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Pirates optioned OF Gregory Polanco to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Polanco's major league career got off to a roaring start, but he was stuck in a 1-for-30 slump and had batted just .197/.247/.310 in 156 plate appearances since July 9. Some low-intensity games in the minors might help the 22-year-old outfielder get back on track. He's likely to return to Pittsburgh when rosters expand September 1.
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 09:14:00 AM

Javier Baez (elbow) said during an appearance on 670 The Score that he'll probably get the night off Monday.

Baez exited Sunday's game after he was hit in the left elbow by a pitch, but he didn't require X-rays and said Monday that he was doing "good." Still, the Cubs appear likely to play things safe and give him the night off. Either way, it looks like a minor concern.
Jun 18 - 2:04 PM

Kevin Kiermaier (thumb) is on track to be activated from the disabled list Friday.

Kiermaier is 7-for-17 (.412) with a triple and a double through five rehab games between High-A Charlotte and Triple-A Columbus as he makes his way back from surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. The 28-year-old was batting just .163/.250/.233 over his first 12 games prior to the injury, but he was very productive when healthy last year and is worth scooping up in mixed fantasy leagues if he was dropped.
Jun 18 - 1:34 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mets are ready to listen to trade offers for "virtually everyone" on their roster.

Rosenthal notes that the Mets would understandably prefer to keep their young, controllable talent, but he also adds that the club is more open to moving Noah Syndergaard (under team control through 2021) than staff ace Jacob deGrom (under team control through 2020). Obviously it would take a huge haul for them to part with either pitcher, but they are keeping an open mind. Probably the most realistic name to be moved is closer Jeurys Familia, who is due to become a free agent following the season. Asdrubal Cabrera also makes sense as a possible trade chip for New York.
Source: The Athletic
Jun 18 - 1:01 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Yankees and Mariners are both expressing interest in Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ.

The Blue Jays are coming off a surprising three-game sweep of the Nationals, but they're buried in fourth place in the American League East standings and are likely to launch into selling mode within the next several weeks, ahead of the July 31 deadline. Happ has seemingly emerged as Toronto's most valuable trade chip with Josh Donaldson battling health issues. The veteran left-hander holds a 3.48 ERA, 1.065 WHIP, and 94/25 K/BB ratio in 82 2/3 innings (14 starts) this season. He's making $13 million in the final year of a three-year, $36 million deal.
Jun 18 - 10:38 AM

Roberto Osuna's first court date in connection with his sexual assault charge will be "a largely procedural hearing" and the Blue Jays closer will not attend it, per Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca.

That hearing is scheduled for Monday afternoon at the Old City Hall courthouse in Toronto. Criminal defense lawyer Domenic Basile will appear on Osuna's behalf for pre-trial discussions that "will set the stage for the next court hearing, possibly in two or three weeks," writes Davidi. Osuna has been on Major League Baseball's administrative leave list since his arrest May 8 for allegedly assaulting a woman. A resolution to this case is clearly not imminent.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Jun 18 - 9:53 AM

Jack Flaherty delivered another terrific start in Sunday's victory over the Cubs, scattering two hits and three walks over five shutout innings.

The right-hander racked up seven strikeouts on the night. The only thing that he didn't do well in this one, was be efficient with his pitches, needing 97 pitches (52 strikes) to get through his five frames. Through 10 starts with the Cardinals, he's now 4-2 with an outstanding 2.66 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 55/14 K/BB ratio across 50 2/3 innings. He'll look to keep it rolling in a difficult matchup against the Brewers in Milwaukee on Friday.
Jun 17 - 11:43 PM

Nomar Mazara (wrist) returned to the starting lineup Sunday against the Rockies and he finished 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and three RBI.

Mazara was scratched from the lineup on Friday and he did not play Saturday due to a sore left wrist. The injury was not hindering him in the interleague series finale, as he was sharp at the dish. Feel free to plug him back into the active lineup for the new week since he showed no ill-effects of the injury.
Jun 17 - 8:29 PM

Eric Thames went 2-for-4 with two homers and four RBI in a loss to the Phillies on Sunday.

Thames also walked. The 35-year-old power-hitter hit a solo shot off of Aaron Nola in the top of the first, and he brought Milwaukee new life with a three-run shot off of Hector Naris in the bottom of the ninth to make it a 10-9 game. He now has 9 homers in just 27 games this year, and his OPS bumps up to .973 in that time frame.
Jun 17 - 6:33 PM

Maikel Franco went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI in a 10-9 victory over the Brewers on Sunday.

There was plenty of offense to be found in this one, and Franco provided much of it for the Phillies. His homer was a two-run shot off of Chase Anderson with one out, and it ups his total on the season to nine. He picked up two more RBI on a single in the seventh, giving the third baseman 36 on the season. Franco's overall line of .247/.292/.424 still leaves a lot to be desired, but because of his bat speed, he's capable of games like this. There just haven't been enough over the past few seasons.
Jun 17 - 6:19 PM

Nicholas Castellanos went 1-for-3 with a homer in a 3-1 victory over the White Sox on Sunday.

Castellanos also walked. The homer was a two-run shot off of James Shields in the first inning, and it gave Blaine Hardy and the Tigers pitching staff all the run support it would need. It's been a strong season for the infielder-turned-outfielder, and he now has nine homers to go along with a .310/.353/.502 line on the 2018 season over 70 games.
Jun 17 - 5:50 PM

Eugenio Suarez went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer to help the Reds to an 8-6 victory on Sunday over the Pirates.

The homer came off of Joe Musgrove, and it gives the underrated third baseman 14 on the season. Somewhat quietly, Suarez now has his line on the year up to .297/.384/.569, and the 14 homers and 52 RBI are more impressive when you remember he missed a couple of weeks while on the disabled list. He's also homered in back-to-back games, and his hitting streak extends to eight.
Jun 17 - 5:34 PM




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