MLB rumors, injuries and news roundup for August 29

Jacoby Ellsbury is banged up following an awkward slide into home plate.
Jacoby Ellsbury is banged up following an awkward slide into home plate. (USATSI)

There is now officially less than one calendar month left in the 2014 regular season. Unless we need some tiebreaker games to determine postseason spots, of course. Here is a recap of Friday's news from around the league.

RUMORS & TRANSACTIONS

St. Louis Cardinals : Activated C Yadier Molina (thumb) off the 15-day DL.

Cleveland Indians : Signed 1B Russell Branyan to a minor league contract, the club announced.

Baltimore Orioles : The team and OF Nelson Cruz have mutual interest in working out an extension (Jon Heyman) ... have talked to multiple clubs about acquiring an infielder in the wake of 3B Manny Machado 's season-ending knee surgery. (MASN Sports)

Colorado Rockies : LHP Jorge De La Rosa was claimed off revocable trade waivers by an unknown team with the intention of blocking him from going to another club. (Jon Heyman)

Kansas City Royals : Designated LHP Bruce Chen for assignment, the team announced. LHP Luis Coleman was called up in a corresponding move.

Detroit Tigers : Designated RHP Jose Ortega for assignment, the club announced. RHP Evan Reed was called up in a corresponding move.

Chicago White Sox : Intend to be players for Tigers DH Victor Martinez when he becomes a free agent after the season. (670 The Score)

New York Yankees : Designated LHP Rich Hill for assignment, the team announced. LHP Josh Outman was added to the active roster in a corresponding move.

INJURY UPDATES

Oakland Athletics : OF Coco Crisp left Friday's game with a neck strain after crashing into the wall and nearly robbing a home run.

Atlanta Braves : LHP Jonny Venters will indeed undergo his third career Tommy John surgery and attempt to continue playing.

New York Mets : 2B Daniel Murphy (calf) is looking at a lengthy stint on the disabled list, according to manager Terry Collins.

Orioles: OF Steve Pearce has an abdominal strain and will undergo an MRI on Saturday. (MLB.com)

Texas Rangers : RHP Miles Mikolas was scratched from Saturday's scheduled start with a sore shoulder, the club announced.

Cincinnati Reds : 1B Joey Votto still has "fairly significant discomfort" in his injured quad.

Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka has "general soreness" in his right arm and is returning to New York to start strengthening exercises ... X-rays came back negative after OF Jacoby Ellsbury jammed his ankle sliding into home plate.

MISCELLANY

Houston Astros : There is reportedly some tension between manager Bo Porter and GM Jeff Luhnow.

Athletics: Dropped their protest of a controversial obstruction call in Thursday's game.

Seattle Mariners : 1B Jesus Montero will not play again this season following an incident with scout Butch Baccala. Baccala reportedly sent Montero an ice cream sandwich in the dugout in an attempt to embarrass him, and Montero went after Baccala with a bat in the stands.

Rangers: Tied a dubious record by adding the 59th different player to their active roster this year.

Rockies: SS Troy Tulowitzki said he would retire rather than change positions. He is currently out for the season following hip surgery. (Denver Post)

CBS Sports Writer

Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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