MLB injury, news and rumors roundup for June 25
Our nightly roundup includes several injury updates, but also some juicy rumors -- as trade season is beginning to get real close.
David Price joined a historic group Wednesday before Tim Lincecum came around and stole his thunder. That wasn't all, of course, as it was another jam-packed day of baseball action. Let's round up all the non-game-related news for the day.
As is our custom, this is just a quick-hitting roundup. For the full story, click through on the provided links (aside from the official team announcements).
Cardinals: Shortstop Pete Kozma cleared waivers and was optioned to Triple-A while Joe Kelly was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Pitcher Marco Gonzales was called up and got the start Wednesday against Colorado.
Giants: Angel Pagan was placed on the disabled list.
Mariners: The club optioned Erasmo Ramirez to Triple-A and recalled Brandon Maurer. Maurer is now in the bullpen, so might this lead to Taijuan Walker joining the rotation next time Ramirez's turn comes up? The highly-touted prospect threw a shutout in his last outing for Triple-A Tacoma. Given that he was supposed to start the season in the rotation before a shoulder injury derailed him, the promotion is a pretty good bet.
Marlins: Adeiny Hechavarria was placed on the disabled list.
Red Sox: Clay Buchholz was activated from the DL and got the start Wednesday in Seattle. As a corresponding move, Chris Capuano was designated for assignment.
Twins: Opening day starter Aaron Hicks was demoted to Double-A.
Astros: Hot prospect Carlos Correa is out for the season after having surgery to repair a broken fibula.
Dodgers: Hanley Ramirez missed his second straight game due to a right shoulder injury, but it doesn't sound serious. Outfield prospect Joc Pederson has a separation in his shoulder and will miss at least 10 days of action. Also, Juan Uribe could be activated from the DL Thursday (Dodgers.com).
Indians: Justin Masterson will miss his scheduled start Sunday due to a sore right knee (cleveland.com).
Mariners: Michael Saunders could come off the DL Friday (Mariners.com).
Pirates: Gerrit Cole will return from the DL to start Saturday (Pirates.com).
Red Sox: Shane Victorino suffered a setback in his return from the DL, with discomfort in his lower back (bostonherald.com).
Reds: Brandon Phillips was a late scratch from the Reds' lineup Wednesday, as the club plays it safe with his bruised heel (reds.com).
Twins: Rookie shortstop Danny Santana left Wednesday's game with a sore left knee (Twins.com).
Diamondbacks: A firesale is looming, writes Nick Piecoro of azcentral.com.
Home Run Derby: Giancarlo Stanton says it would be fun to enter. Yoenis Cespedes wants a shot to defend his championship. Yasiel Puig would welcome a chance, as well, per the Los Angeles Times.
Mariners: They are looking at Cubs pitchers Samardzija and Jason Hammel, per Jon Heyman.
Mets: The club will face some tough questions when Juan Lagares returns from the DL, Mets.com explains.
MLB: Major League Baseball tried to ban smokeless tobacoo, but the MLBPA balked, reports Jon Heyman.
Orioles: Manny Machado's hearing on his suspension appeal was heard Wednesday by Major League Baseball.
Rangers: They're ready to go into sell mode as well, reports Jon Heyman.
Curt Schilling: He has announced that his cancer is in remission.
Tigers: GM Dave Dombrowski said on MLB Network Radio that the club is looking for relief help via trade, but not a new closer (detroitnews.com).
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