May 2019 - Baseball Wiretap

Giancarlo Stanton Suffers Another Injury Setback

May 23, 2019 8:14 AM

Giancarlo Stanton began a rehab assignment earlier this week, but the New York Yankees have returned him to the injured list with left calf tightness.

He originally landed on the IL with a biceps strain after just three games. He then strained his shoulder, sidelining him further.

Aaron Boone claimed Stanton's removal from the rehab game was "precautionary."

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Tags: New York Yankees, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Pitcher Skips MLB Draft, Signs $7M Deal In Japan

May 22, 2019 7:45 AM

Carter Stewart has agreed to a six-year, $7 million contract with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League, according to sources.

The Atlanta Braves drafted Stewart with the No. 8 pick in 2018 out of high school. He did not sign after the Braves reduced their signing-bonus offer due to an alleged injury. He was expected to be taken in the early second round in next month's draft.

Stewart is guaranteed significantly more money by signing in Japan. He could theoretically join the Major Leagues as a 25-year-old free agent.

He is represented by Scott Boras.

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Tags: Atlanta Braves, Draft, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Mets Now Open To Using Edwin Diaz For Multiple Innings

May 23, 2019 8:10 AM

The New York Mets have struggled over the first quarter of the season and are now changing course on some strategies.

They will now use closer Edwin Diaz in multi-inning save situations, something they stated they wouldn't do back in April.

The previous decision was presumably to keep Diaz healthy and limit his innings early on.

In 18.2 innings in 2019, Diaz has 28 Ks, a 1.93 ERA and 11 saves.

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Tags: New York Mets, Misc Rumor

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Gleyber Torres Hits 10th Home Run Of Season Against Orioles

May 23, 2019 8:02 AM

Gleyber Torres homered twice against the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night, giving him 10 in 11 games against the team this season.

The Orioles have given up 105 home runs in 49 games.

"There's definitely a pitching plan [against Torres]; it's definitely not to throw the ball in the middle of the plate -- and we just continue to do it," Brandon Hyde said. "When you don't do it, we get him out.

"Gleyber's got two homers besides facing the Orioles. Hitting like .220 or something. So people, major league pitchers, are pitching to him."

Torres actually is hitting .250 against all other teams. Against the Orioles, he is batting .465, with a whopping 1.763 OPS.

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Tags: New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor, Stats

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White Sox Turn First Triple Play Of Season

May 23, 2019 7:56 AM

The Chicago White Sox turned a triple play against the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.

Jake Marisnick hit a grounder down the third-base line to Yoan Moncada with runners on first and second. He stepped on the bag for the first out and threw to Yolmer Sanchez at second. Sanchez relayed to first, where the ball just beat Marisnick.

The Astros also hit into the last triple play in the Major Leagues -- April 19, 2018 against the Seattle Mariners.

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Tags: Chicago White Sox, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Zack Greinke Becomes 37th Pitcher To Reach 2,500 Ks

May 22, 2019 7:57 AM

Zack Greinke recorded the 2,500th strikeout of his career on Tuesday night as the Arizona Diamondbacks took on the San Diego Padres.

The right-hander is just the 37th pitcher to reach the milestone in Major League history.

Four other active pitchers have reached the mark -- CC Sabathia, Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and Felix Hernandez.

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Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Orioles Fastest Ever To Allow 100 Home Runs

May 22, 2019 7:50 AM

The Baltimore Orioles made history on Tuesday night.

The club's pitching staff allowed their 100th home run in their 48th game, reaching the mark faster than any club in Major League history.

The 2000 Kansas City Royals allowed their 100th homer in game No. 57.

The Orioles are on pace to allow 338 home runs this season. The current record is held by the 2016 Cincinnati Reds (258).

"We're facing good teams, but you gotta pitch," Brandon Hyde said. "You gotta pitch here. You gotta stay off the barrel. You gotta be able to locate. And if you don't, in a hitter's ballpark against guys that mash, you're going to give up a hundred homers, 40-something games into it."

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Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Yoenis Cespedes Breaks Ankle In Ranch Accident

May 21, 2019 8:08 AM

Yoenis Cespedes hasn't played this season and the New York Mets may not have him for the rest of 2019.

Cespedes broke his right ankle in an accident on his ranch, the club announced on Monday.

The slugger has not played this season after undergoing surgery to remove calcification on both of his heels. Those surgeries were expected to keep him sidelined for at least half of this season.

"He had a violent fall in which he stepped in a hole and put his leg and foot in a difficult position," Brodie Van Wagenen said.

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Tags: New York Mets, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Julio Urias Reinstated, Will Rejoin Dodgers

May 21, 2019 8:03 AM

Julio Urias will be reinstated from administrative leave following a domestic-violence arrest after Major League Baseball did not obtain a security video that allegedly showed the incident, according to sources.

The 22-year-old was arrested May 13 after an alleged altercation with a woman in a parking lot of a Los Angeles shopping mall.

Urias is expected to rejoin the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

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Mets Sticking With Mickey Callaway 'For The Foreseeable Future'

May 21, 2019 7:58 AM

The New York Mets announced on Monday that they will stick with Mickey Callaway as manager "for the foreseeable future."

The Mets were swept in Miami over the weekend and are 21-25. With questions about his future intensifying, the club held a meeting with players and coaches to declare support for Callaway and his staff.

"Mickey is our manager now. Mickey is our manager going forward," Brodie Van Wagenen said.

"We're not looking to blame a manager," the GM added. "He has our full support to lead this team for the foreseeable future."

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Cubs Won't Protest Loss To Nationals
Joe Maddon had argued that Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle used an illegal delivery in the ninth inning of the game and said that he was playing under protest.

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Struggling Tim Tebow Homers For Triple-A Syracuse
The home run came in Tim Tebow's 105th bat-bat.

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Hyun-Jin Ryu Extends Scoreless Streak To 31 Innings
Hyun-Jin Ryu shutout the Reds over seven innings on Sunday, extending his Major League-leading scoreless innings streak to 31 innings.

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Johnny Cueto Hopes To Return In September
Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto had major elbow surgery last August.

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Astros List George Springer Day-To-Day
George Springer left Sunday's game in the fifth inning due to stiffness in his lower back.

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Marlins On Pace To Set Mark For MLB Futility
The Marlins are 10-30 this season and have been shut out in 20 percent of their games.

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Mariners Recall Mallex Smith From Triple-A
After taking a few weeks to work on his approach at the plate, the Mariners have recalled Mallex Smith from Triple-A Tacoma.

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Twins Designate Addison Reed For Assignment
Addison Reed, 30, hasn't pitched in the Major Leagues this season.

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Rockies Expected To Promote Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers was Colorado's top pick in the 2015 Major League draft.

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Chris Sale Doesn't Question Decision To Pull Him With 17 Ks
The left-hander became the first pitcher to strike out 17 or more batters in seven or fewer innings.

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Austin Riley Homers In Second Major League At-Bat
At the time of his promotion, Austin Riley was leading the International League with 15 homers and 39 RBI.

Associated Press

Miguel Andujar To Have Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery
Miguel Andujar initially was sidelined by the injury from April 1 to May 3.

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Braves To Call Up No. 4 Prospect Austin Riley
The Braves plan to promote Austin Riley from Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday, according to sources.

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Brewers Calling Up Top Prospect Keston Hiura
The Brewers have called up top prospect Keston Hiura from Triple-A San Antonio.

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Vlad Jr. Follows Up First Home Run With Another
Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. homered twice on Tuesday night to become the third-youngest player to hit his first two Major League homers in the same game.

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Yankees Acquire Kendrys Morales From A's
The Yankees have acquired Kendrys Morales and cash considerations from the Athletics in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

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Bryce Harper Again Hears Boos In Philadelphia
Bryce Harper was the only starting position player not to record a hit for the Phillies on Monday.

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White Sox Lose Carlos Rodon, Nate Jones For Season
Both pitchers have arm injuries that required surgery.

Associated Press

Oakland Grants A's Site For Potential New Stadium
The Athletics are making some progress in their quest for a new stadium.

Associated Press

Rays Keeping Tabs On Craig Kimbrel
The Rays are among the clubs "keeping in touch" with Craig Kimbrel, according to a report.

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