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MLB rumors, injuries and news roundup for July 3

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

The Mets may shop Bartolo Colon prior to the trade deadline.
The Mets may shop Bartolo Colon prior to the trade deadline. (USATSI)

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Another day of baseball is in the books. Here is a recap of Thursday's news from around the league.

SUSPENSIONS

Yankees: Minor league RHP Alfredo Aceves was suspended 50 games after testing positive for marijuana. It was his second offense.

ROSTER MOVES & TRANSACTIONS

Athletics: Activated LHP Eric O'Flaherty (Tommy John surgery) off the 15-day DL. LHP Jeff Francis was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.

Rockies: Activated 3B Nolan Arenado (finger) off the 15-day DL. LHP Christian Friedrich was sent to Triple-A in a corresponding move.

White Sox: Have placed LHP Scott Downs on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release. (MLB.com)

Yankees: Called up UTIL Zelous Wheeler and optioned UTIL Yangervis Solarte to Triple-A, the team announced. IF Dean Anna was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.

RUMORS & SPECULATION

Mets: Assistant GM John Ricco said the club has not had any recent trade talks about 2B Daniel Murphy (New York Daily News) ... they will "listen to offers" and may "actively shop" RHP Bartolo Colon before the trade deadline. (New York Post)

Orioles: Trying to trade OF Nolan Reimold. (Baltimore Sun)

Padres: Interviewed Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler for their open GM position, the team announced ... Indians assistant GM Mike Chernoff declined to interview for the GM job. (Jon Heyman)

NOTABLE DRAFT PICK UPDATES

Astros: Still working to finalize a contract with first overall pick LHP Brady Aiken. The two sides were reportedly close to a deal nine days ago. (Jon Heyman)

Indians: Signed 38th overall pick 1B/OF Mike Papi to a slightly below-slot $1.25 million bonus, the team announced.

INJURY UPDATES

Athletics: 3B Josh Donaldson did not play for the second straight game due to a stiff back.

Cardinals: LHP Jaime Garcia (shoulder) is getting additional opinions before determining the next step in his rehab. (MLB.com)

Dodgers: SS Hanley Ramirez (calf) returned to the lineup and will play "a couple of days here and a couple of days there," according to manager Don Mattingly.

Orioles: RHP Bud Norris (groin) went through fielding drills. (Baltimore Sun)

Pirates: LHP Francisco Liriano (oblique) will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Monday. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Rockies: LHP Boone Logan (elbow) will be activated off the 15-day DL on Friday. (Denver Post)

Tigers: LHP Ian Krol (shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Friday. (MLB.com)

Yankees: CC Sabathia has been shut down from his minor league rehab assignment with swelling and fluid in his knee.

MISCELLANY

MLBPA: The union is investigating agents that may have been involved in last year's Biogenesis scandal.

Athletics: Signed a new 10-year lease to remain at the O.co Coliseum. There will be $10 million worth of upgrades as well.

Cubs: The rooftop owners won't sue the team if they only add two signs to Wrigley Field as part of their upcoming renovation.

Red Sox: Manager John Farrell said the team has not considered sending IF Xander Bogaerts to Triple-A despite his massive slump.

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