Here's all that's worth knowing for Friday, April 4 (click here for today's scores) ...
SIGNINGS & AGREEMENTS
RUMORS, SPECULATION, NEWS, ETC.
- Blue Jays: SportsNet.ca's Shi Davidi writes that five Blue Jays players -- Edwin Encarnacion, R.A. Dickey, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Jose Bautista -- were willing to defer money if the team signed RHP Ervin Santana. Santana, of course, eventually signed with the Braves.
- Nationals: Principal owner Mark Lerner characterized the team's payroll as "beyond topped out." That means don't expect any high-salary additions during the season. (Adam Kilgore, Washington Post)
- Cubs: OF prospect Jorge Soler has been placed on the minor-league 7-day DL with a hamstring injury.
- Dodgers: RHP Josh Beckett (thumb) was forced to cut short a rehab start for High-A Rancho Cucamonga because of what appeared to be an injury. As Dylan Hernandez tweeted, Beckett seemed to hurt himself attempting to field a bunt. The nature and extent of the injury isn't known right now, but it's worth noting that Beckett also struggled: 4 IP, 3 R, 5 K, 3 BB. Within that line are back-to-back home runs in the first. The Dodgers had been hoping that Beckett would be able to rejoin the rotation next week, but the possible injury in tandem with the ineffectiveness may change those plans ... The Dodgers activated OF Matt Kemp from the DL in time for Friday's game.
- Rangers: LHP Joe Saunders exited his Friday start after being struck on the ankle by a line drive. X-rays were negative, but Saunders may not make another start for the Rangers given that Colby Lewis is close to returning.
- White Sox: Have placed RHP Nate Jones on the DL with a hip strain.
- Yankees: 1B Mark Teixera left Friday night's game in Toronto with a strained right hamstring. He's slated for an MRI on Monday.