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Justin Ruggiano ready to roll again Monday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:20 pm ET) Cubs right fielder Justin Ruggiano has returned to the lineup after missing five games with a groin injury. He is set to start Monday against Colorado.

Ruggiano hopes to hit better than he did before going down. He was hitless in four of his last seven games in which he had a plate appearance.


Jordan Pacheco back, Nick Evans out for Arizona
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:16 pm ET) The Diamondbacks have activated infielder/catcher Jordan Pacheco from the 15-day disabled list and released utility man Nick Evans .

Pacheco has been used sparingly this season, but has been serviceable. He's batting .250 with eight RBI in 80 at-bats.


Torrid Jorge Soler moves up to Triple-A
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:13 pm ET) Cubs promising outfield prospect Jorge Soler has been promoted from Double-A Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa.

Soler has been raking at all levels this season with a stat line of .396/.488/.792. He has eight home runs and 30 RBI in just 101 at-bats.


Joel Peralta back with Rays
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:05 pm ET) Veteran right-hander Joel Peralta has been activated off the disabled list by the Rays.

Peralta was on the DL only for one week with an illness. He has not pitched since July 12. He hopes to pick up his performance level upon his return. He has allowed five earned runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings pitched.


Erik Bedard receives DFA tag from Tampa Bay
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:00 pm ET) Struggling veteran starter Erik Bedard has been designated for assignment by the Rays.

Bedard lost his starting spot after yielding six earned runs on eight hits in two innings on July 3. His ERA has soared from 2.63 to 4.76 since May 21. He has made a habit in recent years out of showing promise with a new team before fading.


Cubs get player to be named later for Darwin Barney
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:54 pm ET) The Cubs received a player to be named from the Dodgers for second baseman Darwin Barney, per the Chicago Sun-Times.

Aaron Hill out again for Diamondbacks
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:50 pm ET) A hand injury that knocked Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill out of the game Saturday continues to keep him sidelined Monday in Cincinnati. Didi Gregorius is set to man the position.

The inactivity has cost Hill the momentum gained by a 10-game hitting streak in which he has 16 hits in 39 at-bats with six doubles and two home runs.


Jake Marisnick up, Jacob Realmuto down for Marlins
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:45 pm ET) The Marlins have demoted catcher Jacob Realmuto from Triple-A New Orleans and recalled outfielder Jake Marisnick from the same team.

Realmuto has four hits in 20 at-bats in his big league stints this season. Marisnick spent three weeks in the minors after managing eight hits - all singles - in 47 at-bats with Miami.


Report: Darwin Barney deal to Dodgers complete
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:38 pm ET) The deal of second baseman Darwin Barney from the Cubs to the Dodgers is done, sources have told mlbdailydish.com. Details have yet to be released.

Report: Dodgers set to deal for Darwin Barney
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:33 pm ET) A trade that would send second baseman Darwin Barney from the Cubs to the Dodgers is imminent, per the Chicago Tribune.

Barney was designated for assignment on July 22 after continuing struggles that began in 2013. Barney posted a .230/265/.328 stat line before losing his roster spot.


 
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