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White Sox recalled INF Carlos Sanchez from Triple-A Charlotte.

He's taking Gordon Beckham's spot on the roster. Sanchez has batted .293/.349/.412 with seven homers, 57 RBI and 16 steals at Charlotte this season and is worth a look in AL-only formats, though he could fall back into a utility role when Marcus Semien comes up next month.
Aug 22 - 1:07 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday that there's no timetable for when Manny Machado (knee) will resume baseball activities.

That means he's obviously not going to be ready for activation when first eligible on August 27, and in all likelihood it sounds like it will be a while before he returns. Showalter added that he should know more about Machado's status on Saturday. The star third baseman has been out since mid-August with a sprained right knee.
Aug 22 - 12:59 PM

WEEI.com's Alex Speier reports that the Red Sox have reached an agreement with Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo on a seven-year, $72.5 million contract.

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reported earlier that a deal was close. It's for seven years instead of the initially reported six, but the first year only covers the rest of this season. The contract is a record for a Cuban defector, topping the six-year, $68 million deal Jose Abreu got last offseason. Castillo wants to play in the majors this season, but it's not clear at this point if that's what the Red Sox have planned. There are less than two weeks remaining in the minor league season.
Source: WEEI.com
Aug 22 - 11:32 AM

Paco Rodriguez (back) has begun a sub-maximal throwing program.

Rodriguez has been on the shelf since earlier August with a teres major strain. He won't be activated until sometime next month.
Aug 22 - 11:08 AM

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports that the Red Sox are "on track" to complete a six-year, $72 million contract with Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo.

It will be a record-setting deal, topping Jose Abreu's six-year, $68 million pact from last offseason. The Red Sox appear to have outbid the Tigers, among others, for Castillo's services. Although the 27-year-old has reportedly professed a desire to play in the majors this season, the out-of-contention Red Sox have no reason to rush him. Castillo has great speed and some power, making his ceiling in fantasy leagues pretty high.
Aug 22 - 10:56 AM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that Ehire Adrianza (hamstring) won't return until late September.

Depending on where the Giants are in the playoff hunt at that point, it would seem to be possible that he won't return at all. Adrianza missed three weeks earlier this season with a right hamstring strain and then aggravated the injury in late July, so the Giants are taking things slowly with him.
Aug 22 - 10:38 AM

Giants optioned RHP George Kontos to Triple-A Fresno.

He was up as the 26th man during Thursday's abbreviated doubleheader but didn't make an appearance. Kontos will return when rosters expand.
Aug 22 - 10:34 AM

David Phelps (elbow) played catch again on Thursday.

It's not clear when he might be cleared for mound work, but Phelps' elbow has felt fine during flat-ground sessions. The Yankees are considering bringing the right-hander back as a reliever next month.
Aug 22 - 10:05 AM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he'll have a clearer picture on Carlos Beltran's (elbow) status Saturday.

They'll know at that point whether the cortisone injection Beltran received in his right elbow had the desired effect. If it didn't, Beltran could be placed on the disabled list. The 37-year-old has been limited to 90 games this season and will undergo surgery this offseason to remove a bone spur from his elbow.
Aug 22 - 10:03 AM

Adam Eaton (oblique) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Tuesday.

Eaton will begin what's expected to be a short rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte this weekend. The speedy outfielder is eligible to return on Sunday and it sounds like he'll be back shortly after that. Eaton was red-hot before straining his right oblique, batting .435/.489/.518 over his last 22 games.
Aug 22 - 9:41 AM

Adam Loewen has returned to pitching.

Loewen's first six years as a professional were as a pitcher, but he converted to an outfielder after suffering a pair of stress fractures in his pitching elbow. He made it up to the majors in 2011 as an outfielder but has decided his best chance of getting back there is as a pitcher. Now 30, Loewen holds a 3.19 ERA and 67/46 K/BB ratio over 96 innings between High- and Double-A this season in the Phillies' organization. His fastball started out at 84-85 mph when he first returned to the mound, but it now tops out at 92 mph. The southpaw would seem to have a decent chance of making it back to the majors if he can stay healthy.
Aug 22 - 9:10 AM

WEEI.com's Alex Speier has been told by "multiple major league teams that have been involved in the sweepstakes" that the Red Sox are the favorite to sign Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo.

Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com is hearing the same thing, saying the Red Sox are "optimistic" about landing Castillo. Speier notes that terms have not been agreed to yet and at last check Castillo was still in "active" talks with multiple clubs. However, it's sounding like it's only a matter of time before he signs with Boston. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has reported previously that Castillo wants to play in the majors this season, but the out-of-contention Red Sox would seem less likely to push him to make his debut this year.
Source: WEEI.com
Aug 22 - 8:44 AM

White Sox released LHP Charlie Leesman.

He cleared waivers after being designated for assignment, but the White Sox just decided to cut him loose. Leesman owns a 4.10 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 66/32 K/BB ratio over 68 innings at Triple-A Charlotte this season. With just a couple weeks left in the minor league season, he might opt to just wait until the offseason to sign somewhere.
Aug 22 - 8:29 AM

Brian Schlitter (shoulder) threw a scoreless inning for the Arizona League Cubs on Thursday in his first rehab appearance.

Schlitter is working his way back from a sore right shoulder. The Cubs figure to have him make a couple more rehab appearances before activating him when rosters expand.
Aug 22 - 8:25 AM

Cubs optioned RHP Blake Parker to Triple-A Iowa.

Parker threw a scoreless inning in his one day up with the big club in his most recent stint. He'll be back in September.
Aug 22 - 8:20 AM



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