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Blue Jays trade away Liam Hendriks, Erik Kratz to Royals
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7:01 pm ET) The Blue Jays have traded pitcher Liam Hendriks and catcher Erik Kratz to the Royals, according to Sportsnet.ca.

Hendricks went 8-1 with a 2.33 ERA in 18 appearances (16 starts) with Triple-A Buffalo. he was shelled for six runs over 1 2/3 innings in his last major-league start on June 21. Kratz hit .299 with three homers and 17 RBI in 87 at-bats. Kratz is expected to join the big-league team, per SB Nation.

Rangers consider Adrian Beltre 'untouchable' before deadline
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6:54 pm ET) The Rangers have received phone calls on Adrian Beltre prior to the trade deadline, but have declared the third baseman as "untouchable," FOX Sports reports Monday. Beltre owns a .324/.369/.519 slash line with 15 homers and 55 RBI in 349 at-bats.

Still no timetable for Ryan Zimmerman
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:53 pm ET) The Nationals still haven't announced a timetable for third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, according to The Washington Post

Manager Matt Williams said prior to Monday's game that there were no updates on Zimmerman. The third baseman injured his hamstring July 22, and has been out since then due to the injury. Zimmerman met with a physical therapist during the weekend, but the team has yet to announce the results of that visit.

Zimmerman was hitting .282/.345/.456 over 195 at-bats prior to the injury.


Chris Owings still hasn't taken live batting practice
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:40 pm ET) Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings still hasn't taken live batting practice, according to MLB.com.

Owings has been sidelined since June 25 with a shoulder injury. He's been slow to recover. There's currently no timetable for his return. Owings was hitting .277/.313/.458 over 238 at-bats.


Masahiro Tanaka feeling 'better' nearing three-week mark of PRP injection
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6:40 pm ET) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is nearing the three-week mark from a platelet-rich plasma injection and is starting to feel "better and better," manager Joe Girardi told MLB.com on Monday.

Tanaka stayed in New York for treatment while the team traveled to Texas to start a road trip. Tanaka went on the DL on July 9 with right elbow inflammation and a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. He's hoping to avoid Tommy John surgery. He posted a 2.51 ERA over 129 1/3 innings prior to the injury.

Travis Snider sitting out Monday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:31 pm ET) Pirates outfielder Travis Snider was not in the team's starting lineup Monday.

Snider is dealing with a hamstring injury. He made an appearance in Sunday's game, hitting a home run in his only at-bat. Prior to that, Snider had missed three days with the injury. He's hitting .256/.337/.396 over 164 at-bats.


Two AL teams checking in on Jon Lester
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6:29 pm ET) The Orioles and the Mariners are among the American League teams that have inquired about Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, according to FOX Sports on Monday.

Lester is a native of Tacoma, Wa. and may welcome a homecoming to Seattle. The Dodgers have also become a possible destination for the 30-year-old. In 21 starts, the left-hander is 10-7 with a 2.52 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP over 143 innings of work. His final start with the Red Sox could come Wednesday against Toronto.

Joe Panik returns to action Monday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:18 pm ET) Giants infielder Joe Panik returned to action Monday against the Pirates.

Panik hasn't played since July 25 due to an ankle injury. He'll hit second against Vance Worley. Over 63 at-bats, Panik is hitting .222. 


Barry Enright hooks up with Dodgers in minor league deal
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:53 pm ET) The Dodgers have signed to a minor league contract right-hander Barry Enright, whose career has been going downhill since a briefly encouraging run with Arizona in 2010. He is set to pitch Monday night for Triple-A Albuquerque

The 28-year-old Enright has pitched in just 14 major league games since recording a 6-7 mark with a 3.91 ERA with the Diamondbacks that season.


Kameron Loe breaks hand in minor-league brawl
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5:48 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Kameron Loe broke his hand in a minor-league brawl, according to MLB.com.

Loe has only played in six games at Triple-A Reno. He's compiled a 9.00 ERA over 10 games played. Loe has not appeared in the majors this season. 


 
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