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MLB rumors, injuries and news roundup for May 3

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Is Billy Beane already making plans for the trade deadline? (USATSI)
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Here's all that's worth knowing for Saturday, May 3 (click here for today's scores) …

RUMORS, SPECULATION, NEWS, ETC.

- Athletics: Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that "there is little doubt" that the A's will seek to add starting pitching on the trade market. Oakland this season has struggled to get reliable innings from the back end of the rotation, and their depth has been compromised by season-ending injuries to Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin.

- Tigers: MLive.com's Chris Iott writes that the Tigers are "certain" to extend a qualifying offer to DH Victor Martinez next winter.

TRANSACTIONS

- Blue Jays: Have called up top pitching prospect Marcus Stroman, who will work out of the bullpen for the time being.

- Indians: Have placed C Yan Gomes on the paternity list and designed INF Elliot Johnson for assignment.

- Reds: Have designated OF Roger Bernadina for assignment.

- Yankees: Have designated RHP Chris Leroux for assignment in order to create room on the active roster for RHP Alfredo Aceves.

INJURY UPDATES

- Angels: 3B David Freese has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of his right middle finger and placed on the 15-day DL.

- Blue Jays: Placed RHP Brandon Morrow on the DL because of a strained right index finger.

- Brewers: Placed OF Ryan Braun on the DL because of a strained oblique.

- Indians: OF Michael Bourn was forced to leave Saturday's game with a tight left hamstring. The team later called it a precautionary move.

- Marlins: 2B Rafael Furcal, who's been sidelined all season with a hamstring injury, has suffered yet another setback in his recovery. For the second time, a groin strain has put his rehab assignment on hold. He has no clear time-table. (Juan C. Rodriguez, South Florida Sun Sentinel)

- White Sox: Placed OF Adam Eaton on the DL because of strained right hamstring.

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