August 2019 - Baseball Wiretap

Bruce Bochy Hopeful Giants Will Have Johnny Cueto In September

Aug 16, 2019 7:29 AM

Johnny Cueto is nearing his return to the San Francisco Giants a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

The right-hander threw 49 pitches in 2 2/3 innings in his third rehab start at Class A San Jose on Thursday.

The club's initial plan was for Cueto to make at least two more rehab starts after his outing Thursday, but that could change.

"The way he is throwing, he will be pitching for us in September," Bruce Bochy said.

The Giants enter the weekend 3.5 games back in the National League Wild Card race.

ESPN

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Rangers, Mike Minor Have Mutual Interest In Extension

Aug 16, 2019 7:39 AM

The Texas Rangers and Mike Minor both have interest in a contract extension.

According to a report, "preliminary extension talks" have already taken place between the two sides with things expected to intensify after the season.

Minor is signed through the 2020 season. He inked a three-year, $28 million deal prior to the 2018 season.

Jeff Wilson/Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Tags: Texas Rangers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Dodgers Hit 22 Home Runs In Five Games

Aug 17, 2019 7:32 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers set a record for home runs during Friday night's win over the Atlanta Braves.

The Dodgers have hit 22 home runs in the last five games, setting an Major League record for a five-game stretch.

“I guess the numbers don’t lie -- we do hit the ball out of the ballpark,” Dave Roberts said. “I still stand by the fact our bat quality is as good as there is in the big leagues.”

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Braves Sign Adeiny Hechavarria

Aug 17, 2019 7:28 AM

The Atlanta Braves have signed Adeiny Hechavarria to help fill the void at shortstop with Dansby Swanson still on the injured list.

The 30-year-old agreed to a one-year, prorated contract. The Braves are his sixth team in three years.

Hechavarria made his debut on Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Swanson, Atlanta's shortstop, has missed 22 games because of a right foot contusion and still has no immediate timetable for a rehab assignment.

Associated Press

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Fernando Tatis, Jr. Likely Done For Season

Aug 17, 2019 7:25 AM

The San Diego Padres have placed Fernando Tatis, Jr. on the disabled list with a back injury and he'll "most likely" miss the remainder of the season.

The 20-year-old is batting .317 with 13 doubles, 22 homers and 53 RBI in 84 games.

Andy Green said the injury was the result of "common usage" and that it would require rest to heal.

Associated Press

Tags: San Diego Padres, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Rhys Hoskins Undergoes Tests On Hand After HBP

Aug 16, 2019 7:34 AM

Rhys Hoskins was on base when Bryce Harper hit a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the ninth against the Chicago Cubs.

Hoskins took first base when he was hit by a pitch from Pedro Strop on his right hand.

He underwent an X-ray after the game and there is optimism that he'll be OK.

Hoskins is hitting .241/.381/.485 this season with 24 home runs and 70 RBIs.

Jim Salisbury/NBC Sports Philadelphia

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Yankees Targeting September Return For Giancarlo Stanton

Aug 16, 2019 7:24 AM

The New York Yankees are hoping Giancarlo Stanton can return to the lineup next month as he recovers from a right knee injury.

Stanton is hitting indoors and throwing as he rehabs from a sprained right knee that's been slow to heal since he got hurt June 25.

"Once I start moving around, just see how it bounces back. But I do want to have a few weeks of at-bats before October, for sure," Stanton said. "I want to be out there for a couple weeks, just the game routine and having whatever amount of at-bats I can."

Stanton strained his left biceps March 31 in his third game of the season, strained a shoulder and calf during his rehabilitation and returned June 18. He's played in just nine games in 2019.

Associated Press

Tags: New York Yankees, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Pete Alonso Ties NL Record For Rookie Home Runs

Aug 16, 2019 7:21 AM

The New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves 10-8 on Thursday night and Pete Alonso made history in the process.

Alonso had five hits and knocked in six runs, including a three-run home run.

His 39th home run tied him with Cody Bellinger for the National League rookie record. Bellinger set the mark in 2017, the same year Aaron Judge set the Major League rookie mark with 52 homers.

"I don't stand alone," Alonso said. "I'm tied. Hopefully I keep on going and keep pushing forward. Hopefully I can stand alone in that category."

Associated Press

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Derek Jeter, Don Mattingly Meet To Discuss Future

Aug 15, 2019 8:06 AM

Don Mattingly wants to stay on as manager of the Miami Marlins but a decision on his future has yet to be made.

Derek Jeter said Mattingly's status will addressed before the end of the season.

"To be fair to Donnie, it's something that we need to talk about sooner rather than later," Jeter said. "We have touched base, and we'll continue to talk."

Mattingly, 58, agreed to a four-year deal to manage the Marlins in October 2015.

Joe Frisaro/MLB

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Clayton Kershaw Ties Sandy Koufax On Dodgers' Win List

Aug 15, 2019 7:59 AM

Clayton Kershaw had 10 strikeouts over seven scoreless innings against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.

The left-hander improved to 12-2 with a 2.63 ERA in 21 starts this season, which he began on the injured list with left shoulder inflammation.

The victory allowed Kershaw to tie Sandy Koufax for fifth on the Los Angeles Dodgers' all-time wins list with 165.

Christina De Nicola/MLB

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Jameson Taillon To Miss 2020 Season After Tommy John Surgery
Jameson Taillon will miss the 2020 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow for a second time.

Associated Press

Albert Pujols Sets Record For Foreign-Born Hits
Albert Pujols had two hits and three RBIs on Wednesday and set the Major League record for hits by a foreign-born player.

Associated Press

Jake Arrieta Likely To Have Season-Ending Surgery
Jake Arrieta will likely have season-ending surgery soon because of a bone spur in his pitching elbow.

ESPN

Matt Harvey Joining A's On Minor League Deal
Matt Harvey had a 7.09 ERA in 12 starts for the Angels this season.

ESPN

Yasiel Puig Becomes American Citizen
Yasiel Puig, who defected from Cuba in 2012, became an American citizen on Wednesday.

ESPN

Gerrit Cole Scratched With Hamstring Injury
Gerrit Cole began warming up in the Astros' bullpen before reporting right hamstring tenderness.

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Chris Sale Becomes Fastest Ever To 2,000 Ks
He reached the milestone in the third inning on Tuesday night when he fanned Oscar Mercado of the Indians.

ESPN

Phillies Fire Hitting Coach, Hire Charlie Manuel
Charlie Manuel, 75, last managed the Phillies in 2013.

ESPN

Orioles Set AL Mark For Home Runs Allowed
The Orioles are on pace to allow more than 330 home runs this season.

CBS Sports

Nationals To Sign Greg Holland
Greg Holland has a 4.54 ERA and 17 saves in 40 appearances this season.

Jon Heyman/MLB Network

2020 MLB Season Will Begin On March 26
The 2020 regular season is to end Sept. 27, putting the World Series on track for Oct. 20-28.

Associated Press

Alex Rodriguez Has Valuables Taken From Car In San Francisco
Alex Rodriguez declined to comment on what was stolen.

ESPN

Nelson Cruz Doesn't Need Surgery On Wrist
Nelson Cruz has been cleared to resume baseball activities and won't need surgery on his injured left wrist.

ESPN

Reds Rookie Sets Mark With Seven HRs In 10 Games
Called up after the Yasiel Puig trade, the 25-year-old had slashed .299/.356/.636 with 28 home runs in 78 Triple-A contests.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Cardinals To Change Cap Logo For First Time In 56 Years
The Cardinals will reportedly change their primary cap logo for the 2020 season.

St. Louis Business Journal

Orioles' Upset Over Astros One Of Biggest In 15 Years
The Orioles defeated the Houston Astros 8-7 on Sunday, one of the biggest upsets in Major League Baseball over the past 15 years.

David Purdum/ESPN

ESPN's Jessica Mendoza Misses Broadcast After Car Accident
ESPN television analyst Jessica Mendoza was involved in a motor vehicle accident this weekend and missed this Sunday Night Baseball broadcast.

ESPN

Braves Remove Shane Greene From Closer Role
The Braves have removed Shane Green from the closers role just 10 days since acquiring him at the trade deadline.

David O'Brien/The Athletic

Joe Maddon Confident He'll Return To Cubs In 2020
Joe Maddon, 65, is in the final year of a five-year deal with the team.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Red Sox May Listen To Offers For Mookie Betts
A number of rival team executives expect the Red Sox to listen to offers for Mookie Betts this offseason.

Jon Morosi/MLB