MLB rumors, injuries and news roundup for May 31
Updates on the injured Mike Trout, Jose Abreu, Henderson Alvarez, A.J. Pollock, Ryan Zimmerman and several Yankees headline Saturday's daily recap.
The second month of the 2014 season is now complete. Let's recap the major and not-so-major news from the final day of May as we prepare to head into June.
RUMORS & TRANSACTIONS
Angels: Designated LHP Wade LeBlanc for assignment, the team announced. The move creates room on the roster for RHP Jarrett Grube.
Orioles: RHP Heath Bell plans to opt out of his minor league contract next weekend if he is not called up to the MLB team (Virginia Pilot) ... RHP Luis Ayala will opt-out of his minor league deal soon (MLB Daily Dish) ... signed RHP Ramon Ramirez to a minor league contract. (MASN Sports)
Red Sox: Demoted OF Daniel Nava to Triple-A, the team announced. 1B/OF Alex Hassan was called up in a corresponding move ... planning to call up top prospect 3B Garin Cecchini on Sunday. He might only be up for a day with SS Stephen Drew scheduled to be activated on Monday. (WEEI.com)
Angels: OF Mike Trout was scratched from Saturday's game with upper back stiffness and a nagging hamstring issue. He is day-to-day (Los Angeles Times) ... 3B Ian Stewart (hand) left his minor league rehab game with continued discomfort (Orange County Register) ... OF Josh Hamilton (thumb) played in a minor league rehab game.
Diamondbacks: OF A.J. Pollock suffered a fractured right hand when he was hit by a pitch on Saturday, the team announced. The timetable for his return is unknown because he still needs to undergo tests to determine if surgery is necessary.
Rays: OF Wil Myers has a sore wrist after colliding with OF Desmond Jennings on Friday night. He is scheduled to see a doctor soon ... SS Yunel Escobar was held out of Saturday's lineup with lingering tightness in his quad. (Tampa Tribune)
Yankees: 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) left Saturday's game with soreness in his surgically repaired right wrist. He received a cortisone shot and is day-to-day ... RHP Michael Pineda (shoulder) has inflammation and has been shut down ... OF Carlos Beltran (elbow) took full batting practice and had no discomfort. He will do the same on Sunday (Wall Street Journal) ... RHP Shawn Kelley (back) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session and reported no problems. (MLB.com)
NCAA Division I: The Florida Gators pulled off the hidden ball trick in their regionals game against the College of Charleston.
Marcell Ozuna figures to be the next Marlins star on the move
Several relievers have signed in the last two days
Several teams are interested in the switch-hitting first baseman
Neshek and the Phillies are closing on a two-year contract
And the team that first drafted Cole is interested
This scout was SUPER into Jeter