The Washington Nationals transferred left-handed pitcher Matt Purke to the 60-day DL, activated outfielder Eury Perez from the DL and optioned him to Triple-A Syracuse. Purke underwent Tommy John surgery May 29, and is out for the season. Perez fractured his toe in April.
Los Angeles Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton made an early exit on Friday, coming out of the team's 2-1 win over the Detroit Tigers in the fourth inning. Matthew DeFranks of MLB.com reports that Hamilton was removed as a result of a sore left knee.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson is hoping to
return to team’s rotation soon, reports Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Berardino adds
that outfield prospect Byron Buxton returned to action Thursday night with
High-A Fort Myers after missing five games with a sore wrist:
Texas Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland was officially sent to the 60-day disabled list on Thursday. He is out for the season because of ankle reconstruction surgery in June. Also, the Rangers sent left handed pitcher Joseph Ortiz to Double-A Frisco to continue his rehab assignment.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Jason Vargas continues to make progress in his recovery from an appendectomy that landed the pitcher on the disabled list. Also, Eric Hosmer, who is dealing with a bruised hand, has been kept out of the Royals lineup.
The San Francisco Giants are leading the National League West and are looking to gain ground on the Los Angeles Dodgers who are 1.5 games back. Brandon Belt, one of the Giants' main pieces, was hit in the head with a pitch on Saturday and is on the disabled list with a concussion. He let his manager know that the concussion like symptomshave worsened. Joe Panik, who sprained his right ankle, claimed it did not seem as bad, and it did not swell according to Henry Schulman from the San Francisco Chronicle.
The Washington Nationals enter a weekend series against the Cincinnati Reds coming off a 6-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday. Denard Span went 4-for-5 with two runs scored in the loss, which dropped the Nationals to 55-44, a game and a half ahead of the Atlanta Braves in the National League East. There is a bit of concern on the injury front, as right fielder Jayson Werth has been dealing with a sore knee.
The New York Mets lost in blowout fashion yesterday against the Milwaukee Brewers by the score of 9-1. The Mets scored their only run on a home run by Lucas Duda in the seventh inning. Matt Garza allowed only two hits in eight innings to get the win for the Brewers. The loss dropped the Mets to 48-54 on the season, fourth in the National League East. Wilmer Flores started at shortstop for the Mets in place of Ruben Tejada, who sat for the second straight game after being hit in the head by a pitch. The good news is that Tejada should be ready for today's game.
The Baltimore Orioles
right handed pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez is pleased with his Wednesday bullpen session in which he
threw 35 pitches and performed running drills to test his right ankle, according
to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com.
Jimenez twisted his ankle in a parking lot the day before the All-Star
Break; Orioles manager Buck Showalter was quoted by Ghiroli as saying that
Jimenez return “is not imminent”. Third
baseman Manny Machado was a late scratch Tuesday night after experiencing back
spasms during batting practice. He sat out of Wednesday’s game despite feeling better.
Cubs right-hander Edwin Jackson left Thursday night's 13-3 loss to the San Diego Padres with cramping in his pitching hand, reports Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. Jackson, who allowed seven hits and five runs (four earned) in five innings, has experienced the condition previously but has not missed a start. Rumor has it that the last-place Cubs are looking to trade Jackson and his 5.68 ERA. Outfielder Justin Ruggiano is dealing with a tight groin that has kept him out since Tuesday. Manager Rick Renteria siad he was feeling better on Thursday. UPDATE: 7/25/2014 1:00 p.m. Ruggiano is not in Friday's starting lineup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Milwaukee Brewers improved to 58-45 on the season following a 9-1 thumping of the New York Mets on Thursday. Matt Garza allowed only a run on two hits in eight innings to get the win. The Brewers got home runs from Ryan Braun, Jonathan Lucroy and Khris Davis to spark a 10-hit attack. Rickie Weeks added a hit and a run scored playing for the injured Scooter Gennett, who is still out with a quad injury.
The Los Angeles Angels entered Thursday night's game against the Detroit Tigers leading the Major Leagues in runs scored. Their offensive production is a large reason the Angels are 60-40, only two and a half games behind the Oakland A's in the American League West. On the injury front, backup outfielder Grant Green got some positive news yesterday on his lower back injury which placed him in the disabled list.
The Seattle Mariners entered a weekend series against the Baltimore Orioles with a record of 53-48, third in the American League West. The Mariners are in good position heading into the final two months of the season for a wild card spot, lead by a pitching staff that leads the Major Leagues in ERA. One pitcher who could add to the pitching depth is James Paxton, who is making strides in his recovery from injury. There is also good news on Michael Saunders and Roenis Elias.
Seattle Mariners utilityman Willie Bloomquist has landed on the 15-day DL with a bruised right knee. Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that Bloomquist suffered the injury when running to first base during Wednesday's loss to the New York Mets. Manager Lloyd McClendon told Dutton that the team couldn't afford to play short-handed while the veteran recovers:
Twins right-hander Phil Hughes left Thursday's game against the Chicago White Sox in the fourth inning after being hit in the right leg by a comebacker from Adam Dunn, reports Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com (video below). X-rays were negative and he hopes to make his next start. Right-hander Samuel Deduno replaced Hughes as the Twins lost 5-2.
The Boston Red Sox lost to the Toronto Blue Jays today by the score of 8-0, getting only a single hit off Marcus Stroman, who picked up his sixth win of the season. The loss dropped the Red Sox to 47-55 on the season, last in the American League East. At 19th in the league in runs scored and 20th in batting average, the Red Sox have struggled much of the season offensively. Designated hitter David Ortiz, who has been a bright spot this season, left the game in the ninth inning with back spasms.