Jaime Garcia
Twins' Jaime Garcia: Slated to start Friday
Jaime Garcia, SP, MIN
1:21 PM
News: Garcia will start Friday in Oakland, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

After a brief holdup, Garcia was officially dealt from Atlanta to Minnesota on Monday, and he now has a set date for his Twins debut. Garcia hasn't exactly been great over the past couple seasons, but he certainly represents an upgrade at the back end over Kyle Gibson, provided he stays healthy. While the lefty has held up to a significant workload since the start of 2016, the health concerns will always linger with Garcia.

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A.J. Griffin
Rangers' A.J. Griffin: Could return Saturday
A.J. Griffin, SP, TEX
12:52 PM
News: The Rangers are considering activating Griffin (oblique) for Saturday's start against the Orioles, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Griffin built up to 73 pitches during his rehab start with Double-A Frisco on Monday, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out five over five scoreless innings. If the Rangers decide Griffin is not quite ready to return after an extended absence, they could turn to either Austin Bibens-Dirkx or Nick Martinez to take Tyson Ross' turn in the rotation. Ross was placed on the 10-day DL on Monday with a blister issue.

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Anthony DeSclafani
Reds' Anthony DeSclafani: Completes first rehab start
Anthony DeSclafani, SP, CIN
12:41 PM
News: DeSclafani (elbow) made a rehab start with the Reds' rookie-level Arizona League club Sunday, tossing 2.1 innings and giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits and one walk. He struck out three batters.

It was the first game action for DeSclafani since last September, as he was never able to toe the rubber in spring training after experiencing tenderness in his elbow that was later diagnosed as a UCL sprain. He tossed 47 pitches in the outing, with manager Bryan Price reporting that DeSclafani flashed a "good slider" and "good velocity," according to Ben Weinrib of MLB.com. Price noted that he's still hopeful the right-hander will be able to return from the 60-day disabled list in mid-to-late August, but before that happens, he'll need to raise his pitch count while completing several more rehab starts across multiple minor-league affiliates. DeSclafani is scheduled to make his next outing Saturday with Low-A Dayton, likely throwing 45 to 50 pitches.

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Jose De Leon
Rays' Jose De Leon: Dominating GCL hitters on rehab assignment
Jose De Leon, SP, TB
12:20 PM
News: De Leon (back) tossed four scoreless innings with the Gulf Coast League Rays, allowing one hit, walking another batter and fanning eight.

This was the pitching prospect's second rehab start with Tampa Bay's rookie-league affiliate. He now has seven innings of rehab work under his belt, and he's looked sharp in both outings. It's unclear what his timetable for return is, although his strong showings could help him move his rehab assignment up the organizational ladder fairly soon.

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Bartolo Colon
Twins' Bartolo Colon: Remains in starting rotation
Bartolo Colon, SP, MIN
11:14 AM
News: Colon will remain in the Twins' rotation, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

There were some recent reports suggesting Colon was considering retirement, but he told Bollinger that he's not thinking about hanging up his cleats just yet. While the 44-year-old hasn't been able to find the same magic this year that he enjoyed the past several seasons with the Mets, he's been better than the 8.00 ERA would indicate, and there aren't many ready alternatives to threaten his role with Minnesota.

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Kyle Gibson
Twins' Kyle Gibson: Optioned to Triple-A
Kyle Gibson, SP, MIN
11:03 AM
News: Gibson was optioned to Triple-A Rochester following Monday's game, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

The Twins recently upgraded at the back end by acquiring Jaime Garcia from Atlanta, and Gibson is the odd man out. Bartolo Colon will remain in the rotation. Gibson was coming off one of his best starts of the season -- he tossed 7.1 innings of three-run ball in a win over Detroit on Saturday -- but he's struggled throughout mightily most of the year with a 6.08 ERA (5.52 FIP) over 94.2 frames.

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Yu Darvish
Rangers' Yu Darvish: Could be dealt prior to deadline
Yu Darvish, SP, TEX
10:11 AM
News: The Rangers are reportedly willing to trade Darvish prior to the July 31 deadline "for the right price," according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.

The Rangers' fleeting playoff hopes received a boost with a three-game series sweep of the Rays over the weekend, but with the team still 3.5 games back of the second wild-card spot and facing competition from a number of clubs, Texas could decide to sell off some pieces in the next week. With few other high-impact arms believed to be available at the deadline, the Rangers could generate plenty of interest if they're committed to dealing Darvish, who struck out a season-high 12 batters his last time out Friday. Darvish will be an unrestricted free agent this winter, but even as a rental, his status as a top-of-the-rotation arm might be enticing enough for teams to offer the Rangers a top prospect in return. Darvish is still in line to start Wednesday against the Marlins in what could be his final outing in a Rangers uniform.

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Brandon Woodruff
Brewers' Brandon Woodruff: Activated, optioned to minors
Brandon Woodruff, SP, MIL
10:02 AM
News: Woodruff (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Monday and optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

The Brewers recalled Woodruff on June 13 to make a spot start in what would have been his MLB debut, but that never came to fruition after the right-hander experienced hamstring tightness prior to the outing, resulting in his being scratched. Though Woodruff is now healthy again following two rehab starts, the Brewers don't have an existing opening in the rotation for him, so he'll continue to make regular starts with Colorado Springs. Over 67.2 innings at Triple-A this season, Woodruff has posted a 4.79 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 64:22 K:BB.

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Tyler Anderson
Rockies' Tyler Anderson: Resumes playing catch
Tyler Anderson, SP, COL
9:55 AM
News: Anderson (knee) resumed playing catch last Tuesday, MLB.com reports.

Anderson was still wearing a brace on his knee while playing catch, so he's not quite out of the woods yet in his recovery from arthroscopic surgery earlier this month. It's not clear when the lefty will be cleared to resume throwing off a mound, but once that happens, he'll likely head out on a rehab assignment soon thereafter. Anderson seems unlikely to return before mid-August.

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Matt Cain
Giants' Matt Cain: Struggles continue Monday
Matt Cain, SP, SF
7:44 AM
News: Cain (3-9) allowed six runs (two earned) on six hits and one walk over four innings during Monday's loss to the Pirates. He recorded one strikeout.

The Pirates got to Cain early, posting a two-run first inning followed by a four-run second that was punctuated by a three-run blast off the bat of Andrew McCutchen. Cain retired the side in order over the next two frames but was given the hook after tossing 72 pitches through the first four innings. The 32-year-old did nothing to suggest he should rejoin the starting rotation, but with Johnny Cueto still working through his finger blister, Cain could potentially be in line for a weekend start at Dodger Stadium.

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