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Friday, August 15, 2014

MLB Moves and Notes - August 15th - feat. Capps, Presley, Craig, Morin

By on 8/15/2014 08:30:00 AM

No extra injury transactions from Thursday which we haven't already covered but plenty on the recovery and rehab front, so let's get right to it.

ETA 2016

Tyler Skaggs had successful Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, as reported by Matthew DeFranks of Although it's possible he could be pitching in a year or so, the Angels maintained their line of not expecting to see Skaggs until the spring of 2016, as they have suggested ever since the surgery was announced.

No timetable

Another Angels player, Grant Green, has apparently been able to work on defense and hitting in his recovery from a lumbar strain, but DeFranks writes that there is still no timetable for his return.

On the mend's Joe Frisaro reports that Carter Capps (elbow) is in line for an early September return to the Miami Marlins bullpen. Manager Mike Redmond was particularly definitive on the matter, saying that September 1st was close to, if not the exact date that they expect Capps to be activated. There were also encouraging signs for Dan Jennings, who is apparently concussion symptom-free and played catch for the first time since the horrifying line drive incident last week, and Derek Dietrich (wrist), who has started swinging a bat and could still return in September.

Red Sox outfielder/first baseman Allen Craig could go on a short rehab assignment on Sunday or Monday, according to beat writer Maureen Mullen. Craig should therefore be back on the major league roster by the middle of next week, if all goes well.

DeFranks adds that Angels reliever Joe Thatcher is targeting the Oakland series, which starts in a week, for his return after coming out of his walking boot last week.

Rehab roundup

Alex Presley did not start for the Tri-City Valley Cats on Wednesday, but the reason why only emerged yesterday, with's Brian McTaggart tweeting that Presley experienced 'discomfort' in his oblique before the game and would rest for a couple of days.

Jesus Guzman walked twice in three plate appearances, scoring a run on both occasions, as he started his assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma. The Astros first baseman was the DH for five innings before being pinch-hit for in the sixth.

Mike Morin picked up the save for High-A Inland Empire, tossing a clean inning after a wild final few frames in which thirteen runs were scored from the bottom of the sixth to the top of the eighth. Morin is still on track to return to the Angels on Saturday after recovering well from his foot laceration.

Pirates infielder Clint Barmes played five innings at shortstop and went 0-for-3 with three flyouts for the Altoona Curve. It was the first game of Barmes' rehab as he rounds off his recovery from a groin sprain.

Derek Holland gave up three runs over 3 2/3 innings for the Round Rock Express, but only one of them was earned after some poor infield defense from the Triple-A team. The Texas Rangers left-hander threw 72 pitches, striking out four and walking two.

Michael Bourn finished his rehab assignment at Triple-A Columbus with another hitless night, going 0-for-4. The Indians center fielder did not cover himself in glory on his rehab at either level, collecting just two hits in 23 at-bats with no walks and eight strikeouts.

The Rockies' Michael Cuddyer played the whole game at first base for the Tulsa Drillers, going 0-for-4 in his final rehab start. He is expected to travel on Friday and be activated by the Rockies for Saturday's game.

Minor league matters

Jesus Montero, who has bounced back and forth between Seattle and the minors this year, left Triple-A Tacoma's game on Thursday after seeming to pull a muscle during an at-bat, per Rainiers broadcaster Mike Curto.

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