Starling Marte headed to the disabled list
Starling Marte | PIT
(July 23, 2014 3:32 PM EDT)
The Pirates will place Starling Marte on the disabled list prior to Wednesday's game.
Marte took a fastball off his helmet on Friday, and although he was cleared off a possible concussion and played Monday, it appears he's had a setback. The Pirates should provide more on his status later Wednesday. Brent Morel will take his spot on the roster.
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Ortiz fans three in three scoreless frames
Luis Ortiz | TEX
(July 23, 2014 3:24 PM EDT)
Rangers prospect RHP Luis Ortiz allowed only one hit and struck out three batters Tuesday in three scoreless innings in the Rookie-level Arizona League.
Ortiz, the No. 30 overall pick in this year's draft, has been almost flawless in his first four professional outings, as he's allowed just five hits and tallied nine strikeouts in eight scoreless innings. The 18-year-old has hasn't shown any lingering effects from the forearm injury that limited him in the spring, as the three innings he logged Tuesday marked his longest outing of his brief professional career.
Rodon makes professional debut
Carlos Rodon | CWS
(July 23, 2014 3:16 PM EDT)
White Sox prospect LHP Carlos Rodon allowed one run on two hits in one inning Tuesday in his professional debut in the Rookie-level Arizona League.
He struck out one batter in the outing. Selected by the White Sox with the No. 3 overall pick in this year's draft, Rodon, 21, finally began his career after signing for $6.582 million, which was well above the assigned slot value of $5.7 million. The left-hander has the potential to move quickly through the South Siders' system and could reach the High-A level before season's end, thus putting him on pace to debut in the major leagues at some point in 2015.
Gus Schlosser recalled from Triple-A
Gus Schlosser | ATL
(July 23, 2014 3:14 PM EDT)
Braves recalled RHP Gus Schlosser from Triple-A Gwinnett.
He'll be up for a couple days while Anthony Varvaro is on paternity leave. Schlosser has a 4.50 ERA and 0.92 WHIP over 12 innings with the Braves this season.
Anthony Varvaro goes on paternity leave
Anthony Varvaro | ATL
(July 23, 2014 3:13 PM EDT)
Braves placed RHP Anthony Varvaro on the paternity leave list.
He'll be away from the club for a few days. Gus Schlosser has been recalled to replace Varvaro in the Braves' bullpen.
Wisler fans seven, allows four hits
Matthew Wisler | SD
(July 23, 2014 3:11 PM EDT)
Padres prospect RHP Matt Wisler allowed one run on four hits in seven innings and struck out seven batters Tuesday for Triple-A El Paso.
The outing was one of Wisler's best since reaching Triple-A, where the 21-year-old has posted a disappointing 5.71 ERA and yielded 14 home runs in 75 2/3 innings (15 starts). Though pitching in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League is a challenge in itself, Wisler also has continued to struggle against left-handed batters this season, with a 6.75 ERA and 41 hits allowed (eight home runs) in 37 1/3 innings.
Maybin suspended 25 games for amphetamines
Cameron Maybin | SD
(July 23, 2014 3:08 PM EDT)
Cameron Maybin has been suspended 25 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for amphetamines.
It was Maybin's second positive test as you're only given a warning and eventually more testing after testing positive the first time. Maybin is batting just .247/.286/.368 over 62 games for the Padres this season. Jeff Francoeur has replaced him on the roster.
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Pedro Alvarez (knee) not in Wed. lineup
Pedro Alvarez | PIT
(July 23, 2014 3:01 PM EDT)
Pedro Alvarez (knee) is not in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.
Alvarez had to leave Tuesday's game against the Dodgers with left knee discomfort. It appears to be a day-to-day ailment at this point, and he could have a shot to return to action after Thursday's off day. Josh Harrison is at third base Wednesday.
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Heaney gets back on track
Andrew Heaney | FLA
(July 23, 2014 2:59 PM EDT)
Marlins prospect LHP Andrew Heaney allowed one run on two hits in seven innings Tuesday while striking out eight batters for Triple-A New Orleans.
The highly touted left-hander walked two batters in the outing. Heaney, 23, struggled in his previous two starts following a demotion from the major leagues to Triple-A in early July, as he allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 10 hits (two home runs) in 6 2/3 innings. But now that he's back on track after Tuesday's outing, it shouldn't be long until Heaney receives another crack at the major leagues.
Velasquez strikes out 10 in rehab outing
Vincent Velasquez | HOU
(July 23, 2014 2:54 PM EDT)
Astros prospect RHP Vincent Velasquez struck out 10 batters in four scoreless innings Tuesday in a rehab start for the team's affiliate in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League.
He allowed one hit and one walk in the game. Velasquez, 22, has carved up younger hitters during his three rehab outings in the GCL, with a 2.08 ERA and 19-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 8 2/3 innings. The hard-throwing right-hander was equally impressive at High-A Lancaster prior to landing on the disabled list, as he posted a 2.89 ERA, .179 BAA and 33-9 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 28 innings over eight games (four starts). He'll likely return to Lancaster in the near future and could finish the season at Double-A if he can stay healthy.