• Should the Cubs trade Starlin Castro?

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Cubs find themselves in relatively new territory as the calendar heads toward June. Five games above .500, the North Siders would earn a wild card berth if the playoffs started today. There are still some areas that need improvement, though, like the back-end of the rotation, left field..." May 22

  • Brewers' Will Smith tossed for having foreign substance on his arm

    Yahoo! Sports "Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Will Smith was ejected in the seventh inning of Thursday's 10-1 loss to Atlanta after umpires found a foreign substance on his non-throwing arm. Smith had just entered the game and hit the first batter he faced, Pedro Ciriaco, with a pitch. The Brewers..." May 22

  • Cubs looking at Rafael Soriano as possible bullpen upgrade

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs are looking at Rafael Soriano as another way to upgrade their bullpen. Soriano is still out there as a free agent, training in the Dominican Republic, facing live hitters and waiting to sign with a contender. The Cubs are one of several teams that have kicked the tires on Soriano,..." May 22

  • MLB commissioner backs Yankees in A-Rod bonus dispute

    Sporting News "Alex Rodriguez is a very wealthy man, and after hitting his 660th career home run, he was supposed to be even wealthier after collecting a $6 million bonus. However, the Yankees are refusing to pay up and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is taking the club’s side. “The Yankees have a well-founded..." May 21

  • Toronto Blue Jays to Trade Jose Bautista or Edwin Encarnacion?

    HNGN "The Toronto Blue Jays (18-23) lead the MLB in runs scored (212), but they rank 29th in ERA (4.76) and last in starter's ERA (5.24), which can explain why they're the last place team in the American League East. Should the club consider trading one of their two top hitters for pitching help? It..." May 21

  • Dodgers place infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena on suspended list

    Orange County Register "While investing heavily in one Cuban infielder and welcoming him to the Dodgers this week, another Cuban infielder has all but disappeared from the organization. Erisbel Arruebarrena has not played a game at any level this season and has been placed on the suspended list by the Dodgers,..." May 21

  • Justin Morneau still has concussion symptoms, not ready to rejoin Rockies

    Hardball Talk "Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau will not be cleared to return from the seven-day concussion disabled list when eligible because he continues to experience post-concussion symptoms, according to manager Walt Weiss. That’s very discouraging news for Morneau, whose career was previously..." May 21

  • Bryce Harper on Marvin Hudson ejection: “I don’t think 40,000 people came to watch him ump”

    CSN Washington "Hours after they were tossed from Wednesday night's win over the Yankees by home plate umpire Marvin Hudson, both Nationals manager Matt Williams and right fielder Bryce Harper remained fired up about their third inning ejections. Harper and Williams were still confused as to why they were..." May 21

  • Dodgers P Hyun-jin Ryu to have left shoulder surgery

    SI.com "Dodgers pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu will have left arthroscopic shoulder surgery that could potentially end his 2015 season, the team announced Wednesday. The Dodgers have not determined a timetable for Ryu's return, but a Yahoo report Wednesday noted the conventional wisdom surrounding Ryu's..." May 21

  • Manfred 'pleased for' A-Rod in return from ban

    ESPN New York "A year removed from an ugly skirmish between Alex Rodriguez and Major League Baseball, commissioner Rob Manfred commended the Yankees slugger on his comeback Thursday. Manfred also said he will leave any disputes over milestone bonus money to be resolved between the player and the..." May 21

  • Closer Greg Holland back in Royals' pen after sitting out with stiff neck

    Fox Sports Florida "After sitting out Tuesday night's save situation, Royals closer Greg Holland again is available out of the bullpen. Holland woke up Tuesday morning with a stiff neck, an ailment Kansas City's training staff worked on during the game. But Holland's neck failed to loosen and manager Ned Yost..." May 21

  • Phillies have talked to Angels about trading Revere

    Fox Sports "As rumors swirl that Ben Revere has been placed on the trading block, a report has emerged that the Phillies are discussing a potential trade for Revere with another team. MLB.com reported Wednesday that the Phils have been in conversation with the Angels over the past few weeks about a trade..." May 21

  • Allen Craig’s decline with Red Sox unprecedented

    Boston Globe "Roughly a thousand miles and a world away from Fenway Park, Allen Craig sat on the bench for the PawSox’ 11:05 a.m. contest in Indianapolis on Wednesday. The destination – Indianapolis, morning baseball, Triple A, outrighted off the 40-man roster – is almost mind-boggling to anyone who witnessed..." May 21

  • Drew Smyly to try rest, rehab for possible return this season

    ESPN.com "Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Drew Smyly's season might not be over just yet. The team said last week that Smyly would miss the rest of the season because of a shoulder injury, but on Tuesday, manager Kevin Cash intimated that the pitcher might be able to return this season. Instead of..." May 21

  • A's Parker has surgery on fractured elbow

    MLB.com "A's pitcher Jarrod Parker had successful surgery to clean up and repair the medial epicondyle fracture in his right elbow Tuesday. Parker's previously revised ulnar collateral ligament did not need repairing, meaning the right-hander was able to avoid a third Tommy John surgery, which could've..." May 21

  • Angels' Albert Pujols leaves game after being hit in hand

    Orange County Register " Albert Pujols left the Angels game in the fifth inning Wednesday night after being hit in the left hand by a pitch an inning earlier. He was diagnosed with a contusion. There was no immediate word on the severity of the injury." May 21

  • Mariners Sign Kevin Gregg

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Marines have signed righty Kevin Gregg to a minor league deal, the team announced (via Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times, on Twitter). He will head to Triple-A, taking the place of the recently-traded Yoervis Medina in the Tacoma pen. Gregg, 36, was designated recently by the Reds after..." May 21

  • Hahn: `A’s need to find something in ourselves’ and soon

    San Francisco Gate "is is Jesse Hahn’s first full big league season, but you don’t need to be a 10-year veteran to know that this isn’t the way things are supposed to go. The A’s right-hander threw five strong innings in a start against Houston but wound up on the short end of a 6-1 loss to the Astros on what was..." May 21

  • Tim Stauffer reinstated, Doug Bernier optioned

    Twin Cities "In the wake of Wednesday’s 13-inning game in Pittsburgh, which forced the Twins to use all seven members of their bullpen, veteran reliever Tim Stauffer has been reinstated from his rehab assignment. Veteran infielder Doug Bernier was optioned to Triple-A Rochester. In moving to a 13-man..." May 21

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    Jeff Wilson @JeffWilson_FWST

    Josh Hamilton to return to Triple A Round Rock on Thursday, play through Saturday, be reevaluated. Looks like a Cleveland return. #Rangers

  • With Jacoby Ellsbury on the DL, Slade Heathcott gets the call

    New York Post "The Yankees offense had enough problems, and now it will be without its most consistent weapon for at least a couple of weeks. Jacoby Ellsbury left Tuesday’s 8-6, 10-inning loss to the Nationals with a right knee sprain and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Outfielder Slade Heathcott,..." May 20

  • Cubs should be in position to make much bigger moves

    CSN Chicago "The time will come for the Cubs to put their money where their mouth is. If this team really is that good, then it’s up to Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and their baseball operations department to find the right pieces between now and the July 31 trade deadline, perhaps dealing from what’s arguably..." May 20

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    Brendan Kennedy @BKennedyStar

    Bisons announce that #bluejays SS Jose Reyes will begin his rehab assignment with Buffalo tomorrow.

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    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    Andrews gave same diagnosis on Rendon: Sprained MCL. He's now getting 3rd opinion from knee specialist in Colorado.

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    Eric Stephen @truebluela

    Welp, there it is. Hyun-jin Ryu will have arthroscopic surgery tomorrow in LA

  • Chris Tillman to rejoin Orioles’ rotation Thursday

    Hardball Talk "Orioles righty Chris Tillman had to be scratched from his scheduled start this past Sunday against the Angels after experiencing stiffness in back. But it was nothing more than a minor injury." May 20

  • Rockies Option Drew Stubbs, Recall Brandon Barnes

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rockies have optioned struggling outfielder Drew Stubbs to Triple-A, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports (Twitter links). Taking his place on the active roster is Brandon Barnes. Stubbs, 30, avoided arbitration with a $5.825MM contract this year — his final before hitting the open market...." May 20

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    Bryan Hoch @BryanHoch

    Yankees moves: Signed Slade Heathcott to MLB contract, selected to 25-man roster. Jacoby Ellsbury to 15-day DL. Chase Whitley to 60-day DL.

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    MLBRosterMoves @MLBRosterMoves

    .@Indians recall RHP Shaun Marcum from Triple-A Columbus; option OF Zach Walters to Columbus.

  • A’s might turn to Washington to help shore up defense

    San Francisco Chronicle "The A’s, leading the major leagues in errors by a large margin, are considering reuniting with longtime infield coach Ron Washington, The Chronicle has learned. The A’s have made 43 errors, and shortstop Marcus Semien has committed 15 of them, putting him on pace for 59 this season. Washington..." May 20

  • Angels’ Matt Joyce scratched from lineup after forgetting team had day game

    Sporting News "With a 162-game schedule, it’s surprising this does’t happen more often. Angels DH Matt Joyce was erased from the lineup Monday just an hour before the first pitch. Why? Because he forgot the team was playing the Blue Jays in a day game and showed up to the park late. “It was a mistake,” Joyce..." May 20

  • A's Parker undergoes right elbow surgery

    CSN Bay Area "Oakland A’s right-handed pitcher Jarrod Parker underwent right elbow surgery, the club announced Tuesday. The surgery was performed this afternoon by Dr. James Andrews at the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Fla. Parker’s previous revised ulnar collateral ligament did not need repairing and..." May 20

  • Red Sox's Sandoval leaves game after being hit by pitch in left knee

    The Score "Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval was removed from Tuesday's game in the seventh inning after he was hit by a pitch. Sandoval immediately fell to the ground in pain after taking a 94-mph fastball from Texas Rangers reliever Sam Freeman off the front part of his left knee." May 20

  • Mets won’t consider trade to bolster weak lineup — yet

    New York Post "Sandy Alderson’s search for more offense stops at the disabled list. With his team struggling to score, the Mets general manager said Tuesday he views the eventual returns of David Wright and Travis d’Arnaud — both of whom are on the DL — as a more ideal fix to the lineup than external..." May 20

  • Masahiro Tanaka set to make rehab start on Thursday

    ESPN New York "Masahiro Tanaka's road back to the New York Yankees' rotation will take him through Triple-A Scranton this Thursday when the Yankees' $175 million investment will make a rehab start, going three innings and/or 45 pitches. "I'm very much looking forward to it," said Tanaka, who is on the DL with..." May 20

  • Report: Phillies could deal Ben Revere

    The Good Phight "With a glut of outfielders all vying for space in the Phils' outfield, the team has made their starting left fielder available. The Phillies have too many outfielders. None of these guys are potential All Stars, mind you, but right now, the Phils appear to have too many bodies for too few..." May 20

  • Hector Olivera, Pablo Fernandez officially sign with Dodgers

    True Blue L.A. "The Dodgers made official their signing of Cuban defector Hector Olivera to a six-year contract on Tuesday, worth a reported $62.5 million. The club also announced he signing of right-handed pitcher Pablo Fernandez to a minor league deal, which included a reported $8 million bonus. The..." May 19

  • Rafael Furcal announces his retirement after 14 seasons

    Hardball Talk "Three-time All-Star shortstop Rafael Furcal has decided to retire at age 37 after injuries derailed numerous comeback attempts in recent years. Furcal debuted for the Braves in 2000, winning the Rookie of the Year award, and spent the next decade as one of the league’s best all-around..." May 19

  • Wil Myers hits the 15-day DL with left wrist tendinitis

    Gaslamp Ball "In a move that probably doesn't surprise anyone, the Padres are placing Wil Myers on the 15-day DL, retroactive to May 11th. The outfielder / first baseman hasn't played since May 10th, when he first started to feel discomfort in his left wrist after sliding into third base. He was scratched from..." May 19

  • Scott Kazmir trade rumors abound, vultures circle

    Athletics Nation "The vultures are circling. Our fellow SB Nation team sites have noticed the A's are 14-26, with Over the Monster and DRaysBay already beginning their speculation about what they would have to give up to acquire starting pitcher Scott Kazmir, who is in the final year of his two-year, $20 million..." May 19

  • Victor Martinez to DL; Tyler Collins called up

    Fox Sports Detroit "Tigers manager Brad Ausmus acknowledged Monday night that they would have to examine some other options for Victor Martinez. Martinez, a switch-hitter, is batting just .216 with a .308 on-base percentage and .270 slugging percentage, but is so limited batting from the left side (.141/.242/.153)..." May 19

  • Assembling the Perfect Cubs-Mets Blockbuster Trade Package

    Bleacher Report "Concocting trades is fun, but it isn't easy, even from the outside looking in. There are any number of challenging factors that need to be weighed—from talent to finances to timing to need—in order to try to come up with a swap, especially one that actually makes some sense for both..." May 19

  • Optimism about Smyly returning this year

    Tampa Tribune "The Rays remain hopeful that LHP Drew Smyly can return this season from the torn labrum that sent him back to the disabled list. Manager Kevin Cash said before tonight’s game with the Braves at Turner Field that “We’re optimistic.” Cash said Smyly will meet Thursday with the training staff..." May 19

  • Pirates promote Jose Tabata, option Wilfredo Boscan

    Bucs Dugout "The Pirates have announced that they've promoted Jose Tabata to the bigs and optioned Wilfredo Boscan back to Indianapolis. To clear space for Tabata on the 40-man roster, they've moved infielder Justin Sellers to the 60-day disabled list. Neal Huntington's recent comments about Tabata..." May 19

  • The one big red flag with Robinson Cano's slow start

    Lookout Landing "don't believe this is the beginning of the end for Robinson Cano. I don't, because I can't. Cano, tabbed to be a cornerstone of the franchise for a decade, will be paid $24 million from now until I'm an age I'd rather not calculate—and the idea of this going to hell after just a year is something..." May 19

  • Yankees' Alex Rodriguez relates to Nationals' Bryce Harper on and off the field

    New York Daily News "It’s hard to imagine what it must be like to be Bryce Harper. Sports Illustrated cover boy at 16, No. 1 overall pick at 17, Rookie of the Year at 19. Whirlwind probably doesn’t begin to describe what Harper has experienced during the past five or six years. Alex Rodriguez understands. The..." May 19

  • Cubs trade Welington Castillo to Seattle for prospect

    Chicago Tribune "Update: Per the team, the pitcher will be Yoervis Medina Medina is a big-bodied RHP who throws hard (92-96 mph, t98) and adds a slider, but he has had command issues. It is a flyer for the Cubs who were not able to get much value in return for their young catcher this offseason and it would..." May 19

  • After latest 'pen session, Tanaka nearing rehab

    MLB.com "Masahiro Tanaka threw 29 pitches in the bullpen on Monday at Nationals Park and is awaiting instructions concerning an upcoming Minor League rehabilitation assignment, which could begin on Thursday. This marked the third bullpen session for Tanaka, who has been on the disabled list since April..." May 19

  • Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly Selected As 2015 All-Star Game Coach

    Ddogers Nation "As manager of the reigning National League and World Series champions San Francisco Giants, Bruce Bochy will manage the NL All-Stars in the 2015 MLB All-Star Game. The Midsummer Classic will be played July 14 at the Great American Ball Park, home of the Cincinnati Reds. While Bochy will lead..." May 19

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Nationals expected to promote IF Wilmer Difo. Werth a candidate for DL.