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Justin Morneau finally hit his third home run of the year Wednesday in the Twins' 7-4 win over the White Sox.

Morneau hadn't gone deep since April 28. He owns a decent .289 batting average in 64 games this season and has been effective with runners in scoring position, but the power has completely vanished. It may be a struggle for him to reach a double-digit home run total.
Wed, Jun 19, 2013 11:24:00 PM

An MRI on Yunel Escobar's left knee revealed a bone bruise.

Escobar suffered the injury on Thursday and hasn't played since. The injury has turned out to be worse than initially expected, although he hasn't been placed on the disabled list yet. However, a move can't be ruled out if he doesn't see improvement in the next day or two.
Jun 26 - 1:47 PM

Nationals placed RHP Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 16, with an upper back strain.

Strasburg appeared to be track to start Sunday after visiting a chiropractor, but his back flared up on him again Saturday. He'll be eligible to return later this week but it seems unlikely that he'll be ready by then. The Nationals will announce a corresponding move prior to Monday's game.
Jun 26 - 1:44 PM

David Ortiz is absent from the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

He's simply receiving a day of rest. The Red Sox have Bryce Brentz in the designated hitter spot and Ryan LaMarre in left field.
Jun 26 - 12:46 PM

Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Mets and Giants have expressed interest in Yunel Escobar.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick has also reported previously that the Giants are eyeing Escobar. It's unclear whether the Mets' interest in Escobar might be lessened now that they've signed Jose Reyes. The Angels hold a $7 million club option on Escobar for 2017, but Moura hears that the third baseman is likely to be dealt before the trade deadline.
Jun 26 - 12:43 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics and Josh Reddick plan to revisit contract extension talks before the trade deadline.

The two sides were unable to work something out previously, as the A's wanted to give Reddick a three-year deal and the outfielder was seeking four years. If a long-term deal isn't worked out, there's a good chance the A's will trade Reddick next month. Rosenthal does note that the club is prepared to hang on to Reddick and give him a qualifying offer over the winter if it comes to that. Reddick is making $6.575 million this season in his final year before free agency.
Jun 26 - 12:23 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Jay Bruce is "a consideration" for the Dodgers.

The Dodgers aren't sure when they'll get Andre Ethier (leg) back or how he'll perform when he returns, putting them in the market for an outfielder. Bruce will be on the list of many teams looking for offensive help, as he's had a nice bounce-back season with a .280/.329/.575 batting line, 16 homers and 57 RBI. Rosenthal notes that Josh Reddick and Kole Calhoun could also potentially be fits for the Dodgers.
Jun 26 - 12:19 PM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) will resume long-tossing on Monday.

Wheeler's rehab from Tommy John surgery hit a speed bump due to nerve irritation in his right elbow, but he was recently given a cortisone shot and hopes to get back on track. The right-hander should be ready to begin a rehab assignment soon if he can avoid another setback.
Jun 26 - 11:51 AM

Jason Kipnis (general soreness) is not in the Indians' lineup Sunday.

Kipnis left Saturday's game early due to what the Indians are simply calling "general soreness." "It's from hitting too many triples," said Kipnis. The second baseman should be good to go Monday. Jose Ramirez is at second base Sunday and Michael Martinez is in left field.
Jun 26 - 11:48 AM

Trevor Plouffe (groin) is back in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

Plouffe missed a couple games with a mild groin strain. He's at first base Sunday, as the Twins are using Joe Mauer in the designated hitter spot and again benching Byung-ho Park. Byron Buxton and Kurt Suzuki are also getting breathers, as Danny Santana and Juan Centeno are in center field and at catcher, respectively.
Jun 26 - 11:17 AM

Marcell Ozuna (wrist) remained out of the Marlins' lineup Sunday.

Ozuna has been out of the lineup for two straight days due to a sore left wrist that's been bothering him for about a week. The Marlins anticipate him returning to action on Tuesday after Monday's off day. Ichiro Suzuki is getting another start in center field. The Marlins are also resting J.T. Realmuto, as Jeff Mathis is behind the plate.
Jun 26 - 11:03 AM

The Red Sox are considering optioning Christian Vazquez to Triple-A Pawtucket when Ryan Hanigan (neck) returns from the disabled list later this week.

Vazquez is sporting an ugly .212/.261/.298 batting line on the season. He's known as a defensive catcher and the Red Sox certainly aren't hurting for offense, so they can deal with his poor showing at the plate. However, the bigger concern here is they don't want to expose Sandy Leon to waivers. Leon is 12-for-22 at the plate and is a quality defensive catcher himself. The club also could think a little time in the minors for Vazquez could do his offense some good after he missed so much time rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Unless they want to carry three catchers for a while, Boston will have a tough decision to make soon.
Source: Boston Globe
Jun 26 - 8:54 AM




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