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Athletics acquired C Kurt Suzuki and cash considerations from the Nationals in exchange for RHP Dakota Bacus.

The A's have turned to a familiar face in their search for catching depth with both John Jaso (concussion) and Derek Norris (toe) sidelined. Suzuki was dealt from the A's to the Nats last year just after the trade deadline but is now back with the organization that drafted him. He's likely to see most of the starts over Stephen Vogt for the time being. The Nats will pick up about half of the $675,000 left on Suzuki's contract.
Fri, Aug 23, 2013 11:55:00 AM

Blue Jays acquired RHP Tom Koehler from the Marlins in exchange for RHP Osman Gutierrez.

Koehler has battled injuries throughout the year and has also spent time in Triple-A, but offers a wealth of experience (132 major league starts) and could benefit from a change of scenery. If nothing else, the 31-year-old gives Toronto some much-needed pitching depth. He didn't cost the Jays much, either. Gutierrez has posted a miserable 7.85 ERA over 18 starts for Low-A Lansing this year.
Aug 19 - 8:22 PM

Cody Bellinger left Saturday's game against the Tigers with a mild right ankle sprain.

Bellinger stayed in briefly after coming down awkwardly on a catch but was soon replaced by Yasiel Puig in right field. No X-rays were required and Bellinger downplayed his injury when speaking to reporters after the game. Bellinger will be given the day off on Sunday, though it looks like he'll avoid the disabled list. The favorite for NL Rookie of the Year went 0-for-2 with a strikeout before exiting.
Aug 19 - 7:00 PM

Daniel Murphy was scratched from the Nationals' lineup Saturday against the Padres.

Though he hasn't been diagnosed with any specific injury, manager Dusty Baker noticed that Murphy hasn't been moving well over the past few games. He'll get the night off to recharge his batteries before returning for Sunday's series finale. Howie Kendrick, who had been slated to start in left field, will shift to second base with Alejandro De Aza in left.
Aug 19 - 6:26 PM

Aroldis Chapman has been temporarily removed from the closer role.

The move was long overdue as Chapman hasn't looked right in a while. Whether it's his hamstring or simply fatigue from pitching deep into the playoffs last year, the flame-throwing left-hander hasn't been himself in 2017, producing a very un-Chapman-like 4.29 ERA over 38 appearances. Chapman should eventually reclaim his closer status—the Yankees didn't pay $86 million for him to work in middle relief—but right now he's doing more harm than good in the ninth inning. Dellin Betances and David Robertson will split save chances while Chapman works to rebuild his confidence in a lower leverage role.
Aug 19 - 5:49 PM

Yankees activated LHP CC Sabathia from the 10-day disabled list.

Jordan Montgomery was sent down to Triple-A in the corresponding move. Sabathia ended up missing just one start with knee inflammation and will take the hill Saturday at Boston. He'll have his work cut out for him with Chris Sale going for the division-leading Red Sox.
Aug 19 - 5:46 PM

Nationals activated RHP Stephen Strasburg from the 10-day disabled list.

Strasburg will get the nod Saturday against his hometown Padres. He's taking the place of Max Scherzer, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list with neck inflammation. Strasburg has pitched well when healthy, delivering a 3.25 ERA over 20 starts this season.
Aug 19 - 5:38 PM

Yoan Moncada (shin) was scratched from the White Sox's lineup Saturday against the Rangers.

He's out with shin splints in his right leg. Yolmer Sanchez will spell him at second base and bat ninth against Rangers left-hander Martin Perez. Consider Moncada day-to-day.
Aug 19 - 5:37 PM

Jose Quintana pitched well in Saturday's victory over the Blue Jays, racking up eight strikeouts over six innings of two-run ball.

The left-hander scattered four hits and a pair of walks on the afternoon. The Jays pushed across two runs in the fourth inning on a two-run single by Raffy Lopez, but Quintana was in complete command otherwise. He now sports a 4.27 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 155/53 K/BB ratio over 145 1/3 innings on the year. He'll do battle against the Phillies in Philadelphia on Friday.
Aug 19 - 5:34 PM

Padres optioned OF Hunter Renfroe to Triple-A El Paso.

His roster spot will be absorbed by Jabari Blash. Despite his immense power (20 homer), Renfoe's .230 average wasn't cutting it in the big leagues. Renfroe has been pressing lately (four for his last 26 with 16 strikeouts) and could probably use a couple weeks to recharge in the minor leagues. He'll be back when rosters expand next month.
Aug 19 - 4:48 PM

Rangers placed Carlos Gomez on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury.

The move was made retroactive to August 16. Gomez had a cyst removed from his right shoulder and is still recovering. Utility man Phil Gosselin was called up to take his roster spot. It should be a minimum DL stint for Gomez, who has hit .251 with 15 homers, 42 RBI and 11 steals this season.
Aug 19 - 4:41 PM

Dodgers placed RHP Yu Darvish on the 10-day disabled list with back tightness.

The Dodgers aren't overly concerned with the issue, and Darvish is only expected to miss one start. He's slated to return to the rotation next Sunday against the Brewers.
Aug 19 - 2:43 PM




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