Here's all that's worth knowing for Sunday, June 1 (click here for today's scores) …
- Phillies: LHP Cliff Lee (elbow) is "very close to picking up a ball," according to manager Ryne Sandberg. As Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes, that means Lee may be able to get in a handful of starts in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. If the 35-year-old Lee can pitch as he has throughout most of his career, then he'll draw plenty of interest should the Phillies decide to shop him. Lee, who hasn't pitched since May 18, boasts a 3.18 ERA and NL-leading 6.78 K/BB ratio on the season. He's under contract for $25 million this season and is owed $25 million for 2015 with a $12.5-million buyout on a $27.5-million vesting option for 2016. In other words, if the Phillies are to deal him, then they'll almost certainly need to include a large pile of cash in any such trade.
- Reds: After a successful minor-league rehab outing at Triple-A, RHP Mat Latos will rejoin the Reds' rotation on Saturday against the Brewers. He's yet to pitch this season after undergoing knee surgery in February. For his career, the 26-year-old Latos owns an ERA of 3.38 in 137 starts. (John Fay via Twitter)
- Rockies: OF Carlos Gonzalez had a "foreign body" removed from a finger on his left hand. There's not yet a timetable for his return.
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- Cubs: Released RHP Jose Veras.
- Phillies: Agreed to terms with no. 7 overall pick RHP Aaron Nola (LSU). The terms of the deal aren't yet known.