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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

MLB Moves and Notes - August 6th - feat. Bourn, Zimmerman, Mauer, Putnam


By on 8/06/2014 01:00:00 PM

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Washington Nationals: placed RHP Taylor Jordan on the 60-day DL. Jordan was already on the DL in the minors with right elbow soreness but the Nationals needed to make room on the 40-man roster for Matt Thornton, as Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post tweeted.

On the mend

Ryan Zimmerman ran on a water treadmill as he tries to return from a severe hamstring strain, according to MLB.com's Daniel Popper. The third baseman will next use the Nats' anti-gravity treadmill to increase his activity with some of his body weight taken off. Popper says that GM Mike Rizzo thinks Zimmerman can return after six weeks and therefore make it back before the end of the regular season.

Rehab roundup

Michael Bourn played five innings in centerfield for the Akron RubberDucks, failing to reach base in three plate appearances. The Indians outfielder is recovering from a hamstring strain.

Minnesota Twins starter Ricky Nolasco got the start for the Cedar Rapids Kernels, pitching 3 2/3 scoreless innings in a win, while Joe Mauer was driven home by his brother Jake, as noted by Morgan Hawk at MiLB.com. Hawk says Nolasco will start again on Sunday while Mauer will play first base for the Kernels tonight.

Avisail Garcia, Matt Lindstrom and Zach Putnam all performed well for the Charlotte Knights as they get closer to rejoining the Chicago White Sox. Garcia went 3-5 with a home run and three runs scored, while Lindstrom and Putnam both pitched clean innings with a strikeout apiece. The latter two should be back in the big league bullpen later this week.

Recent Red Sox acquisition Kelly Johnson played seven innings at first base for the Portland Sea Dogs, going 0-3 at the plate. It was Johnson's first game action since suffering a groin strain.


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