11th inning and ripped a pitch over the right field wall to commence the celebration. The 33-year-old now has a career-high 18 homers to go with 46 RBI, 66 runs scored and 13 steals. He's batting .261/.353/.465 after Thursday's fireworks.
Jul 28 - 1:07 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Yankees' trade talks for Sonny Gray have stalled because the Athletics are seeking one of either Clint Frazier or Gleyber Torres.

That's a deal breaker for the Yankees, who are telling teams that Frazier and Torres are both off limits. The A's are also said to have interest in Estevan Florial, James Kaprielian and Jorge Mateo, though only as part of a package also featuring Frazier or Torres. If the stalemate continues, the Yankees could jump into the Yu Darvish sweepstakes and New York has also expressed interest in Lance Lynn and Jaime Garcia. Gray is still likely to be traded before Monday's deadline but he's not going to the Yankees unless the A's lower their asking price.
Jul 27 - 11:59 PM

J.D. Martinez hit a grand slam that accounted for all the scoring in the Diamondbacks' 4-0 win over the Cardinals on Thursday.

Martinez continued his welcome tour through the National League with Thursday's stop in St. Louis, in which he smacked a Luke Weaver offering over the right field wall for the grand slam in the game's fourth inning. Since joining the Diamondbacks, Martinez now has four homers and 11 RBI in six games, one of which was merely a pinch-hitting appearance. The 29-year-old has 20 homers and 50 RBI in 63 games overall, and should keep putting up big numbers as his scorched-earth tour marches on through his new league.
Jul 27 - 11:59 PM

According to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, if the Dodgers are willing to offer OF prospect Alex Verdugo in a trade, Yu Darvish is "probably going to L.A."

Things seem to be heating up on the Darvish front now that the Rangers are officially shopping him. Per Feinsand, the Astros probably wouldn't bite on a rental while the Nats, who just lost Stephen Strasburg to an elbow injury, are not in the running for Darvish. The Dodgers, however, are known to covet the right-hander, though acquiring Darvish would likely cost them their best prospect. Verdugo was held out of the lineup at Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday, though the Dodgers are claiming it was a scheduled day off. Verdugo, who has hit .328 across 341 at-bats for OKC this season, is listed at No. 28 on MLB.com's Top 100 prospects.
Jul 27 - 11:42 PM

Zack Godley held the Cardinals scoreless over seven innings in a win Thursday.

The right-hander yielded just four hits, all singles, and walked two while striking out seven in the victory. It was a much-needed turn after a couple of disappointing outings his last two times out. The win was actually his first in over a month despite some decent showings in between, and in 14 starts overall Godley is 4-4 with a 3.06 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 91/27 K/BB ratio over 88 1/3 innings. He'll be tested Wednesday when the Diamondbacks visit the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Jul 27 - 11:40 PM

Chris O'Grady fired seven shutout innings Thursday, scattering five hits and two walks en route to a 4-1 win over the Reds.

Well, that came out of nowhere. After allowing three runs in each of his first three starts -- and failing to make it out of the sixth inning in any of them -- the southpaw kept the Reds in check all night. He benefited from five strikeouts compared to just the two walks. With Thursday's showing, the 27-year-old owns a 3.68 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in four games. A stiffer test will surely come Tuesday when O'Grady draws the division-rival Nationals.
Jul 27 - 11:23 PM




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