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MLB rumors, injuries and news roundup for August 4

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

The Jays are about to get an important contributor back just in time to face the first-place Orioles. (USATSI)
The Jays are about to get an important contributor back just in time to face the first-place Orioles. (USATSI)

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Here's all that's worth knowing for Monday, Aug. 4 (click here for today's scores) …

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- Padres: Our MLB insider reports that the Pads appear to be homing in on Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler as their next general manager.

INJURY UPDATES

- Angels: RHP Mike Morin has been placed on the DL because of a cut on his left foot -- an injury he suffered while walking on the beach. (Alden Gonzalez via Twitter)

- Blue Jays: 3B Brett Lawrie (broken finger) has bene activated from the DL in advance of Tuesday's big series opener against the Orioles. Lawrie, 24, is batting .244/.299/.419 (96 OPS+) on the season with 12 homers in 69 games.

- Dodgers: RHP Chris Perez is headed to the DL with bone spurs in his right ankle. (Mark Saxon via Twitter)

- Giants: RHP Matt Cain will soon undergo season-ending surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow.

- Nationals: Placed OF Nate McLouth on the DL with a right shoulder injury. (Adam Kilgore and James Wagner, Washington Post)

- Pirates: CF Andrew McCutchen may be sidelined for the next month with a strained oblique.

- Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka felt good after throwing for the first time since injuring his elbow ligament.

RUMORS, SPECULATION, NEWS, ETC.

- Cubs: Will reportedly call up highly regarded prospect Javier Baez on Tuesday.

- Giants: 2B Dan Uggla, after being designated for assignment, has declined to be sent to the minors. (Alex Pavlovic via Twitter)

- Mets: Designated OF Bobby Abreu for assignment. Per MLB rules, the team now has 10 days to trade, release or waive him.

- Nationals: C Wilson Ramos will take three days of paternity leave starting Tuesday. (James Wagner, Washington Post)

- Rays: Released RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo and LHP Erik Bedard. (Marc Topkin via Twitter)

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