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MLB news, rumors and injury roundup for July 4

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Neftali Feliz is back with the Rangers.
Neftali Feliz is back with the Rangers. (USATSI)

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Another Independence Day in the books here in America. Some great baseball was witnessed across the country, among many other things. Let's round up some news and notes for the day.

As a reminder, these are just quick-hitters. For the full story, where applicable, click through on the provided links.

BIG TRADE!

The Cubs sent starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the A's for Oakland's last two first-round picks, Dan Straily and a player to be named later.

ROSTER MOVES

Blue Jays: The club activated Brett Cecil from the DL and optioned Anthony Gose to the minors.

Giants: As expected, Brandon Belt was activated from the DL.

Mariners: Corey Hart was activated from the DL. Also, Justin Smoak was activated from the DL in order to be demoted to Triple-A, the club announced.

Marlins: Derek Dietrich was placed on the 15-day DL and Jake Marisnick was again recalled from Triple-A.

Rangers: Former All-Star closer Neftali Feliz was promoted from Triple-A, the club announced. Joe Saunders was released as a corresponding move.

Rockies: Recently-acquired Jair Jurrjens was promoted from the minors to make a start Friday night. Also, the club signed Chris Capuano.

RUMORS, REPORTS AND SPECULATION

Angels: General manager Jerry Dipoto said the club isn't yet a finished product, meaning they'll look to improve via trade (Angels.com).

A's: They're looking for a second baseman and a starting pitcher, reports Jim Bowden.

Blue Jays: They've scouted Martin Prado, Aaron Hill and Chase Headley, reports Jim Bowden.

Red Sox: Jon Lester told the team he wants to wait until after the season to negotiate a possible extension, reports Jon Heyman.

INJURY UPDATES

A's: An MRI has revealed a tear in Kyle Blanks' left calf, so he's going to be out for a while (MLB.com). Also, Brandon Moss sprained his ankle Friday (MLB.com).

Cardinals: Joe Kelly needs two more rehab starts before he's able to rejoin the rotation (stltoday.com).

Dodgers: Hanley Ramirez left the game Thursday after being hit in the hand with a pitch, but X-rays were negative and the Dodgers announced his removal from the game was precautionary. Also, Carl Crawford is set for at least five Triple-A rehab games (Dodgers.com).

Giants: Angel Pagan isn't expected to return to the team before the All-Star break (SFGiants.com).

Mariners: James Paxton threw a 52-pitch bullpen session and will next have a simulated game Tuesday (Mariners.com).

Mets: David Wright's shoulder injury again kept him out of the lineup Friday, but he's still expected to avoid the disabled list (ESPN New York). Also, Jon Niese was forced from Friday's game after just 1/3 of an inning pitched after a line drive hit him in the ribs.

Phillies: Carlos Ruiz is making progress, albeit slowly, in returning from his concussion (philly.com).

Pirates: Gerrit Cole left his start Friday after five innings due to a sore lat muscle, but the Pirates had a big league and it's not believed to be serious.

Red Sox: Boston.com provides updates on Mike Carp, Will Middlebrooks and Shane Victorino.

Rockies: Troy Tulowitzki sat out Friday with a groin injury (Denverpost.com). Carlos Gonzalez is getting close to a rehab assignment (Rockies.com).

Royals: Omar Infante was scratched from Friday's lineup with lower back tightness (royals.com).

Yankees: It sounds like CC Sabathia is done for the season.

MISCELLANY

Johnny Damon: The former player still isn't retired and continues to say he wants one more shot in the bigs (bostonherald.com).

Home Run Derby: NL captain Troy Tulowitzki is considering Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig (latimes.com).

Lou Gehrig: Friday marked the 75th Anniversary of the most famous speech in MLB history.

NL All-Stars: I'd pick both Dee Gordon and Billy Hamilton for the team. Here's why.

Ryan Zimmerman: Playing in the outfield actually helped Zimmerman with his throws from third base to first base, per Nationals.com.

 
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