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6Russell Martin, PIT, C18
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5Garrett Richards, LAA, SP-15
6Vance Worley, PIT, SP-13
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Seattle shuffles their roster Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6:22 pm ET) The Mariners announced a pair of roster moves Friday. The team optioned pitcher Erasmo Ramirez down to Triple-A Tacoma, and recalled outfielder James Jones, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Masahiro Tanaka won't throw a bullpen for one week
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6:20 pm ET) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will play catch but will not be able to throw a bullpen for a week, the Bergen Record reports. Tanaka was shut down after suffering a setback in his recovery from a partially torn UCL.

"He wants time to physically catch up...let's just see where we're at," manager Joe Girardi said, via the paper.

Adrian Gonzalez returns to action Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6:18 pm ET) Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has returned to action Friday.

Gonzalez missed Wednesday's game due to a back injury. He was able to return Friday, and will assume his normal third spot in the batting order. Gonzalez is hitting .275/.334/.460 in 480 at-bats.


Joaquin Arias not ready to return Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6:10 pm ET) Giants infielder Joaquin Arias was held out of the starting lineup Friday night at home against Milwaukee, the Bay Area News Group reports. Arias has been sidelined since Monday because of a neck injury. He has hit .219/.247/.260 in 146 at-bats.

Brandon Crawford back in action Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6:07 pm ET) Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, who sat out with a shoulder issue on Thursday, returned to the starting lineup Friday night against Milwaukee, per the Bay Area News Group.

Royals make few roster moves Friday
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(5:44 pm ET) The Royals announced a couple of roster moves on Friday, per the team's official website. The team recalled right-handed reliever Louis Coleman from Triple-A Omaha. Pitcher Bruce Chen was designated for assignment.

Shane Robinson's season ends with shoulder surgery
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5:36 pm ET) Cardinals outfielder Shane Robinson underwent season-ending surgery on his left shoulder Thursday, the team announced.

Robinson hit the DL earlier this week due to a left shoulder subluxation, and will not be able to return. He hit just .150/.227/.200 in a part-time role with the Cardinals this season, and should be healthy in time for the start of spring training. 


Dane De La Rosa clears waivers, sent outright to Triple-A Salt Lake
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(5:35 pm ET) Angels reliever Dane De La Rosa has cleared outright waivers, and has been outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake, the team announced Friday. He is no longer on the 40-man roster.

Joey Votto's quad responds poorly to increased activity
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5:26 pm ET) Reds first baseman Joey Votto will have his rehab slowed, the team announced Friday, as his injured quad did not respond as well as hoped to an increase in activity Wednesday.

Votto, who has been out since July 8, took groundballs Wednesday, but appears to have suffered some sort of setback. He was able to take dry swings Thursday, but is not scheduled to travel with the team moving forward.

"There was still some fairly significant discomfort when he got lateral side-to-side so we had back off with that and stay with some strengthening and whatever the physical therapy protocols are," manager Bryan Price told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "We hope when we get back there are some marked improvement."

At this point, Votto is still expected to return by season's end, but there is no specific timetable for his expected return. 


'Significant issue' could keep Daniel Murphy out a while
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5:22 pm ET) Mets infielder Daniel Murphy may end up missing much of the remainder of the season due to his calf injury, manager Terry Collins told ESPN.com Friday.

"I'll tell you, Murph's down," Collins said. "It's not about who is playing second base. He had some pretty big goals set, and rightfully so, that he was chasing. Big goals. And now we're looking at quite a lengthy DL stint to where how much is going to be left at the end of the year?"

Murphy had an MRI taken on the calf, and manager Sandy Alderson also noted it is a 'significant issue,' though the exact timetable for his potential return to the lineup. The Mets have just 28 games remaining on the schedule, as of Friday. 


 
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Which of these third basemen would you want on your teams for the second half?

Nolan Arenado, Rockies
17%
Manny Machado, Orioles
25%
Todd Frazier, Reds
33%
Martin Prado, Diamondbacks
4%
Kyle Seager, Mariners
17%
Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
4%

Total Votes: 3,689


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