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Cubs pleased with how Javier Baez has bounced back
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:42 pm ET) Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer tried to downplay Tuesday the significance of prospect Javier Baez moving from shortstop to second base at Triple-A Iowa.

"The Baez second-base thing is really more big-picture than anything else," Hoyer said, per CSN Chicago. "We want to increase his versatility. We thought it was the right thing to do to start putting him there. ... These moves are not connected.

"We went into the year thinking we would move him around a bit earlier, and he struggled offensively. We thought it was going to be the wrong time to have this guy worry about a defensive change. (So) we held off on it, and really waited until he got going offensively. We’re pretty proud of what he’s done this year. In some ways, it’s been ideal for him."

Baez had a chance to be up in the majors by now, but a slow start offensively cost him that opportunity. Still, he looks like a potential September callup and has gotten on track offensively at Iowa. He hit .275 with four home runs and 21 RBI in 28 June games and is batting .275 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 18 July games.

"He really built on every single month, until the last three or four weeks, when he’s been outstanding. Hopefully, we’ll continue to see that trajectory. In the minor leagues, you want to see guys finishing strong. You want to see them conquer that level, and his ability to fight through what was a difficult start has been really impressive."


Kyle Gibson lined up for Saturday start
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:35 pm ET) Ron Gardenhire is hopeful that Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson, who was scratched from his Wednesday start, can pitch Saturday instead. If not, another pitcher must be promoted, per Fox Sports.

Gibson is dealing with a stiff back.


Ryan Zimmerman unable to start Wednesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:34 pm ET) Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was held out of the starting lineup Wednesday at Colorado after leaving Tuesday's game due to a strained right hamstring. Anthony Rendon moved over from second base to start in Zimmerman's absence at third base.

Wil Myers slowly working his way back
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:29 pm ET) Rays outfielder Wil Myers has begun some light throwing and hitting as he continues his recovery from a wrist injury that has prevented him from playing since May 30, per the Tampa Bay Times.

Myers is not expected back on the field until at least mid-August.


Chad Qualls: I want to remain with Astros
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:21 pm ET) Astros closer Chad Qualls might not remain a closer if he's traded before the deadline. That could be one reason he has expressed a desire to stay in Houston.

"I can't have any control over that," he told the Houston Chronicle. "I've been traded numerous times in my career. But you know, I signed here obviously to try to help this team win. And like I said from the beginning, if we could start to turn this organization around and start bringing winning ways to Houston, I thought that'd be pretty cool, and I always want to be a part of it."

Qualls went on to say that's why he signed a two-year deal with the Astros with a team option for another year and that he would like to retire with Houston. He has certainly done his part in helping the team improve this year by taking over the closer duties and nailing down 11 saves in 13 chances with a 1.78 ERA.


Ryan Hanigan takes step toward recovery
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:12 pm ET) Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan has resumed throwing as he ramps up his recovery from a left oblique injury that has landed him on the disabled list.

Hanigan is still more than a week away from eligibility to return to the lineup.


Report: Edwin Encarnacion might be back next week
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:08 pm ET) The Blue Jays believe slugger Edwin Encarnacion could return to the lineup as early as next week, according to Fox Sports.

Encarnacion has been sidelined since July 5 with a quad injury that landed him on the disabled list. He has accelerated his return by taking batting and fielding practice.


Jose Abreu back on field Wednesday for White Sox
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:02 pm ET) White Sox slugger Jose Abreu has recovered enough from a back ailment to return to the lineup Wednesday against Kansas City. He missed the game Tuesday night.

Abreu returns on a tear. He has hit safely in 30 of his last 31 games and has raised his average from .260 to .292 during that stretch. He leads the majors with 29 home runs.


Jeff Francoeur's promotion among Padres transactions
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:01 pm ET) The Padres are making some changes to their rosters throughout the organization, according to MLB.com. One of the bigger transactions will be promoting veteran outfielder Jeff Francoeur from Triple-A El Paso to the major-league roster.

Outfield prospect Rymer Liriano is being promoted from Double-A San Antonio to El Paso, and outfielder Alex Dickerson will be promoted from Class A Eugene to San Antonio.


Jordan Zimmermann's poor outing due to long layoff
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:52 am ET) Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann blamed his struggles during a five-inning no-decision Tuesday at Colorado on the long layoff between starts and not the biceps injury he had been recovering from. Due to the All-Star break, Zimmermann went 11 days between starts.

"My command was way off," Zimmermann said, per The Washington Post. "I’m hoping it’s because of the days off. I was just missing over the middle. I’d get two strikes, and I’d miss over the middle, and it seemed to be a double or a triple every time. It was a battle tonight. I seemed to have my hands full every inning. I had to work extremely hard. I’m glad we got the win.

"It wasn’t the bicep. The bicep felt great. I was a little rusty, but I made it through it just fine. I feel I’ll be a lot better next time."


 
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