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MLB rumors, injuries and news roundup for June 30

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Tyler Skaggs is due to return to the Angels this week.
Tyler Skaggs is due to return to the Angels this week. (USATSI)

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We almost had our fourth no-hitter of 2014 on Monday night. Cubs righty Jake Arrieta was four outs away from no-hitting the Red Sox in Fenway Park before Stephen Drew broke it up with a solid single to right. I feel like the near no-nos are becoming a nightly thing. Here is a recap of Monday's news from around the league:

RUMORS & TRANSACTIONS

IF Yoan Moncada: The 19-year-old Moncada has legally left Cuba and will look to be declared a free agent so he can sign with an MLB team. (MLB.com)

Angels: Released RHP Joel Pineiro after he was suspended 50 games for testing positive for a banned substance, the team confirmed. He called it a "terrible mistake" in a statement.

Astros: Designated RHP Jerome Williams for assignment, he confirmed to reporters.

Cardinals: Recalled top prospect OF Oscar Taveras.

Marlins: Acquired LHP Donnie Joseph from the Royals for cash, the team announced.

Nationals: Activated OF Bryce Harper (thumb) off the 15-day DL. 3B/OF Ryan Zimmerman will move back to third base full-time.

Orioles: Designated 3B Michael Almanzar for assignment, the club announced.

Padres: Interviewed Dodgers vice president of amateur scouting Logan White for their vacant GM position, the team announced ... Cubs executive Jason McLeod is "flattered" but has taken himself out of the running their GM job (Chicago Sun-Times) ... Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen will interview for the GM position. (Boston Herald)

Rays: Claimed RHP Cory Burns off waivers from the Rangers and designated RHP Angel Sanchez for assignment, the team announced.

Royals: Signed OF/DH Raul Ibanez for the remainder of the season. The team also called up IF Christian Colon and designated both IF Pedro Ciriaco and OF Justin Maxwell for assignment.

Yankees: Have been "regularly" scouting Padres 3B Chase Headley. (Fox Sports)

NOTABLE DRAFT PICK SIGNINGS

Reds: Agreed to sign 19th overall pick RHP Nick Howard to a slightly below slot $1,990,500 bonus (MLB.com) ... signed 58th overall pick 3B Taylor Sparks to a slot $972,800 bonus. (Jon Heyman)

INJURY UPDATES

Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs (hamstring) will rejoin the rotation on Wednesday. (MLB.com)

Athletics: Both LHP Scott Kazmir (hip) and OF Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) left Monday's game with cramps and are considered day-to-day, the team confirmed.

Braves: Placed C Evan Gattis on the 15-day DL with a "bulging thoracic disk" in his back.

Cardinals: Unsure when RHP Michael Wacha will pitch again due to his unusual shoulder injury.

Mariners: LHP James Paxton (shoulder) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session on Monday. (MLB.com)

Padres: RHP Andrew Cashner (shoulder) could begin playing catch on Tuesday. (MLB.com)

Rays: SS Yunel Escobar (shoulder) was placed on the 15-day DL following Monday's game, the team announced.

Red Sox: Manager John Farrell confirmed that OF Shane Victorino (hamstring, back) was scheduled to "do some light running today and begin to initiate some ground-based work." (MLB.com)

Rockies: Placed RHP Jhoulys Chacin on the 15-day DL with a shoulder issue ... OF Carlos Gonzalez (finger) hit off a tee for the first time. (Denver Post)

Tigers: DH Victor Martinez was scratched from Monday's lineup with a ribcage problem and is day-to-day, the team confirmed.

White Sox: RHP Matt Lindstrom (ankle) is about a week ahead of schedule. (MLB.com)

MISCELLANY

Frank Cashen: The former Mets and Orioles GM passed away at age 88.

All-Star Game: Athletics OF Yoenis Cespedes has moved into position to start the All-Star Game according to the latest fan voting update.

Athletics: Closer LHP Sean Doolittle issued his second walk off the season ... then served up a walk-off grand slam to Rajai Davis.

Astros: Internal documents about recent trade discussions were leaked. The team is planning to prosecute those responsible to the full extent of the law.

Cubs: OF Manny Ramirez hit a two-run home run in his first home game with the team's Triple-A affiliate.

Orioles: MLB has upheld Manny Machado's five-game suspension. He started serving it on Monday night.

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