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Athletics RP Pat Venditte continues to make progress
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:49 pm ET) Athletics ambidextrous rookie reliever Pat Venditte, who has been out with a shoulder injury since mid-June, played catch at distances of up to 90 feet Wednesday and made 40 throws with each arm.

Bob Melvin told the San Francisco Chronicle that Venditte could be throwing off the mound by the All-Star break.


Mets aren't looking to promote Michael Conforto amid offensive slump
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:49 pm ET) With the Mets offense in a serious slump, there have been cries for the team to promote top outfield prospect Michael Conforto to the majors, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

However, people within the Mets organization have said Conforto -- who was a 2014 first-round pick -- hasn't had enough time at Double-A and the team is reluctant to promote the 22-year-old outfielder.

Conforto, who is a top-100 prospect, began the season at high Class A St. Lucie. He hit .283 with a .462 slugging percentage and .811 OPS in 46 games before earning a promotion to Double-A Binghamton. He is batting .327 with a .411 on-base percentage, .522 slugging percentage and .933 OPS in 30 games at Double-A.


Progress of sidelined Athletics SP Jarrod Parker pleases doctor
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:42 pm ET) Shelved Athletics starter Jarrod Parker, out for the year after sustaining a fractured elbow, has visited noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who is pleased with his progress, per the San Francisco Chronicle.

Parker will shed his sling in a week and begin strengthening exercises.


Athletics SP Sonny Gray likely no-go Sunday as well
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:36 pm ET) A scary bout with salmonella will very likely sideline Athletics ace Sonny Gray from another start Sunday.

"It looks like that right now," Bob Melvon told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Gray only began eating solid foods again Thursday after a five-day illness. The salmonella attacked his colon, which Gray stated swelled to double its normal size.

The source of the salmonella remains undetermined. The clubhouse has been ruled out because none of his teammates became ill.


Marlins CF Marcell Ozuna sits Friday amid prolonged hitting slump
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:30 pm ET) Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna was held out of the starting lineup Friday against the Cubs for the first time in 16 games. It was just the sixth time in 81 games he did not start.

Cole Gillespie started in center field for Ozuna, who continues to be mired in a long hitting slump. He is batting just .165 in his last 22 games.


A's OF Josh Reddick voices frustration about sitting vs. lefties
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:14 pm ET) Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick is enjoying a strong first half, batting .287 with a .348 on-base percentage, .469 slugging percentage and .817 OPS through 74 games. 

He has certainly earned his spot in the lineup and is starting on most nights. However, there are still some times where he begins the game on the bench when the opposition is starting a left-handed pitcher. 

Historically, Reddick is not a strong batter against left-handed pitchers. He has a career .220/.379/.662 slash line against lefties, as opposed to .262/.458/.780 against right-handers.

He is batting just .152 against left-handers in 2015 and despite the numbers not being in his favor, Reddick isn't happy when he sits against southpaws.

When talking with broadcaster Ray Fosse on the A’s pregame radio show on Thursday, Reddick voiced his displeasure about the situation and seemed to target general manager Billy Beane as the responsible party.

“I have no idea (who makes that decision). It doesn’t come from anywhere in this clubhouse," Reddick said, per CSNBayArea.com. "Everybody knows what situations our general manager puts up there. I couldn’t tell you what the difference is between me starting against one guy and not starting against another guy. … There’s probably so many numbers they could dig into their computers with and try to find one just to keep me out of the lineup.

“I know (manager Bob Melvin is) in there fighting for me. The other day I was supposed to play against (Jorge) De La Rosa, and Bob texts me at around 1:30 and told me he had been ‘trumped,’ was the word he used. I understood right away. I know it’s not Bob. He’s fighting for me to be in there every night. It still frustrates me beyond belief when I don’t play."

Beane declined to comment after CSN Bay Area sent him a text message. Although, Melvin spoke up and said the scenario did not play out as Reddick suggested.

“Sometimes I get ahead of myself because I want our guys always to know ahead of time so they can prepare,” Melvin said. “And I got ahead of myself on that one and I backtracked and I told him you’re not playing now. And maybe to an extent he thought I was so-called trumped.

“I want all my players to think I’m behind them,” Melvin said. “But we make organizational decisions organizationally. And not in just one instance, a lot... At the end of the day, it’s me that writes out the lineup card. No one tells me each and every day what the lineup card’s supposed to look like.”


Reds prospect Robert Stephenson to make Triple-A debut Friday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:01 pm ET) Reds starting pitcher prospect Robert Stephenson will make his debut for Triple-A Louisville on Friday.

The top-100 prospect is one step closer to the majors after going 4-7 with a 3.68 ERA in 14 starts for Double-A Pensacola. He struck out 89 batters and issued 43 walks in 78 1/3 innings.

"Organizationally, we feel Robert is ready for the next challenge," said Jeff Graupe, the Reds director of player development, per the Cincinnati Enquirer.


Cash: Rays RF Steven Souza out of lineup again Friday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:53 pm ET) Kevin Cash has stated on MLB Network Radio that slumping Rays outfielder Steven Souza is set to sit again Friday against the host Yankees. He was benched for the Thursday game as well.

Cash added that his timing was still off and that he needed time to get away from everything.

Souza is hitless since June 23. He is 0-for-23 during that stretch and has weakened his average to .209, its lowest point since May 3.


RP Ryan Tepera promoted by Blue Jays
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:35 pm ET) The Blue Jays have recalled reliever Ryan Tepera two weeks after demoting him, Sportsnet has reported.

Tepera performed well in 12 appearances with Toronto. He allowed just 10 hits in 13 innings with 10 strikeouts and posted an ERA of 2.77.


Gibbons: P Felix Doubront coming up, could fill spot in rotation
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:15 pm ET) John Gibbons has confirmed via the MLB Radio Network that veteran left-hander Felix Doubront is set to be promoted by the Blue Jays on Friday and could fill the fifth spot in the rotation when the team plays against the host White Sox next week.

The 27-year-old Doubront has yet to pitch in the majors this season. But he was performing well at Triple-A Buffalo with a 2.44 ERA and just 36 hits allowed in 48 innings.


 
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