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Thursday, August 21, 2014

MLB Moves and Notes - August 21st - feat. Qualls, Darvish, Holland, Ryu


By on 8/21/2014 10:45:00 AM

Plenty of news and notes today, including another closer who wasn't available for the save, and some key regulars starting to feel the effects of the long season.

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Boston Red Sox: activated C David Ross. The catcher had been on the DL after rupturing a tendon in his foot. Rookie Dan Butler went back to Pawtucket to make room on the roster.

Tampa Bay Rays: activated RF Wil Myers, transferred LF Jerry Sands to the 60-day disabled list. Myers went 0-for-3 in his first major league game since May 30th, while Sands was already out for the season after undergoing surgery on a tendon in his left wrist.

Day-to-day

Will Middlebrooks and Mike Napoli both sat out for the Red Sox on Wednesday night, reports Ian Browne of MLB.com. Napoli is dealing with back spasms while Middlebrooks is still considered day-to-day after exiting with hamstring tightness on Tuesday.

Astros closer Chad Qualls was unavailable for the save on Wednesday because of back discomfort, according to the Houston Chronicle's Evan Drellich. Jose Veras picked up the save instead but Qualls is expected to be available on Thursday if needed.

Athletics duo Josh Donaldson and Derek Norris both got the day off on Wednesday but later pinch-hit. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle says that Norris has been dealing with back stiffness, while Donaldson was simply described as 'dinged up' by manager Bob Melvin, and while he appeared to run awkwardly to first on a single in the seventh, the third baseman stayed in the game.

No timetable

Yu Darvish won't be returning to the Texas Rangers after the minimum 15-day stint as previously hoped. Manager Ron Washington told Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News that he was 'backing off' the idea of bringing back the team's ace by August 25th. With the Rangers currently holding the worst record in the league, there is no sense in rushing back their most valuable pitcher.

On the mend

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that catcher Ryan Hanigan is improving after a setback with his oblique strain and is set to go out on a rehab assignment with the Charlotte Stone Crabs this Friday.

MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez tweeted that Angels infielder Grant Green, recovering from a lumbar strain, should head out on a rehab assignment in the next couple of days and is therefore on track to rejoin the team next week.

A's infielder Nick Punto (hamstring) is currently doing some light jogging and swinging in the cage, according to Aaron Leibowitz of MLB.com.

In Dodgers news, both Hyun-jin Ryu and Juan Uribe seem to be recovering well. Manager Don Mattingly told MLB.com's Michael Lananna that Ryu (strained glute) is now playing catch and is not expected to need a rehab assignment before returning. Third baseman Uribe also took batting practice on Wednesday as he works his way back from a hamstring strain.

Rehab roundup

Rays outfielder David DeJesus is already with Charlotte and resumed his rehab after taking a few days off with a sore hand, going 1-for-4. Topkin writes that the plan is for the veteran to get 25-30 at-bats, with a September 1st return date in mind.

Rangers left-hander Derek Holland says he is ready to make his return to the major leagues after another rehab start on Tuesday, but the team doesn't seem to agree. Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Holland is confident he is ready to start a big league game, although there is one start remaining on his rehab programme. Washington suggested he expected to see Holland in September, which means Holland would have to wait more than one more turn.

Marlins reliever Dan Jennings made his first appearance since being hit in the head by a line drive when he pitched a scoreless inning for the Gulf Coast League Marlins.

Phillies outfielder John Mayberry Jr. picked up two hits in his first rehab game for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Tuesday night. Mayberry, who is recovering from wrist inflammation that put him on the DL a month ago, also played the whole game in right field. He did not play on Wednesday.

Clint Barmes hit a home run for the Indianapolis Indians in his second game with the team after going 0-for-3 on Monday. The Pirates infielder played shortstop on Wednesday as the Indians cruised to a 7-3 win.

Craig Gentry is yet to pick up a hit or a walk in seven at-bats with Triple-A Sacramento. The Oakland center fielder is making his way back from a broken hand.

Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings played second base for the team's Arizona League affiliate, walking twice, scoring a run and driving home two. Owings now has four hits and three walks over three rehab games. It is now almost two months since the rookie went on the DL with shoulder inflammation.

Also in the Arizona League, Padres reliever Troy Patton got the start and pitched a scoreless inning with a strikeout. Patton has been out since mid-June with shoulder soreness.


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