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  1. Masahiro Tanaka to throw against live hitters Saturday

    Aug 21, 2014, 2:24 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    Masahiro Tanaka’s attempt to avoid Tommy John elbow surgery with the rest-and-rehab approach has gone well enough that the Yankees right-hander will face live hitters for the first time Saturday.

  2. Rangers pull back Neal Cotts off waivers, won’t trade him

    Aug 21, 2014, 1:43 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Texas Rangers

    Texas not trading impending free agent reliever Neal Cotts before the July 31 deadline was surprising and now they’re going to hang onto the left-hander for the rest of the season.

  3. When will Ryan Zimmerman return to Nationals? “Sometime in September”

    Aug 21, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman AP

    There’s only a week or so remaining in the minor-league season, so if Zimmerman wants to go on a rehab assignment before coming off the disabled list he’s running out of time.

  4. Yankees plan to shift David Phelps from the rotation to the bullpen

    Aug 21, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles

    Phelps started 17 games with a 4.28 ERA before being shut down with elbow problems three weeks ago.

  5. Cubs place struggling Edwin Jackson on the disabled list

    Aug 21, 2014, 11:50 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v St. Louis Cardinals

    After signing a four-year, $52 million contract with the Cubs last offseason Edwin Jackson struggled last season and has now been a mess this year, giving him a combined 14-32 record and 5.47 ERA in 57 starts for Chicago.

  6. Kris Bryant reclaims minors leads with 41st homer

    Aug 21, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    kris bryant getty

    According to MLB.com the last minor leaguer with more than 41 homers in a season was Dallas McPherson of the Marlins with 42 at Triple-A in 2008.

  7. Justin Verlander has avoided the disabled list and expects to start Saturday

    Aug 21, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Division Series - Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics - Game Two

    Dating back to mid-May he has a 5.85 ERA in 17 starts, including an ERA higher than 4.50 in May, June, July, and August.

  8. Rays activate reigning Rookie of the Year Wil Myers

    Aug 20, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

    Wil Myers

    Wil Myers is off the disabled list after missing nearly three months with a fractured right wrist and the reigning Rookie of the Year winner is back in the Rays’ lineup.

  9. Carlos Beltran scratched from Yankees’ lineup with more elbow problems

    Aug 20, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

    Carols Beltran

    Over the weekend Carlos Beltran was cleared to play the outfield for the first time since May, but now his season-long elbow problems have returned and the 37-year-old has been scratched from the Yankees’ lineup.

  10. Nick Swisher undergoes surgery on both knees

    Aug 20, 2014, 4:20 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Cleveland Indians

    Swisher turns 34 years old in November and has two seasons remaining on his contract, at $15 million per year.

  11. Pirates get Gerrit Cole back in the rotation

    Aug 20, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

    gerrit cole throwing getty

    Gerrit Cole’s lengthy minor-league rehab assignment is over and the Pirates have activated the former No. 1 overall pick from the disabled list for tonight’s start against the Braves.

  12. Derek Holland: “I feel like I’m ready, but that’s up to them”

    Aug 20, 2014, 2:50 PM EDT

    derek holland getty

    Derek Holland’s minor-league rehab assignment has been a mixed bag, but after allowing four runs in his latest outing the Rangers left-hander proclaimed himself ready to rejoin the rotation.

  13. Spotted at the Des Moines airport: 1,023 career homers

    Aug 20, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT

    logo-dsm-airport

    No biggie, just two 42-year-old should-be Hall of Famers with a combined 20 All-Star game appearances and 1,023 career homers running into each other in the Des Moines, Iowa airport.

  14. Rockies consider September call-up for Rafael Betancourt after Tommy John surgery recovery

    Aug 20, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Colorado Rockies

    When the Rockies declined their $4.25 million option on Rafael Betancourt and re-signed him to a minor-league deal the assumption was that he wouldn’t be a factor this season following Tommy John elbow surgery last August.

  15. Carlos Gonzalez may miss the start of spring training

    Aug 20, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

    carlos gonzalez rockies getty

    Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez underwent season-ending knee surgery Monday and now there’s some doubt whether he’ll be fully recovered for the beginning of spring training.

  16. Hector Sanchez suffers second concussion while rehabbing from first concussion

    Aug 20, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Hector Sanchez

    Sanchez’s rehab assignment was previously put on hold when he took a foul ball off the mask two weeks ago and that same thing happened Saturday at Triple-A.

  17. Jim Henderson undergoes shoulder “clean up” surgery

    Aug 20, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jim Henderson Getty

    Milwaukee had already shut down Jim Henderson for the season with shoulder problems and now the Brewers announced that the 31-year-old reliever will undergo a “clean up” surgery on his labrum and rotator cuff.

  18. Elbow soreness puts Zack Greinke’s next start in doubt

    Aug 20, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Zack Greinke skipped his usual between-starts bullpen session because of elbow soreness and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly declined to say whether he expected the right-hander to take his next turn in the rotation Thursday against the Padres.

  19. Indians place Ryan Raburn on the disabled list

    Aug 19, 2014, 5:29 PM EDT

    Ryan Raburn

    Ryan Raburn’s disappointing season for the Indians now includes a trip to the disabled list with a sore right wrist.

  20. Cardinals place Mark Ellis on the disabled list

    Aug 19, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

    Mark Ellis Cardinals

    St. Louis infielder Mark Ellis is headed to the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle, which tends to sideline players for more than the minimum 15 days.

  21. Nate McLouth needs season-ending shoulder surgery

    Aug 19, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

    Nate McLouth Nationals

    McLouth played just 79 games and hit .173 for the Nationals in the first season of a two-year, $10.75 million deal.

  22. Pirates activate Andrew McCutchen from the disabled list

    Aug 19, 2014, 3:28 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen

    McCutchen was having another MVP-caliber season at the time of the injury, ranking among the NL’s top five in batting average (.311), on-base percentage (.411), slugging percentage (.536), and OPS (.947).

  23. Andrew Cashner tosses five innings in rehab start

    Aug 19, 2014, 1:03 PM EDT

    Andrew Cashner

    Before being shut down Cashner had a 2.36 ERA in 12 starts.

  24. Adam Dunn may retire on the verge of 500-homer club

    Aug 19, 2014, 11:50 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox Photo Day

    “I’m not a 22-year-old single guy anymore. There are a lot of things that play into coming back and your decision.”

  25. Mike Matheny on Michael Wacha’s bullpen session: “I was expecting less”

    Aug 19, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Michael Wacha Getty

    “It looked really close to what we normally would see when he’s out there.”

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