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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Johnny Cueto plans to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract after the season.

It's been a disappointing season for Cueto, as he's posted a 4.42 ERA over 15 starts. However, as long as he finishes the year healthy it makes sense that he'd opt out of the four years and $84 million he has remaining on his deal after this season. Even at 31 years old, he'd surely land a bigger contract than that as a free agent. Heyman does add that Cueto "would listen to any extension offer" from the club, but the Giants "don’t seem inclined to do that." Given their aging roster and multitude of long-term contracts, the Giants might be in favor of Cueto opting out.
Jun 23 - 11:41 AM

Charlie Morton (lat) allowed one run over two innings of work in his first rehab start with Triple-A Fresno on Thursday.

Morton surrendered two hits and a walk while recording one strikeout. Obviously, he's going to need to build up his pitch count more before rejoining the Astros' rotation, so expect him to make at least a couple more rehab starts.
Jun 23 - 11:21 AM

Bud Norris (knee) is expected to resume a throwing program in the next couple days.

Norris was placed on the disabled list earlier this week with a right knee issue that has bothered him for nearly a month. The hope is that he'll be ready for activation from the DL when first eligible on June 29, and he seems likely to get his closer job back at that time.
Jun 23 - 10:49 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma will be re-evaluated due to continued soreness in his right shoulder.

Iwakuma had been slated to return this weekend before the Mariners said earlier this week that he'd make at least one more rehab start. Now he's been pulled off his rehab assignment in order to be re-examined. Obviously, a potential timetable is totally up in the air for Iwakuma.
Jun 23 - 10:42 AM

Rockies manager Bud Black said Thursday that David Dahl (rib) has made improvements but there is no timetable for his return.

Dahl had a setback earlier this month but appears to be headed back in the right direction slowly but surely. He's dealt with a stress reaction in his rib since early on his spring training. Dahl's lagging recovery and uncertain role when he finally is ready to return makes him a dicey proposition for 2017.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 23 - 10:28 AM

Tyler Anderson said Thursday that Rockies manager Bud Black has not told him what his role will be.

Anderson tossed a scoreless relief inning Thursday versus the Diamondbacks in his first appearance since being activated from the disabled list. He'd seem to be a good bet to rejoin the rotation at some point, but it's unclear when that might be. The Rockies currently have six starters and are poised to get a seventh next week when Jon Gray (foot) returns. They'll likely wind up mixing and matching as they look to keep the workloads down for their young starters. "As far as a plan, things will become clear here over the next couple of days," Black said Thursday.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 23 - 10:25 AM

Michael Brantley (ankle) took batting practice Thursday and is scheduled to do some running Friday.

"Once he starts running, he knows he's going to go quick," said Indians manager Terry Francona. "So he's trying to give himself a chance to feel as good as he can before he starts ramping it up." Brantley is eligible for activation from the disabled list on Monday, and it's possible he'll be ready at that time.
Jun 23 - 10:16 AM

Dexter Fowler (quad) is expected to be available Friday.

It doesn't sound like he's a given to start, but it appears he'll at least be available off the bench. Fowler left Wednesday's game and then sat out Thursday due to cramping in his left quad. He'll go through another round of exams Friday to determine the cause and severity of the ailment, but it looks to be a minor thing.
Jun 23 - 10:03 AM

Tyler Lyons has stopped his running program following last November's knee surgery and as a result has dealt with stamina issues.

Lyons has fared well working mostly as a long reliever this season, most recently striking out five over three scoreless innings on Wednesday. There's been talk about him possibly supplanting Michael Wacha in the Cardinals' rotation, but it sounds like that won't happen after the lefty admitted to being fatigued following 41-, 65- and 57-pitch relief appearances his last three times out.
Jun 23 - 9:59 AM

Steven Matz has stopped throwing his slider this season in hopes that it will help him stay healthy.

Matz didn't throw the pitch coming up through the minors, but, like many other Mets hurlers along the way, was taught the "Warthen slider" by pitching coach Dan Warthen once he reached the big leagues. It can be a nasty offering but also puts a tremendous amount of stress on the elbow, so it's probably best that the injury-prone Matz has decided to ditch it. Worth noting is that Matz's strikeouts are down this season so far in his first three starts (14 in 20 innings), although he did whiff eight over six frames against the Dodgers on Thursday.
Jun 23 - 9:33 AM

Alex Presley underwent concussion tests after colliding with the outfield wall on Thursday.

The results of those tests aren't known, but the Tigers could make a roster move with Presley prior to Friday's game. Mikie Mahtook and Andrew Romine would be in line for more playing time if Presley is sidelined.
Jun 23 - 9:01 AM

Julio Urias will have his ailing left shoulder examined further this weekend in Los Angeles.

An MRI last week showed no structural damage, but Urias' shoulder is still bothering him and Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times writes that "there is a heightened level of concern about the severity" of the injury. That obviously doesn't sound good, but we'll know more about Urias' condition this weekend.
Jun 23 - 8:44 AM

Twins released LHP Adam Wilk.

Wilk has surrendered 14 runs over 14 innings across four appearances -- two starts -- in the majors this season. He'll now seek a minor league deal elsewhere.
Jun 23 - 8:17 AM

Dodgers sent LHP Jason Wheeler outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Wheeler cleared waivers after being designated for assignment and will remain in the organization. He'll provide left-handed relief depth.
Jun 23 - 8:14 AM

Mets transferred LHP Tommy Milone from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Chase Bradford. Milone now isn't eligible to return from his knee sprain until late July.
Jun 23 - 8:13 AM



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