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Sunday, August 10, 2014

MLB Moves and Notes - August 10th - feat. Holland, Encarnacion, Iglesias, Blanks


By on 8/10/2014 01:45:00 PM

Where can you get injury updates on the Tigers bullpen and a Brewers Rule 5 pick, all in one place? Only here in our roundup.


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Baltimore Orioles: activated RHP Ubaldo Jimenez and sent RHP Miguel Gonzalez to Triple-A Norfolk to make room on the roster. Jimenez's walk problem doesn't seem to have gone away during his stay on the DL for a sprained ankle, with three more last night, but he still made it through six innings and struck out five, giving up three earned runs on his way to the win.

On the mend

Rookie Texas Rangers outfielder Jake Smolinski will be out for another 2-3 weeks with a fracture in his left foot. Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas tweeted the news, saying that Smolinski is currently in a walking boot.

Detroit Tigers trio Jose Iglesias, Bruce Rondon and Luke Putkonen are all progressing well, with Putkonen still a candidate to return before the end of the season. MLB.com's Jason Beck writes that the reliever, who is recovering from right elbow inflammation, threw off a mound for the first time and is aiming to be back in the Tigers bullpen before the end of September. Meanwhile, James Schmehl of MLive.com reports that Iglesias has started lower body conditioning work as he endeavours to come back to stress fractures in both shins. Schmehl also says that Rondon is close to playing catch after his Tommy John surgery in March, but Joel Hanrahan is not doing as well, with no sign that he will be able to pitch at all this season after his most recent setback.

Rehab roundup

Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion went 1-for-3 as the DH for High-A Dunedin to begin his rehab assignment, before being replaced in the seventh inning.

Derek Holland performed well in his first start since undergoing microfracture surgery in the offseason, pitching three scoreless innings for the Frisco RoughRiders. Holland threw 49 pitches in the outing and the Rangers lefty is still hoping to return this month.

Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Wil Myers did not get the chance to start his rehab assignment as the Durham Bulls were rained out on Saturday night. He should instead DH during Sunday's doubleheader.

The Oakland Athletics' Kyle Blanks went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored as he started his rehab assignment with the Sacramento River Cats.

The Milwaukee Brewers sent reliever Wei-Chung Wang to Class-A Wisconsin after a couple of appearances for the GCL Brewers in the Arizona Rookie league.

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