MLB trade deadline rumors, injuries and news roundup for July 23

Aramis Ramirez has decided to continue playing beyond 2014.
Aramis Ramirez has decided to continue playing beyond 2014. (USATSI)

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Another wonderful day of baseball is in the books. The non-waiver trade deadline is exactly one week away now. Here is a recap of Wednesday's news from around the league.

ROSTER MOVES & TRANSACTIONS

Philadelphia Phillies : Designated RHP Jeff Manship for assignment, the club announced. C Carlos Ruiz (concussion) was activated off the disabled list in a corresponding move.

Detroit Tigers : Acquired RHP Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers for minor leaguers RHP Jake Thompson and RHP Corey Knebel. GM Dave Dombrowski confirmed RHP Joe Nathan will remain the closer. (MLB.com)

Minnesota Twins : Designated RHP Matt Guerrier for assignment, the team announced. RHP Ryan Pressly was called up in a corresponding move.

New York Yankees : Designated RHP Bruce Billings for assignment and called up RHP Chris Leroux, the team announced.

RUMORS & SPECULATION

Houston Astros : Reluctant to trade their young starters but will listen to offers for RHP Chad Qualls and LHP Tony Sipp. (Jon Heyman)

San Diego Padres : Rangers assistant GM A.J. Preller has emerged as the top candidate for their vacant GM job (Jon Heyman) ... They've set a high price for RHP Ian Kennedy and could wind up keeping him and RHP Joaquin Benoit . They're talking to teams about those two as well as OF Chris Denorfia . (Jon Heyman)

Phillies: Have considered releasing 1B Ryan Howard after the season. Jon Heyman thinks that would be a big mistake ... Multiple teams have been scouting LHP Antonio Bastardo . (CSN Philly)

Pittsburgh Pirates : Have been scouting the Arizona Diamondbacks bullpen in recent weeks. (Fox Sports)

Tampa Bay Rays : Jon Heyman has a team-by-team rundown of possible fits for LHP David Price .

Boston Red Sox : Have not engaged closer RHP Koji Uehara in contract extension talks. (WEEI.com)

Colorado Rockies : Looking for a big return for LHP Jorge De La Rosa and content with keeping him. (Jon Heyman)

Twins: They are "open to trading" DH Kendrys Morales. (Fox Sports)

INJURY UPDATES

Los Angeles Angels : Placed IF Grant Green on the 15-day DL with a back injury, the team announced.

Toronto Blue Jays : Both 1B Edwin Encarnacion (quad) and OF Nolan Reimold (calf) could be activated off the disabled list next week. (Fox Sports)

Los Angeles Dodgers : Manager Don Mattingly confirmed SS Hanley Ramirez (wrist) is "still feeling it," but he remains day-to-day. (Orange County Register)

San Francisco Giants : The team is "growing more concerned" about 1B Brandon Belt 's concussion. (CSN Bay Area)

Miami Marlins : RHP Kevin Gregg (elbow), IF Rafael Furcal (hamstring) and IF Derek Dietrich (wrist) are not yet ready to resume baseball activities. (Miami Herald)

New York Mets : Manager Terry Collins confirmed SS Ruben Tejeda feels "pretty good" after being hit in the head by a pitch. He doesn't have any concussion symptoms. (ESPN)

Baltimore Orioles : RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (ankle) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session and did some running drills (MLB.com) ... 3B Manny Machado (back) is on anti-inflammatories and is still day-to-day. (MASN Sports)

Pirates: Placed OF Starling Marte on the 7-day concussion disabled list, the team announced ... RHP Gerrit Cole (lat) threw a 70-pitch simulated game. (KDKA-TV)

Washington Nationals : 3B Ryan Zimmerman was placed on the 15-day DL with a hamstring injury.

Rays: OF Wil Myers (wrist) has started some light throwing and swinging. (Tampa Bay Times)

Kansas City Royals : 1B Eric Hosmer was pulled from Wednesday's game with "decreased grip strength in his hand." (Kansas City Star)

Tigers: RHP Joel Hanrahan (Tommy John surgery) has been shut down following a setback.

Twins: RHP Ricky Nolasco (elbow) will throw a bullpen session on Saturday. (MLB.com)

Yankees: GM Brian Cashman said it's "too early to call" whether the rest and rehab program is working for RHP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) (MLB.com) ... Placed UTIL Kelly Johnson on the 15-day DL with a groin strain, the team announced.

MISCELLANY

2015 Draft: The competitive balance lottery results were announced. Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein isn't happy the St. Louis Cardinals received a pick.

Mark McGwire: When asked about his relationship with Jose Canseco, McGwire said "I don't care to ever speak to him again."

Milwaukee Brewers : 3B Aramis Ramirez has decided to continue playing beyond this season. (Journal Sentinel)

Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez is moving back into the bullpen. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Padres: OF Cameron Maybin was suspended 25 games after testing positive for amphetamines.

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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