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Thursday, August 14, 2014

MLB Moves and Notes - August 14th - feat. Profar, Belt, Phillips, McCann

By on 8/14/2014 10:45:00 AM

Today we have some news on players with strains, sprains, fractures, concussions, spasms, soreness and even a bout of sickness for good measure.


Baltimore Orioles: transferred C Matt Wieters to the 60-day DL. Wieters is obviously out for the season after his Tommy John surgery, so the move was made to create room on the roster for Cord Phelps, who came up to replace the injured Manny Machado.


Reds outfielder Jay Bruce was scratched from Wednesday's lineup because of illness. There's no indication that Bruce has anything particularly serious at this stage.

Following an early exit on Tuesday because of leg fatigue, Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano sat on Wednesday, although he told the Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales that he was available to play.'s Carrie Muskat later noted that Ruggiano had some soreness in his groin.

Alex Rios has joined Shin-Soo Choo in dealing with ankle trouble, and it seems as though both will have to cope with it for the rest of the season. T.R. Sullivan of writes that they may manage the symptoms by swapping right field and DH duty for the remainder of the year.

Desmond Jennings was out of the Tampa Bay Rays lineup on Wednesday after slamming into the outfield wall while making a great catch on Tuesday. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Jennings' shoulder was sore and the Rays felt it was best to give him the night off with the hope that he can play Thursday.

No timetable

There is still uncertainty over the status of Giants first baseman Brandon Belt, who apparently went to be examined again on Wednesday, per Chris Haft of The outcome of that examination was not known at the time of writing but San Francisco really need Belt to shake the lingering concussion symptoms that have sent him to the DL for a second time in a month.

Adam McCalvy of says that Brewers infielder Jeff Bianchi got a second opinion on his ailing right elbow but no new diagnosis emerged. The elbow was described as 'achy' by manager Ron Roenicke and clearly Bianchi's discomfort has not subsided as hoped.

Cardinals reliever Jason Motte does not look like he'll be returning when eligible on Sunday. Maria Torres of reports that Motte was expected to get into rehab games before returning but is currently still undergoing treatment on his back, so that date seems too soon.

On the mend

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (thumb) is set to start a rehab assignment on Friday, according to C Trent Rosencrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer.'s Mark Sheldon previously reported that Phillips successfully took batting practice for the first time on Tuesday, while Logan Ondrusek threw a 34-pitch simulated game and may return to the team this coming weekend.

Former Rangers top prospect Jurickson Profar (shoulder) has been cleared to start a throwing program and was out on the field on Wednesday to work on defense with manager Ron Washington, says T.R. Sullivan of

The Yankees got good news regarding both Masahiro Tanaka and Brian McCann, as's Bryan Hoch reported. Tanaka threw 10 pitches from flat ground and appears to be confident that he can still pitch again this season, while manager Joe Girardi was sure that McCann would be back with the team on Friday as he has recovered well from his concussion.

Rehab roundup

Jesus Guzman will start a rehab assignment at Triple-A Oklahoma tonight, per Brian McTaggart of The Astros first baseman has been out since the start of the month with back spasms.

Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner went 2 2/3 innings for the El Paso Chihuahuas, giving up three runs, including two home runs.

Christian Bergman was much better in his second rehab start for Triple-A Colorado Springs, hurling seven innings of one-run ball. The Rockies starter was lit up on Friday in his first start since suffering a broken hand.

Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders will resume his rehab assignment on Thursday after two games out to attend the birth of his second child.

Rays RF Wil Myers singled, walked three times and scored a run in the Durham Bulls' 8-7 extra-innings win at Rochester.

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