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Chris Stewart (knee) could begin a rehab assignment next week.

According to Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk, Stewart's rehab assignment would likely boot up in the middle or later portion of the week after the calendar flips to August. The catcher ran the bases on Wednesday and is expected to ramp up baseball activities over the weekend. While Stewart has been plagued by knee and ankle woes during the summer months, the July MRI on his knee revealed wear and tear, as opposed to structural damage.
Jul 27 - 6:21 PM

Braves acquired 2B Travis Demeritte from the Rangers for RHP Lucas Harrell and LHP Dario Alvarez.

This is a move looking toward the future, as Demeritte has yet to play at a more advanced level in the minors than High-A. Playing at that level in the Rangers system this season, he was hitting a smooth .272/.352/.583 with 25 homers and 59 RBI over 331 at-bats.
Jul 27 - 6:07 PM

Rangers acquired LHP Dario Alvarez and RHP Lucas Harrell from the Braves for INF Travis Demeritte.

Alvarez should slot into relatively low-leverage action out of the pen at first. The 27-year-old southpaw pitched well in 20 1/3 relief innings with the Braves this season, holding a 3.00 ERA and 28/5 K/BB ratio in 15 innings of work.
Jul 27 - 6:03 PM

Rangers acquired RHP Lucas Harrell and LHP Dario Alvarez from the Braves for INIF Travis Demeritte.

Harrell made five starts for the Braves this season. The 31-year-old Harrell worked to a 3.38 ERA with a 21/12 K/BB ratio across 29 1/3 innings prior to the trade. He figures to take a spot in the rotation unless the Rangers are interested in using him as a potential long-arm out of the pen.
Jul 27 - 5:59 PM

MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that Lucas Harrell and Dario Alvarez have been traded to the Rangers.

The Rangers are set to receive the pair of relievers, while according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, infield prospect Travis Demeritte will be heading to the Braves. Harrell holds a 3.38 ERA and 21/12 K/BB ratio over 29 1/3 innings of relief work for the Braves while Alvarez pitched to an even 3.00 ERA with a nice 28/5 K/BB ratio across 15 frames. Both pitchers figure to slot into middle relief roles with the Rangers, assuming the trade is finalized.
Jul 27 - 5:48 PM

Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk said that Tyler Glasnow (shoulder) could pick up a baseball "in the coming days."

That "in the coming days" comment might not be the most concrete assessment, but regardless of the particulars, Glasnow's health has been improving since he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury on July 24. The Pirates figure to play matters cautiously with their stud 22-year-old right-hander and there is no current timetable for his return.
Jul 27 - 5:36 PM

Chad Kuhl (biceps) has been playing catch.

Kuhl was lifted from his start for Triple-A Indianapolis on July 23, but it appears he has dodged a major injury. Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk said that Kuhl's biceps discomfort is not as severe as a similar injury that has sidelined ace Gerrit Cole. For the time being, it is unknown when Kohl might be ready to return to action, but that could come relatively soon.
Jul 27 - 5:32 PM

Rich Hill (finger) said that he will not be wearing a covering on his blistered left middle finger during Friday's bullpen session.

Friday will mark the first time Hill has attempted to throw the ball off the mound without a covering on his blister. He said that the skin on the effected area still feels thin, but hopes for it to thicken the more he pitches. He could start against the Indians on Sunday, though that will largely depend on how he feels after his bullpen.
Jul 27 - 5:22 PM

Prince Fielder (neck) will undergo fusion surgery on Friday.

As was expected. This is a killer blow for the Rangers, but it is an even more troubling setback for the 32-year-old slugger, himself. Fielder already underwent a season-ending fusion surgery on his neck in 2014. With this new surgery upcoming, he will miss the remainder of the 2016 season at the very least. 2017 and beyond could be in doubt, too. His contract runs through 2020.
Jul 27 - 5:05 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that Vance Worley will probably be skipped over in the rotation against the Blue Jays this weekend.

Per Showalter, Worley should be available out of the bullpen for the key weekend series between the two AL East contenders. Worley should feel comfortable enough there -- the 29-year-old right-hander has actually mostly pitched out of the pen this season, with 22 relief appearances compared to just four starts. Depending on how the Orioles want to play this, he could return to a starting role next week.
Jul 27 - 4:55 PM

Justin Wilson earned his first career save in the Tigers' defeat of the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Francisco Rodriguez had the day off after going an inning on Tuesday and 1 1/3 innings on Monday. Wilson retired Xander Bogaerts, David Ortiz, and Jackie Bradley Jr. in order to make Miguel Cabrera's go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth inning fully stick. The left-hander holds a 3.46 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 47/6 K/BB ratio over 39 innings this season for Detroit.
Jul 27 - 4:50 PM

Brewers recalled RHP Michael Blazek from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Blazek earns the promotion with Jacob Barnes (elbow) landing on the disabled list. The situation was actually reversed back in June, when Barnes was called up to take the place of Blazek after the latter went down with an elbow injury of his own. There is no fantasy intrigue here, though, as the 27-year-old right-hander has pitched to a dreadful 5.87 ERA over 30 2/3 innings of previous relief work with the Brew Crew this season.
Jul 27 - 4:46 PM

Miguel Cabrera launched a go-ahead solo homer in the top of the ninth inning to push the Tigers past the Red Sox 4-3 on Wednesday afternoon in Boston.

Cabrera pounced on Brad Ziegler with two outs in the top of the ninth to snap a 3-3 tie and secure a three-game sweep for the visiting Tigers. It was Cabrera's 21st home run of the season and the 14th go-ahead homer in the ninth inning or later in his 14-year major league career. Cabrera also had two singles in Wednesday's victory and he's now slashing .301/.382/.522 over 101 games this season.
Jul 27 - 4:46 PM

Eduardo Rodriguez surrendered three earned runs over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Tigers.

Rodriguez walked three and gave up nine hits, so the damage could have been even worse. The left-hander has been pretty good overall since returning from Triple-A Pawtucket after the All-Star break and he'll have a slightly friendlier matchup next week in Seattle.
Jul 27 - 4:42 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners have "reached out" to the Reds regarding Jay Bruce.

Crasnick reported on Tuesday that discussions regarding a Bruce trade have been picking up steam of late, with at least four teams showing legitimate interest in the slugger. This season, Bruce is hitting a stellar .271/.324/.567 with 24 homers and 78 RBI over 358 at-bats.
Jul 27 - 4:41 PM


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