MLB injury, news and rumors roundup for Aug. 14

Justin Upton left the game Thursday with a hamstring injury.
Justin Upton left the game Thursday with a hamstring injury. (USATSI)

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Roster Moves

A's: Jed Lowrie was placed on the DL with a fractured finger.

Braves: Lefty Luis Avilan was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Cubs: Dan Straily is going to be recalled from the minors to start Saturday, causing many to say Edwin Jackson's job is in jeopardy (

Mets: The club re-signed veteran Bobby Abreu to a minor-league deal and assigned him to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Pirates/Indians: The Pirates acquired John Axford from the Indians.

Injury Updates

Braves: Justin Upton left Thursday's game early due to a hamstring issue (

Brewers: Ryan Braun wasn't in the lineup Thursday due to ongoing issues with his thumb ( Kyle Lohse's next start is up in the air due to an ankle injury (

Cardinals: Yadier Molina caught a bullpen session, but still hasn't picked up a bat ( Jason Motte is unlikely to be activated before September (

Dodgers: Hanley Ramirez is throwing, but not swinging a bat yet (

Mets: Matt Harvey needs to settle down as he hurries to return from Tommy John surgery, manager Terry Collins told him.

Nationals: Jayson Werth has a shot to return during the weekend series (

Orioles: Dylan Bundy has been placed on the minor-league DL with a lat strain and his season may be over -- which isn't as bad as it sounds, considering the minor-league season ends in less than three weeks (

Padres: Andrew Cashner threw 63 pitches in a Triple-A rehab start (

Pirates: Jordy Mercer left Thursday's game due to right forearm tightness (

Rays: Wil Myers is close to coming back from his broken wrist (

Reds: Brandon Phillips will begin his rehab stint Friday, but Homer Bailey is headed to the DL.

Rockies: Carlos Gonzalez needs knee surgery and it may be season-ending. Michael Cuddyer could return to the lineup Saturday (


Cubs: GM Jed Hoyer says the focus moving forward is frontline pitching (Mark Gonzales via Twitter).

Royals: Billy Butler really wants to stick around, even if the Royals don't pick up his 2015 club option, which is $12.5 million. (Fox Sports Kansas City)

Wrigley Field: As expected, the rooftops are suing the city of Chicago in order to try and block some aspects of the renovation process (

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