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Neil Ramirez sent to Triple-A Saturday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:29 pm ET) The Cubs optioned pitcher Neil Ramirez back to Triple-A Iowa Saturday, in order to make room on the active roster for Blake Parker's recall.

Ramirez post an 0.96 ERA in 28 innings for the Cubs, with 36 strikeouts and 10 walks on the season. 


Blake Parker returns to Cubs from Triple-A
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:27 pm ET) The Cubs shuffled the bullpen Saturday, calling up pitcher Blake Parker from Triple-A Iowa to replace Neil Ramirez on the active roster.

Parker appeared in five games for the Cubs earlier in the season, posting a 9.53 ERA in 5 2/3 innings of work.


Edwin Escobar, Heath Hembree sent to Triple-A after trade
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:22 pm ET) After acquiring pitching prospects Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree from the Giants on Saturday, the Red Sox have reassigned both players to Triple-A Pawtucket, according to the Providence Journal.

Escobar posted a 5.11 ERA with 96 strikeouts and 37 walks in 111 innings at Triple-A Fresno before the trade. Hembree owned a 3.89 ERA in 39 1/2 innings over 41 appearances for Fresno.

Daisuke Matsuzaka hits DL with elbow inflammation
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:06 pm ET) Mets pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, due to inflammation in his right elbow.

Matsuzaka had an MRI taken on the elbow Friday, which apparently showed enough damage to require a trip to the disabled list. The extent of the injury beyond that is not yet known. 


Jon Lester wouldn't be 'surprised' if Boston trades him
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:55 pm ET) Following Friday's start against the Rays, Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester told reporters that he wouldn't be surprised if he was traded before the trade deadline, but still remains open to returning next season, MassLive.com reports.

"I don't think anything, especially in Boston, can surprise you," Lester said. "We all understand where we’re at, we understand it's a business. And (general manager Ben Cherington) and ownership have to do what's right for this organization and if that means whoever it may be is traded for prospects or other guys or whatever, that's just part of the business. We all understand it."

Lester's deal expires at the end of the season. In 21 starts, the left-hander is 10-7 with a 2.52 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP over 143 innings of work. His next start will come Wednesday at home against Toronto.

Jake Peavy to make Giants debut Sunday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:41 pm ET) Newly acquired pitcher Jake Peavy will make his Giants debut Sunday against the Dodgers, just a day after he was acquired via trade from the Red Sox.

Peavy had a 4.72 ERA on the season over 124 innings with the Red Sox before the trade. 


A.J. Pierzynski steps right into Cardinals' lineup
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:31 pm ET) Cardinals catcher A.J. Pierzynski is in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cubs, just hours after his signing was made official. Pierzynski is batting sixth and starting behind the plate for his first game.

Justin Ruggiano still out Saturday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:16 pm ET) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano was unable to return to the lineup Saturday against the Cardinals, as he continues to deal with a sore groin. Ruggiano has not started since Tuesday, but appeared in Friday's game as a pinch-hitter.  

Red Sox receive pair of pitching prospects for Peavy
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:55 am ET) The Red Sox will receive pitching prospects Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree from the Giants in exchange for pitcher Jake Peavy, ESPN.com reports Saturday.

Escobar entered the season as Baseball America's 56th-ranked prospect, but has struggled at Triple-A Fresno. He has a 5.11 ERA with 96 strikeouts and 37 walks in 111 innings at Fresno.

Hembree is the only one of the two with major-league experience, as he tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings for the Giants last year. He has a 3.89 ERA in 39 1/2 innings over 41 appearances for Fresno this season.  


DL decision looming for Mark Teixeira Sunday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:50 am ET) The Yankees are expected to make a decision about whether Mark Teixeira will require a trip to the disabled list Sunday, after he puts in a few days of work.

Teixeira, who has been out since suffering a lat injury last Sunday, will stretch and run Saturday, according to the Wall Street Journal. He will then try to throw and hit off a tee Sunday, to determine if he has made enough progress from the injury to avoid a trip to the disabled list.

Even in a best-case scenario, the earliest Teixeira might return to action is Monday in Texas. 


 
 
 
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