MLB rumors, injuries and news roundup for May 19
Monday's daily recap includes updates on the injured Chris Sale, Kole Calhoun, Jason Kipnis, Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Gonzalez and others.
There were only five games on the schedule Monday, but there is still plenty of news from around the league to recap. Here is the daily roundup for Monday, May 19.
RUMORS & TRANSACTIONS
RHP Todd Coffey: He is currently deciding between offers from two teams as he prepares to attempt a comeback. (MLB Daily Dish)
Los Angeles Angels : GM Jerry Dipoto said the team will remain patient with struggling DH Raul Ibanez. "He has done this before. He has gone through cold spells, and he has gotten hot. There’s nobody here who believes Raul has had his last good days in the big leagues," said the GM. (MLB.com)
Toronto Blue Jays : Acquired LHP Raul Valdes from the Houston Astros for a player to be named later or cash considerations, the team announced.
Miami Marlins : Signed IF Miguel Tejada to a minor league contract. He is currently serving a 105-game suspension after testing positive for an amphetamine and will not be eligible to play at the MLB level until June 10.
Astros: SS Jonathan Villar was held out of Monday's game with a bruised thumb, but he is expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday. (MLB.com)
Atlanta Braves : LHP Jonny Venters (Tommy John surgery) had a live batting practice session cut short due to soreness last week, but he hopes to resume throwing soon after visiting the doctor (Atlanta Journal Constitution) ... RHP Jordan Walden (hamstring) could throw a bullpen session as soon as Tuesday. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Milwaukee Brewers : 3B Aramis Ramirez (hamstring) did some light jogging and will run some more on Tuesday ... RHP Jim Henderson (shoulder) will throw another bullpen session on Tuesday before beginning a minor league rehab assignment. (MLB.com)
St. Louis Cardinals : Will reportedly activate RHP Jason Motte (Tommy John surgery) on Tuesday.
Cleveland Indians : 2B Jason Kipnis (oblique) hopes to begin a minor league rehab assignment this coming weekend (MLB.com) ... DH Jason Giambi (calf) will be activated off the 15-day DL on Tuesday. (WTAM 1100)
Washington Nationals : 1B Adam LaRoche (quad) took ground balls on Monday and could soon begin a minor league rehab assignment. (CSN Washington)
San Diego Padres : An MRI revealed only "soreness and irritation" in RHP Andrew Cashner 's elbow. He will rest for a while and no timetable was given. How an MRI shows soreness, I'll never know.
Texas Rangers : LHP Martin Perez underwent Tommy John surgery on Monday as scheduled, and everything "went as expected." (Dallas Morning News)
Tampa Bay Rays : RHP Alex Cobb (oblique) is expected to be activated off the 15-day DL on Thursday. (Tampa Bay Times)
Cincinnati Reds : Manager Bryan Price said the team still has not made a decision about whether to place 1B Joey Votto (quad/knee) on the disabled list. (Associated Press)
Colorado Rockies : OF Carlos Gonzalez admitted to dealing with some tendinitis in his left knee. (Denver Post)
Kansas City Royals : An x-ray on C Salvador Perez 's thumb came back negative and he is day-to-day. He was hurt during Monday's game (Kansas City Star) ... IF Omar Infante (back) has started hitting off a tee and fielding ground balls. (Associated Press)
Chicago White Sox : LHP Chris Sale (elbow) will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday. The team has not yet decided when he will rejoin the rotation (CSN Chicago) ... An MRI showed only inflammation in 1B Jose Abreu 's ankle. There is no structural damage ... RHP Matt Lindstrom left Monday's game with an apparent ankle injury after trying to field a bunt. There has been no update on his status.
New York Yankees : GM Brian Cashman confirmed LHP CC Sabathia (knee) will be out until at least July following a stem cell procedure.