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Date: Team: Pos:'s William Ladson reports that Denard Span will have season-ending surgery on his left hip on Tuesday.

Span has just never been fully healthy all season. He had his first core muscle surgery last December, came back too soon and then required a second procedure in March. He then made a quick recovery from that to return in mid-April, but he then dealt with back and more recently hip issues for the bulk of the campaign. The type of operation he'll have Tuesday isn't known yet, but hopefully it will finally nip is health issues in the bud. The Nationals will go with Michael Taylor in center field for the rest of the season, assuming his knee injury is minor as expected.
Aug 28 - 1:52 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Craig Kimbrel has been claimed on revocable waivers.

Rosenthal was told by a Padres official that they have "no intention" of trading the closer. San Diego did entertain offers for Kimbrel prior to the deadline, but obviously it's not ideal to only be able to negotiate with one team. Kimbrel is owed $24 million from 2016-17 and the Padres have a $13 million club option or $1 million buyout on him for 2018.
Aug 28 - 1:49 PM

Mariners recalled C John Hicks from Triple-A Tacoma.

The M's have decided to give Mike Zunino some much-needed time in the minors so he can try to figure things out at the plate. Hicks has batted .245/.282/.362 with six homers at Tacoma this season and should share the workload behind the dish with Jesus Sucre.
Aug 28 - 1:20 PM

Mariners optioned C Mike Zunino to Triple-A Tacoma.

The demotion is probably long overdue. Zunino has simply been lost at the plate all season, sporting a hideous .174/.230/.300 batting line over 112 games. John Hicks has replaced him on the roster and will share the catching duties with Jesus Sucre for now.
Aug 28 - 1:18 PM

Danny Salazar has been scratched from Friday's scheduled start against the Angels due to illness.

The Indians presumably will hope that he'll be ready to go at some point over the weekend. Trevor Bauer will start Friday in Salazar's place and will be on regular rest.
Aug 28 - 1:09 PM

Matt Holliday (quad) will return to St. Louis this weekend to be re-evaluated.

Holliday has been working out at the Cardinals' spring training facility in Florida. It appears he's looking to get cleared to ramp up his activities, and the goal remains to get him back within the next couple weeks.
Aug 28 - 12:29 PM

Matt Adams (quad) is not ready to begin a rehab assignment yet.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny previously indicated that Adams could return by "September 1st-ish," but obviously that's not going to happen. The first baseman continues to work out at the club's spring training facility and should be activated in a couple weeks if all goes well. "Apparently, I said a hard-line Sept. 1, which I don’t remember," he said. "If that doesn’t happen, then people are going to be all up in arms."
Aug 28 - 12:27 PM

Jon Jay (wrist) could begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis on Friday.

He'll report to Memphis on Friday but might not begin playing in games just yet. Jay began taking batting practice earlier this week and hasn't had any issues with his nagging left wrist injury. He should be on track to be activated from the disabled list within the next two weeks.
Aug 28 - 12:23 PM

The Mariners have fired general manager Jack Zduriencik.

Zduriencik has seemingly been on the hot seat for a few years now and it's not a surprise to see him get the boot in the midst of the Mariners' disappointing season. Assistant GM Jeff Kingston will handle the GM duties for the remainder of the season, although it's unclear whether he might be a candidate to get the full-time gig. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says that the club has already reached out to former Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd.
Aug 28 - 11:33 AM

Yankees activated RHP Bryan Mitchell from the 7-day concussion disabled list.

Mitchell suffered a concussion and a small nasal fracture when he was hit by a comebacker on August 17, but he's thrown off a mound a couple times in recent days and is ready to go. He'll work in relief for now but could eventually be a candidate to get a start.
Aug 28 - 11:27 AM

Christian Yelich didn't play Thursday because he re-injured his right knee and also fouled a ball off his ankle on Wednesday.

Yelich just returned from the disabled list on Tuesday after missing the last two weeks with a bruised right knee. It doesn't seem at this point that the Marlins are viewing it as a serious setback, but expect them to be cautious with Yelich over the next few days.
Aug 28 - 10:26 AM

Phillies catching prospect Jorge Alfaro (ankle) made his return to game action by catching three innings with the Gulf Coast League Phillies on Thursday.

It's his first game since he suffered a significant ankle injury back in mid-June. Acquired from the Rangers in the Cole Hamels trade, Alfaro will likely play some fall and/or winter ball in order to make up for lost time. He should begin 2016 at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, with a major league debut likely later in the season.
Aug 28 - 10:06 AM

Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said Thursday that he plans to play Aaron Altherr more going forward.

All five of Altherr's starts to this point have come against left-handers, but Mackanin will start giving the 24-year-old starts versus righties, as well. The means less playing time for Cody Asche and/or Domonic Brown. "Possibly less. Not eliminating them, but less," Mackanin said. "We want to see [Altherr]. He had a heck of a good year in the minor leagues, and we like what we see." Altherr is an intriguing deep league option if he can find regular playing time. He hit .293/.367/.487 with 14 home runs, 67 RBI and 16 stolen bases between Double- and Triple-A this season and has a couple longballs in his first seven games with Philly.

An MRI on Jacoby Ellsbury's hip confirmed that he's merely dealing with a bruise.

Ellsbury injured the hip on a dive Tuesday and then sat out Wednesday. The hope is that he'll return to action Friday, although it's not a given. "The MRI was to make sure there was nothing more," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "He has a contusion of the muscle. There are obviously worse things that (the MRI) could’ve showed."
Aug 28 - 9:50 AM's Peter Gammons reports that the Orioles have placed Darren O'Day on revocable waivers.

Gammons says the waivers will expire on Friday. O'Day almost surely will be claimed, as he's making just $4.5 million this season and is in the midst of the best season of his career. The Orioles are still in the American League Wild Card race and seem unlikely to deal the reliever.
Aug 28 - 9:27 AM

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