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Pirates placed RHP James McDonald on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder discomfort.

The injury might help explain McDonald's early struggles. He has posted a 5.76 ERA in six starts this season. Jeanmar Gomez will fill in for him on Tuesday night.
Tue, May 7, 2013 04:56:00 PM

The Padres are expected to designate Hector Olivera for assignment when his trade to San Diego is complete, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

The Braves couldn't wait to get rid of Olivera after his arrest and subsequent 82-game suspension and now it looks like the Padres can't either. Olivera is still owed $28.5 million, though his deal will be voided if he goes to prison. Once a promising prospect, Olivera's MLB future is starting to look bleak. The Braves are receiving Matt Kemp as compensation and will also get about $10-12 million from the Padres to cover the rest of his salary.
Jul 30 - 9:17 PM

Colin Rea left Saturday's start against the Cardinals with right elbow soreness.

That's obviously not how he wanted his Marlins debut to go. Rea pitched well before he got hurt, allowing just one hit over 3 1/3 shutout innings. The Marlins are calling him day-to-day. Jose Urena or Justin Nicolino could be called on if Rea is unable to make his next start, which seems likely.
Jul 30 - 9:10 PM

Wade Davis is flying back to Kansas City for an MRI on his right forearm.

Davis hasn't looked sharp since his return from the disabled list (4.15 ERA in five appearances) and now we might have a better idea why. The right-hander missed the minimum 15 days when he suffered a strained forearm earlier this month but apparently the pain hasn't subsided much. An extended absence would be a huge blow to both the Royals and his fantasy owners. Davis had been drawing some trade interest but we're guessing those talks are on hold now.
Jul 30 - 8:59 PM

The Padres have agreed to trade OF Matt Kemp to the Braves in exchange for OF/3B Hector Olivera.

The deal will become official as soon as both players complete their physicals. The Padres are sending Atlanta $10-12 million to cover part of Kemp's salary. The Braves have been wanting to move on from Olivera since his arrest in April and the Padres are trying to turn all their big league assets into prospects, so the deal works for both sides. Kemp will be playing in a more hitter-friendly park in Atlanta but RBI opportunities could be scarce in a depleted Braves lineup. Ultimately this shouldn't have a drastic impact on his fantasy value.
Jul 30 - 7:51 PM

Ryan Braun (side) was a late scratch Saturday against the Pirates.

Braun was hoping to return after missing two games with right side tightness but apparently the injury is still lingering. His absence has nothing to do with recent trade rumors. Ramon Flores will take over in left field and bat seventh against Pirates right-hander Jameson Taillon. Consider Braun day-to-day.
Jul 30 - 7:39 PM

Yasiel Puig (hamstring) remained out of the Dodgers' lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

Puig made a pinch-hitting appearance on Friday night but the Dodgers are going to play it safe by keeping him out one more day. Andrew Toles will take his spot in right field and bat seventh against D'Backs right-hander Braden Shipley. Manager Dave Roberts said he expects Puig to return for Sunday's series finale.
Jul 30 - 7:34 PM

Rich Hill (finger) felt good after throwing a 60-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

Hill had his blister covered for the first 45 pitches but took it off for the last 15. Assuming he isn't traded, Hill should return to the A's rotation either Thursday against the Angels or Friday versus the Cubs. He left his last start on July 17 after throwing just five pitches.
Jul 30 - 7:08 PM

David Ortiz is not in the Red Sox lineup Saturday against the Angels.

Manager John Farrell suggested this might be a possibility so it's not a complete shock to see Ortiz getting the day off against left-hander Hector Santiago. With Ortiz sitting, Hanley Ramirez will DH with Travis Shaw covering first. Big Papi should be ready to go on Sunday.
Jul 30 - 6:24 PM

Two rival GMs told Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports that the Indians are now considered the favorites to land Jonathan Lucroy.

Lucroy was held out of Saturday's lineup in anticipation of a trade materializing in the next 24 hours. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick said the Mets haven't made much headway in talks for Lucroy while SB Nation's Chris Cotillo shared that the Rangers remain "far apart" in negotiations. That leaves Cleveland as the de facto favorite. The Brewers could be eying top catching prospect Francisco Mejia, who is currently on a 42-game hitting streak for High-A Lynchburg. Though no deal is imminent, the odds are incredibly strong that Lucroy has played his final game as a Brewer.
Jul 30 - 6:02 PM

According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, the Mets are "very involved" in talks for Jay Bruce.

The Mets signed Justin Ruggiano on Saturday but are still looking for more outfield depth with Juan Lagares sidelined by a thumb injury and Yoenis Cespedes still hampered by a quad strain. It looked like Bruce might be headed to the Dodgers in a three-team trade on Friday but those talks seemed to have died down. Despite the trade rumors, Bruce will start as usual Saturday against the Padres.
Jul 30 - 5:52 PM

Wade Miley was outstanding in Saturday afternoon's victory over the Cubs, allowing just one run on one hit over seven strong innings.

The left-hander racked up nine strikeouts on the impressive afternoon while walking one. He carried a perfect game into the seventh inning where Dexter Fowler drew a leadoff walk. Kris Bryant then followed with a single, breaking up his no-hit bid. After a sacrifice from Ben Zobrist, a ground ball from Javier Baez plated the Cubs' lone run in the contest. Miley draws a difficult assignment his next time out, as he'll do battle against the Red Sox at home on Thursday, provided he remains with the M's and isn't moved at the trade deadline.
Jul 30 - 5:02 PM




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