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MLB rumors, injuries and news roundup for July 15

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Mike Trout was the MVP of the 2014 All-Star Game.
Mike Trout was the MVP of the 2014 All-Star Game. (USATSI)

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The American League beat the National League by the score of 5-3 in the 2014 All-Star Game on Tuesday night (box score), securing home field advantage in the World Series. The baseball world was focused on the Midsummer Classic, so, understandably, it was a slow news day around the league. Here's a recap of the stuff that did happen.

RUMORS & TRANSACTIONS

Mets: Teams have yet to call to show interest in RHP Bartolo Colon. (New York Post)

Mariners: Have shown interest in Royals 1B/DH Billy Butler as they look for a right-handed bat. (ESPN)

Reds: Signed LHP Scott Diamond to a minor league contract. (1500 ESPN)

NOTABLE DRAFT PICK UPDATES

Astros: Casey Close, advisor for first overall pick LHP Brady Aiken, said he is "extremely disappointed" about the way contract negotiations have gone.

Giants: Agreed to sign 52nd overall pick C Aramis Garcia to an above-slot $1.1 million bonus. (Perfect Game USA)

Nationals: It "wouldn't be" a surprise if 18th overall pick RHP Erick Fedde doesn't sign before Friday's deadline. (Washington Post)

INJURY UPDATES

Braves: C Evan Gattis (back) could begin a minor league rehab assignment as soon as Wednesday. (MLB.com)

Diamondbacks: RHP Bronson Arroyo underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday, as expected. (Arizona Republic)

Reds: LHP Aroldis Chapman tweaked his hamstring covering first base during the All-Star Game. He expects to be ready for the start of the second half on Friday. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

Tigers: 1B Miguel Cabrera admitted to not being fully recovered following offseason groin surgery.

 
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