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MLB rumors, injuries and news roundup for July 5

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

The news may not be good on Edwin Encarnacion's injured quad. (USATSI)
The news may not be good on Edwin Encarnacion's injured quad. (USATSI)

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Here's all that's worth knowing for Saturday, July 5 (click here for today's scores) …

JON HEYMAN

- Our own MLB insider writes that the Red Sox are reluctant to trade 3B Will Middlebrooks.

- Heyman also writes that the Twins, absent significant improvement leading up to the deadline, are expected to try to move OF Josh Willingham and RHP Kevin Correia.

- Heyman has learned that the Yankees made a serious push for RHP Jeff Samardzija before the Cubs traded him to the Athletics.

INJURY UPDATES

- Blue Jays: 1B Edwin Encarnacion left Saturday night's game with a sore right quad. (Shi Davidi via Twitter) Manager John Gibbons later said it seemed like than Encarnacion would go on the DL. (Davidi) Encarnacion is batting .278/.369/.593 (160 OPS+) on the season with 26 homers in 88 games. Needless to say, his loss would be a blow to the Jays.

- Brewers: OF Ryan Braun was forced to leave Saturday's game because of back spasms.

- Cardinals: GM John Mozeliak says LHP Jaime Garcia will undergo shoulder surgery and miss the remainder of the 2014 season.

- Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (shoulder) hasn't seen game action since April 23, has been playing catch, and now Joe Girardi says the 25-year-old may be able to start throwing from a mound by the end of next week. Girardi previously stated that the Yankees were hoping to get Pineda back by August. (Alex M. Smith, MLB.com)

RUMORS, SPECULATION, NEWS, ETC.

- Angels, Diamondbacks: The Angels acquired LHP Joe Thatcher and OF Tony Campana from the Diamondbacks in exchange for a pair of prospects.

- Athletics: Optioned LHP Tommy Milone to Triple-A Sacramento.

- Blue Jays: Claimed OF Cole Gillespie off waivers from the Mariners.

- Diamondbacks: Signed RHP Kameron Loe to a minor-league deal.

- Marlins: Optioned LHP Andrew Heaney back to Triple-A New Orleans.

- Pirates: Claimed INF Dean Anna off waivers from the Yankees.

- Rockies: If SS Troy Tulowitzki's recent comments are any guide, then he's open to being traded to a contender.

- Tigers: Sources tell Jon Morosi of Fox that the Tigers are interested in trading for their former closer Joaquin Benoit, now of the Padres.

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