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Alex Rios admitted Wednesday that his bruised thumb is still an issue.

Rios' thumb has been a lingering issue for a while, but it doesn't sound like he plans to miss any more games. "I like to be on the field," Rios said. The outfielder is hitting just .155/.167/.225 this month.
Aug 27 - 2:31 PM

Cubs recalled OF Jorge Soler from Triple-A Iowa.

Soler is in right field and batting fifth in his major league debut Wednesday in Cincinnati. The Cuban defector missed time with a hamstring injury this season but has batted .340/.432/.700 with 15 homers and 57 RBI over 62 games when healthy. The 22-year-old figures to be the everyday right fielder down the stretch with the Cubbies and is worth a shot in all fantasy leagues.
Aug 27 - 2:26 PM

Anthony Rizzo (back) is not in the Cubs' lineup Wednesday.

Rizzo exited Tuesday's game due to lower back tightness. It's not considered a big deal, but the Cubs want to be safe. Rizzo should be back in there in a day or two. Chris Valaika is playing first base Wednesday.
Aug 27 - 2:20 PM

Travis Snider left Wednesday's game against the Cardinals with left hamstring discomfort.

Snider tweaked the hamstring after beating out an infield single in the third inning. It's not clear at this point how long it might sideline him. Jose Tabata would stand to benefit if Snider is out a while, though the Pirates could also give Gregory Polanco another look.
Aug 27 - 2:18 PM

Mariners recalled RHP Erasmo Ramirez from Triple-A Tacoma.

He'll start on Wednesday against the Rangers before either returning to the Tacoma rotation or moving to a relief role. Ramirez holds a 4.06 ERA over 13 starts for the M's this season.
Aug 27 - 2:14 PM

Mariners optioned LHP James Paxton to Triple-A Tacoma.

Don't worry, Paxton will rejoin the rotation on September 2 after rosters expand. Wednesday's starter, Erasmo Ramirez, is replacing Paxton on the roster.
Aug 27 - 2:13 PM

Blue Jays recalled RHP Chad Jenkins from Triple-A Buffalo.

He'll replace Sergio Santos in the bullpen. Jenkins, who has posted a 2.56 ERA in 21 relief appearances with the big club this season, will work in middle relief.
Aug 27 - 2:02 PM

Blue Jays designated RHP Sergio Santos for assignment.

It's the second time in the last two months that he's been designated for assignment. Santos gave up two homers and three runs while retiring just one batter Tuesday and holds an 8.57 ERA over 26 appearances for the Jays this season. The 31-year-old can elect free agency if he wants.
Aug 27 - 1:59 PM

Travis Snider left Wednesday's game versus the Cardinals with an apparent leg injury.

Snider tweaked something after beating out an infield single in the third inning. The outfielder entered Wednesday in a 1-for-19 funk at the dish. Jose Tabata pinch-ran for Snider and would stand to benefit if Snider is out a while, though the Pirates could also give Gregory Polanco another look.
Aug 27 - 1:33 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny on Wednesday wouldn't rule out the possibility of Yadier Molina (thumb) being activated from the disabled list Friday.

It goes along with previous report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold, who said a return over the weekend was possible. Molina will catch five innings Wednesday in his first rehab appearance with Double-A Springfield. It's not clear whether he might need additional rehab games, but the Cards would seem likely to have him catch a full game before being activated. Molina has been sidelined since July 10 with a torn ligament in his right thumb.
Aug 27 - 11:40 AM

Pedro Alvarez (foot) is not in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

Alvarez suffered a sprain between two toes on his left foot during Tuesday's game and has been fitted with a walking boot. It's not clear at this point how long he might be sidelined. Ike Davis is at first base Wednesday after he slugged a go-ahead, pinch-hit, three-run homer in Tuesday's contest.
Aug 27 - 11:15 AM

Andrew McCutchen is back in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

McCutchen exited Tuesday's contest after aggravating his rib fracture when he slammed into the outfield wall, but his removal was precautionary and he's back out there the next day. The reigning National League MVP has just seven hits in 28 at-bats since returning from the disabled list, but three of them have left the yard.
Aug 27 - 11:13 AM

Vic Black was unavailable to pitch Tuesday due to a stiff neck.

Black dealt with a pinched nerve in his neck earlier this season at Triple-A, but it's unclear whether this issue is related. It appears to be a minor concern, as Mets manager Terry Collins expects the reliever to be available Wednesday.
Aug 27 - 11:04 AM

Paco Rodriguez (back) threw his third bullpen session Tuesday since landing on the disabled list.

Rodriguez has recovered nicely from a teres major strain in the back of his shoulder but is still likely a couple weeks away from being activated. "He still does feel a little something the next day and things like that," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "So we’re still moving forward with him." The lefty holds a 4.35 ERA and 1.26 WHIP across 13 relief appearances this season.
Aug 27 - 10:54 AM

Yadier Molina (thumb) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as this weekend.

Molina is set to catch 5-6 innings Wednesday in his first rehab game at Double-A Springfield. He'll be wearing support on his surgically-repaired right thumb, but it's not expected to affect his throwing or hitting. The Cardinals could conceivably wait until Monday when rosters expand to activate Yadi, but if he shows he's ready after a couple rehab games, they seem unlikely to wait just to avoid having to make a corresponding roster move.
Aug 27 - 10:48 AM



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