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Monday, August 11, 2014

MLB Moves and Notes - August 11th - feat. Cole, Wieland, Springer, Myers

By on 8/11/2014 12:45:00 PM

Everything you wanted to know about injured Houston Astros and more in today's roundup.


San Diego Padres: activated RHP Joe Wieland and optioned him to Triple-A El Paso. Wieland had been on the 60-day DL following an operation to clean up his right elbow.

Back in the lineup

Both Mark Teixeira and Jose Altuve returned to their respective lineups on Sunday. The Yankees first baseman had been out for several days with a lacerated little finger while Altuve missed Saturday's game after leaving Friday's with neck discomfort.

Timetable unknown

The George Springer situation doesn't seem to be getting any clearer. After a setback with his injured quad on his rehab assignment last Thursday, Springer has not played since and does not seem sure if he will be healthy enough to be activated soon, or even if he will need to go on another rehab assignment, as Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports.

On the mend

Another Astros outfielder, Alex Presley (oblique), should be starting a rehab assignment soon, according to's Brian McTaggart. Presley took normal batting practice on Saturday and while no specific date has been given, it looks as though he will start rehab early this week.

Rehab roundup

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Gerrit Cole was terrific over six innings for the Indianapolis Indians, allowing just one hit over six scoreless innings, with three strikeouts.

Continuing the Astros theme, Dexter Fowler played centerfield for the Oklahoma City RedHawks and went 0-for-2 before leaving in the sixth. McTaggart says he is expected back any day.

Rays right fielder Wil Myers got to play his first rehab game after Saturday's rainout forced him to wait an extra day. Myers went 1-for-3 for Triple-A Durham, while also striking out twice in his first proper game action since fracturing his wrist.

Adam Lind joined Edwin Encarnacion at High-A Dunedin, but neither got to play as the contest with the Tampa Yankees was rained out. A doubleheader has been scheduled for Monday instead.

Wei-Chung Wang took the loss for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, pitching three innings in his start with three strikeouts, but also four hits, a walk and three runs allowed. The Milwaukee Brewers pitcher is rehabbing from right shoulder tightness, although many have suggested that this is more of a strategic move to allow them to keep the Rule 5 pick.

The Rockies' Michael Cuddyer unsurprisingly continued to crush the ball at the Rookie level as he helped the Grand Junction Rockies to another win with four hits, including a double. That was the last of Cuddyer's five games in the Pioneer League; Colorado has not said where he will head next.

Avisail Garcia collected another hit for the Charlotte Knights, but also struck out three times. The 23-year-old White Sox outfielder is still hitting .412 over nine games with the team.

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