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Red Sox need to free up PT before Will Middlebrooks returns
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:10 pm ET) Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks (finger) is heating up offensively during his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket, hitting safely in five straight games. He's had mutliple hits three times and homered twice in that span.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Middlebrooks continues to improve, but he has no timetable for his return to the majors, per MLB.com. With Stephen Drew, Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt rotating on the left side of the infield, the Red Sox are going to have to clear up some playing time for Middlebrooks before he's activated off the disabled list.

"We've communicated this clearly to Will," Farrell said. "He's very well aware of the need to get regular at-bats. We've got to do some things to maybe adjust the roster to accommodate that. Whether that happens naturally this upcoming week, that remains to be seen -- with roster adjustments or any potential trades.

"Before even saying anything about that, I'd be getting way too far ahead of myself. But more importantly, Will is healthy, swinging the bat well and playing daily."


Red Sox praise Brock Holt for versatility
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:01 pm ET) Red Sox infielder/outfielder Brock Holt made his first start at second base Thursday at Toronto, becoming the first player in franchise history to start at every position besides pitcher and catcher.

Though, manager John Farrell said he has no plans to give Holt a start behind the plate any time soon.

"He's done a great job, there's no doubt," Farrell said, per MLB.com. "We like to think that because of injuries, it's opened up and created some opportunities for him. If we had our choice, we would've liked to avoid all that. ... But in light of what's taken place this year, it's one of the better stories. [He's] a guy we can plan around in a number of ways as we go forward."


Joakim Soria expected to pitch mostly in seventh inning
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:56 pm ET) Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said newly acquired reliever Joakim Soria will probably pitch mostly in the seventh inning, according to the Detroit Free Press.

However, he said Soria could help in the eighth or ninth inning when setup man Joba Chamberlain and closer Joe Nathan need a day off.

"The ability to get left-handed and right-handed hitters out is extremely important," Dombrowski said. "In our situation, where you are trying to win, I think it’s important to be able to do that. You don’t want to be switching every hitter with a different pitcher if you can avoid that. Soria has shown that he can get left-handed and right-handed hitters out very well. I think that’s important."


Orioles acquire Jimmy Paredes from Royals
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:23 pm ET) The Orioles acquired infielder/outfielder Jimmy Paredes from the Royals in exchange for cash considerations. Paredes was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk following the trade.

Marwin Gonzalez able to start Thursday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:21 pm ET) Astros shortstop Marwin Gonzalez made it into the lineup Thursday at Oakland after leaving Wednesday's game due to soreness in his right hamstring. Gonzalez is batting .294 (15 for 51) with one double, one triple, one home run and eight RBI in 15 July games.

Yoenis Cespedes sits Thursday due to thumb injury
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:14 pm ET) Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was held out of the starting lineup Thursday against the Astros after leaving Wednesday's game due to a thumb injury. Brandon Moss was in left field Thursday for Oakland.

Manager Bob Melvin said Cespedes might be available off the bench Thursday and could be back in the lineup Friday at Texas.

Cespedes has been on a roll out of the All-Star break, hitting safely in his first five games. He is batting .381 (8 for 21) with two doubles, two home runs, five RBI and six runs in that span.


Evan Scribner back in Athletics bullpen
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:08 pm ET) The Athletics recalled reliever Evan Scribner from Triple-A Sacramento Thursday. Scribner has not been in the majors since early April.

A's remove Jim Johnson from roster
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:06 pm ET) The Athletics made a surprising move Thursday, as reliever Jim Johnson was designated for assignment.

Johnson began the season as the A's closer after being acquired in a December trade with Baltimore. Johnson was removed from the closer's role after a few weeks and had been pitching in middle relief. However, his performance lately had been pretty bad. He's allowed 12 runs (11 earned) in his last five outings.

The move comes as a bit of a surprise since Johnson's name has been linked to trade rumors. In fact, he was almost traded to Miami in early June and it's reported the Marlins are still interested in the veteran reliever.


Neftali Feliz should get chance to pitch on back-to-back days
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:59 pm ET) Rangers manager Ron Washington said Thursday he isn't certain if newly anointed closer Neftali Feliz can pitch on consecutive days yet. However, Washington feels Feliz will be up to the challenge when the time arises.

"I'm going to give him the ball and tell him to do what he feels he needs to do with it," Washington said, per ESPN. "This is what, Neftali's fifth year? I can't motivate Neftali. That (being the closer again) should motivate him enough. You got a chance to close and that's what it is, a chance."


Giants can't find a place for Marco Scutaro yet
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:36 pm ET) Giants infielder Marco Scutaro was out of the starting lineup for the third straight day Thursday against the Phillies, as the team continues to struggle finding a place for him in his recovery from a back injury.

"I'll just use him off the bench today and we'll see where he’s at when we get back,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy told CSNBayArea.com Thursday. "Hopefully we'll get to a point where we’re more comfortable putting him out there a couple times a week."

Scutaro will likely start one game this weekend against the Giants, but the report indicates opposing team scouts have been unimpressed by Scutaro both at the plate and in the field since his return. 


 
 
 
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