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Saturday, August 9, 2014

MLB Moves and Notes - August 9th - feat. Hefner, Cashner, Dirks, Giambi

By on 8/09/2014 10:15:00 AM

A twenty-year age range covered today - see if you can spot the youngest and oldest players in today's roundup.


New York Mets: Jeremy Hefner was placed on the minor league DL by the St. Lucie Mets with a forearm problem as he continues his rehab from Tommy John surgery. ESPN's Adam Rubin says Hefner is heading back to New York for further evaluation as it is not clear what the exact nature of the problem is. Rubin writes that assistant GM John Ricco called the injury 'soreness' while the transaction report said it was a strain.

Day to day

Indians outfielder Michael Brantley got a game at designated hitter on Friday after a collision with the outfield wall on Wednesday. According to Jordan Bastian of, Brantley said he was fine following the incident but manager Terry Francona gave him the start at DH to rest his legs.

On the mend's Mark Schmetzer writes that three Cincinnati Reds players are progressing well in their recovery from injuries. Logan Ondrusek is likely closest to a return, with a bullpen session scheduled for Saturday after completing his first throwing session since hitting the DL with a shoulder strain. Second baseman Brandon Phillips swung a bat for the first time on Thursday, the first time he has done so since suffering a thumb ligament sprain, while Sean Marshall is pleased with his recovery from arthroscopic shoulder surgery and looks on course to be cleared to throw in early October.

Rehab roundup

Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks was once again forced to halt his rehab assignment, this time because of a hamstring injury.'s Jason Beck suggested that it was not considered a major problem, but was considered necessary in light of the 20-day limit on rehab assignments. The team can restart the clock when Dirks is considered ready to go.

Padres starter Andrew Cashner cruised through two scoreless innings of work for High-A Lake Elsinore in his first game action since hitting the DL with shoulder soreness. Cashner gave up just one hit and struck out three.

Dexter Fowler started his rehab at Triple-A Oklahoma with a 2-3 night, collecting an RBI in the process. Fowler was the DH for the RedHawks as they fell 8-5 to the Iowa Cubs.

The Colorado Rockies did not see what they might have hoped for from Christian Bergman, who got torched by the Omaha Storm Chasers in his first rehab start for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Bergman gave up 10 hits in just 4 1/3 and was charged with eight earned runs, including two home runs. Somehow, the Sky Sox still pulled off the 10-9 victory, but Bergman's outing won't encourage a Rockies team desperate for starting pitching help.

Michael Cuddyer is providing more encouraging news for Colorado as he walked and singled in four plate appearances for the Grand Junction Rockies, playing first base. Cuddyer now has six hits in ten at-bats after three games of his five-game assignment.

The Tampa Bay Rays sent right fielder Wil Myers to the Durham Bulls to start a rehab assignment today. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times suggested that Myers' rehab stint would last around 10 games before he makes his return to the big leagues following his wrist fracture.

Avisail Garcia is now 13-for-26 on his rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte after collecting two more hits during Friday night's game. Garcia shows no signs of slowing down as he endeavours to return to Chicago far sooner than originally expected.

Michael Bourn played centerfield for the Akron RubberDucks, going 0-4 with two strikeouts. Bourn played seven innings in the field after doing the same on Thursday.

Worth noting

Finally, Bastian adds that veteran DH Jason Giambi is likely to remain on the DL until rosters expand in September. While Giambi is no longer really bothered by the knee injury that put him on the shelf in the first place, Bastian says the Indians are likely to leave him on the list in order to better manage their roster. As he can no longer play the field and is not likely to be able to handle regular playing time, it seems the 43-year-old will have to wait until the Indians have some extra roster flexibility before he returns.

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