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MLB trade deadline rumors, injury and news roundup for July 24

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

A thumb injury kept Yoenis Cespedes out of the lineup Thursday.
A thumb injury kept Yoenis Cespedes out of the lineup Thursday. (USATSI)

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We're now less than a week to the non-waiver trade deadline and the rumor mill is really heating up. We even had a decent-sized name get traded Thursday. Let's round everything up.

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ROSTER MOVES

A's: Jim Johnson has been designated for assignment.

Mariners: They traded for Kendrys Morales, who they didn't sign this past offseason (or first several months of this season, either).

Orioles: The O's picked up infielder/outfielder Jimmy Paredes from the Royals for cash considerations.

White Sox: Zach Putnam was placed on the disabled list with Andre Rienzo being recalled from Triple-A Charlotte.

Yankees: They've acquired left-handed pitcher Chris Capuano from the Rockies for cash considerations.

RUMORS, REPORTS and SPECULATION

Astros: All signs point to them holding onto veteran closer Chad Qualls (Astros.com).

Rusney Castillo: The Cuban import will work out for around a dozen clubs in Miami on Saturday, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

Cubs: They're trying to deal Edwin Jackson, but not surprisingly are having trouble finding suitors, per Heyman.

Diamondbacks: The club would rather trade Aaron Hill than Martin Prado, Heyman reports.

Mariners: They have asked the Rockies about Drew Stubbs, reports Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.

Mets: The front office is receiving calls about possibly trading All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy, but they are inclined to hold onto him, reports Marc Carig of Newsday.

Phillies: They are trying to trade Ryan Howard, but would have to pay almost all his remaining salary, Heyman reports.

Pirates: They're interested in A.J. Burnett, but don't want to take on his player option for next season, per Heyman.

Rockies: They asked the Orioles for rookie starter Kevin Gausman in trade talks for lefty Jorge De La Rosa, and the O's won't do that, reports Heyman.

Tigers: They're now focused on adding a left-handed reliever and Antonio Bastardo is a target (Matt Gelb/Jon Morosi).

INJURY UPDATES

Angels: C.J. Wilson is progressing and will throw another bullpen session either Friday or Saturday (Angels.com).

Astros: Top prospecct Carlos Correa won't be playing in the Arizona Fall League due to his recovery from a broken leg and instead targets the spring (Ultimate Astros). Also, Jesse Crain and Matt Albers continue to make very slow progress (Astros.com).

Athletics: Yoenis Cespedes missed Thursday's game due to a sprained thumb, but it appears a day to day situation.

Cubs: Edwin Jackson exited his Thursday start with cramping in his hand, but it doesn't sound serious.

Indians: Manager Terry Francona is hopeful that Asdrubal Cabrera will return this weekend (Indians.com).

Mets: After getting hit in the helmet with a pitch Wednesday, Ruben Tejada was benched as a precaution Thursday (Mets.com).

Padres: Yonder Alonso, Jedd Gyorko and Everth Cabrera are all getting real close to returning from injury (Padres.com).

Red Sox: David Ortiz left Thursday's game with back spasms.

Royals: Eric Hosmer wasn't in the starting lineup Thursday due to a bruised hand and Jason Vargas -- recovering from an appendectomy -- will throw a simulated game Saturday (Royals.com).

Tigers: It is "highly unlikely" that Joel Hanrahan pitches this season (detroitnews.com).

Twins: Phil Hughes left his Thursday start with a shin contusion. He's considered day to day. Also, Kyle Gibson isn't expected to make his next start due to lower back stiffness (twins.com).

MISCELLANY

Hall of Fame: The induction ceremony for the 2014 class is Sunday. Greg Maddux wasn't a unanimous selection and no one ever has been. But will Derek Jeter be? Tom Seaver thinks so.

Chuck Knoblauch: The former MLB All-Star has been charged with assaulting his ex-wife.

Padres: They conducted a second interview with Kim Ng for the vacant GM position.

Trade deadline needs: We're going through each division, and up Thursday was the AL Central.

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