Another weekend of baseball is upon us. Before the games start on Saturday afternoon, here is a recap of Friday's news from around the league.
IF Chris Getz: Opted to retire instead of reporting to Triple-A after being designated for assignment by the Blue Jays. “I've enjoyed every minute that I've played and will always be passionate about the game. I'm starting a family, and I'm interested in other endeavors both inside and outside of the game," he said. (MLB Daily Dish)
RUMORS & TRANSACTIONS
Cardinals: RHP David Aardsma did not exercise the opt-out clause in his contract. He could have elected free agency if the team did not place him on the active 25-man roster by Friday.
Angels: OF Josh Hamilton (thumb) took batting practice on Thursday and could begin a minor league rehab assignment next week (Los Angeles Times) ... OF Kole Calhoun (ankle) started a minor league rehab assignment on Friday ... manager Mike Scioscia said LHP Sean Burnett (elbow) is getting "progressively better" and is close to being activated off the DL (MLB.com) ... 3B David Freese (finger) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Saturday. (MLB.com)
Indians: 2B Jason Kipnis (oblique) could begin a minor league rehab assignment next week (MLB.com) ... OF Nyjer Morgan has been diagnosed with a sprained knee ligament and will be out indefinitely. (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)
Marlins: As expected, RHP Jose Fernandez underwent Tommy John surgery on Friday. The team announced that the procedure was successful.
Reds: 1B Joey Votto has a quad injury, but an MRI showed his surgically repaired knee is fine. This is considered good news even though a DL stint is still possible ... C Devin Mesoraco (hamstring) was activated off the 15-day DL and LHP Tony Cingrani (shoulder) will be activated on Sunday.
Tigers: RHP Joel Hanrahan (Tommy John surgery) was recently shut down during a bullpen session. The team decided he needed to build arm strength by throwing long toss before getting back up on a mound ... RHP Luke Putkonen (elbow) is heading to see Dr. James Andrews, the team announced.
1B Julio Franco: Franco, now 55, will play at least one homestand with the independent Fort Worth Cats.
Rays: Manager Joe Maddon said RHP Grant Balfour is "absolutely" still his closer despite some recent meltdowns. (Tampa Bay Times)