Mariners option SS Chris Taylor to Triple-A
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) The Mariners announced after Thursday's game they have optioned shortstop Chris Taylor to Triple-A Tacoma, per the Tacoma News-Tribune. A corresponding move has not yet been made.

Taylor never found an offensive rhythm, hitting just .167 in 30 games.  

Report: Mets' concerns over Carlos Gomez's medicals nixes trade
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) The Mets have reportedly backed out of a deal that would have sent Carlos Gomez to the New York from the Brewers. 

Sources tell that the Mets had concerns over Gomez's medical records, and decided not to follow through on the proposed deal, which would have sent Wilmer Flores and Zack Wheeler to Milwaukee. 

Gomez spent time on the disabled list earlier this season with a hip injury, but he has played all but one game since June 23. However, it seems the Mets' staff did not like what they saw in the medical report. 

There had been thought that the Brewers saw something in Wheeler's medical charts, as he had Tommy John surgery in March. But reports are saying it's Gomez's injury history that has nixed the deal. 

Astros activate 3B Jed Lowrie, will start Thursday
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Astros infielder Jed Lowrie, who has been out of action since April, will be activated from the 15-day disabled list Thursday and will start at third base. 

Lowrie was hitting .262/.333/.416 with four home runs in 60 at-bats when he went on the DL on April 27. He has played five minor-league rehab games to prepare for his return to the MLB squad. 

Blue Jays' Troy Tulowitzki hits two-run home run in team debut
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki made quite an impression with his new team on Wednesday. Playing in his first game with the Blue Jays, Tulowitzki went 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles and a two-run home run and three RBI in the 8-2 win over the Phillies.

Tulowitzki was batting leadoff for the first time since his rookie year in 2006. It's the first time he ever started a game in the lead-off position. 

But regardless of where he was batting, Tulowitzki had a great night for his new club, as he blasted his 13th home run in the second inning. 

Astros SS Jed Lowrie is on track for return this week
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a thumb inury, could return during his team's current homestand, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“We’ll get one more game in before we get the brains together and figure out what’s the next step for him,” manager A.J. Hinch said Tuesday afternoon. “I’m happy with his progress. Talked to him this morning, he was really happy with some of the action he’s gotten at third, some of the at-bats he’s taken. We’re still hopeful that at the end of this homestand or very quickly, we’ll have a chance to maybe get him back.”

Lowrie has played five minor-league rehab games as he continues to work his way back to a return to the Astros.

Yankees' Didi Gregorius drives in three runs with four-hit night
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius had a big night at the plate in Tuesday's 21-5 torching of the Rangers. Gregorius went 4 for 5 with a triple, three RBI and two runs scored. He drove in all three runs with a bases-clearing triple as part of an 11-run onslaught in the second inning. 

This was the first four-hit game in Gregorius' career. The impressive performance lifted his season average up to .257, and he has rather quietly been hitting very well lately. Over his last 10 games, Gregorius is batting .412 with a home run and nine RBI.

Astros SS Carlos Correa homers, goes 3 for 4 in win on Tuesday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Astros rookie shortstop Carlos Correa continued to terrorize big-league pitching in Tuesday's 10-5 win over the Angels. Correa went 3 for 4, including his ninth home run. 

Correa's homer was a two-out solo shot in the bottom of the first to trim the Angels' lead to 2-1 at the time. He would also single twice later on in the game, giving him an impressive .299 batting average over his first 42 games.

The youngster is particularly hot right now, batting an absurd .565 with two home runs and nine RBI over his last 10 games.

Orioles SS J.J. Hardy pushes hit streak to 11 games on Tuesday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Orioles shorstop J.J. Hardy extended his current hitting streak to 11 games, as he went 1 for 4 with a run scored in the 7-3 win over the Braves on Tuesday.

The veteran shortstop is batting .308 (12 for 42) with a home run and seven RBI over the course of the hitting streak.

Twins to place Trevor Plouffe on paternity leave, recall Jorge Polanco
by Shawn Krest |
(7/29/2015) The Twins will place third baseman Trevor Plouffe on paternity leave, according to 

To replace Plouffe on the roster, the Twins will recall infielder Jorge Polanco from Triple-A Rochester.

Polanco is hitting .284 at Rochester. 

Angels acquire David Murphy from Indians for Eric Stamets
by Shawn Krest |
(7/28/2015) The Indians traded outfielder David Murphy to the Angels prior to Tuesday's game. 

Murphy was scratched from the lineup, leading to speculation that a deal was in the works.'s baseball insider Jon Heyman reports that the Indians will receive Eric Stamets from the Angels. 

Murphy is hitting .296 with .781 OPS for the Indians this year. He's started games in left field, right field and DH. 

Stamets, a shortstop, was hitting .248 at Double-A Arkansas. 

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