Baseball Wiretap

Andrew Miller Aggravates Right Knee Tendinitis

Aug 22, 2017 8:48 AM

Just a few days after coming off the disabled list, Andrew Miller left Monday night's game with an aggravation of the tendinitis in his right knee that sidelined him for most of the month.

Miller threw just seven pitches and none of them topped 92 mph for the Cleveland Indians.

"I wasn't doing us any favors," he said. "It's not a situation I want to put the guys in, but I think that it was the right move for me to take myself out of the game. I hope it's not something that holds me back. Hopefully it's something that's just a blip in the whole scheme of things."

Terry Francona said the Indians plan to meet with their medical staff Tuesday to discuss a plan for Miller.

"We'll go back to the drawing board," Francona said. "It's not what we were hoping for. We'll let the medical people put their heads together and see what they can do."

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Steven Matz To Undergo Elbow Surgery

Aug 22, 2017 9:01 AM

Steven Matz is dealing with a nerve issue in his pitching elbow and will undergo a procedure to reposition his ulnar nerve, the New York Mets have announced.

The surgery is expected to occur in the coming days.

Matz, 26, has only pitched 66 2/3 innings and has a 6.08 ERA, 6.5 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 this season.

Kristie Ackert/New York Daily News

Tags: New York Mets, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Giants Grant Melvin Upton's Request For Release

Aug 22, 2017 8:56 AM

The San Francisco Giants have released Melvin Upton after he requested his release.

Upton is hoping to catch on with a playoff contender down the stretch.

He landed with the Giants this spring after the Toronto Blue Jays released him at the end of camp.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

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Alex Wood Facing Another DL Stint With Shoulder Issue

Aug 22, 2017 8:52 AM

Alex Wood could be headed to the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation.

Wood pitched six innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night. He gave up three home runs for the second time in his 134 Major League appearances.

Dave Roberts said Wood is experiencing inflammation in the sternoclavicular joint in the front of his pitching shoulder, an issue that Wood has had in the past. He was placed on the 10-day DL in May with the injury.

"We'll make a decision once the medical staff puts an eye on him," Roberts said. "It's a little concerning considering his history. ... We really have got to be cautious."

Wood is 14-1 with a 2.41 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 123 1/3 innings this season for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Mets Receiving More Interest In Asdrubal Cabrera

Aug 21, 2017 8:22 AM

Trade interest in Asdrubal Cabrera has picked up, according to a source.

The 31-year-old infielder has an $8.5-million option for 2018. The New York Mets are still open to picking up the option if he remains with the club.

Cabrera's contract includes a $2 million buyout should he and the Mets part ways.

Marc Carig/Newsday

Tags: New York Mets, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Diamondbacks Unlikely To Make August Additions

Aug 21, 2017 8:09 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks are not likely to make any August waiver additions.

"We're still watching the waiver market through the month of August," Mike Hazen said, "but I'm not anticipating that there's going to be major changes outside of what's in this organization."

Hazen noted that an injury could change the club's approach.

"I think that there's that general feeling within the clubhouse that we need to play more consistently from a win-loss standpoint," Hazen said. "It's not effort at all. It's stringing things together a little bit better.

"The offense, we need to continue to find ways to grind out our at-bats and put some more runs on the board. We've had opportunities to do so. Again, part of that is the ebb and flow of the season, and so the reaction to it is to let it sort itself out. But, obviously, we're addressing things in and around, how can we get better, how can we continue to improve."

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Justin Upton Is Undecided About Opt Out Clause

Aug 21, 2017 8:06 AM

Justin Upton has an opt-out clause in his contract at the end of the season, but remains undecided about his future with the Detroit Tigers.

Upton is under contract for four more seasons under the six-year, $132.75 million deal he signed with the Tigers as a free agent two years ago. He has a clause that allows him to opt out of the deal and become a free agent this offseason only.

"I can't make a decision on that right now, so that doesn't affect me right now," Upton said. "It's always nice to have options, but I think it's more interesting to you guys than it is to me. I would feel like I was lying to you guys if I gave you a realistic answer right now, because I haven't really even thought about it.

"I'll get home and spend time with my family and the playoffs will be going on and when it comes around to it, probably a week or two beforehand, at that point I'll start having conversations with my agent and my family. But I can't be more honest with you right now: I'm not worried about it. It's so far away, a couple months."

Jason Beck/MLB

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Bartolo Colon Becomes Third Active Pitcher To Beat All 30 Teams

Aug 21, 2017 7:57 AM

Bartolo Colon became the third active pitcher to beat all 30 teams on Sunday as he guided the Minnesota Twins to a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

"It means a lot to my career," Colon said. "Now, I haven't won in two stadiums, so that's the next goal."

Max Scherzer and John Lackey accomplished the feat last season.

Colon, 44, has yet to win at Wrigley Field or Chase Field.

ESPN

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Miguel Sano Headed To DL With Shin Injury

Aug 21, 2017 7:52 AM

Miguel Sano has landed on the 10-day disabled list with a stress reaction in his left shin.

Sano fouled a ball of his shin on Friday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He hit two home runs the same day.

The Minnesota Twins are five games behind the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central.

ESPN

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Jays Interested In Extending Marco Estrada

Aug 20, 2017 2:29 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have interest in re-signing Marco Estrada this offseason or even a contract extension before he becomes a free agent.

“The player loves Toronto, the agent says publicly he doesn’t want to go anywhere,” one person within the organization said. “Frankly, we are open to extending him.”

Estrada re-signed with the Jays in 2015 on a two-year, $26 million deal.

“Could I have gotten more years on the open market? Maybe,” Estrada told reporters, including John Lott of the National Post. “But I wanted to come back here. It was the No. 1  team I wanted to come with. Once they made a two-year offer, I wasn’t thinking of going to free agency anymore.”

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Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Cubs Claim Rene Rivera Off Waivers From Mets
Rene Rivera became the preferred catcher for Noah Syndergaard.

Seth Berkman/New York Times

Aaron Judge Sets Strikeout Streak Record At 36 Games
Chris Sale struck out Aaron Judge in the top of the fifth inning Saturday night.

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Clayton Kershaw To Pitch Simulated Game On Monday
Clayton Kershaw has been continuing his rehab from a back issue that has kept him out since July 23rd.

ESPN

Yankees Demote Aroldis Chapman As Closer
Dellin Betances and David Robertson will be used based on the situation.

ESPN

MLB Umpires Wear White Wristbands In Protest Of Treatment
Ian Kinsler was fined and not suspended for harsh criticism of Angel Hernandez.

ESPN

Dodgers Acquire Curtis Granderson From Mets
Curtis Granderson has a .979 OPS since May 10th.

Matt Kelly/MLB.com

Max Scherzer Placed On 15-Day DL With Neck Inflammation
Max Scherzer left a start and then sat out a game with neck spasms earlier this month.

ESPN

Amanda Hopkins Working As First Female Scout In MLB For 50 Years
Amanda Hopkins majored in psychology while playing softball at Central Washington.

Tim Booth/AP

Marlins 'Willing To Engage' Clubs On Giancarlo Stanton
There have yet to be any serious trade talks involving Giancarlo Stanton, who is still owed roughly $300 million.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Giancarlo Stanton Has Goal Of 61 Home Runs
Giancarlo Stanton says he's aiming for 61 home runs and that he finds baseball's statistical history both alluring and tainted.

Associated Press

Aaron Judge Sets Consecutive Strikeout Mark
Aaron Judge has struck out in 33 straight games.

Mark Simon/ESPN

Dodgers First Team Since 2004 To Be 50 Games Over .500
The Dodgers beat the White Sox 6-1 on Tuesday night, moving them 50 games over .500 on the season.

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Marco Estrada Claimed On Revocable Waivers
Marco Estrada has been claimed on revocable trade waivers, but the Blue Jays don't plan to move him.

Gregor Chisholm/MLB

Giancarlo Stanton Clears Waivers, Four Teams Have Inquired
Giancarlo Stanton cleared waivers on Sunday, according to multiple sources, meaning that the Marlins can trade him to any team through the end of August.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Ian Kinsler Rips Umpire Angel Hernandez: 'Find Another Job'
Ian Kinsler unloaded on Angel Hernandez a day after the umpire ejected him for arguing balls and strikes.

ESPN

Nationals Not Interested In Curtis Granderson Trade
While there has been some talk about the Nationals trading for Curtis Granderson, that reportedly isn't the case.

Chelsea Janes/Washington Post

Joey Votto Beats Cubs' Four-Man Outfield Shift
The Cubs used an usual four-man outfield shift with Joey Votto at the plate on Monday night, but it was ultimately unsuccessful.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Giancarlo Stanton Sets Marlins Record With 43rd Home Run
Giancarlo Stanton hit his 43rd home run of the season on Monday night as the Marlins took on the Giants.

Associated Press

Pablo Sandoval: Heart Remained In San Francisco During Boston Tenure
Pablo Sandoval signed with the Red Sox on a five-year, $95 million contract, but "it just never felt like home."

RealGM Staff Report

Padres Extend Andy Green's Contract Through 2021
Exact terms haven't been announced, but it's been reported that Andy Green's deal now runs through the 2021 season.

A.J. Cassavell/MLB