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Nationals optioned 1B Chris Marrero to Triple-A Syracuse.

The 24-year-old only garnered 16 at-bats during his time with the Nationals, going 2-for-16 with an RBI and four strikeouts. He'll continue to serve as organizational depth in the minor leagues, and should have another chance as a bench bat with the Nats later in the season.
Fri, Jun 28, 2013 11:20:00 PM

Jordan Zimmermann was removed from Friday's start against the Phillies with an apparent injury.

No word yet on the type or extent of the injury, but it's certainly worrisome that Zimmermann called for the trainer after delivering his last pitch. He had surrendered four runs on six hits over 3 1/3 innings before departing. Look for the Nationals to provide an update on his status shortly.
Jul 11 - 8:19 PM

George Springer was scratched from the Astros starting lineup on Friday.

No word given yet as to the reason for the late scratch. Robbie Grossman will start in his place in center field and hit sixth for the Astros.
Jul 11 - 7:04 PM

Diamoncbacks activated OF Mark Trumbo from the 15-day disabled list.

Trumbo blasted five long balls in his seven rehab games, forcing the Diamondbacks to activate him a few days earlier than originally planned. He is in the lineup and will bat fifth against Tim Lincecum in his return.
Jul 11 - 6:19 PM

Hanley Ramirez is not expected to play before the All-Star break due to a flare-up with his arthritic right shoulder.

Ramirez, who received another injection in the shoulder following Thursday's game, missed a handful of games last month with the same ailment. The Dodgers are hoping that he'll be ready to go for the start of the second half, but it's no guarantee. Miguel Rojas is handling shortstop while Ramirez is sidelined.
Jul 11 - 5:52 PM

Jason Castro is back in the Astros' lineup Friday.

It's his first start since Sunday, as Castro has been battling pain in his left armpit. The Astros catching is sporting a .228/.303/.366 batting line with seven homers and 34 RBI over 73 games this season.
Jul 11 - 4:41 PM

Orioles placed RHP Ubaldo Jimenez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 6, with a sprained right ankle.

Jimenez rolled his ankle on Wednesday while getting out of his car, resulting in lots of swelling. It's not clear at this point how long he'll be sidelined. Kevin Gausman has been recalled to take his spot in the rotation.
Jul 11 - 4:31 PM

Adam Lind (foot) is expected to return in 2-3 weeks after undergoing a second opinion.

Lind was initially expected to be sidelined 6-8 weeks, so obviously this is great news. He'll wear a walking boot on his fractured right foot for the next 5-7 days before then beginning his rehab. Dan Johnson has replaced Lind on the roster.
Jul 11 - 4:21 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle revealed on Friday that Gerrit Cole (lat) will not return from the disabled list when first eligible on July 20.

Cole is already throwing again, but he's dealt with two shoulder injuries over the last month and the Pirates don't want to rush him back. There's no timetable for his return, but early August seems doable as long as the right-hander doesn't have any setbacks.
Jul 11 - 3:52 PM

Ian Desmond (hand) is not in the Nationals' lineup Friday.

X-rays on Desmond's right hand came back negative, but he's still a little sore. The Nats are hoping that he'll be ready to go on Saturday. Danny Espinosa is at shortstop Friday.
Jul 11 - 3:38 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal report that the Angels, Blue Jays and Tigers have been in contact with Rangers regarding Joakim Soria.

The Angels would be the best landing spot for Soria from a fantasy perspective, as he would figure to have the best chance to remain a closer. Soria is making a reasonable $5.5 million this season with a $7 million club option for 2015, so it's no surprise that he's drawing interest. He's put up a 2.76 ERA and ridiculous 40/4 K/BB ratio over 29 1/3 innings this season.
Jul 11 - 1:55 PM

Cardinals claimed C George Kottaras off waivers from the Indians.

The Cards needed some depth at catcher following the Yadier Molina (thumb) injury, and Kottaras makes sense as a stop-gap. The 31-year-old is a career .216/.326/.415 hitter but did slug three homers over 10 games with the Tribe. He figures to share time with Tony Cruz while Molina is out, with Audry Perez heading back to Triple-A Memphis. Kottaras won't officially report until Saturday.
Jul 11 - 1:48 PM




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