Zimmerman (hamstring) makes light throws
Ryan Zimmerman | WAS
(August 21, 2014 1:35 PM EDT)
Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) did some light throwing on Thursday afternoon.
It's a nice step in the right direction for the injured third baseman, but the real hurdles for his recovery are going to be baserunning, fielding, and hitting. Zimmerman has been on the disabled list since late July with a Grade 3 hamstring strain and is still probably 3-4 weeks away from returning to the Nats' active roster.
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Jesse Litsch retires from baseball at age 29
Jesse Litsch | TOR
(August 21, 2014 1:28 PM EDT)
Jesse Litsch has retired from baseball.
Litsch, 29, made the announcement Thursday on his personal Twitter feed. The right-hander registered a 4.16 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 417 2/3 major league innings -- all for the Blue Jays, who drafted him in the 24th round in 2004. Arm injuries ultimately did him in.
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Rangers will not be trading lefty Neal Cotts
Neal Cotts | TEX
(August 21, 2014 1:22 PM EDT)
According to ESPN's Jim Bowden, the Rangers will not be trading left-handed reliever Neal Cotts.
Cotts got claimed off revocable waivers earlier this week by an American League Central team, but the move was only made to block contenders from landing him. The 34-year-old southpaw will finish out the season in Texas before hitting the free agent market in November. He owns a 3.48 ERA and 58/20 K/BB ratio in 54 1/3 innings this year.
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Angels recall Cam Bedrosian from Triple-A
Cam Bedrosian | ANA
(August 21, 2014 12:54 PM EDT)
Angels recalled RHP Cam Bedrosian from Triple-A Salt Lake.
Bedrosian has posted a 7.59 ERA, 1.97 WHIP, and 11/7 K/BB ratio in 10 2/3 innings this season at the major league level. The 22-year-old right-hander will pitch in low-leverage situations out of the Anaheim bullpen.
Angels add Wade LeBlanc from Triple-A
Wade LeBlanc | ANA
(August 21, 2014 12:49 PM EDT)
Angels purchased the contract of LHP Wade LeBlanc from Triple-A Salt Lake.
LeBlanc is available out of the bullpen for now but could start in Garrett Richards' place on Monday against the Marlins. Richards is likely done for the season after suffering an ugly left knee injury Wednesday in Boston. LeBlanc is not a good fantasy bet.
Ian Desmond not in Nats' lineup Thursday
Ian Desmond | WAS
(August 21, 2014 12:39 PM EDT)
Ian Desmond is not in the Nationals' starting lineup on Thursday against the Diamondbacks.
It's just a routine day of rest. Danny Espinosa is starting at shortstop and Asdrubal Cabrera is at second.
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HOU may still reach deal with top pick Aiken
Brady Aiken | HS
(August 21, 2014 12:34 PM EDT)
According to Kiley McDaniel of FanGraphs, the Astros could still strike a deal with No. 1 pick Brady Aiken.
The Astros failed to sign the high school left-hander after drafting him first overall in June because they lowered his bonus offer after finding some problems with his elbow in a pre-signing physical. But McDaniel is hearing from people "close to the negotiation" that the Houston front office might wind up reaching a deal with Aiken around the time of Jacob Nix's grievance hearing. Nix was a fifth-round pick who went unsigned due in large part to the failed Aiken talks. It's MLB's discretion whether to allow these players to sign after the stated July 18 deadline.
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Chad Qualls (back) unavailable on Thursday
Chad Qualls | HOU
(August 21, 2014 12:10 PM EDT)
Chad Qualls (back) is believed to be unavailable for Thursday's series finale against the Yankees.
Qualls was also on the shelf Wednesday due to lingering discomfort in his back. It's not an issue that is expected to require a 15-day disabled list stint. Jose Veras earned a save in Qualls' place on Wednesday night and could be called on again Thursday afternoon.
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Pino to start doubleheader game vs. Tigers
Yohan Pino | MIN
(August 21, 2014 11:55 AM EDT)
Yohan Pino will be called up to start the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Tigers.
Trevor May will pitch the second game. Pino owns a rough 5.37 ERA in 10 starts this season at the big league level and makes for a poor fantasy streamer versus Detroit.
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Souza (shoulder) ready for rehab assignment
Steven Souza | WAS
(August 21, 2014 11:49 AM EDT)
Steven Souza (shoulder) is expected to begin a rehab assignment Thursday with Low-A Hagerstown.
Souza will then probably move up to High-A Potomac over the weekend. He has been on the disabled list since August 10 because of a bruised left shoulder. An MRI taken last week showed no sort of structural damage.
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