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Sunday, August 17, 2014

MLB Moves and Notes - August 17th - feat. Votto, Morin, Beltre, Simmons


By on 8/17/2014 10:45:00 AM

Almost the entire first-choice Cincinnati Reds infield in today's roundup.

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Cincinnati Reds: transferred 1B Joey Votto to the 60-day disabled list. The news coming out of Cincinnati on Votto has been minimal as he recovers from a quad strain, but manager Bryan Price told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that they expect to have the first baseman back this year. The move does mean that Votto won't return until at least September 4th.

Colorado Rockies: transferred LHP Brett Anderson to the 60-day disabled list. Anderson underwent back surgery earlier in the week and hopes to return for spring training next year.

Los Angeles Angels: activated RHP Mike Morin from the 15-day DL. Morin needed just the minimum DL stint to recover from a lacerated foot but struggled in his return, getting charged with two earned runs when he allowed a double before hitting Shin-Soo Choo with a pitch and replacement Jason Grilli let both runners score.

Back in the lineup

Robinson Cano played the full game as the Mariners went down 4-2 to the Tigers, so there were obviously no significant lingering effects from the ball he fouled off his foot on Friday.

Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) returned in style for the Miami Marlins, allowing the Diamondbacks to score just one run over seven innings after coming off the DL.

Day-to-day

Neil Walker was given a day off to manage the back tightness that has plagued him over the last couple of weeks, but entered the game as a pinch-hitter and is expected to play the next three contests for the Pirates.

Todd Frazier (back) was again out of the Reds' lineup before the postponement of Saturday's game. The Reds will now play a double-header on Sunday, starting at 4:05PM ET, so they will hope the extra day off allows Frazier to play at least one of those two.

Rehab roundup

Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips didn't pick up a hit in his second game with the Louisville Bats, but he did tell the Enquirer's C Trent Rosencrans that he was 'ready to go' and hoped the team would let him rejoin them on Monday, although he wasn't sure if that was going to happen.

Following a setback, Rangers outfielder Engel Beltre got in his first game action since July 11th, starting his rehab assignment in the Arizona Rookie league. Beltre played center field and got two at-bats before being replaced, going hitless. The 24-year-old has not played a major league game this season after undergoing surgery in the offseason on his fractured right tibia. UPDATE 13:21 ET: Anthony Andro of FOX Sports South-West tweets that Beltre's exit was actually due to leg soreness.

Braves rookie Shae Simmons needed just ten pitches to get through his first rehab inning with Triple-A Gwinnett. The right-hander has been on the DL with a shoulder strain since the end of July.

The Blue Jays sent Dan Johnson to Triple-A Buffalo to start a rehab assignment. Johnson went 0-for-3 with an RBI in his first game action since hitting the DL with a hamstring strain.

Rays veteran David DeJesus got a couple of plate appearances for the team's Gulf Coast League affiliate to start his rehab assignment, including walking and scoring a run in the first.

Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed just one run over six innings for the Binghamton Mets in the second start of his rehab stint. Although likely to go back into the bullpen, with Jacob deGrom's status still uncertain and Rafael Montero struggling, the veteran right-hander could still be needed in the Mets' rotation before the year is out.


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