MLB injuries, news and rumors roundup for April 12
Time to conclude the day that was in Major League Baseball with our roundup of injuries, news and rumors.
Saturday brought us lots of great game action, including a few walk-off wins and the Brewers winning their eighth-straight game. What about all the news of the day? It's all rounded up below.
Athletics: Sam Fuld has been designated for assignment (sfgate.com).
Giants: Dontrelle Willis has been activated for the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies, the Grizzlies announced.
Rangers: They acquired pitcher Hector Noesi from the Mariners in exchange for cash considerations (Jon Heyman).
Blue Jays: Manager John Gibbons told reporters that both Jose Reyes and Casey Janssen are ready to begin their minor-league rehab assignments (John Lott).
Brewers: Reliever Brandon Kintzler was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained right rotator cuff, retroactive to April 9, the club announced. As a corresponding move, they activated reliever Rob Wooten.
Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw is said to be making progress but there's still no timetable for his return (MLB.com).
Indians: Jason Giambi (rib) began his rehab assignment Saturday night.
Mariners: Taijuan Walker (shoulder) has been moved to Triple-A in his rehab stint. He could join the club very soon (Tacoma News Tribune).
Marlins: Rafael Furcal (hamstring) will begin his rehab assignment Monday (sun-sentinel.com).
Padres: Cameron Maybin (biceps) began his minor-league rehab assignment Satudray and went 1-for-2 with a double.
Phillies: After leaving his last start with soreness in his right groin, A.J. Burnett is still uncertain to make his next start. He had some lingering soreness Saturday (csnphilly.com). Also, it sounds like Cole Hamels is on track to return April 22 (csnphilly.com).
Rangers: The club is leaning toward putting Adrian Beltre (leg issues) on the DL (Anthony Andro).
Red Sox: Koji Uehara has a shoulder issue.
REPORTS, RUMORS AND SPECULATION
Cardinals: General manager John Mozeliak has gotten another contract extension, so he's locked up through 2018.
Red Sox: According to a report, the Red Sox offered Jon Lester a four-year extension worth between $70M-$80M. Considering what starting pitchers are going for these days, that would represent a low-ball offer.
The lefty starter is coming off a terrible season
After acquiring Ian Kinsler and Zack Cozart in recent days, the Angels are trending upward
Cozart's coming off a big season as the Reds' shortstop
The veteran slugger spent the last eight seasons with Cleveland
The Padres may be poised for an active winter
Yes, Bryce Harper is going to make a lot of money next winter