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Zach Walters to split time at second with Danny Espinosa


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4:01 pm ET) The Nationals recalled infielder Zach Walters from Triple-A Syracuse Wednesday, and are putting him in the lineup for Friday's game against the Reds.

According to the Washington Post, Walters is likely to see a majority of the playing time at second base against right-handed pitchers as part of a platoon with Danny Espinosa. Walters hit 12 of his 15 home runs in Triple-A from the left side of the plate.  


Chris Capuano set to start Saturday for Yankees


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:00 pm ET) Just-acquired left-hander Chris Capuano will make his debut for the pitching-strapped Yankees in a Saturday afternoon start against Toronto.

The 35-year-old Capuano hopes to perform better in a starting role than he did in relief for Boston this season, particularly in his last five outings in June, when he surrendered 10 earned runs on 14 hits and four walks in just four innings.


Brad Ziegler available to pitch Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:57 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler has not been able to pitch since he was hit by a line drive on the ribs Tuesday, but a couple of days off has given him enough time to get healthy.

Ziegler told MLB.com Friday he is available to pitch out of the bullpen in that evening's game against the Phillies. 


Heyman: Dodgers starting to shop Matt Kemp


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:51 pm ET) The Dodgers have begin reaching out to other teams about a possible trade involving outfielder Matt Kemp, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman Friday.

Kemp's agent has expressed a willingness to accept a trade over the last few weeks, and Heyman reports the Dodgers have received interest from five teams. Kemp has appeared in 92 of 103 games so far this season, but the Dodgers have had to juggle five players for three outfield spots. The report indicates it hasn't left everyone involved happy.

Kemp is hitting .268/.333/.422 in 360 at-bats on the season, but has struggled defensively after an offseason that saw him undergo shoulder and ankle injuries. 


Mark Teixeira hopeful of avoiding DL stint


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:50 pm ET) Sidelined Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has expressed encouragement about his health and is hoping to avoid a trip to the disabled list.

"I hope to be back soon," he told the YES Network.

Teixeira, who is set to miss his fifth straight game in a series opener against Toronto, added that he could swing the bat as early as Friday.


Mark Teixeira out again with lat strain


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:33 pm ET) Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is set to sit for the fifth straight game Friday night against Toronto. A nagging lat strain could wind up sending him to the disabled list.

Brian McCann is manning the position instead.


Frequent benchings begin as Billy Butler out of Friday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:27 pm ET) Despite the continued absence of injured Eric Hosmer from the Royals lineup Friday against Cleveland, designated hitter Billy Butler is not playing. That indicates how far he has fallen in the eyes of Ned Yost.

Yost has already announced that Butler will be losing playing time. The one-time slugger has just one hit in his last 15 at-bats and owns a stat line of .264/.319/.343 that pales in comparison to those compiled in seasons past.


Scooter Gennett sits out third straight


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:23 pm ET) Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett missed his third game in a row Friday against the Mets, as he continues to deal with a quad injury. He remains day to day moving forward, but has now played since suffering the injury Tuesday.  

Hand issue still keeping Eric Hosmer sidelined


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:22 pm ET) Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer was out of the lineup for the second game in a row Friday against the Indians, as he continues to deal with a hand injury.

Hosmer has been out since leaving Wednesday's game due to ongoing issues with his hand, which have led to decreased grip strength. He remains day to day as a result of this issue. 


Report: David Ortiz says he can play Friday against Rays


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:18 pm ET) A back issue will apparently not prevent David Ortiz from making his appointed rounds at designated hitter Friday for the Red Sox at Tampa Bay. He has told John Farrell that he's good to go, per Comcast Sports Net.

Ortiz, who felt twinges in his mid-back Wednesday and Thursday, had it evaluated Friday.


Anthony Varvaro's return ends Gus Schlosser's cameo


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:14 pm ET) The Braves activated pitcher Anthony Varvaro from the paternity leave list Friday, after spending two days away from the team. Gus Schlosser was optioned right back to Triple-A Gwinnett to clear a roster spot for him.

Jayson Werth returns from knee issue


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:02 pm ET) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was back in the lineup for Friday's game against the Reds, after sitting out the team's previous game with a knee injury.

Werth got two days off with the offday Thursday, which allowed him to get past the soreness that was bothering him earlier in the week. He is hitting .377/.472/.852 in 16 July games.  


Deck McGuire snagged from Toronto by Athletics


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:21 pm ET) The Athletics have acquired minor league pitcher Deck McGuire from the Blue Jays for cash considerations and sent him to Triple-A Sacramento.

The 25-year-old McGuire has struggled at Buffalo this season to the tune of a 3-5 record and 5.56 ERA with 57 hits and 23 walks allowed in 55 innings. 


Edwin Jackson hand much better Friday than his ERA


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:01 pm ET) Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson has no lingering effects from a hand injury that forced him out of his Thursday outing against San Diego, according to MLB.com, which is reporting that he's fine.

Jackson has struggled recently with 38 earned runs allowed in his last 47 innings covering nine starts. He is 1-6 during that stretch and owns a disturbing 5.68 ERA on the season.


Jeff Manship sailing off to Lehigh Valley


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:54 pm ET) Right-handed reliever Jeff Manship has accepted an assignment by the Phillies to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He was designated Wednesday.

Manship has never compiled an ERA lower than 5.28 in six big-league seasons and owns a 6.65 ERA this year.


Zack Cozart ready to roll against Nationals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:45 pm ET) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is back in the lineup for the Friday night game against Washington after being sidelined since Tuesday with a finger ailment.

Cozart will hope to heat up upon his return. He has four hits in his last 32 at-bats and hasn't homered since June 1.


Report: Kurt Suzuki being eyed by Cardinals, Orioles


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:36 pm ET) Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki, who is arguably enjoying his strongest season since 2009, is getting eyed by the Cardinals and Orioles, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Cardinals starting catcher Yadier Molina and Baltimore counterpart Matt Wieters are out for the season. Suzuki has proven to be one of the premier clutch hitters among major league catchers this season. He boasts a strong stat line of .308/.367/.393 while playing quite well behind the plate.


Jesse Hahn called up for Friday start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:36 pm ET) The Padres recalled pitcher Jesse Hahn from Triple-A El Paso Friday, ahead of his scheduled start against the Braves.

Hahn was sent down prior to the All-Star break in order to stay on schedule. He made one start at Double-A San Antonio, tossing two scoreless innings. 


Jace Peterson sent back to Triple-A


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:33 pm ET) The Padres optioned infielder Jace Peterson to Triple-A El Paso Friday, in order to clear a spot on the roster.

Peterson got the call just before the All-Star break but appeared in just two games for the Padres. He walked in his lone plate appearance before being sent down.


Issues with thumb, curve weaken Josh Hamilton


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:27 pm ET) A still-ailing thumb and inability to consistently hit breaking balls have resulted in a power outage for Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, ESPN has reported.

Hamilton has just three home runs in 45 games since returning from the thumb injury that landed him on the disabled list. He is also batting .200 on the season against curveballs - 47 points below the league average. Hamilton has whiffed on 49 percent of his swings against curveballs and 22 of his 42 plate appearances that ended on a curve resulted in a strikeout.

He owned a .741 slugging percentage before his injury and .382 since.


Report: Gregorio Petit set for return to the bigs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:09 pm ET) The Astros have promoted second baseman Gregorio Petit from Triple-A Oklahoma City, sources have told MLBDailyDish.com. That necessitates a roster move that has yet to be announced.

The 29-year-old Petit has 54 major league at-bats and has posted a .278 average, but has not played at that level since 2010 with Oakland.


Eury Perez comes off DL, sent to Triple-A


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:04 pm ET) The Nationals reinstated outfielder Eury Perez (toe) from the 60-day disabled list Friday, and then optioned him straight to Triple-A Syracuse. 

Chris Leroux get DFA tag from Yankees


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:56 pm ET) The Yankees have subtracted one Chris to make room for another. They have designated right-hander Chris Leroux for assignment to make room for fellow pitcher Chris Capuano.

Leroux had been promoted Wednesday from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre and did not get a chance to pitch.


Matt Purke recalled, transferred to 60-day DL


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:55 pm ET) The Nationals recalled pitcher Matt Purke from Double-A Harrisburg and then placed him on the 60-day disabled list, in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Purke is recovering from Tommy John surgery and is out for the season.  

Report: Mariners have Drew Stubbs on their radar


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:11 pm ET) The Mariners have made a trade offer for Rockies outfielder Drew Stubbs, according to the Denver Post, which is further reporting that Colorado is hard-pressed to give him up and that no talks are ongoing.

Stubbs has enjoyed a strong season, though his home-away splits are pronounced. He owns a .351/.379/.619 stat line at the launching pad known as Coors Field and .229/.277/.343 on the road. Safeco Field is one of the tougher hitter's parks in major league baseball.

The report also claimed that Seattle has asked about such established hitters as Billy Butler and Marlon Byrd as well.


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