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An MRI on Josh Johnson's triceps has come back negative.

Good news. Johnson will resume throwing on Thursday and is expected to need a couple rehab starts before rejoining the Blue Jays' rotation. Ricky Romero is occupying his spot in the rotation for now.
Mon, May 6, 2013 06:37:00 PM

Taijuan Walker (foot) will make a rehab start with Triple-A Tacoma on Monday.

Walker got through another bullpen session Friday with no issues, clearing the way for his return to game action. He's only missed about three weeks of action, so Walker might need just the one rehab outing before rejoining the Mariners' rotation.
Jul 29 - 12:23 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nationals have inquired on Mark Melancon.

Rosenthal adds that there are "multiple teams" pursuing the closer. The Pirates are in the thick of the Wild Card hunt, but it appears they still might consider trading Melancon, who is an impending free agent. Rosenthal notes that the Nats have also inquired on Wade Davis, as they seem likely to acquire a reliever this weekend with Jonathan Papelbon struggling.
Jul 29 - 11:57 AM

Nelson Cruz (foot) is back in the Mariners' lineup Friday.

Cruz missed a game after fouling a ball off his foot, but he's fine. He's in right field and batting cleanup against Jon Lester and the Cubs.
Jul 29 - 11:46 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Matt Moore is "emerging as the likeliest trade candidate" from the Rays' rotation.

The Rays are listening on Jake Odorizzi, Drew Smyly and even Chris Archer, but Moore has always seemed to be the most likely to be shipped elsewhere. Swingman Erasmo Ramirez could also be traded. Moore has been frustratingly inconsistent in his time in Tampa but holds a 2.39 ERA over his last nine starts and the Rays have club options on him through 2019 totaling a reasonable $26.5 million. The Rangers and Pirates are among the teams poking around.
Jul 29 - 11:24 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Carter Capps is also going to the Padres in the Andrew Cashner deal.

He adds that Tayron Guerrero is headed to the Marlins, too, as this trade just keeps getting bigger. Capps is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery but has been dominant when healthy, posting a 1.16 ERA and 58/7 K/BB ratio over 31 innings last season. He's a big health risk with his unorthodox delivery and big velocity but should be a shutdown reliever as long as the Padres can keep him on the mound. Guerrero has flashed triple-digit heat himself and is under team control for many years.
Jul 29 - 11:04 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Orioles have had trade discussions with the Rays regarding Erasmo Ramirez.

They would be interested in using Ramirez as a starter, as he evidently represents a backup plan after they missed out on Andrew Cashner. Ramirez has been used almost exclusively as a reliever this season and hasn't gone more than two innings since mid-May, so obviously it will take a bit for his stamina to be built back up. He holds a 3.90 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 46/16 K/BB ratio over 60 innings this season and is under team control through 2019.
Jul 29 - 9:36 AM

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins are also receiving Colin Rea in the Andrew Cashner trade.

They wanted to acquire two starters at the deadline and have done it in one fell swoop. Like Cashner, Rea has had a shaky season with a 4.98 ERA over 99 1/3 innings. He's just 26 and is under team control through 2021 and the hope is that he'll develop into a solid back-end starter.
Jul 29 - 8:36 AM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker was non-committal on his closer after pulling Jonathan Papelbon in the middle of a save chance Thursday.

Baker has indicated in recent days that he might make a change in the ninth inning, and he didn't hesitate to give Papelbon the hook after he allowed a one-out single and a walk to the Giants. Oliver Perez retired two of the next three batters and then Shawn Kelley closed things out by striking out Angel Pagan. Kelley is probably the favorite for saves in Washington right now, although it wouldn't be a surprise to see the club add a reliever before the trade deadline. "We’ve certainly got to figure something out here," Baker said.
Source: MASN Sports
Jul 29 - 8:29 AM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Marlins "have an agreement in place" to acquire Andrew Cashner from the Padres.

They're also getting Colin Rea and Tyron Guerrero and reportedly giving up Jarred Cosart, Carter Capps, Josh Naylor and Luis Castillo. Cashner has put up an unimpressive 4.76 ERA over 16 starts this season, but he's pitched well in his last three outings and the Marlins are obviously hoping to catch lighting in a bottle here. The 29-year-old righty will be a free agent this offseason.
Jul 29 - 8:07 AM

Brad Ziegler coughed up a 1-0 ninth-inning lead in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Angels.

Ziegler entered in the ninth attempting to secure the win for David Price, who gave the Red Sox eight shutout innings. It was not to be. After loading the bases with one out, Ziegler surrendered an infield grounder to Daniel Nava. Enter Hanley Ramirez, who fired home in an attempt to secure the first out on what might have been a game-ending double play. That was the idea, anyway, but Ramirez sailed the throw high to allow two runners to race home. Ballgame. This was Ziegler's third blown save of the season, his first in eight appearances with the Red Sox since coming over from the Diamondbacks via trade earlier this month. He has now allowed runs in back-to-back appearances and might be in line for a breather as this four-game set with the Angels unfolds.
Jul 29 - 1:36 AM

David Price was superb in earning a no-decision in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Angels, rolling through eight shutout frames while scattering seven singles.

Manager John Farrell is probably second-guessing himself tonight, at least just a little bit. Price had thrown 109 pitches through eight innings and could have theoretically at least started the ninth, but Farrell turned to Brad Ziegler instead. The reliever subsequently blew the save as Price lost out on what would have been a smooth 1-0 win. Tumultuous end aside, this was a strong effort from the ace southpaw. He will bring a 4.26 ERA -- plus a 1.26 WHIP and 151/31 K/BB ratio (143 2/3 innings) -- into a road date with the Mariners next time he toes the rubber.
Jul 29 - 1:25 AM




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