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Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that Nyjer Morgan is seeking a return to Major League Baseball.

The 33-year-old outfielder spent the 2013 campaign playing for Yokohama in Japan's Central League where he slashed .294/.361/.434 with 11 homers, 50 RBI and three stolen bases in 108 games. He'll likely have to settle for a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Jan 4, 2014 02:19:00 PM

Cole Hamels (oblique) is on track to rejoin the Rangers' rotation on Monday in Cleveland.

That's assuming things go as planned during his bullpen session Friday. Hamels allowed just one run while striking out eight over 8 2/3 innings in two rehab starts, going 5 2/3 frames and throwing 81 pitches in his final outing Wednesday. The veteran lefty should be ready for close to a full workload versus the Tribe. Hamels has been out since early May with a strained right oblique.
Jun 23 - 5:18 PM

Yadier Molina was scratched from the Cardinals' lineup Friday due to a sore knee.

Molina's knee flared up after it was hit by a foul tip Thursday. He should be back in there in a day or two. Eric Fryer will do the catching Friday.
Jun 23 - 5:13 PM

Tigers released RHP Francisco Rodriguez.

Rodriguez was removed from the closer role in early May and hasn't been any better in a less demanding job, ultimately posting a 7.82 ERA over 28 appearances this season. The 35-year-old was pretty good for the Tigers in 2016 and shouldn't be out of a job long, but it's certainly possible that his days as an effective reliever are over.
Jun 23 - 5:03 PM

Dexter Fowler (quad) is not in the Cardinals' lineup Friday.

Fowler was initially out of the lineup, then in the lineup and now out of the lineup again. For what it's worth, he expects to return to action Saturday. Tommy Pham is in center field and Jose Martinez is in left.
Jun 23 - 4:53 PM

Brandon Finnegan (trapezius) could rejoin the Reds' rotation on Monday in St. Louis.

Finnegan has posted a 3.00 ERA and 10/3 K/BB ratio over 12 innings across three rehab starts. He's be relatively limited from a pitch count perspective Monday but is probably built up enough at this point to give it a go. Finnegan has been sidelined since mid-April due to a strained left trapezius muscle.
Jun 23 - 4:50 PM

Freddie Freeman (wrist) is hoping to begin a rehab assignment in 7-10 days.

That's after the end of the Braves' road trip. Freeman was cleared to begin taking dry swings on Friday and will continue a hitting progression over the next few days. The slugger said earlier this week that he was hoping to return prior to the All-Star break, and it looks like he'll have a chance to do just that. Freeman has been working out at third base and could be used at the position upon activation as the Braves look for a way to keep Matt Adams' bat in the lineup.
Jun 23 - 4:48 PM

Jacoby Ellsbury has passed his concussion protocol testing and will be sent out on a rehab assignment soon.

Ellsbury has missed the last month of action with concussion symptoms following a collision with the outfield wall, but he's finally turned a corner. What role he'll have upon activation is up in the air, as Yankees manager Joe Girardi has committed to Aaron Hicks in center field.
Jun 23 - 4:42 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the "perception of some involved" in Adeiny Hechavarria trade talks is that the Rays have "created some traction."

The Marlins appear eager to dump Hechavarria and his $4.35 million contract and a deal is expected to go down sometime over the weekend. The Orioles and Cardinals have reportedly been interested in addition to the Rays, but it appears Tampa Bay has inched ahead. Tim Beckham can move to second base to clear a starting spot for the slick-fielding Hechavarria.
Jun 23 - 4:40 PM

Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) could begin a rehab assignment as soon as June 29.

Rodriguez will face hitters on Saturday and should be cleared to make a rehab start five days after that if all goes well. The left-hander has been out nearly all month with a recurring knee issue, but the hope is that he'll be ready to rejoin the Red Sox' rotation by the All-Star break.
Jun 23 - 4:33 PM

Red Sox signed INF Jhonny Peralta to a minor league contract.

It's a good landing spot for Peralta, as the Red Sox have been desperate for a contribution from their third basemen this season. Of course, he's no guarantee to be an improvement given his .251/.299/.376 line since the beginning of last season. Still, the 35-year-old is worth a shot on a minor league deal. He'll report to Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday.
Jun 23 - 4:29 PM

Matt Kemp (hamstring) is not in the Braves' lineup Friday.

Kemp exited Thursday's game with a tight left hamstring. It's been a recurring issue for him this season. Danny Santana is in left field.
Jun 23 - 4:26 PM




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