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Reds pitcher Trevor Bell elects free agency


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) Reds pitcher Trevor Bell has elected to become a free-agent.

Bell pitched just two-thirds of an inning in the majors last season due to elbow inflammation. He'll seek a deal with another club during the offseason.


Padres P Josh Johnson finally back to throwing


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) Padres right-hander Josh Johnson, whose career has been curtailed by two Tommy John surgeries, played catch last week for the first time since going under the knife in early April.

Johnson, who was sidelined after throwing just 13 innings in spring training, expressed joy over the rather modest accomplishment.

"I'm very excited ... it's been a long time," he told MLB.com.

The Padres hold a $4 million option next year on Johnson, who has not pitched effectively since winning three of four decision for the Marlins in 2011 and compiling a 1.64 ERA.


Trading Tulowitzki, Gonzalez would be 'tough pill to swallow' for Rockies


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki have been linked trade rumors quite often. New Rockies general manager Jeff Birdich seems against trading Colorado's two superstar players, but he appears willing to listen to offers.

"We are well aware how talented they both are," Birdich told MLB Network Radio Thursday. "Thinking about trading them would be a tough pill to swallow. Though, it would be unwise for us to close our ears or eyes to any trading possibility."


Report: Phillies SP A.J. Burnett likely to return for 17th season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) It appears Phillies starting pitcher A.J Burnett will return for a 17th season in the majors in 2015, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Burnett suggested following a rough outing in August that he would "probably" retire, but people close to Burnett believe he will likely pitch next season.

David Wright 'optimistic' about Mets' outlook in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) Mets third baseman David Wright is pretty optimistic about New York's outlook in 2015, according to NJ.com.

"We're obviously going to look to better the team this offseason, whether it's through trades or free agency," Wright said during an interview with ESPN Radio Wednesday. "We should be ready to roll come spring training because I'm sure expectations are going to be fairly high on us and expectations on ourselves should be high.

"There's a lot of positives looking forward to next year. Obviously I'm optimistic and Mets fans should be optimistic but we have to go out there and prove it now."


Mets 3B David Wright happy with rehab from shoulder injury


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) Mets third baseman David Wright has expressed satisfaction in an interview with ESPN Radio about his rehab from a shoulder injury that wiped out his last month of the season.

The shoulder bothered him through the summer and resulted in an uncharacteristically poor numbers. His rehab is scheduled to be completed around Nov. 1.

"I'm feeling pretty good," Wright said. "I'm excited to finish this six-week rehab program ... and go hopefully clear to start my normal offseason routine. The motivation for me is to be healthy first and foremost."

Wright finished 2014 with a .269 average and just eight home runs.


Josh Beckett announces plans to retire


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2014) Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett announced his retirement after the Dodgers were eliminated from the playoffs Tuesday night, MLB.com reports.

Beckett, who last pitched on Aug. 3, had his final season end prematurely due to a torn labrum in his hip. "I just don't see me going through that rehab and coming back to pitch at this point in my life," he said.

Beckett delivered a 2.88 ERA and 107:39 K:BB ratio in 115 2/3 innings during his final season. He ends his career with a 138-106 record, 3.88 ERA and 1,901 strikeouts in 2,051 innings. He was named the MVP of the 2003 World Series while pitching for the Marlins and was part of two World Series titles with the 2003 Marlins and 2007 Red Sox.


Jose Fernandez has 'incredible' throwing session


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez indicated that his second throwing session Friday was "incredible," the Miami Herald reports.

"The ball is coming out of my hand incredible," Fernandez said after Friday's session. "I’m just excited to get a ball in my hand and let it go again ... I have never felt this good ever. The ball is coming out of my hand effortlessly."

Fernandez underwent Tommy John surgery in May and threw the ball for the first time since the procedure Wednesday. Despite his comments, he's aware that he shouldn't try to push himself too hard in the early stages of his recovery.

"I’m just going with the flow, whatever the doctor says, and go step by step," he said. "But I’m thrilled to be back on the field and have a ball in my hand."

Fernandez will remain on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday throwing schedule during this portion of his recovery. He isn't expected to work off a mound until 2015.


Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) to rehab for 6-8 weeks


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) The Mets announced catcher Travis d'Arnaud will rehab 6-8 weeks following surgery Tuesday to have a bone chip removed from his elbow, according to the New York Post.

Diamondbacks SS Chris Owings undergoes shoulder surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) The Diamondbacks announced Thursday shortstop Chris Owings underwent successful surgery on the labrum in his left shoulder. The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews.

Chris Owings to undergo shoulder surgery Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings will undergo surgery on his left shoulder Thursday, the team announced.

Owings missed the last few games of the season with the shoulder issue, finishing the year with a .261/.300/.406 line along with six home runs, 26 RBI and eight stolen bases in 310 at-bats. He is expected to be ready for the beginning of spring training.


Report: Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud undergoes elbow surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud had successful surgery Wednesday to remove a bone spur from his right elbow, a source told the New York Daily News.

Marlins SP Jose Fernandez makes 25 tosses from 30 feet


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez, who is coming off Tommy John surgery in May, made 25 throws from 30 feet Wednesday. He reported feeling good after the throwing session.

Phillies' Cliff Lee to begin full throwing program in November


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) The Phillies announced Wednesday starting pitcher Cliff Lee had an MRI on his left elbow Friday. The MRI showed Lee's flexor tendon is healing well.

Lee, who missed the final two months of the season due to a Grade 2 flexor pronator strain, will begin a full throwing program in November and is expected to be ready for spring training.


Phillies OF Ben Revere undergoes surgery to remove screws from ankle


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) The Phillies announced Wednesday outfielder Ben Revere had surgery Tuesday to remove screws from his right ankle. Revere will be in a walking boot for about two weeks, but he is expected to be ready for the start of spring training.

Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz undergoes minor shoulder surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) The Phillies announced Wednesday catcher Carlos Ruiz underwent minor arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Monday. Ruiz will begin rehabbing the injury immediately and will return to Philadelphia in November for a follow-up exam.

The Phillies are expecting Ruiz to be ready for the start of spring training.


Marlins expecting to have Giancarlo Stanton on roster in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Marlins president David Samson said even if the team can't sign outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to a long-term deal, he is still expected to be part of the Marlins' plans next season, per The Miami Herald.

"He’s on this team [in 2015] either way," Samson said. "I can’t wait until after the season to sit down with Giancarlo and [agent] Joel Wolfe and talk about contract. We’re ready. We want him to be a Marlin well past his arbitration years.

"We hope that he believes in us and believes in Miami and believes in the direction of this team and recognizes that he has a chance to be the leader of a successful team for many years to come."


Marlins SP Jose Fernandez 'progressing perfectly' post-elbow surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Marlins manager Mike Redmond provided an update Tuesday on the status of starting pitcher Jose Fernandez, who missed most of the 2014 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in May.

"He is starting to play catch within the next few days," Redmond told MLB Network Radio. "Everything is progressing perfectly."


Josh Satin sidelined by hand fractuce


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Mets infielder Josh Satin is unavailable for Sunday's season finale against the Astros after an X-ray and MRI on his hand revealed a fracture, ESPNNewYork.com reports. Satin will remain idle for six weeks while the hand heals.


A.J. Burnett will have hernia surgery


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Immediately after the end of his final start of the season, Phillies starting pitcher A.J. Burnett told reporters that he will have surgery to repair his inguinal hernia, MLB.com reports Saturday. Burnett also indicated that he is unsure if he'll pitch again next season.

A.J. Burnett suffers league-leading 18th loss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Phillies starting pitcher A.J. Burnett suffered a league-leading 18th loss in his final start of the season Saturday night at home against the Braves. The right hander permitted four urns on five hits and three walks while striking out seven over 6 2/3 innings of a 4-2 defeat.

Burnett finishes the season 10 games under .500 (8-18), with a 4.59 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP over 34 starts. He posted a 190:96 K:BB ratio over 213 2/3 innings.


Matt Cain undergoes ankle surgery


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Giants pitcher Matt Cain underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle Saturday to remove bone spurs, the team announced.

Cain had bone chips removed from his elbow in August, and his rehab period was already expected to extend into November. He'll need two months to recover from Saturday's procedure, so he shouldn't miss much more extra time with the new injury.


Sore shoulder keeps Chris Owings sidelined Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings was scratched from the starting lineup Friday night against St. Louis because of a sore shoulder, MLB.com reports. The move was made as a precaution, though his status for the final two days of the season remains uncertain. Owings owns a .261/.300/.406 slash line with six homers and 26 RBI over 310 at-bats.

Joey Votto pretty much done for the year


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Reds first baseman Joey Votto is likely done for the rest of the year, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer

General manager Walt Jocketty said "it doesn't make any sense at this point" to bring Votto back. He's been sidelined since July 5 due to a quad injury. Votto hit .255/.390/.409 over 220 at-bats. 


Jon Jay returns Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay has returned to the club Friday, according to Fox Sports Midwest.

Jay was away for a few days due to a personal matter. He rejoined the club Friday, and is back in the starting lineup. Jay is hitting .302/.373/.379 over 404 at-bats. 


 
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Fan Poll

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