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Phillies signed INF/OF Ryan Flaherty to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

It's the second potential utility infielder brought in recently by the Phillies, as they also signed Adam Rosales last week to compete for a bench role. The 31-year-old Flaherty had spent his entire career in Baltimore up to this point, registering a career OPS of .639 while playing every position for the Orioles outside of catcher. That versatility could serve him well as he battles for a spot on the 25-man roster in Philadelphia.
Feb 7 - 6:26 PM

Brandon Morrow (biceps) is scheduled to resume throwing off a mound this weekend.

Morrow has been sidelined since the All-Star break due to discomfort in his lower right biceps and there is currently no timetable for his return to the Cubs' bullpen, though a successful mound workout would obviously be a significant step in the right direction. "It’s just kind of a deep thing that’s just sticking around. I can’t put my finger on it," Morrow said Tuesday. "I think the muscle is healed though. So throwing around some discomfort is going to be OK. I’m going to see if it’s good when I continue to stretch it out." Pedro Strop has been serving as the Cubs' primary closer in Morrow's absence.
Aug 15 - 10:20 AM

Michael Wacha (oblique) could begin a minor league rehab assignment after throwing one more bullpen session.

That bullpen workout will either come Wednesday or Thursday, which means the rehab assignment might start next week. Wacha has been on the shelf since June 21 with a left oblique strain, so he'll probably need at least two outings on the farm to get properly stretched back out. He took part in fielding and batting practice Tuesday without issue. The 27-year-old right-hander held a sharp 8-2 record, 3.20 ERA, and 71 strikeouts through 64 1/3 innings (15 starts) this season with the Cardinals.
Aug 15 - 9:05 AM

Justin Upton went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and three RBI to lead the Angels to a 7-3 win over the Padres on Tuesday.

Upton clobbered a mammoth 435-foot two-run blast, his 26th long-ball of the year, off Padres starter Brett Kennedy in the fifth inning and tacked on an RBI single against reliever Robert Stock in the seventh. It was another monster night for the 30-year-old veteran outfielder, who homered for the second consecutive contest, and continues to haunt his former organization. A notoriously streaky hitter, he's on quite a tear lately, going deep five times in seven games since August 7. He's hitting .267/.352/.481 with 67 runs scored, 73 RBI, and six stolen bases in 505 total plate appearances this season.
Aug 15 - 1:44 AM

Tommy Pham (foot) is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday with Low-A Hudson Valley.

And it sounds like he might only need a couple of minor league rehab games before returning to the Rays' active roster, possibly sometime this weekend. "He feels really good," manager Kevin Cash said Tuesday. "Hopefully a quick turnaround." Pham, who was acquired from the Cardinals on July 31, suffered a fractured right foot in just his second game with Tampa Bay.
Aug 15 - 1:17 AM

Mariners manager Scott Servais said late Tuesday night that James Paxton (arm) will miss at least one turn in the rotation.

Paxton suffered a left forearm contusion when he got struck by a line drive off the bat of Jed Lowrie in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday in Oakland. He's presumably going to be placed on the disabled list Wednesday, though it does sound like it'll be a minimum 10-day stint. Felix Hernandez came on in relief of Paxton on Tuesday night against the Athletics and is the logical temporary replacement for him in the Mariners' rotation.
Aug 15 - 12:56 AM

Yasiel Puig was ejected from Tuesday night's game against the Giants after shoving catcher Nick Hundley.

Hundley began chirping at Puig after a foul tip in the bottom of the seventh inning and the two went face-to-face in front of home plate before Puig shoved Hundley twice and then took a swipe at his mask as both benches cleared. Hundley also got tossed. Puig could be facing a suspension for initiating the physical contact.
Aug 15 - 12:30 AM

Kolten Wong went 3-for-3 with a two-RBI double and a solo home run in the Cardinals' win over the Nationals on Tuesday.

Wong pulled a two-RBI double down the right-field line in the fourth inning and later added a towering solo home run that just cleared the wall in right. He also had a single and a walk, reaching base in all four plate appearances on the night. Wong is batting .341 since the beginning of July, but he has just two homers and two steals over that span. He just doesn't provide much category juice and remains stuck at the bottom of the Cards' batting order.
Aug 14 - 11:45 PM

Ronald Acuna Jr. went 3-for-5 with two more homers and four RBI as the Braves topped the Marlins 10-6 on Tuesday.

Juan Soto had 192 points of OPS on Acuna (.992 to .800) when the Nationals and Braves finished a doubleheader a week ago on Aug. 7. At the close of play tonight, the margin is likely to be down to 40-50 points, as Acuna is all of the way up to .922 after hitting seven homers in seven games. The NL Rookie of the Year award race is most certainly on.
Aug 14 - 11:06 PM

J.A. Happ walked four but gave up just one single over seven shutout innings Tuesday in the Yankees’ 4-1 victory over the Rays.

The four free passes Happ handed out were more than he issued over his last four starts combined, but a C.J. Cron single with one out in the fourth inning was the only base knock he permitted. Over his first 19 innings in pinstripes across three starts, Happ has given up just eight hits and four runs, boasting a 1.89 ERA and 0.74 WHIP. He’ll take on his former team, the Blue Jays, on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
Aug 14 - 10:43 PM

Rick Porcello was on point Tuesday, whiffing a season-high 10 batters across seven innings of one-run ball in the Red Sox’ 2-1 win over the Phillies.

Rhys Hoskins broke up Porcello’s perfect game with a leadoff homer in the fifth inning and Odubel Herrera added a two-out single in the same frame, but those were the only two baserunners the Phillies managed all night against the former Cy Young winner. He needed just 90 pitches to cruise through his seven innings and even added a double at the plate. It might have been Porcello’s best start of the season, which is saying something considering he threw a complete game versus the Yankees two starts ago. Porcello has mixed in some clunkers, which is why his ERA is over 4.00, but the 29-year-old really has had a fantastic season. He faces the Indians at home the next time out.
Aug 14 - 10:28 PM

Kenley Jansen (heart) is hoping to be cleared to return after a follow-up visit with a cardiologist next Monday.

Jansen threw a successful bullpen session Monday, did conditioning work on Tuesday, and is planning to throw to hitters on Wednesday. He'll then travel with the Dodgers to Seattle and face hitters again on Friday. The 30-year-old closer was initially expected to miss 4-6 weeks when he landed on the disabled list August 8 with a recurrence of heart problems, but he'll beat that timetable by a mile if everything goes according to plan.
Aug 14 - 8:49 PM




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