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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

MLB Moves and Notes - August 12th - feat. Mauer, Nolasco, Fowler, Blanks

By on 8/12/2014 12:15:00 PM

Why did the Durham Bulls ask if they can keep Wil Myers? Read on to find out.


Minnesota Twins: activated 1B Joe Mauer from the 15-day DL. A cautionary note on Mauer should be sounded, courtesy of Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Mauer himself. The former catcher told Berardino that he still felt soreness in his oblique when swinging and expected to do so for the rest of the season. That didn't stop Mauer from helping the Twins to a win on Monday, as he went 2-for-4 with a double and the go-ahead RBI.

Returning soon

The Twins will shortly get another player back as Ricky Nolasco completed his rehab assignment with Class A Cedar Rapids on Sunday and should return to the rotation later this week, as's Rhett Bollinger reports. Nolasco is slated to start Friday in Minnesota against the streaking Kansas City Royals.

Rehab roundup

Dexter Fowler again played center field for the Oklahoma City RedHawks, going 0-2 with a walk in Monday's game. Houston Chronicle writer Jose de Jesus Ortiz reports that Fowler is likely to return by the time the Astros start their road trip on Thursday.

Edwin Encarnacion struck out in his only plate appearance for High-A Dunedin and will next play for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons on Tuesday night.

Cleveland Indians centerfielder Michael Bourn went 1-for-4 as the DH as he moved his rehab up to Triple-A Columbus.

Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner (shoulder) will pitch for Double-A El Paso this Wednesday after his successful rehab outing for the Lake Elsinore Storm on Friday.

Kyle Blanks blasted a home run while playing seven innings at first base for the Sacramento River Cats. Blanks went 2-for-3 with a walk on Monday night as he gets closer to a return to Oakland.

Daisuke Matsuzaka was strong in a 39-pitch, three-inning outing for the St. Lucie Mets. Matsuzaka gave up just one hit and struck out three.

Wil Myers launched a grand slam and stole a base for the Durham Bulls, showing no signs of rust in the early stages of his rehab assignment. The Tampa Bay Rays outfielder played right field and batted third, going 2-for-3 and playing the complete game. The Bulls asked the Rays if they can keep the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year following the slam, although the big league club will probably want him back if he can actually get his bat going for the first time this season.

Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders is 6-for-17 after five games at Triple-A Tacoma, but the Tacoma News Tribune's Bob Dutton reports that he left the team after Monday's game due to the impending birth of his second child. Once Saunders returns, he looks set to be activated any day, so look for him to be back in Seattle at some point this weekend.

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