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Athletics prospect 1B Matt Olson went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and five RBI on Monday for Double-A Midland.

He’s batting .237/.376/.417 with 12 home runs, 25 doubles, 52 RBI and a 103/76 strikeout-to-walk ratio through 96 games in the Texas League. Olson has been on a power surge of late, as he now has four home runs in his last five games after hitting seven over his previous 91 contests at Midland. After clubbing 37 long balls last season at High-A Stockton and tallying 23 in his full-season debut the previous year, Olson’s sharp drop-off in home runs this season has been a disappointment. However, the good news is he’s continued to take walks (76) and reach base at a high clip (.376) despite facing older and more advanced pitching at the Double-A level.
Jul 28 - 2:22 PM

Mark Bowman of MLB.com writes that Michael Foltynewicz will likely be called up from Triple-A Gwinnett to start Wednesday against the Orioles.

He'll replace the injured Manny Banuelos (elbow) in the starting rotation, at least on a temporary basis. Foltynewicz owns a 5.29 ERA over nine starts and three relief appearances this season and can be avoided in most fantasy leagues.
Jul 28 - 2:20 PM

Braves placed LHP Manny Banuelos on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 25, with left elbow inflammation.

Banuelos allowed a career-high four runs over five innings last Friday against the Cardinals and apparently didn't come out of the start feeling good. Of course, Banuelos has had Tommy John surgery in the past, so the Braves aren't taking any chances. Mark Bowman of MLB.com writes that Mike Foltynewicz will likely be called up from Triple-A Gwinnett to start Wednesday against the Orioles.
Jul 28 - 2:18 PM

David Wright (back) took grounders at third base Tuesday at Citi Field.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said last Thursday that the hope was that Wright would be able to do baseball activities this week in New York and so far things are going to according to plan. It's unclear what the next step will be and obviously he has a long way to go before beginning a rehab assignment, but it's a step in the right direction.
Jul 28 - 2:08 PM

Rays prospect SS Daniel Robertson (hand) started a rehab assignment in the Gulf Coast League on Tuesday.

He has been on the disabled list since early June after having his hamate bone in his left hand surgically removed. Prior to the injury, Robertson was batting .272/.347/.436 with 25 extra-base hits and 32 RBI through 49 games at Double-A Montgomery. The 21-year-old doesn’t come with the hype like some of the other shortstop prospects in the minor leagues, but he has the upside of an above-average everyday player thanks to his contact and on-base skills, strong defense and high baseball IQ. Robertson should be an option for the Rays at some point in 2016.
Jul 28 - 2:07 PM

Athletics recalled RHP R.J. Alvarez from Triple-A Nashville.

He'll replace Tyler Clippard in Oakland's bullpen. Alvarez has struck out 16 batters in nine inning with the A's this season, but he has also allowed 14 runs (13 earned) on 13 hits and six walks, including four home runs.
Jul 28 - 2:04 PM

Rangers prospect OF Lewis Brinson went 4-for-5 with a solo home run and a double on Monday for High-A High Desert.

That’s back-to-back four-hit games for the 21-year-old center fielder, who’s batting .336/.417/.608 with 11 home runs, 21 doubles, seven triples and 13 steals through 62 games this season in the California League. Meanwhile, Brinson has been insanely hot in July, with a .416/.491/.798 batting line, 20 extra-base hits (five home runs) and 18 RBI in 23 games. The only thing keeping him from a late-season promotion is Double-A Frisco’s already-loaded outfield of Ryan Cordell (.849 OPS), Nick Williams (.843 OPS), Nomar Mazara (.803 OPS) and Zach Cone (.810 OPS).
Jul 28 - 1:59 PM

Reds sent INF/OF Chris Dominguez outright to Triple-A Louisville.

Dominguez successfully passed through waivers after being designated for assignment on Monday. The 28-year-old is batting just 216/.264/.368 over 221 plate appearances in Triple-A this season and will continue to serve as organizational depth.
Jul 28 - 1:58 PM

Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that the Athletics are "deep" in trade talks involving Ben Zobrist and a deal could happen soon.

After dealing Scott Kazmir to the Astros last week and Tyler Clippard to the Mets on Monday, Zobrist is likely the next to go. The impending free agent has drawn interest from a long list of teams, including the Royals, Pirates, Angels, Cubs, Yankees, and Giants.
Jul 28 - 1:53 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Tigers have Reds right-hander Mike Leake on their radar.

The Tigers are three games under .500 at 48-51, but they are just 4 1/2 games out of the Wild Card and haven't given up on the possibility of contention. Leake would certainly help their rotation. The 27-year-old owns a 3.78 ERA over 20 starts this season and has been on a roll of late. The impending free agent figures to draw a lot of interest.
Jul 28 - 1:49 PM

Rays prospect RHP Taylor Guerrieri has been promoted to Double-A Montgomery.

He posted a 2.14 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 44/11 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 42 innings (12 appearances/10 starts) at High-A Charlotte. The 22-year-old right-hander also held opposing hitters to a .237 batting average and is yet to allow a home run in 2015. Once viewed as arguably the top prospect in Tampa Bay’s system, Guerrieri logged just 76 1/3 innings between the 2013-14 seasons as a result of Tommy John surgery and a 50-game suspension for a drug of abuse.
Jul 28 - 1:48 PM

Matt Joyce could be placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

The Angels are expected to call up Efren Navarro on Tuesday, presumably to replace Joyce on the active roster. Joyce suffered a concussion in a collision with teammate Erick Aybar on Sunday.
Jul 28 - 1:44 PM

The Angels are expected to call up Efren Navarro from Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday.

It's possible that he'll replace Matt Joyce, who could be headed to the 7-day concussion disabled list. Navarro, 29, has a .260/.306/.312 batting line in 82 plate appearances with the Angels this season.
Jul 28 - 1:43 PM

Pirates prospect SS JaCoby Jones went 3-for-4 with an RBI and stolen base on Monday in his debut for Double-A Altoona.

Jones is receiving his first taste of Double-A after batting .253/.313/.396 with 48 runs scored, 10 home runs, 31 extra-base hits, 58 RBI and 14 steals across 93 games at High-A Bradenton. Unfortunately, the 23-year-old also struck out 113 times (26.7%) against 31 walks (7.3%) in that span, highlighting his limitations as a hitter. Jones’ raw power, speed and overall athleticism should help him carve out a role in the big leagues in the coming years, though he may never develop the consistency to be more than a reserve player.
Jul 28 - 1:40 PM

Cardinals optioned RHP Sam Tuivailala to Triple-A Memphis.

Tuivailala, 22, has a 1.80 ERA with nine strikeouts and six walks over 10 innings this season. The hard-throwing right-hander should get another shot in the Cards' bullpen later this season.
Jul 28 - 1:40 PM



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