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Brewers signed INF/OF Richie Shaffer to a minor league contract.

The former first-round pick was released by the Indians last month after batting .164/.216/.310 over 32 games this season in the minors. Shaffer did hit 30 homers at the Triple-A level last year, although it came with a pedestrian .227/.338/.464 batting line. He's merely a depth piece.
Jul 20 - 8:46 AM

Dodgers optioned OF Andrew Toles to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The Dodgers needed to clear a spot on the 25-man roster for Manny Machado and Toles is the casualty. He went 6-for-23 with four RBI over seven games with the big club.
Jul 20 - 8:22 AM

Pedro Strop was asked to get the final out Thursday and was up to the task, earning his third save in preserving the Cubs' 9-6 win over the Cardinals.

With closer Brandon Morrow hitting the disabled list Thursday, there was some interest in how Cubs manager Joe Maddon would deploy his bullpen in a close game. How he did tells a story: Steve Cishek, viewed by some as a possible fill-in closer, pitched the seventh inning with a two-run lead; Carl Edwards Jr. entered in the eighth and was almost able to finish it off but yielded a run with two outs in the ninth; and needing a stopper, Maddon turned to Strop to finish it. Morrow's health is a constant question mark and Strop has been terrific this year, posting a 2.50 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 39/14 K/BB ratio over 39 2/3 innings of work, so he's worth adding everywhere, even if Morrow's stay on the shelf is abbreviated. Strop could still pick up a few saves between now and Morrow's return.
Jul 19 - 11:39 PM

Brandon Morrow underwent an MRI on his injured biceps.

Morrow said there was "stuff in there," though nothing that would require a long-term shutdown. "This is a new one, but it’s manageable," said the Cubs closer. "We have a good idea of how to proceed and I’m hopeful that it’s just a muscle strain that can clear up." There was some thought that Morrow could be back when first eligible but that's probably a long shot. Pedro Strop earned the save for Chicago on Thursday night and could earn more opportunities in the ninth inning with Morrow sidelined until further notice.
Jul 19 - 11:35 PM

Tommy Pham went 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in Thursday's loss to the Cubs.

Pham jumped on a Kyle Hendricks offering in the second inning, sending a solo blast out to left. It was his 14th homer of the season. Pham took a seat in new Cardinals manager Mike Shildt's first lineup last Sunday but entered for Harrison Bader and picked up a couple of hits, and that coupled with Thursday's production should put him in good standing with the new skipper. It's something of a clean slate for Pham and his teammates, and that could be a great thing for the 30-year-old after a first half in which he struggled to replicate his 2017 numbers. Perhaps a fresh start will rejuvenate Pham in the season's second half.
Jul 19 - 11:32 PM

Jason Heyward filled up the stat sheet Thursday, finishing 3-for-5 with two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base in a win over the Cardinals.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon penciled in Heyward in the No. 3 spot in the order to start the second half and the 28-year-old came through, notching three of the Cubs' 13 hits in the win. All three hits were singles, including a pair of RBI singles in third and fifth innings. It's been a resurgent year offensively for Heyward, who's now hitting .290/.349/.434 through 78 games. That batting line in the middle of a good Cubs lineup should continue to keep Heyward as a viable starter in deeper mixed leagues going forward.
Jul 19 - 11:25 PM

Clint Frazier left Thursday's game at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with a possible concussion.

His departure was deemed "precautionary," though obviously he'll have to get cleared by a doctor before he's able to return. With Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar likely off limits, Frazier could be a valuable trade chip for the Yankees, who are looking to acquire a starting pitcher ahead of the July 31 deadline. An injury to Frazier would certainly complicate that pursuit.
Jul 19 - 11:24 PM

Yadier Molina went 4-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in a loss to the Cubs on Thursday.

New Cardinals manager Mike Shildt has shown confidence in Molina's bat, hitting him second in both of his lineups thus far, and Molina rewarded that confidence Thursday in providing a team-high four hits, as the Cards racked up 15 hits in all. The good night upped his line to .285/.324/.485 through 65 games. It's not a huge move, but the new lineup spot, should it stick, ought to provide a few more counting stats for the 36-year-old's owners.
Jul 19 - 11:20 PM

Kyle Hendricks allowed nine hits and three runs over 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision Thursday against the Cardinals.

Hendricks gave up single runs in the first, second and fifth innings, bending but never breaking despite allowing baserunners throughout his outing. Unfortunately for the right-hander, he couldn't get that final out in the fifth inning, depriving him of the chance to pick up the win after the Cubs plated five runs in the bottom of the frame. He remains 6-8 overall with a 3.99 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. Hendricks will square off with the Diamondbacks next, on Tuesday.
Jul 19 - 11:16 PM

Carlos Martinez allowed six runs -- five earned -- over five innings in a loss to the Cubs on Thursday.

That's not the way he wanted to begin his second half, giving up seven hits, including a homer, while walking one and striking out just two before exiting. The Cardinals surely would like to see better from Martinez as well, as his name has suddenly popped up in trade rumors with the deadline approaching. He owns a 3.39 ERA through 17 starts but has now dropped two in a row to fall to 6-6 on the year. The 26-year-old will try to stop the skid Tuesday against the Reds.
Jul 19 - 11:13 PM

Cubs acquired RHP Jesse Chavez from the Rangers in exchange for LHP Tyler Thomas.

Thomas, a seventh-round pick in last year's draft, had been pitching at Low-A South Bend. Chavez brings a decade of major league experience to the Cubs and should be a helpful bullpen arm down the stretch. The 34-year-old has pitched exclusively out of the pen this year, though he also has 70 big league starts on his resume.
Jul 19 - 10:48 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Edwin Encarnacion (hand) is "all good."

Encarnacion exited Sunday's game after taking a pitch off his left hand/forearm but it sounds like he'll be ready to go for Friday's second-half opener at Texas. The veteran didn't hit for a high average during the first half (.225) but his power numbers (22 homers and 65 RBI) are about where they usually are this time of year.
Jul 19 - 10:46 PM

Indians optioned LHP Tyler Olson to Triple-A Columbus.

The Indians made a flurry of roster moves on Thursday, promoting Melky Cabrera and Yandy Diaz from Triple-A while sending down Greg Allen, Olson and Adam Plutko. A lefty specialist, Olson owns a high strikeout rate (12.0 K/9) but his ERA (7.50) has obviously been a disappointment. Despite his struggles, the 28-year-old should be back up at some point.
Jul 19 - 9:35 PM

Indians recalled OF Melky Cabrera from Triple-A Columbus.

Cabrera has come full circle, returning to the big leagues with Cleveland a month after being designated for assignment. He's had a great month in the minors, batting .361 over 36 July at-bats. The veteran will serve as outfield depth.
Jul 19 - 9:32 PM

Indians recalled INF Yandy Diaz from Triple-A Columbus.

The move isn't official yet, but will be on Friday. This is Diaz's first call-up of the year. The 26-year-old has held his own in the minors, hitting a respectable .284 across 81 games for Columbus this season. He'll fill a utility role for the Tribe.
Jul 19 - 9:30 PM



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