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Pat Venditte (shoulder) is scheduled to work back-to-back games on his minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Nashville on Friday and Saturday.

If all goes well with each of those outings, he could then be cleared to rejoin the Athletics bullpen. Before landing on the disabled list, the 30-year-old switch-pitcher hurled 5 2/3 scoreless innings while registering a 0.53 WHIP and 4/2 K/BB ratio.
Jul 29 - 8:11 PM

Mark Trumbo had a rough day at the dish against his former club on Wednesday, going 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

It was a tough afternoon for most M's hitters against Patrick Corbin, though Trumbo's ineptitude stood out. He's now hitting just .245/.284/.424 on the season with 12 homers and 36 RBI.
Jul 29 - 7:47 PM

Felix Hernandez was hit hard in a losing effort against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, allowing seven runs on 12 hits over 6 2/3 innings.

On the plus side, he did manage to strike out seven while issuing just one walk in the rough outing. His primary nemesis in this one was Welington Castillo who blasted a pair of home runs. Even with this debacle, Hernandez will carry a 3.02 ERA and 131/40 K/BB ratio into a tough matchup against the Rockies at Coors Field on Monday.
Jul 29 - 7:45 PM

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Mets have spoken to the Tigers about Yoenis Cespedes.

Morosi cautions that there is only minimal interest from the Mets at this time. With the team reportedly closing in on a deal for an outfielder, there should be a resolution soon.
Jul 29 - 7:27 PM

Robinson Cano's MRI results revealed a Grade 1 abdominal strain.

The Mariners are hopeful that he will be able to avoid the disabled list and should be cleared to DH in 5-6 days. In the meantime, the M's will play a man short on the bench.
Jul 29 - 7:12 PM

Edwin Encarnacion has been scratched from the Blue Jays' lineup Wednesday with a jammed finger.

X-rays on the finger -- his left middle finger -- turned up negative. Encarnacion can be considered day-to-day for now. Chris Colabello is filling in at first base and batting cleanup Wednesday against the Phillies.
Jul 29 - 5:34 PM

Ervin Santana was blasted for eight earned runs in 5 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Pirates.

Yikes. Santana entered the afternoon outing with a 2.60 ERA in four starts since returning from his PED suspension and he left it with a 3.78 ERA. The 32-year-old right-hander will try to get back on track next week in a road outing against the Blue Jays.
Jul 29 - 4:57 PM

Rangers recalled RHP Jon Edwards from Triple-A Round Rock.

Edwards has posted very good numbers this season at the Triple-A level, but he has struggled mightily in the majors. The right-hander will pitch in middle relief.
Jul 29 - 4:48 PM

Rangers recalled LHP Alex Claudio from Triple-A Round Rock.

Claudio holds a solid 2.87 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 18 appearances this season at the major league level. The 23-year-old will function as a left-handed specialist.
Jul 29 - 4:47 PM

Rangers optioned RHP Phil Klein to Triple-A Round Rock.

Klein owns a 5.82 ERA in 17 innings this season at the major league level. He'll get another shot at some point.
Jul 29 - 4:46 PM

Rangers designated LHP Wandy Rodriguez for assignment.

Wandy was lit up for seven earned runs in just one inning of work Tuesday by the Yankees. The 36-year-old left-hander has shown promise at times this season, but it seems like he'll probably pass through waivers. He has a 4.90 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in 86 1/3 innings.
Jul 29 - 4:45 PM

Mike Trout (wrist) is out of the Angels' starting lineup again on Wednesday night.

Trout injured his wrist on a diving catch attempt Monday. An MRI taken Tuesday showed only inflammation and the star center fielder is fully expected to avoid the 15-day disabled list. David DeJesus is starting in center field Wednesday in his Angels debut.
Jul 29 - 4:41 PM

Angels designated OF Efren Navarro for assignment.

Anaheim needed to clear out roster spots for the arrival of David Murphy and David DeJesus. Navarro, 29, is a .248/.306/.328 career hitter at the major league level.
Jul 29 - 4:39 PM

Angels optioned OF Daniel Robertson to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Robertson hit .288/.307/.315 across 78 plate appearances in his month and a half in the major leagues. The 29-year-old will remain organizational outfield depth.
Jul 29 - 4:37 PM

Mike Hessman tied a minor league record with his 432nd career homer Wednesday in a win for Triple-A Toledo.

The historic blast came in the third inning off Rochester right-hander Michael Bowden. Hessman also contributed a first-inning double. One more homer will put him ahead of Buzz Arlett for the most in minor league history. The 37-year-old leads the Mud Hens with 15 round-trippers in 307 at-bats this season. A career Quad-A player, Hessman hasn't made a big league appearance since 2010.
Jul 29 - 4:36 PM

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