MLB rumors, injuries and news roundup for May 5
Injury updates on Josh Hamilton, Ryan Zimmerman, Jason Motte, Michael Bourn and Joe Mauer headline Monday's daily update.
We had a full slate of baseball on Monday, and that means lots of news from around the league. Here is the daily recap:
RUMORS & TRANSACTIONS
Angels: OF Josh Hamilton (thumb) is expected to take live batting practice later this week (Orange County Register) ... OF Kole Calhoun (ankle) took batting practice on Monday. He is expected to be cleared to begin running soon (MLB.com) ... 3B David Freese (broken finger) fielded some ground balls but has not yet been cleared to throw or hit (MLB.com) ... LHP Sean Burnett (elbow) could be close to beginning a minor league rehab assignment. (MLB.com)
Blue Jays: RHP Casey Janssen (back) started a minor league rehab assignment after suffering a setback ... 3B Brett Lawrie left Monday's game with a hamstring problem and is listed as day-to-day. (MLB.com)
Cardinals: RHP Jason Motte (Tommy John surgery) needs another 2-3 weeks of rehab appearances before joining the team, GM John Mozeliak confirmed ... RHP Joe Kelly (hamstring) is not progressing as hoped. (MLB.com)
Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder inflammation) will begin a throwing program on Tuesday ... OF Yasiel Puig was not in Monday's lineup after crashing into the wall on Sunday. He is day-to-day ... C A.J. Ellis (knee) ran the bases for a third straight day. (Orange County Register)
Nationals: 3B Ryan Zimmerman (thumb) has not yet been cleared to begin strengthening exercises (MLB.com) ... C Wilson Ramos (wrist) caught nine innings in a minor league game and is close to returning ... OF Nate McLouth left Monday's game after crashing into the outfield wall. There has not yet been an update on his status.
Pirates: C Russell Martin (hamstring) could begin baseball activities later this week (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) ... LHP Wandy Rodriguez (knee) will make at least one more minor league rehab start. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
White Sox: LHP Chris Sale (flexor strain) threw a 40-pitch bullpen session but is still about two weeks away from a minor league rehab assignment ... RHP Nate Jones (back) had a microdiscectomy procedure and will be reevaluated in a month. (MLB.com)
The Mets didn't want to trade a young outfielder for an older one
Josh Harrison doesn't sound pleased Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen have been traded away
The team's media contracts expire following the 2019 season
San Francisco could use more help in the outfield and at the back of the rotation
The White Sox, Athletics, Orioles and Marlins are the holdouts after the Blue Jays and Angels...
Molina's deal expires after the 2020 season