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Kyuji Fujikawa underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday.

The reconstructive elbow procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews and deemed a success. Fujikawa has already been placed on the 60-day disabled list and is unlikely to be ready to pitch for the Cubs again until June of next season. He signed a two-year, $9.5 million free agent contract with Chicago this past winter.
Tue, Jun 11, 2013 05:23:00 PM

DJ LeMahieu (groin) is not in the Rockies' lineup Wednesday.

He's on the lineup sheet among the team's reserves, though, so it appears LeMahieu will avoid the disabled list for the time being. He exited Tuesday's game with a cramp in his right groin. Pat Valaika is handing second base Wednesday.
Jun 28 - 1:48 PM

Howie Kendrick (hamstring) is not in the Phillies' lineup Wednesday.

Kendrick started Tuesday's game in the designated hitter spot after missing five contests with a strained left hamstring, but his hammy is clearly still bothering him. Whether the Phils are considering a disabled list stint is unclear at this point. Ty Kelly is starting at second base Wednesday.
Jun 28 - 1:42 PM

Drew Smyly (elbow) will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.

The operation will be performed on July 6 by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Alabama. Smyly has been out all season with a strained flexor bundle in his pitching elbow, and a recent setback apparently involved the tearing of his ulnar collateral ligament. The left-hander will likely be sidelined at least until the second half of nexst season. Smyly is under team control for 2018, but he'll be an obvious non-tender candidate this winter.
Jun 28 - 1:33 PM

Koda Glover (back) has yet to resume a throwing program.

It looked at the time a little over two weeks ago when Glover was placed on the disabled list that his absence would be a short one, but his recovery from a lower back injury is coming along more slowly than expected. At this point, a return before the All-Star break doesn't appear very likely. Glover probably would've gotten his closer job back if his absence was brief and it's still possible he could. However, it's looking like the Nationals might have already traded for a ninth-inning man by the time Glover makes it back.
Source: MASN Sports
Jun 28 - 1:27 PM

White Sox activated LHP Carlos Rodon from the 60-day disabled list.

Rodon will make his first start in the majors this season on Wednesday versus the Yankees. The left-hander has been on the shelf since spring training with biceps tendinitis. He held a 10.06 ERA over 17 rehab innings, so some patience will probably be required here.
Jun 28 - 1:09 PM

Cubs designated C Miguel Montero for assignment.

Montero drew headlines after Tuesday's game when he threw Jake Arrieta under the bus following the team allowing seven stolen bases to the Nationals. He's 1-for-32 in trying to catch attempted base stealers this season but is also hitting .286/.366/.439 with four home runs, so some team will scoop up Montero after he clears waivers. Victor Caratini has been called up to replace Montero on the roster.
Jun 28 - 12:28 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that "multiple teams" are targeting Marlins relievers A.J. Ramos and David Phelps.

Both Ramos and Phelps are under team control through 2018, but they're getting more expensive in arbitration and the Marlins "remain inclined to move salary," according to Passan, even after the Adeiny Hechavarria trade. Ramos has been volatile this season with a 3.49 ERA and 15 walks over 28 1/3 innings. But, while contenders might see him more as a setup man than a closer, it's not a surprise that there would be interest. Phelps hasn't been dominant in 2017 as he was in 2016, but he's still struck out over a batter per frame and has mostly been superb since a rough first couple weeks. If Miami winds up trading both Ramos and Phelps, Kyle Barraclough could take over as their closer.
Jun 28 - 11:50 AM

Multiple front office executives told Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports that they expect Justin Verlander to hit the trade block sometime in the next couple weeks.

The Tigers have made public their desire to cut payroll, and they currently have the American League's second-worst record at 34-42. Verlander is making $28 million in 2017, is owed $56 million the next two seasons and is 34. In other words, it's not difficult to connect the dots here. Verlander's full no-trade clause doesn't look like a stumbling block, as Lynn Henning of the Detroit News says that Verlander "will absolutely accept a trade to a valid contender." Verlander has been a disappointment this season with a 4.47 ERA, but he'd still be one of the best starters to hit the market and there would surely be interest.
Jun 28 - 11:37 AM

Mets manager Terry Collins admitted after Tuesday's game that they "don’t know how long it will be" before Michael Conforto (hand) returns to the lineup.

Two rounds of X-rays confirmed that Conforto doesn't have a fracture in his left hand after he was hit by a pitch Sunday. However, the outfielder was still in enough pain Tuesday that he wasn't even able to grip a bat, let alone swing it. It's possible he'll show up Wednesday feeling much better, but for now Conforto's status remains cloudy. The Mets will use Yoenis Cespedes, Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce in the outfield while Conforto is out.
Source: Newsday.com
Jun 28 - 10:19 AM

Craig Mish of Fantasy Sports Radio reports that the Yankees are calling up third base prospect Miguel Andujar from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

It's unclear at this point what the corresponding move will be, but putting Matt Holliday (fatigue) on the disabled list is a possibility. Ranked by MLB.com as the Yankees' No. 9 prospect, Andujar has batted .312/.346/.491 with eight homers and 54 RBI between Double- and Triple-A this season. The 22-year-old should see some starts in the designated hitter spot while Holliday is out and also gives the Yanks an alternative at third base to the struggling Chase Headley. He's worth a shot in deeper formats.
Jun 28 - 9:57 AM

Freddie Freeman (wrist) is hoping to be activated from the disabled list on July 6 for the beginning of a series versus the Nationals.

Freeman will take live batting practice Wednesday and if that goes well will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday. If he does indeed return on July 6, he'll have beat his initial timetable by three weeks. "Saturday game, then be off Sunday, play Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday," Freeman said, "then if I feel I can hit (Max) Scherzer’s heater, or whoever’s, then I’ll say I’m ready to roll and meet the team in D.C." The plan is still for Freeman to come back as a third baseman, a position he hasn't played since rookie ball. It will allow the Braves to keep hot-hitting Matt Adams in the lineup at first base.
Jun 28 - 9:48 AM




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