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Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Friday.

It's the second straight day off for Martin, who's been battling some soreness in his left leg. Josh Thole is catching in his place.
Aug 28 - 3:32 PM

Orioles activated C Steve Clevenger from the paternity leave list.

Clevenger has been used in the designated hitter spot of late but doesn't figure to see much time this weekend with the Rangers slated to throw Cole Hamels, Martin Perez and Derek Holland. He's hitting .391/.417/.543 over 13 games for the O's this season.
Aug 28 - 3:28 PM

Rockies purchased the contract of LHP Jason Gurka from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Gurka earns a shot after posting a 2.86 ERA and 53/18 K/BB ratio over 63 innings between Double- and Triple-A. The 27-year-old will be making his major league debut when he gets into a game.
Aug 28 - 3:24 PM

Phillies recalled RHP Nefi Ogando from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Ogando has put up a 3.05 ERA with 51 strikeouts over 59 relief innings between Double- and Triple-A this season. The 26-year-old will be making his major league debut when he gets into a game.
Aug 28 - 2:59 PM

Phillies placed LHP Elvis Araujo on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin.

Araujo suffered the injury during an appearance Thursday. It's not clear at this point how long he'll be sidelined.
Aug 28 - 2:57 PM

Michael Taylor (knee) is expected to be sidelined for a few days.

The feeling is that Taylor didn't cause any major damage when he collided with the outfield wall Thursday, but he has a bad bruise on his right knee. He could wind up missing the entire weekend series against the Marlins. Matt den Dekker should handle center field for a few days.
Aug 28 - 2:32 PM

Nationals recalled OF Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Syracuse.

He'll provide outfield depth with Denard Span (hip) out and Michael Taylor (knee) banged up. Den Dekker has hit just .184/.259/.347 over 26 games in the majors this season.
Aug 28 - 2:28 PM

Justin Morneau (concussion) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A New Britain on Friday.

Morneau hasn't played since mid-May due to a concussion and a cervical neck sprain, but he's been slowly but surely progressing of late and is ready to test things out in game action. He'll play in three contests for New Britain before being re-evaluated. It's not clear whether the Rockies have a target date for Morneau's return.
Aug 28 - 2:14 PM

MLB.com'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. Span's Nationals career could be over, as he's slated for free agency this winter. The Nats 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



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