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MLB rumors, injuries and news roundup for September 2

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Justin Verlander's shoulder is acting up again.
Justin Verlander's shoulder is acting up again. (USATSI)

Another great day of baseball is in the books. Time to recap Tuesday's news from around the league.

RUMORS & TRANSACTIONS

Angels: Designated both OF J.B. Shuck and RHP Michael Kohn for assignment, the club announced.

Astros: Designated both RHP Paul Clemens and RHP David Martinez for assignment, the team announced ... Among the candidates for the team's now-vacant managerial position are Red Sox bench coach Tony Lovullo, Rangers bench coach Tim Bogar, Rays bench coach Dave Martinez, Tigers third base coach Dave Clark and White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing. (ESPN and MLB.com)

Blue Jays: Designated both OF Darin Mastroianni and UTIL Matt Hague for assignment, the club announced. RHP Neil Wagner was also released.

Brewers: Designated OF Caleb Gindl and released RHP Hiram Burgos for assignment, the club announced.

Padres: Designated both IF Chris Nelson and LHP Troy Patton for assignment, the team announced.

Pirates: Designated UTIL Michael Martinez for assignment, the club announced.

Yankees: Designated OF Zoilo Almonte for assignment and released RHP Matt Daley, the team announced.

INJURY UPDATES

Athletics: Hopeful OF Coco Criso (neck) will be able to return to the lineup this weekend (MLB.com) ... LHP Sean Doolittle (intercostal) played catch on Tuesday. (Bay Area News Group)

Blue Jays: 3B Brett Lawrie (oblique) will miss the rest of the season.

Braves: RHP Kris Medlen (Tommy John surgery) has started throwing as part of his rehab (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) ... OF Justin Upton is day-to-day with a triceps issue. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Brewers: OF Carlos Gomez (wrist) will miss at least another week.

Cardinals: RHP Michael Wacha (shoulder) will return to the rotation on Thursday.

Cubs: SS Starlin Castro left Tuesday's game with an ankle injury and preliminary tests are negative. He is heading for additional x-rays and an MRI, however. (MLB.com)

Giants: OF Michael Morse has an oblique strain and will not play during the rest of the team's road trip. (CSN Bay Area)

Nationals: 1B Adam LaRoche's back problem is improving after taking muscle relaxors. (Washington Post)

Reds: Discussing surgery for RHP Homer Bailey, who has a flexor mass injury in his elbow. (MLB.com)

Rockies: Top prospect RHP Jonathan Gray has been shut down for the season with shoulder fatigue. (Denver Post)

Royals: IF Christian Colon left Tuesday's game with a broken finger and is done for the rest of the year, the team announced.

Tigers: RHP Justin Verlander admitted his shoulder is "kind of fatigued," but he will not be shut down unless it gets worse (MLB.com) ... RHP Joakim Soria (oblique) threw off flat ground for the first time. (MLive.com)

Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) was cleared to resume throwing after tests on his sore arm came back clean ... UTIL Martin Prado left Tuesday's game with a hamstring injury and will have tests on Wednesday, the team announced.

MISCELLANY

Cardinals: Moving trade deadline pickup RHP Justin Masterson to the bullpen.

Phillies: Manager Ryne Sandberg may be having his lineups dictated to him from his bosses.

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