MLB rumors, injuries and news roundup for August 3

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Masahiro Tanaka could begin playing catch on Monday.
Masahiro Tanaka could begin playing catch on Monday. (USATSI)

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Another day of baseball is in the books. Here is a recap of Sunday's news from around the league.

RUMORS & TRANSACTIONS

Athletics: Talking to agent for free agent IF Scott Sizemore. He was recently released by the Yankees. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Diamondbacks: Acquired OF Blake Tekotte from the White Sox for cash, the team announced.

Orioles: Free agent RHP Jim Johnson will throw for the team at their spring training complex on Monday. They have interest in signing him after he was released by the Athletics a few days ago. (Baltimore Sun)

Padres: Likely to pick a new general manager this coming week. Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller and Yankees assistant general manager Billy Eppler are among those in the mix. (Fox Sports San Diego)

Phillies: Re-signed OF Tony Gwynn Jr. to a minor league contract, the team announced.

Pirates: Signed UTIL Jayson Nix to a one-year deal, the club announced. IF Dean Anna was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.

Rangers: Claimed 1B/OF Mike Carp off waivers from the Red Sox.

Twins: Claimed OF Jordan Schafer off waivers from the Braves, the club announced.

Yankees: Before acquiring UTIL Martin Prado from the Diamondbacks at the trade deadline, they had discussions with the Mariners about UTIL Dustin Ackley. Seattle wanted pitching prospect RHP Bryan Mitchell in return. (New York Post)

INJURY UPDATES

Angels: Placed LHP Joe Thatcher on the 15-day DL with a left ankle sprain, the club announced ... IF Grant Green (back) has started hitting off a tee. (Orange County Register)

Astros: OF George Springer (quad) will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Monday (CSN Houston) ... OF Dexter Fowler (intercostal) is close to beginning a minor league rehab assignment (Houston Chronicle) ... Placed 1B Jesus Guzman on the 15-day DL with back spasms, the team announced.

Athletics: Manager Bob Melvin said OF Coco Crisp (neck) is close to returning to the starting lineup. (MLB.com)

Blue Jays: RHP Neil Wagner (forearm) will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Monday. (Sportsnet)

Braves: LHP Jonny Venters (Tommy John surgery) threw a light 15-pitch bullpen session. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Brewers: RHP Matt Garza left Sunday's game with a left oblique strain ... LHP Wei-Chung Wang (shoulder) started a minor league rehan assignment on Sunday.

Cubs: LHP Felix Doubront (calf) threw a bullpen session. (MLB.com)

Diamondbacks: 1B Paul Goldschmidt (hand) is likely to miss the rest of the season. His hand was broken by a pitch a few days ago. (Arizona Republic)

Giants: OF Angel Pagan (back) is on track to be activated off the disabled list on Tuesday. (Bay Area News Group)

Indians: OF Michael Bourn (hamstring) ran the bases (Cleveland Plain-Dealer) ... 1B/OF Nick Swisher left Sunday's game with wrist soreness, the team announced.

Mariners: Manager Lloyd McClendon said OF Michael Saunders (oblique) could begin a minor league rehab assignment this week (MLB.com) ... McClendon said UTIL Willie Bloomquist (knee) is not improving "as quickly as we initially thought." (Tacoma News Tribune)

Marlins: RHP Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) is aiming to return from the disabled list on August 14, the first day he is eligible. (Miami Herald)

Phillies: Minor league C Tommy Joseph will undergo season-ending wrist surgery. (CSN Philly)

Pirates: OF Andrew McCutchen left Sunday's game with "left side discomfort" after taking a swing.

Rays: OF Wil Myers (wrist) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment next weekend. (Tampa Tribune)

Reds: 1B Joey Votto (quad) started light strengthening exercises ... 2B Brandon Phillips (thumb) started fielding ground balls. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

Red Sox: OF Allen Craig (ankle) could return to the lineup on Monday. (MassLive.com)

White Sox: OF Avisail Garcia left Sunday's minor league rehab game after being hit by a pitch. He is rehabbing from shoulder surgery. (Charlotte Observer)

Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) will be examined Monday and could begin a throwing program if everything checks out okay (Newsday) ... RHP David Phelps left Sunday's start with elbow inflammation. He will be reevaluated in the coming days.

MISCELLANY

Pirates: Considering moving 3B Pedro Alvarez across the diamond to first base due to his ongoing defensive problems at the hot corner.

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