We are in that quiet period between the All-Star Game and the start of the second half. Things return to normal on Friday. Here is the little bit of baseball news from around the league on Wednesday.
RUMORS & TRANSACTIONS
OF Rusney Castillo: The Cuban outfielder will hold a showcase for teams next Saturday in Miami. (1500 ESPN)
Red Sox: Acquired minor league RHP Ryan Verdugo from the Royals for cash, the team announced.
SK Wyverns (Korea): Released OF Luke Scott for being "disrespectful" to a coach.
NOTABLE DRAFT PICK UPDATES (signing deadline is Friday)
Angels: Making progress towards an agreement with 15th overall pick LHP Sean Newcomb. (Los Angeles Times)
Tigers: GM Dave Dombrowski confirmed there is still no timetable for RHP Joel Hanrahan (Tommy John surgery) to join the team (MLive.com) ... OF Andy Dirks (back) was pulled off his minor league rehab assignment due to inflammation. (MLB.com).
Brewers: GM Doug Melvin has tried to contact SS Jean Segura to find out when he will rejoin the team, but has not had any luck. Segura left the club over the weekend to return home to the Dominican Republic after the death of his 9-month old son. (Journal Sentinel)
White Sox: Ozzie Guillen "would like" to manage the team again one day.