• Clayton Kershaw will return for Dodgers on Saturday vs. Mets

    ESPN "Clayton Kershaw will be back for the Los Angeles Dodgers sooner than expected. The ace left-hander will skip a scheduled rehab start and instead will start for Los Angeles on Saturday against the Mets in New York. Kershaw hasn't pitched in a..." June 22

  • Hanley Ramirez Reportedly Being “Eyed” In Connection With Federal, State Investigation

    The Spun "According to a report from Michele McPhee, an investigative journalist for ABC News, former Red Sox star Hanley Ramirez could be in some trouble. McPhee reports Friday night that Ramirez is “being eyed” in connection with an ongoing federal and state investigation. There..." June 22

  • MLB suspends Blue Jays reliever Roberto Osuna 75 games

    Sportsnet "Major League Baseball has suspended Toronto Blue Jays reliever Roberto Osuna 75 games, as his assault charge continues to work its way through the court system. The unpaid suspension is retroactive to May 8, when Osuna was first charged. June 22

  • Bryce Harper says he’ll participate in Home Run Derby if he makes 2018 All-Star Game

    Washington Post "Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper said Friday he would participate in the Home Run Derby at his home ballpark as long as he makes the National League all-star team. “So count me in for the Derby if and only if I make the team,” Harper said in a text message to..." June 22

  • Mets 3B David Wright takes next step in potential return

    SNY TV "Mets third baseman David Wright has taken the next step in his potentially extreme longshot goal to return, hitting Friday in the batting cage while doing other baseball activity on the field.  Wright had ramped up his level of baseball activity on June..." June 22

  • The first-place Diamondbacks are about to get even stronger in their rotation

    CBS Sports "The 2018 regular season is approaching the halfway point, and already the Arizona Diamondbacks have been through several ups and downs. They went 21-8 in their first 29 games, then went 5-18 in their next 23 games, and now they're 15-7 in their last 22 games. Their 41-33 record is..." June 22

  • Astros reportedly still interested in Zach Britton despite failed trade

    Larry Brown Sports "The Astros were on the verge of acquiring relief pitcher Zach Britton from the Orioles at the trade deadline last year, but the deal fell through because of medical questions surrounding the prospects involved. Perhaps the two teams are ready to try again. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports..." June 22

  • Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury: I plan to play in 2018

    Newark Star-Ledger "Yankees manager Aaron Boone gave an update on Wednesday regarding the health of center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Per NJ Advance Media's Randy Miller: "He's in Tampa now," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday. "I think he's..." June 22

  • The strikeout epidemic ailing Major League Baseball is showing no signs of slowing down

    New York Daily News "From his office high above 245 Park Ave. in Manhattan, the commissioner of baseball, Rob Manfred, can feel and hear it: Whiffff! It is the sound of his players striking out in record numbers, sucking the action out of his game to the point where it too often feels like a funeral for..." June 22

  • Braves place Mike Soroka on the DL with shoulder inflammation. Again.

    Hardball Talk "Braves starter Mike Soroka made his big league debut at the beginning of May and he was excellent. Then he struggled for two starts and went on the disabled list due to a sore shoulder. Nine days ago, in his first start back after being reactivated, he was excellent again,..." June 22

  • Report: Buck Showalter could head to Mississippi State

    Sportsnaut "It appears Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter’s days in his current position could be numbered. In the midst of what could be an historically bad season, the veteran manager is now exploring other options. June 22

  • Indians' Bradley Zimmer shut down for four to six weeks with sore right shoulder

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Bradley Zimmer, the Indians' opening day center fielder, will be shut down for four to six weeks with inflammation in the right shoulder. Zimmer, optioned to Class AAA Columbus on June 5, injured his right shoulder doing one-armed batting drills on June 11. The Indians thought..." June 22

  • Ichiro sneaks into Mariners dugout wearing a fake mustache, Bobby Valentine style

    CBS Sports "This week has not gone well for the Seattle Mariners. They were swept by the Yankees in Yankee Stadium and they are now 2-4 six games into their gut check 10-game stretch against the Red Sox and Yankees (and Red Sox again). This was supposed to be a stretch where they..." June 22

  • Rizzo: Nationals Unwilling To Meet Asking Price On Realmuto

    MLB Trade Rumors "In a surprisingly candid interview with Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (Twitter link, with audio), Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo largely quashed rumors and speculation that have tied his team to star Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto. According to Rizzo, the Nationals..." June 22

  • Source: Red Sox eye reliever, right-handed bench help via trade

    NBC Sports Boston "As a six-game homestand begins and trade season picks up, the Red Sox have an eye on adding a reliever and a right-handed bat, a source with knowledge of the team’s thinking said. Trade plans can change and evolve in the next month, but the Sox see room to add a piece to..." June 22

  • Yankees searching for starter -- but do they need reliever, too?

    SNY TV "Yankees GM Brian Cashman is seeking a deal to upgrade his rotation, targeting Toronto's J.A. Happ and a few others. His team has also been linked in reports to San Diego lefty reliever Brad Hand -- but do the Yankees really need to add a bullpen..." June 22

  • Mike Trout playing DH through 'painful' finger sprain

    The Score "On Thursday night, Mike Trout acted as the Los Angeles Angels' designated hitter for the second straight game, as the superstar played through a finger sprain and is unable to throw. The natural center fielder hasn't been stationed in the outfield since Monday,..." June 22

  • MLB Rumors: Phillies, Astros, Indians battle for Orioles' Zach Britton?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Zach Britton trade rumors will likely be a whirlwind this summer. After missing the bulk of the season with an Achilles injury, Britton is now back and trying to re-establish himself as one of baseball's best closers after battling injuries for the better part of..." June 22

  • Tommy La Stella talks about his refusal to report to the minors in 2016

    Hardball Talk "In late July of 2016, Cubs infielder Tommy La Stella was demoted to Triple-A. It wasn’t personal. It was a roster crunch situation and La Stella had options left so, despite the fact that he had been an effective player to that point of the season, it made sense to send him..." June 22

  • Phillies sign infielder Danny Espinosa

    Courier-Post "The Philadelphia Phillies signed free agent infielder Danny Espinosa, an eight-year veteran who boasts a .221 career batting average in 872 big-league games, on Friday. The Phillies will send Espinosa to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He hasn’t played since May 30 when he was released..." June 22

  • White Sox activate Avisail Garcia and Leury Garcia, designate Trayce Thompson for assignment

    Chicago Tribune "The White Sox will get some much-needed roster upgrades in time for Friday’s doubleheader with the A’s at Guaranteed Rate Field. Avisail Garcia and Leury Garcia were activated from the disabled list. To make room for the two returnees, Trayce..." June 22

  • Report: MLB bans transactions with Mexican League over ‘corruption’

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has reportedly banned teams from signing any players who are affiliated with the Mexican League due to questions and concerns over how contracts have been negotiated. In a letter sent to teams on Tuesday that was obtained by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, MLB..." June 22

  • Mets manager Callaway is worried about process, not the team's record

    SNY TV "Asked after the Mets' third straight loss on Thursday if he was worried about the team's 31-41 record, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said he wasn't. "You don't worry about the record," Callaway said. "You just worry about how you do your thing every day..." June 22

  • Hunter Strickland says he doesn’t have an anger problem

    Hardball Talk "Giants closer Hunter Strickland struggled in the ninth inning Monday against the Marlins, surrendering three runs en route to a 5-4 loss. Strickland took issue with Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson, who tied the game with a single and celebrated as he rounded first base. When..." June 22

  • Mets Release Vance Worley

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mets have released right-hander Vance Worley, reports Betsy Helfand of the Las Vegas Journal-Review (via Twitter). The veteran right-hander had been on the disabled list with the team’s Triple-A affiliate in Vegas. Worley, 30, signed with the Mets back in mid-April to..." June 22

  • Should Blue Jays be deadline buyers for controllable starting pitching?

    Sportsnet "They sit 16 games out of first place in the AL East. Fangraphs pegs their odds of making the playoffs at a meagre three per cent, and we’re not even halfway through the season. By any typical measure, the Toronto Blue Jays profile as clear sellers this season, with a long-term..." June 21

  • Mike Trout DHing for Angels due to finger issue

    Larry Brown Sports "Mike Trout will only have limited availability for the Los Angeles Angels over the next few days. Trout is being bothered by a strained right index finger, which is preventing him from throwing. Because of the injury, he is just serving as the Angels’ DH on Thursday and not..." June 21

  • David Price uses massage device on hand during Red Sox game

    Yardbarker "There has not been much talk lately about David Price’s hand, but apparently it’s still something to which he’s giving a lot of attention. Price was seen using a massaging device on his hand during the Red Sox-Twins game on Thursday. He was using it while cheering on..." June 21

  • Padres have done 'due diligence' regarding Machado

    The Score "The San Diego Padres, Major League Baseball's resident agent of chaos, may be entering the Manny Machado sweepstakes as an extreme dark-horse candidate. The Padres have reportedly been in contact with the Baltimore Orioles about the possibility of acquiring the superstar..." June 21

  • He’s back: Shelby Miller will make season debut for D-backs on Monday

    Arizona Sports "Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Shelby Miller will make his MLB return from Tommy John surgery Monday against the Miami Marlins, the team announced Thursday. Miller, who has been sidelined for more than a year after tearing his UCL against the Dodgers in April of 2017, has..." June 21

  • Straily suspended 5 games for Posey HBP

    MLB.com "Miami Marlins pitcher Dan Straily has received a five-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch at Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants, while warnings were in place for both teams, in the bottom of the second inning of Tuesday night's game at AT&T..." June 21

  • Indians among teams interested in Adrian Beltre

    Sportsnaut "Boasting a 32-44 record heading into Thursday’s action, the last-place Texas Rangers will certainly look to sell off some veteran assets between now and next month’s trade deadline. Despite the team’s struggles, there are multiple veterans that could intrigue..." June 21

  • Rivals dubious Mets will deal deGrom or Syndergaard

    Fanrag Sports "People with both teams see a trade of one of the New York Mets’ two star starters – especially ace Jacob deGrom – as a major, major long shot. But if the Mets were to discuss deGrom, for instance, with the Yankees, they’d insist on Gleyber Torres. And guess..." June 21

  • Forget Machado (for Now), Phils Reportedly Eyeing HOF Third Baseman

    NBC Philadelphia "Forget Manny Machado (for now). The Phillies are reportedly also interested in an older third baseman who can still hit but would come much cheaper. That would be Rangers 3B and future Hall-of-Famer Adrian Beltre, according to MLB's Jon Paul..." June 21

  • Omaha to Host Tigers vs. Royals Ahead of 2019 College World Series

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball will have a small role in the 2019 College World Series. Per the Associated Press, the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals will play a regular-season game at Omaha, Nebraska's TD Ameritrade Park as part of the kickoff week for next year's College..." June 21

  • Masahiro Tanaka to throw off a mound this weekend

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this month Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka strained both of his hamstrings while running the bases in an interleague game against the Mets and was sent to the 10-day DL. Today it was announced that the beginning of the end of most DL stints for pitchers — throwing off of a mound..." June 21

  • Pedro Alvarez Accepts Outright Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles announced Thursday that corner infielder/designated hitter Pedro Alvarez has cleared waivers and been sent outright to Triple-A Norfolk. The veteran Alvarez would’ve had the right to reject that assignment in favor of free agency, though Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com..." June 21

  • Tyler Chatwood is walking an insane number of hitters

    The Sports Daily "The Chicago Cubs made an early splash last offseason by signing right-handed pitcher Tyler Chatwood to a three-year, $38 million deal. On the surface, this looked like a steal by Theo Epstein’s front office. After all, this was a hurler that had spent virtually his entire big-league..." June 21

  • MLB Rumors: Mets' Noah Syndergaard's take on the 'mumbo jumbo'

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Mets head into play Thursday with a 31-40 record, good for fourth place in the National League East, 11 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves. Clearly, this is not the year for the Mets. So general manager Sandy Alderson will spend the next six..." June 21

  • Mets in dire need of Yoenis Cespedes, who hopes to progress soon

    SNY TV "Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes (hip, quad) hopes to resume running soon as he works his way back from the DL, manager Mickey Callaway said Thursday. The Mets are in dire need of Cespedes, with Jay Bruce recently landing on the DL due to multiple injuries, and Juan Lagares out for..." June 21

  • Michael Saunders cut loose by White Sox

    CBS Sports "Saunders was released by the White Sox on Thursday, James Fegan of The Athletic reports. Saunders was signed to a minor-league deal exactly one month ago, but failed to impress during his brief stay with Triple-A Charlotte. Across 13 games, he went just 7-for-46 (.152 average) and has..." June 21

  • Gleyber Torres removes himself from Home Run Derby consideration

    New York Post "Gleyber Torres says he’ll pass on competing in the Home Run Derby next month, and that goes down as a loss for baseball, even if everyone outside New York might not necessarily agree. “I’m not a home-run hitter,” the Yankees’ dynamic rookie told The Post..." June 21

  • David Ortiz, Torii Hunter to Manage in All-Star Futures Game in Washington D.C.

    SI "David Ortiz and Torii Hunter will manage the All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. on July 15.  Ortiz will lead the world squad while Hunter will head the U.S. team in the contest that features the top minor league prospects, the league announced..." June 21

  • Jay Bruce Diagnosed With Hip Strain

    MLB Trade Rumors "Though the Mets tried to avoid it, they finally were forced to place outfielder Jay Bruce on the 10-day DL. It turns out that he was dealing with more than just soreness; Tim Britton of The Athletic was among those to tweet that imaging revealed a strain in Bruce’s right..." June 21

  • MLB trade market: Stranded stars J.T. Realmuto and Starlin Castro may soon leave Miami

    USA Today "The Miami Marlins’ offseason teardown was devastating to J.T. Realmuto and Starlin Castro, in entirely different ways. While Realmuto hated to see teammates like NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich and Dee Gordon get dealt away, to the point he requested a..." June 21

  • While going through old Facebook messages, Pat Neshek discovered a contract offer for 2014

    MLB.com "If you've ever found yourself sorting through old mail, you've probably discovered that you've missed out on some opportunities. Maybe it was a great coupon for discounted chicken wings, or maybe it was a free car wash. Chances are that none of us have ever stumbled upon a..." June 21

  • Cardinals can fix their bullpen before the MLB trade deadline, but fixing the infield defense may not be as easy

    CBS Sports "The St. Louis Cardinals avoided losing for the sixth time in their last seven games Tuesday night (STL 7, PHI 6), though it did not come easy. Rookie righty Jordan Hicks, who was pitching for the 34th time in the team's 71 games, allowed a game-tying two-run double to Rhys Hoskins in the..." June 21

  • Dombrowski On Red Sox’ Deadline Plans

    MLB Trade Rumors "As the summer trade period begins to take shape, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski discussed his team’s plans with Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald. The full interview is essential reading for Boston fans, but we’ll discuss a few key elements..." June 21

  • Shelby Miller likely to make season debut on Monday

    Arizona Central "The Diamondbacks optioned right-hander Matt Koch to Triple-A Reno on Wednesday, a move that appears to signal an imminent return from the disabled list for right-hander Shelby Miller. In Koch’s place, the club recalled right-hander Jake Barrett, who likely will be available in..." June 20

  • Phanatic's flying hot dog leaves Phillies fan with facial injuries

    ESPN "The Phillie Phanatic has been launching hot dogs into the stands at Philadelphia Phillies games for years -- first at Veterans Stadium and now at Citizens Bank Park -- without any injuries. That changed Monday night. Using his customary launcher, the Phanatic sent..." June 20