• Stephen Strasburg expected to return next week

    Sportsnaut "The Washington Nationals were dealt good news Tuesday. According to pitching coach Mike Maddux, ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg will return to action as soon as he’s eligible. Strasburg was placed on the DL on August 22, his second DL stint of the season. He last pitched on August..." August 30

  • Unknown MLB team reportedly claims Yasiel Puig in revocable waivers

    CBS Sports "Could this be the end of the road for talented yet enigmatic outfielder Yasiel Puig with the Dodgers? It's entirely possible. Today's Knuckleball reports that Puig has been claimed on revocable waivers by a yet-unknown team. Another thing we don't yet know is what will happen next. We can..." August 30

  • Mike Trout is better than ever. So why aren't enough people paying attention?

    SI "Baseball's best player is trending toward being an all-time great, but he has not resonated with the general public the way the previous generation's superstars have. Angels centerfielder Mike Trout has no peers in baseball today. He is, by one measure, the best young hitter born in almost..." August 30

  • Steven Matz won’t return from disabled list this week because of shoulder setback, Mets say

    New York Daily News "The Mets’ injury concerns continue to mount, as Terry Collins revealed Tuesday that Steven Matz will be unable to return from the disabled list this week because of a setback with his pitching shoulder. Matz, who also has been pitching with bone spurs in his left elbow for much of this season,..." August 30

  • Dodgers on amazing Kershaw-less run

    Today's Knuckleball "Toughness and resilience isn’t something often associated with a $250-million team, even if it’s a team that pared down from $300 million, or so, a year ago. But the Los Angeles Dodgers truly have done an amazing job weathering storm after storm, and injury after injury. And yes, there’s said..." August 30

  • Reds To Sign Cuban Right-Hander Vladimir Gutierrez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds have agreed to sign highly regarded right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez for a bonus of $4.75MM, reports Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald (via Twitter). The 20-year-old Cuban righty will count again Cincinnati’s international bonus pool, which they’ve already vastly exceeded with their $7MM deal..." August 30

  • Jose Altuve and Daniel Murphy could make MVP history for second basemen

    Fox Sports "Not once since the inception of the modern Most Valuable Player award in 1931 has the winner in both leagues been a second baseman. That could change this season if the Nationals' Daniel Murphy wins in the National League and the Astros' Jose Altuve in the American. I wrote Monday why the..." August 30

  • Ortiz Choosing Mookie Betts For American League MVP

    WEEI Boston "David Ortiz has as good a case as anybody for American League MVP this season. Yet when asked after the Red Sox’ 9-4 win over the Rays Monday night who would be his pick right now for the award, he identify the other candidate in the clubhouse. “Mookie.” When asked why, Ortiz was also decisive..." August 30

  • Larry Bowa: Tim Tebow’s baseball experiment is disrespectful to the game

    Larry Brown Sports "Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa has been in the sport of professional baseball for the last four-and-a-half decades. And when it comes to Tim Tebow’s big-league aspirations, he has some very strong opinions. In an interview with Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe over the weekend,..." August 30

  • Tim Tebow reportedly has a contract offer ahead of his baseball showcase

    Fox Sports "Tim Tebow will work out for scouts from perhaps two dozen major-league teams today, but he already has a contract offer from team in the Venezuela winter league, according to Yahoo Sports. Aguilas del Zulia, which has won five championships in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League and two..." August 30

  • Former MLB pitcher Dan Haren had a hilarious encounter with Albert Pujols

    Fox Sports "Three-time All-Star Dan Haren last pitched in the major leagues in 2015, and retired at the end of the season after 13 years in the major leagues. Haren played for eight different franchises, but now spends his time... playing Pokemon Go. " August 30

  • Cubs’ Theo Epstein says Kyle Schwarber won’t return in 2016

    Today's Knuckleball "Chicago Cubs’ outfielder and catcher Kyle Schwarber’s season was over before it ever really began. Just two games and four at bats into 2016, center fielder Dexter Fowler dove for a ball in the outfield at Chase Field and under cut Schwarber, who was playing left, and ended his season with both..." August 30

  • Jonathan Papelbon Reunion With Red Sox Increasingly Unlikely

    WEEI Boston "The Jonathan Papelbon Watch has lingered for most of August, and figures to continue to do so until the end of the month. But with Papelbon still not choosing to sign with a team since his release from the Nationals Aug. 13, time is becoming a major factor when it comes to the idea of the..." August 30

  • Rays starter Alex Cobb to make anticipated return from Tommy John surgery

    Sporting News "Alex Cobb's wait to return to the Rays rotation is nearly over. After spending a year away from baseball to rehab his throwing arm post-Tommy John surgery, Cobb will make his first regular-season start since September 2014 on Friday or Saturday against the Blue Jays, according to the Tampa Bay..." August 30

  • Royals acquire veteran outfielder Daniel Nava from the Angels

    Kansas City Star "As the Royals opened a series Monday against the New York Yankees, the club announced the acquisition of veteran Daniel Nava from the Los Angeles Angels. To complete the deal, the Royals will send the Angels a player to be named later or cash considerations. Nava, 33, could provide depth in the..." August 30

  • Red Sox Now Likely To Pick Up Clay Buchholz's $13.5M Option

    Real GM Baseball "The Boston Red Sox may now be likely to pick up the $13.5 million option on Clay Buchholz's contract for the 2017 season. Buchholz was moved to the bullpen, then he returned to the rotation with three very good emergency starts." August 30

  • Gerrit Cole Placed On DL Due To Elbow Inflammation

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates announced that ace Gerrit Cole has been placed on the disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 25, with “posterior inflammation of the right elbow.” Left-hander Steven Brault is up from Triple-A Indianapolis and will assume Cole’s spot in the rotation against the Cubs tonight. This will..." August 29

  • New Jersey woman sues Milwaukee Brewers

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "A stop at Miller Park during a family vacation in 2014 ended badly for Dana Morelli, after she was struck in the head by a ball during batting practice. Now, the New Jersey woman is suing the Milwaukee Brewers and their insurance company, saying they were negligent in failing to provide an..." August 29

  • Yankees look to refinance $1B debt from new stadium

    New York Post "Yankees team owner Hal Steinbrenner is making a new pitch to return the team to profitability. With interest rates hovering near record lows, the team is seeking to refinance more than $1 billion in debt that went toward building Yankee Stadium, which opened in 2009. Shaving perhaps as much..." August 29

  • Tigers' Saltalamacchia disagrees with Kaepernick: 'Pretty disgusting'

    USA Today "Detroit Tigers catchers James McCann and Jarrod Saltalamacchia don’t agree with quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the playing of the national anthem before an NFL preseason game. Saltalamacchia, who typically wears the Red, White and Blue apparel before games, was blunt in..." August 29

  • A conspiracy theory about 'juiced' baseballs in MLB & more

    Fox Sports "Matt Moore had the started he badly needed last week for the Giants and came one out away from throwing baseball's 296th no-hitter. Is anyone else tired of these overreactions to pitch counts? Let's go Whip... Baseball wakes up Monday morning with their offense swatting 1.17 home runs per..." August 29

  • David Ortiz says he's a 'little worn out,' but he's still putting up huge numbers

    CBS Sports "The Red Sox lost to the Royals on Sunday night (KC 10, BOS 4), moving their record to 72-58 on the season. Boston is two games back of the Blue Jays for first place in the AL East, and they have a one-game lead over the Orioles for the second wild card spot with five weeks to play. That 72-58..." August 29

  • Cubs star Kris Bryant has a chance to be a very unique MVP

    Fox Sports "Shall we call him Kris "The Man" Bryant? Heaven forbid, it might offend the Best Fans in Baseball, who would consider it sacrilege to bestow upon Bryant the same nickname as the late Stan Musial, one of the Cardinals' all-time greats. But while Bryant is only in his second season and Musial..." August 29

  • Red Sox Seeking Base Stealing Threat Off Bench, Yoan Moncada in Mix

    WEEI Boston "One of the features of the Red Sox’ September and October rosters in recent years has been having a player who can come off the bench and be a base stealing threat. In 2004 that was Dave Roberts and in 2013 it was Quintin Berry. Manager John Farrell said the team is still looking for that..." August 29

  • Nats Add Mat Latos When Rosters Expand on September 1

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "We now know at least one of the players the Nats plan to call up when rosters expand on Sept. 1. That would be veteran right-hander Mat Latos, who will waive an opt-out clause in his contract to remain at Triple-A Syracuse until the 1st, then join the Nationals. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports..." August 29

  • Blue Jays’ Gibbons quells any unrest over six-man rotation

    Sportsnet "John Gibbons called his starting pitchers into the manager’s office following Saturday’s win over the Minnesota Twins to deliver a message: Stop it. Shut it. Stow it. OK, so that’s a bit of a simplification and, yeah, maybe a shade dramatic. Got you, right? As one Toronto Blue Jays pitcher..." August 29

  • Puig reportedly placed on trade waivers

    MLB.com "Yasiel Puig has been placed on trade waivers by the Dodgers, MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported on Sunday. It is common for teams to place their players on revocable trade waivers during August. If Puig is claimed by another team, which according to Rosenthal is likely, the Dodgers..." August 29

  • Dustin Pedroia takes temporary leave from Red Sox

    Sporting News "Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will take a short leave of absence from the team to attend to a family matter, according to the Boston Herald. Pedroia will miss Sunday night's clash against the Kansas City Royals and may miss Monday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays as well. The..." August 29

  • Stanton has 'slim chance' of returning for final week?

    Larry Brown Sports "If the Miami Marlins can stay in the playoff race, there is a slight chance they’ll have some big help down the stretch. According to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball, Giancarlo Stanton could return for the final week of the regular season if everything goes “absolutely perfect.” The most..." August 28

  • Angels Outright Johnny Giavotella To Triple-A

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have outrighted second baseman Johnny Giavotella to Triple-A, the club announced. Giavotella cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week. After being acquired from Kansas City in a December 2014 trade, Giavotella has spent much of the last two seasons as the..." August 28

  • Blue Jays' Josh Thole: Designated for assignment

    CBS Sports "Thole was designated for assignment following Sunday's 9-6 win over the Twins, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports. The Blue Jays bolstered their catching corps by acquiring Dioner Navarro from the White Sox over the weekend, leaving no room for Thole as the club's third backstop." August 28

  • Jeremy Hellickson ineligible for late trade

    CSN Philly "Jeremy Hellickson will be with the Phillies for the remainder of the season. According to sources, the veteran right-hander was recently claimed on waivers. The Phillies were unable to work out a deal with the claiming team and Hellickson was pulled back, making him ineligible to be traded the..." August 28

  • Girardi on surging Yankees: 'I believe in these guys'

    MLB.com "The Yankees insisted that they weren't waving the white flag on anything by dealing away some of their most attractive assets a month ago, expressing the belief that the players still in their clubhouse would continue to push for a postseason berth. They may have known exactly what they were..." August 28

  • Rangers’ Jeffress stays on restricted list while MLB looks at arrest

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Texas Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress will remain on the Major League Baseball restricted list while MLB continues to investigate his arrest early Friday morning in Dallas for suspicion of drunken driving. The Rangers placed the right-hander on the restricted list, which is often used when a..." August 28

  • Don't count out the San Francisco Giants

    Yardbarker "The even-year magic may finally be kicking in for the San Francisco Giants. After back-to-back wins against the Dodgers and the Braves, the Giants sit one game back from first place in the National League West. Considering the Giants have only won 13 of the last 40 games, two wins is a lot to get..." August 28

  • Orioles bring back Hunter on major-league deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles have signed free agent reliever Tommy Hunter, as Rich Dubroff of CSN Mid-Atlantic tweets that the right-hander now has a locker in their clubhouse. This will be the second stint in Baltimore for the 30-year-old Hunter, whom the Orioles first acquired from the Rangers in the Chris..." August 28

  • Here are the MLB teams we know attending Tim Tebow's showcase

    CBS Sports "Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is scheduled to hold his baseball showcase on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Some estimates have as many as 20 teams set to attend. To help everyone keep track of who's in, we've rounded up all the reports linking individual teams to Tebow's showcase. That doesn't..." August 28

  • Strained relations? Irate Hammel not happy with Maddon

    Chicago Sun-Times "Cubs manager Joe Maddon dropped a “seminal moment” on the impressive relief outing Saturday by rookie Rob Zastryzny. But the only reason the left-hander was pitching in the third inning against the Dodgers marked a more significant seminal moment in the relationship between the Cubs and veteran..." August 28

  • Phegley hospitalized with synovitis in knee

    MLB.com "A's catcher Josh Phegley is resting comfortably in a Bay Area hospital after receiving treatment for synovitis in his right knee. Phegley was admitted to a hospital in San Francisco on Friday night and was administered IV antibiotics to treat the synovitis, which is an inflammatory disease..." August 28

  • Xander Bogaerts Really Wanted Dustin Pedroia To Break That MLB Record

    NESN "Dustin Pedroia nearly made history Saturday night. The Boston Red Sox’s second baseman entered his final at-bat with a chance to tie the major league record for most consecutive at-bats with a hit. After three terrific nights at the plate, Pedroia was sitting on 11 straight hits (with a walk..." August 28

  • Gary Sanchez becomes fastest player in MLB to hit 11 homers

    Sportsnaut "The new era of New York Yankees baseball started when the team moved on from Alex Rodriguez. It’s now been taken to a whole new level by the performance of the team’s youngsters. Ripe with talent at all levels of the Minors and even within the Major League club, there’s no more impressive..." August 28

  • Dave Roberts has nothing to say about Yasiel Puig returning in September

    Orange County Register "As a first-year manager, Dave Roberts has learned the value of silence. The Dodgers manager was asked Saturday if outfielder Yasiel Puig would be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma when rosters expand on Sept. 1. "We haven't decided that yet," Roberts said. Through his first 15 games in..." August 27

  • Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw close to facing hitters as return nears

    Los Angeles Times "Clayton Kershaw completed another significant step in his recovery process on Friday afternoon, completing a 60-pitch bullpen session, which would put him in a position to face hitters next week. Kershaw could require only one outing, either on a rehabilitation assignment or in a simulated..." August 27

  • Gerrit Cole To Miss Start, Have Elbow Examined

    MLB Trade Rumors "Pirates ace Gerrit Cole will miss his next start Monday against the Cubs and will instead travel to Los Angeles to have his a specialist examine his sore elbow, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes (all Twitter links). The Bucs are not currently concerned about the possibility..." August 27

  • Terry Collins Acknowledges Mets May Fire Him After Season

    Real GM Baseball "The New York Mets are still in the race despite a deeply frustrating season. The Mets are within five games of the NL Wild-Card. “We had no idea we’d break down like this,’’ Terry Collins said, “None. It’s hard to believe.’’ The Mets reached the World Series last season and had high..." August 27

  • Giants place Jake Peavy on disabled list with back injury

    San Jose Mercury News "Jake Peavy, who was scheduled to make his first start since July 30 Saturday night against the Atlanta Braves, was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Giants with a lower back strain. Peavy, who was placed on the D.L. retroactive to Aug. 21, will be replaced as the starter by Albert..." August 27

  • Dodgers’ Scott Van Slyke to undergo season-ending surgery

    Today's Knuckleball "The Los Angeles Dodgers have endured yet another long-term injury: Outfielder Scott Van Slyke will receive arthroscopic wrist surgery to clear out cysts and scar tissue, as Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register tweeted the news on Saturday afternoon; Alanna Rizzo of SportsNet LA clarifies..." August 27

  • It’s time for Mets to bench Curtis Granderson

    New York Post "There was a throwback feel to Friday night, as if this were 2015 again and the Mets were enjoying an August beatdown of the Phillies to bolster their playoff chances. Wilmer Flores hit a grand slam, Asdrubal Cabrera homered twice, Jose Reyes hit another and even Bartolo Colon had two hits. The..." August 27

  • Minnesota Twins ace Ervin Santana clears waivers

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "As veteran right-hander Ervin Santana took the mound Saturday in Toronto, he did so for perhaps the final time in a Twins uniform. That’s because the surging staff ace surprisingly cleared major league trade waivers in recent days, according to a person with direct knowledge, meaning Santana..." August 27

  • Padres interested in re-signing Jon Jay

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Just after the last out of the World Series is recorded this November, dozens of players around baseball will become free agents. For some, it will be the first time in their careers they can choose which uniform they want to wear. Padres outfielder Jon Jay is among those faced with that..." August 27