MLB rumors, injuries and news roundup for July 5

The news may not be good on Edwin Encarnacion’s injured quad. (USATSI)
The news may not be good on Edwin Encarnacion’s injured quad. (USATSI)

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Here's all that's worth knowing for Saturday, July 5 (click here for today's scores) … 


- Our own MLB insider writes that the Boston Red Sox are reluctant to trade 3B Will Middlebrooks

- Heyman also writes that the Minnesota Twins , absent significant improvement leading up to the deadline, are expected to try to move OF Josh Willingham and RHP Kevin Correia

- Heyman has learned that the New York Yankees made a serious push for RHP Jeff Samardzija before the Chicago Cubs traded him to the Oakland Athletics


- Toronto Blue Jays : 1B Edwin Encarnacion left Saturday night's game with a sore right quad. (Shi Davidi via Twitter) Manager John Gibbons later said it seemed like than Encarnacion would go on the DL. (Davidi) Encarnacion is batting .278/.369/.593 (160 OPS+) on the season with 26 homers in 88 games. Needless to say, his loss would be a blow to the Jays. 

- Milwaukee Brewers : OF Ryan Braun was forced to leave Saturday's game because of back spasms. 

- St. Louis Cardinals : GM John Mozeliak says LHP Jaime Garcia will undergo shoulder surgery and miss the remainder of the 2014 season

- Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (shoulder) hasn't seen game action since April 23, has been playing catch, and now Joe Girardi says the 25-year-old may be able to start throwing from a mound by the end of next week. Girardi previously stated that the Yankees were hoping to get Pineda back by August. (Alex M. Smith,


- Los Angeles Angels , Arizona Diamondbacks : The Angels acquired LHP Joe Thatcher and OF Tony Campana from the Diamondbacks in exchange for a pair of prospects

- Athletics: Optioned LHP Tommy Milone to Triple-A Sacramento. 

- Blue Jays: Claimed OF Cole Gillespie off waivers from the Seattle Mariners

- Diamondbacks: Signed RHP Kameron Loe to a minor-league deal. 

- Miami Marlins : Optioned LHP Andrew Heaney back to Triple-A New Orleans. 

- Pittsburgh Pirates : Claimed INF Dean Anna off waivers from the Yankees. 

- Colorado Rockies : If SS Troy Tulowitzki 's recent comments are any guide, then he's open to being traded to a contender

- Detroit Tigers : Sources tell Jon Morosi of Fox that the Tigers are interested in trading for their former closer Joaquin Benoit , now of the San Diego Padres

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