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Braves recalled C Christian Bethancourt from Double-A Mississippi.

Bethancourt probably won't play much down the stretch this season, but he could be the Braves' Opening Day catcher next spring if impending free agent Brian McCann is not re-signed. The 22-year-old hit .277/.305/.436 with 12 homers and 45 RBI in 90 games this summer at Double-A.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 08:48:00 AM

Kevin Kiermaier (hip) said Friday that he expects to begin a rehab assignment "in the next week or so."

Kiermaier's recovery from a fractured hip is going very well, and he expects to be ready for activation from the disabled list when first eligible on August 8. The speedy outfielder is a good stash option in fantasy leagues where he was dropped.
Jul 21 - 3:44 PM

Jaime Garcia is expected to make his scheduled start with the Braves on Friday against the Dodgers.

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported Thursday that the Braves had agreed to trade Garcia to the Twins, but at the very least the deal appears to be on life support, if not dead. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick says that the Braves are "still talking to a number of clubs" about the left-hander.
Jul 21 - 3:36 PM

Steven Souza (hip) is not in the Rays' lineup Friday.

Souza avoided a serious hip injury on an awkward slide Wednesday, but he could still miss a few games. Shane Peterson is in right field Friday.
Jul 21 - 3:31 PM

Yadier Molina was a late scratch from Friday's lineup due to right ankle discomfort.

It's unclear when the ankle began bothering Molina, who had a day off Thursday. Consider him day-to-day. Carson Kelly has taken Molina's spot behind the plate in what will be his first start in the majors this season.
Jul 21 - 2:32 PM

Phillies activated INF/OF Howie Kendrick from the 10-day disabled list.

Kendrick played just one rehab game and is feeling well enough to rejoin the big league roster. He's missed the last three-plus weeks with a strained left hamstring. The Phillies will be auditioning Kendrick for a trade before the end of the month.
Jul 21 - 2:24 PM

Mariners acquired LHP Marco Gonzales from the Cardinals in exchange for OF Tyler O'Neill.

A former first-round pick, Gonzales has been excellent in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, posting a 2.78 ERA and 64/17 K/BB ratio over 74 1/3 innings in the minors. The left-hander is a high-floor, low-ceiling type player who should be a solid mid- to back-end of the rotation option for the Mariners. It shouldn't be long before he gets a shot for them in the majors.
Jul 21 - 12:55 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Twins' trade for Jaime Garcia could fall through.

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported Thursday that the two sides had reached an agreement on a trade, but there appears to be a snag. Garcia has a long history of injury issues, especially involving his pitching shoulder, so it's possible a physical issue might be the concern. Garcia is currently still penciled in to start for the Braves on Friday against the Dodgers, but Aaron Blair is in Los Angeles and will fill in if the deal goes through.
Jul 21 - 12:31 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Brewers have been "aggressive" in trade talks for Justin Wilson.

Other teams have been as well, of course, with Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reporting earlier this week that 10-12 clubs were in on the left-handed reliever. Wilson seems likelier to set up than close wherever he winds up, and that would be the case in Milwaukee.
Jul 21 - 11:32 AM

Kris Bryant (finger) could miss the entire weekend series against the Cardinals.

X-rays on Bryant's left pinkie came back clean after he was injured on a head-first slide Wednesday, but he's not feeling 100 percent. He's been ruled out through Saturday and might sit out Sunday, as well. Javy Baez is at third base Friday, and Tommy La Stella is also a candidate to pick up starts.
Jul 21 - 11:12 AM

Cardinals recalled C Carson Kelly from Triple-A Memphis.

Joe Schwarz of TheIntrepidSTL.com was first to report on Kelly's promotion. The Cards have designated the .155/.277/.197-hitting Eric Fryer for assignment. Considered by most to be the top catching prospect in the game, Kelly has batted .283/.375/.459 with 10 homers and 41 RBI this season at Memphis. As intriguing a prospect as Kelly is, though, he's not going to have fantasy value while playing behind Yadier Molina.
Jul 21 - 11:01 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Blue Jays "have gotten some feelers" on Jose Bautista.

There are some hurdles to a potential trade, though, the first of which is that Bautista is hitting a disappointing .227/.340/.402 with 16 home runs this season and just .197/.312/.338 since June 1. He also has 10-and-5 rights and thus can veto any deal. However, while the Jays no doubt would have to pick up a chunk of what remains of his $18 million salary for this season to make a trade work, some contender might think it's worth taking a shot that Bautista can slug for a couple months for them. It shouldn't cost too much to acquire him.
Jul 21 - 10:37 AM




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