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Marlins trade RP Sam Dyson to Rangers for Tomas Telis, Cody Ege


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) The Rangers have acquired right-hander Sam Dyson from the Marlins. In exchange, the Marlins will receive catcher Tomas Telis and left-hander Cody Ege.

Dyson has made 44 relief appearances this year with the Marlins. he is 3-3 with a 3.68 ERA in 44 innings. 

Telis, who will report straight to the Marlins' big-league club, was 2 for 11 in his recent six-game stint with the Rangers.

Ege, a 2013 draft pick, was 6-2 with a 1.00 ERA in 35 relief appearances between Class A and Double-A this year. He will head to the Marlins' Double-A affiliate.


Phillies receive P Matt Harrison, five prospects for Hamels


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2015) The Phillies have at least received strength in numbers from the Rangers in return for stud left-hander Cole Hamels. They get six players back, including four pitchers.

The lone experienced hurler is left-hander Matt Harrison, who is coming off a back injury that has limited him to three starts this season.

The only non-pitchers are catcher Jorge Alfaro and outfielder Nick Williams, who has compiled a fine .299/.357/.470 slash line this season with 13 homers and 10 stolen bases at Double-A Frisco. He has put together the best season of all the players Philadelphia is getting back. Alfaro is at .253/.314/.432 at Frisco.

The Phillies also get back right-handers Jake Thompson, Alec Asher and Jerad Eickhoff. Thompson is 6-6 with a 4.72 ERA for Frisco with 78 strikeouts in 87 2/3 innings. Asher is 4-10 with a 4.43 ERA at Triple-A Round Rock. Eickhoff is 10-4 with a 4.11 ERA with the same team. He has fanned 107 in 111 2/3 innings.

Thompson is considered a top-50 prospect by Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus. MLB.com ranks him as a top-100 prospect. Williams and Alfaro are also among Baseball Prospectus' top-50 and MLB.com's top-100 lists.


Report: Braves almost certainly won't trade C A.J. Pierzynski


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2015) Surprising catcher A.J. Pierzynski will be sticking around unless the Braves are overwhelmed with an offer, according to USA Today, which is claiming that he has become too valuable to the organization on and off the field. He had previously been rumored to be on the trading block.

Pierzynski seemed to be winding down his career as a backup upon his arrival in Atlanta, but he quickly wrested the starting job away from Christian Bethancourt and has been performing well ever since. He has even batted cleanup on occasion.

He has compiled a slash line of .287/.325/.425 on the year and is currently on a six-game hitting streak.

 


Rockies' Nick Hundley hits game-tying home run in loss Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) Rockies catcher Nick Hundley went 2 for 5 with a single and two RBI, including a solo home run in Thursday's 9-8 loss to the Cardinals. Hundley launched his eighth home run in the sixth inning to tie the game at 6-6. 

Hundley has been swinging the bat well over the past two weeks or so. In his last 14 games, the backstop is hitting .358 with two home runs and nine RBI. 


Mets C Travis d'Arnaud activated from disabled list


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) The Mets have activated catcher Travis d'Arnaud from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday, according to ESPN.com. d'Arnaud is expected to be in the lineup on Friday when the Mets open a three-game series against the Nationals.

d'Arnaud had been out since June 20 with a sprained elbow. Before being shut down, d'Arnaud was hitting .267 with two home runs and seven RBI in eight games following an initial stint on the DL.


Padres' Derek Norris crushes grand slam in win on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Derek Norris had a fantastic day at the plate for the Padres on Thursday. Norris, who was the starting first baseman on Thursday, went 5 for 5, including a seventh-inning grand slam.

Norris' slam cut the Mets' lead to 7-5, and the Padres would go on to win 8-7. It was the third grand slam of Norris' career, and his second this year. 

Norris, who now has 12 homers on the year, had been struggling at the plate coming into Thursday's game. Over his previous 10 games, he was batting just .111 (4 for 36) with no home runs and zero RBI.


Mets option C Anthony Recker to Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Mets catcher Anthony Recker was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas following the 8-7 loss to the Padres on Thursday. Recker had been the back-up to Kevin Plawecki, who will likely be the back-up to the returning Travis d'Arnaud.

Recker is batting .123 with a pair of home runs with the Mets in 2015.


Reds recall Holmberg, Sampson; option Skipworth; Adcock to DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2015) The Reds optioned catcher Kyle Skipworth to Double-A Pensacola on Thursday to clear a roster spot for starting pitcher David Holmberg, who is joining the rotation in the wake of the Johnny Cueto trade.

They also recalled reliever Keyvius Sampson from Triple-A Louisville to take the roster spot of reliever Nate Adcock, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list.


Collins says Mets will ease d'Arnaud back into action upon activation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2015) Mets manager Terry Collins confirmed catcher Travis d'Arnaud will be activated off the disabled list Friday. Collins added d'Arnaud will be eased back into action and won't catch more than two or three games in a row.

He has been on the disabled list since June 23 due to a sprained left elbow. He has been active for only 19 games this season due to injury.


Report: Mets ready to activate Travis d'Arnaud off disabled list


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2015) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud is ready to come off the disabled list and will likely be activated prior to Friday's game against the Nationals, according to MLB.com.

D'Arnaud traveled to New York after going 1 for 5 for Double-A Binghamton on Wednesday, according to the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin.

He has been on the disabled list since June 23 due to a sprained left elbow. He has been active for only 19 games this season due to injury.

D'Arnaud hit safely in all five games on a rehab assignment with Binghamton. He hit .300 (6 for 20) with one double, one RBI, three runs and two strikeouts.


Cubs C Miguel Montero (thumb) says he's close to returning


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Catcher Miguel Montero, who has been on the disabled list since July 17 with a sprained left thumb, will see a specialist on Thursday and travel with the team to Milwaukee in the hopes of playing this weekend, per ESPN.com. 

"I can play," Montero said. "It won't be 100 percent until after the season."

Montero's return would give the Cubs some lineup flexibility given that rookie catcher Kyle Schwarber has hit well since being promoted to the majors. Schwarber can play in the outfield, giving Chicago a stronger lineup. 


D-backs' Welington Castillo burns former team on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Catcher Welington Castillo had a nice day at the plate for the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. Castillo helped his new club defeat his old club, as the D-Backs beat the Mariners 8-2, as they swept the three-game series.

Castillo, who was a Mariner for less than two weeks, went 2 for 3 with a pair of home runs, both of which came off Felix Hernandez. Castillo launched a two-run homer in the first inning, and added a solo shot in the third.

"I've been working on my approach. I'm thinking middle all the way and looking for my pitch and not trying to miss," Castillo said, per MLB.com. "I'm putting my best swing on it and seeing what happens."

The two longballs give Castillo 10 on the year. It was his second career multi-homer game, with the previous one coming back in 2013. 


Dodgers C A.J. Ellis caught bullpen session as part of rehab


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis caught a bullpen session on Monday as a part of his rehab to come back from right knee inflammation, according to the Orange County Register.



Mets' Travis d'Arnaud catches nine innings in rehab game Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/28/2015) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud successfully caught the entire game on Tuesday with Double-A Binghampton, as he continues to recover from a sprained elbow. d'Arnaud went 1 for 4 in the 3-0 victory.

The Mets have not laid out the next step in his rehab assignment, but the team is hoping to have him back in the lineup by this coming weekend. d'Arnaud has been on the disabled list since June 20.


Diamondbacks C Welington Castillo (elbow) out Tuesday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/28/2015) Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo, who left Monday's game after being hit by a pitch in the elbow, is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Mariners.

Oscar Hernandez will fill in for Castillo on Tuesday, and he will hit out of the eighth spot in the lineup.


Cardinals' Yadier Molina, Mark Reynolds back in lineup Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and first baseman Mark Reynolds were back in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Reds, the team announced.

Molina will bat fifth with Reynolds batting sixth. Molina left Monday's contest after not feeling well, while Reynolds has been bothered by a hand injury.


Mets C Travis d'Arnaud singles in Double-A rehab game


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/28/2015) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud went 1 for 3 with a single in a Double-A rehab game on Monday.

d'Arnaud is working his way back from a sprained left elbow. He is expected to catch a full rehab game on Tuesday.

"I feel great, and I'm excited to get back whenever they feel like I'm ready," d'Arnaud said, per ESPN.com.


Diamondbacks C Welington Castillo leaves game after HBP


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/28/2015) Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo left Monday's game against the Mariners after being hit by a pitch in the elbow, according to the Arizona Republic.

Castillo had a hard time moving and bending his elbow after the game.

"It doesn't feel really good right now," Castillo said. "We will see tomorrow."


Cardinals' Yadier Molina leaves Monday's game after not feeling well


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2015) Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was forced to exit Monday's game against the Reds after feeling ill, the team announced. Molina was 1 for 2 with one run before leaving the contest. He was replaced by Tony Cruz.

After the game, manager Mike Matheny said Molina was more dehydrated and was able to pass concussion tests, reports Fox Sports Midwest.


Cubs catcher Kyle Schwarber to see time in left field


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2015) Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday catcher Kyle Schwarber could see more playing time in left field after playing one inning in left during Sunday's contest, reports MLB.com.

"You saw him play one minute of outfield [Sunday]," Maddon said. "You might see him out there more often as we move along."

Schwarber has been working on outfield drills with coach Dave Martinez. He is hitting .396 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 16 games this season.


Diamondbacks activate C Jarrod Saltalamacchia


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/27/2015) The Diamondbacks announced Monday they have activated catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia from the 15-day disabled list and optioned pitcher Dominic Leone to Double-A Mobile, per The Sports Xchange. 

Saltalamacchia has been on the disabled list since July 17 (retroactive to July 11) due to a strained muscle in his neck. He was hitting .213 with one home run in 20 games with the team.

Leone is 0-5 with an 8.40 ERA in 13 appearances with the Mariners and D-Backs this season. 


Reds recall C Skipworth, DFA INF Dominguez


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/27/2015) The Reds announced they have recalled catcher Kyle Skipworth from Double-A Pensacola to fill the roster spot vacated with the trade of starter Johnny Cueto, in addition to designating utility man Chris Dominguez for assignment. 

Skipworth was with the Reds earlier in the season, but did not enter a game before being optioned in April. He was hitting .237 in 42 games at Double-A.

Dominguez appeared in 14 games with the Reds, hitting .261 with two homers and five RBIs. 


Mets C Travis d'Arnaud gets two hits in Double-A rehab game


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/26/2015) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud went 2 for 5 with a run scored in his rehab assignment game for Double-A Binghamton on Sunday.

d'Arnaud is currently on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow injury.


Brewers give Adam Lind Sunday off with back issue


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2015) Brewers first baseman Adam Lind isn't in the starting lineup for Sunday's game. Lind was forced to leave Saturday's game due to lower back tightness. 

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy moves to first to replace Lind, starting there for the third time this year. 


Ryan Lavarnway gives A.J. Pierzynski day off for Braves


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2015) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski isn't in the starting lineup for Sunday's game, getting a break after starting seven of the last eight. 

Replacing him behind the plate is Ryan Lavarnway, who gets his eighth start for the Braves. 


 
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