Another day of baseball is in the books. Here is a recap of Thursday's news from around the league as we inch closer to what is sure to be an exciting set of races down the stretch in September.
RUMORS & TRANSACTIONS
Angels: Acquired RHP Vinnie Pestano from the Indians for minor league RHP Michael Clevinger ... GM Jerry Dipoto confirmed they are actively claiming players off trade waivers hoping to deal for another starting pitcher. (Orange County Register)
Yankees: RHP David Robertson said he would have given the team a discount if they offered him to an extension last offseason, but he will now be looking for a market value contract as a free agent this winter. (New York Post)
Astros: OF George Springer (quad) suffered only a minor setback running the bases on Wednesday and will be examined on Friday (MLB.com) ... OF Dexter Fowler (intercostal) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Friday. (MLB.com)
Blue Jays: 3B Brett Lawrie was placed on the 15-day DL with an oblique strain, the club announced ... X-rays came back negative after OF Melky Cabrera was hit by a pitch in the elbow, the team announced. He is day-to-day ... DH Adam Lind (foot) will likely be activated off the disabled list on Monday. (MLB.com)
Pirates: There is still a chance OF Andrew McCutchen (ribs) can avoid the disabled list (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) ... SS Clint Barmes (groin) will not begin a minor league rehab assignment until he is fully comfortable during workouts. (MLB.com)
PEDs: The DEA has reportedly identified five players with ties to performance-enhancing drugs during their investigation into Biogenesis. MLB has asked for the indentities of the players so they can be suspended. It's unclear if the players are even major leaguers.
White Sox: There is a "better than average chance" third overall pick LHP Carlos Rodon will be promoted this season to work out of the bullpen. (MLB.com)