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Cubs add Chavez to roster, place Bass on DL

Veteran expected to pitch in middle relief
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CHICAGO -- Jesse Chavez has saved at least a jersey from each of the eight previous teams he's pitched for.

"I try to keep a bag, but you kind of run out of space when you get so many bags," Chavez said.

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CHICAGO -- Jesse Chavez has saved at least a jersey from each of the eight previous teams he's pitched for.

"I try to keep a bag, but you kind of run out of space when you get so many bags," Chavez said.

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Chavez joined his ninth team on Saturday after being acquired by the Cubs in a trade with the Rangers. The right-hander, 34, has a 3.51 ERA in 30 relief appearances this season, striking out 50 over 56 1/3 innings while walking 12. He has pitched for the Pirates (2008-09), Braves (2010), Royals (2010-11), Blue Jays (2012, '16), Athletics (2012-15), Dodgers (2016), Angels (2017) and Rangers (2018).

He never expected to pitch for that many teams.

"I didn't think it'd be in nine years either," Chavez said. "I'm just thankful to have a job. I try to do my work, work hard and hope somebody will take notice."

Manager Joe Maddon raved about Chavez's ability to start or relieve.

"He's very versatile and ready to go," Maddon said. "I told him what I needed from him is honesty. 'When you need a break, tell me you need a break because,' I said, 'you're the kind of guy who is easy to take advantage of.'

"Guys like that who withstand the test of time are always interesting to me," Maddon said.

Chavez spends the offseason prepping as if he's going to start but is expected to be used primarily as a reliever with the Cubs.

"I think it'll be the same [role] that I was doing in Texas -- long man, middle man, whatever the case may be," Chavez said. "If a guy needs a breather, give him a breather."

The trade surprised him, even though he's been dealt before.

"It didn't dawn on me at all," he said.

• Adding Chavez on Saturday was part of a series of roster moves. The Cubs placed reliever Anthony Bass on the 10-day disabled list with a right mid-thoracic strain. Right-handed pitcher Dillon Maples was recalled from Triple-A Iowa, and right-handed pitcher James Norwood was optioned to the Minor League team.

Right-hander Luke Farrell was added to the Cubs' active roster as the 26th man for Saturday's doubleheader.

Bass pitched Friday and gave up three runs and walked two, failing to retire any of the batters he faced.

"With everything going on, we know it will take several days, so it was better to back him off and give him the full 10 [days] and evaluate it at that point," Maddon said of Bass.

Video: CHC@LAD: Maples strikes out Muncy, K's side in 5th

Chavez, Maples and Farrell give the Cubs three new arms. On Friday, Maddon called on three position players to pitch rather than overwork the bullpen.

"In spite of the horrible game yesterday, the bullpen is in pretty good order," Maddon said of the 18-5 loss to the Cardinals.

The Cubs want to see who they need Saturday before announcing Monday's starter in the series opener against the D-backs.

• Since June 20, Cubs starters only have four quality starts. That isn't a good formula for success.

"It's almost impossible to hit your way to the last game of the year," Maddon said. "The tried and true method I've always been involved with is pitching and defense, and then you get your hitting there. We do need to get it straightened out. We can't keep putting that many innings on the bullpen. The health overall is there.

"Six [innings], six-plus is what we need to start getting from these guys to make this work," he said.

Drew Smyly, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, will face hitters in a workout on Sunday and again next week before hopefully beginning a Minor League rehab assignment.

"This is the hard part," Smyly said on Saturday. "You can feel yourself getting so close, and it's getting to the end of the season, and I want to be back and play so bad. At the same time, with an injury like this, you can't rush it. My arm will let me know. It's feeling strong and feeling really good. Hopefully, there won't be any issues moving forward."

Jon Lester's NVRQT Foundation fundraiser for pediatric cancer research raised $555,000 on Friday night.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.

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Yanks call up No. 7 prospect Acevedo

German optioned to Triple-A following loss to Mets
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NEW YORK -- The smile could not be wiped from Domingo Acevedo's face after stepping into the Yankees' locker room for the first time before Saturday's matinee against the Mets.

Acevedo had spent the previous night in his hotel room in Binghamton, N.Y., after Double-A Trenton's game there watching Netflix when he heard a knock on his door around 11 p.m. ET.

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NEW YORK -- The smile could not be wiped from Domingo Acevedo's face after stepping into the Yankees' locker room for the first time before Saturday's matinee against the Mets.

Acevedo had spent the previous night in his hotel room in Binghamton, N.Y., after Double-A Trenton's game there watching Netflix when he heard a knock on his door around 11 p.m. ET.

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"I saw the manager, and I said, 'What happened? The manager is in my room,'" Acevedo said in English. "The next thing I see is the pitching coach, and the manager said, 'I need a translator, your teammate.' So he [told my teammate I was getting called up], and I said, 'Oh, seriously?' and he said, 'Oh, yes, congrats.' I don't know, I started laughing and gave a big hug to my pitching coach and a little cry. I said, 'I need to call my mom.'"

Acevedo picked up the phone and called his mother, who lives in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to tell her the news. When she answered, she was worried that something was wrong because he was calling her so late at night, but that concern quickly changed to joy.

"I said, 'Take a seat and breathe,' and she said, 'What happened?'" Acevedo said. "I said, 'The Yankees called up for me to go to the big leagues.' She just cried with me."

Acevedo has dreamt of playing in the Majors since he was a 16-year-old who showed up to a baseball field in street clothes because he didn't own any baseball-related apparel, and it was finally a reality when the Yankees recalled the right-hander from Double-A Trenton prior to Saturday's game.

Acevedo left Binghamton around 5 a.m. ET Saturday and drove straight to Yankee Stadium. He hugged his new teammates as they filed into the clubhouse and said he talked with manager Aaron Boone when he got to the stadium.

"[Boone] said be ready and keep working," Acevedo said. "He basically told me, 'Trust your stuff, trust yourself and be ready.'"

The Yankees' No. 7 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, took the roster spot of right-hander Domingo German, who was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre after taking the loss in the Subway Series opener on Friday. Although Acevedo served as a starter in his six years in the Minors, the righty is expected to work out of the bullpen for the Yankees as Luis Cessa will take German's spot in the rotation on Wednesday.

Video: Top Prospects: Domingo Acevedo, RHP, Yankees

"Just having to go to our 'pen yesterday early, Acevedo's stretched out as a starter, so he's built up 100 pitches and he's on his fifth day," Boone said, explaining why the Yankees chose to call up Acevedo. "He kind of gives us that protection if we got in the situation where we needed a lot of length, he's the best option for us right now."

Touted for his triple-digit velocity and his 6-foot-7 frame, Acevedo climbed the Minor League ladder last year all the way to Triple-A and logged a career-high 133 innings. His velocity typically registers in the mid- to high-90s as a starter, and he complements his fastball with a changeup and a slider. According to scouting reports, Acevedo could blossom into a high-leverage reliever.

""Early in spring, his velocity was down," Boone said. "He's kind of worked his way back and I think started to gain some momentum and traction and has been throwing the ball well in Double-A. The velocity has been back up in the mid-90s. He's got a really good changeup and slider, so he's been throwing the ball pretty well."

Acevedo, 24, is 2-2 with a 2.84 ERA with 40 strikeouts over 50 2/3 innings across 11 outings (eight starts) with Trenton. He missed roughly a month and a half with a blister after just two outings.

"I'll be ready for whatever situation that will help the team win," Acevedo said. "Just be ready and give the best I have."

This date in Yankees history
July 21, 1984: The Yankees dedicated plaques in honor of Elston Howard and Roger Maris in Monument Park.

Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.

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Trade Talk: Familia, Moose, Escobar, Archer

The latest news and rumors leading up to July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline
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As the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, we'll keep you up to date with the latest news, buzz, rumors and more.

Mets finalizing trade of Familia to A's
July 20: The Mets are close to trading closer Jeurys Familia to the A's, sources have confirmed to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand and Jon Paul Morosi. ESPN's Buster Olney was first to report a deal was close. According to Morosi, the potential trade involves multiple Minor League prospects in Oakland's farm system and not Major League players.

As the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, we'll keep you up to date with the latest news, buzz, rumors and more.

Mets finalizing trade of Familia to A's
July 20: The Mets are close to trading closer Jeurys Familia to the A's, sources have confirmed to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand and Jon Paul Morosi. ESPN's Buster Olney was first to report a deal was close. According to Morosi, the potential trade involves multiple Minor League prospects in Oakland's farm system and not Major League players.

Tweet from @Buster_ESPN: Mets are working to finish a trade of closer Jeurys Familia. Oakland among the team with interest; Cubs not involved.

Tweet from @Buster_ESPN: Jeurys Familia headed to Oakland, if the two sides can finish the deal.

Though available to pitch, Familia was not summoned from the bullpen in a save situation during the Mets' 7-5 victory over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Manager Mickey Callaway said after the game that he was instructed not to use Familia because of an impending trade.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported earlier Friday that the A's were one of the teams showing interest in Familia. Though Oakland's major need is in the starting rotation, a thin trade market for starters could lead the club toward fortifying the bullpen as it tries to catch the division-rival Mariners in the AL Wild Card race.

Earlier on Friday, it was reported that the Mets had advanced discussions to where it was exchanging names with as many as eight suitors, according to SNY's Andy Martino. Other clubs that Familia could be a fit for include the Cubs, Phillies, Braves and Red Sox. 

Tweet from @martinonyc: Mets have gotten to the point of exchanging names with teams on Jeurys Familia trades. Nothing is imminent but bet on him moving well before deadline. 7-8 teams have shown varying degrees of interest, plenty of scouts to see him tonight

A free agent this offseason, the 28-year-old closer is having a strong campaign with a 2.88 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP and a 9.5 K/9 rate. Familia has been even better in July, though, as he's bounced back from a shaky June (8.22 ERA) by allowing just one hit and one walk over seven scoreless frames.

Phillies, Braves eyeing Moose, Escobar?
July 20: The Phillies and Braves each had scouts in attendance for the Twins-Royals contest Friday night at Kauffman Stadium, reports MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan. Both clubs could use upgrades on the left side of the infield, and with Kansas City and Minnesota each positioned as sellers for the upcoming July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, Mike Moustakas and Eduardo Escobar could soon be on the move.

Tweet from @FlannyMLB: Scouts from the Phillies and Braves here tonight -- both teams have been said to have interest in Mike Moustakas.

NBC Sports Philadelphia reported last month that the Phillies had discussions with Kansas City about Moustakas. Though third baseman Maikel Franco has been hitting well of late, Philadelphia could use an offensive upgrade at the position, and recently missed out on acquiring Manny Machado. Meanwhile, Atlanta's starting third baseman, Johan Camargo, entered play Friday with a .768 OPS, and shortstop Dansby Swanson's OPS was .715 to begin the second half of the season.

Moustakas signed a one-year, $6.5 million deal last offseason to return to the Royals after declining Kansas City's qualifying offer to become a free agent. He entered play Friday hitting .249/.306/.466 with 19 home runs. Escobar, also due to be a free agent at season's end, is having the best season of his career at the plate, slashing .271/.327/.507 with 14 homers and an MLB-leading 35 doubles entering play Friday. He is also able to play shortstop, were he has appeared in 21 games this season.

Keep or deal: What should Rays do with Archer?
July 20: Is Chris Archer on the trade market … or not? That could be one of the key questions as we hurtle toward the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. And it's not necessarily easy to answer.

The case for holding Archer: The Rays open the second half with a winning record thanks to a promising young core, and Archer -- in the middle of a somewhat disappointing 2018 due in part to an abdominal injury that cost him more than a month and also undercut his value as a trade chip -- is inked to a contract that allows the cost-conscious club to keep him around.

The case for trading Archer: That team-friendly contract -- which pays him $7.5 million next year and includes club options for 2020 ($9 million) and '21 ($11 million) -- is extremely appealing, and the Rays could take advantage of a market that lacks much in the way of impact starting pitching.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times suggests that the Rays should consider dealing Archer, who turns 30 in September, but notes: "The Rays aren't going to get as much for Archer as they would have a couple of years ago, but that always has been the risk as they operate with a sliding scale. And he's probably going to have to pitch well in the couple of starts he makes before the July 31 trade deadline just to generate a return the Rays would even consider."

If that happens and Archer is dangled, a number of teams -- both contenders and even some on-the-upswing rebuilding organizations -- would be interested, including the Yankees, Mariners, A's, Brewers, Cubs, Phillies, Braves and Padres.

Heyman: Yankees 'holding out some hope' for ace; Bumgarner not available
July 20: The Yankees are known to be in the market for a starting pitcher and are "holding out some hope" they can land an ace, but Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ remains the starter New York is "most likely" to acquire, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman for Fancred Sports.

Among aces, Heyman considers the Cardinals' Carlos Martinez "the best that [the Yankees] could hope for," noting that Mets right-handers Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard are doubtful to be traded.

Per Heyman, one hurler that definitely isn't available is the Giants' Madison Bumgarner, as San Francisco is trying to win this season and has the southpaw on a reasonable $12 million team option for 2019. Bumgarner, 28, has recorded a 2.90 ERA in eight starts since returning from surgery on his fractured left hand.

Martinez's availability is also in question, as Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said he doesn't "envision" trading any of the club's high-end pitchers.

Happ, who is set to become a free agent at the end of this season, made his first All-Star team this year and recorded a save -- the first of his career -- in the American League's 8-6 win. However, the 35-year-old has posted a 9.75 ERA for the Jays this month, perhaps putting a damper on his trade stock.

Astros showing interest in Abreu
July 20: While the Astros have one of the highest-scoring lineups in baseball, president of baseball operations and general manager Jeff Luhnow may still be looking to add a big-name bat before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Among the players Houston is exploring? White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, according to MLB.com's Richard Justice in an appearance on MLB Network's "MLB Central."

Though Justice acknowledges that Luhnow might simply be "casting a really wide net," the Astros' interest in Abreu provides a glimpse at Luhnow's thought process as he attempts to load up the roster for a second straight World Series title run.

The Astros have also been connected to Orioles closer Zach Britton, and they were believed to be discussing Rays catcher Wilson Ramos before he went on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain earlier this week.

Of course, it's unclear if the White Sox would even consider trading Abreu, as they reportedly place great value in his clubhouse presence and influence over many of Chicago's young players, including fellow Cuban Yoan Moncada. Abreu, 31, is under team control through 2019.

Video: Justice on Astros' interest in Abreu, Archer rumors

Twins "not ruling anything out" with Dozier
July 20: Brian Dozier is in his seventh season as a member of the Twins, but will the power-hitting second baseman remain in Minnesota all the way through 2018?

"We're not ruling anything out in the future with Brian," Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said on MLB Network Radio, indicating that the club could consider signing him to an extension or dealing the free-agent-to-be by the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Tweet from @MLBNetworkRadio: With the Trade Deadline approaching, how much longer will Brian Dozier be in a #MNTwins uniform? @CaseyStern asked Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey that very question. pic.twitter.com/Gb2zbJ8kNC

"We also have to recognize where we are in the season," Falvey added, alluding to Minnesota's 44-50 mark entering Friday, "and that if something presents that we have to consider, that's our job."

Dozier has heated up of late -- he's hitting .298/.369/.632 with five homers and 17 RBIs in 15 July games -- just as trade rumors surrounding the slugging second-sacker have popped up. MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported earlier this week that the Brewers, after missing out on Manny Machado, would shift their focus to Dozier to help improve their middle infield.

Eovaldi impressive in 'showcase' performance
July 20: Rays right-hander Nathan Eovaldi struck out eight over six strong innings in Tampa Bay's 6-5 loss to the Marlins on Friday. The 28-year-old gave up one run on six hits with scouts from the Indians, Yankees, Braves, Giants, Phillies and D-backs in attendance.

Eovaldi is among the top starting pitchers on the trade market. He has undergone two Tommy John surgeries in his career, missing the entire 2017 season recovering from the second of those procedures.

So far this season, he's posted a 4.26 ERA in 10 starts. He was roughed up for eight runs over 2 2/3 innings against the Twins in Minnesota on July 13. But in his three starts prior to that, he gave up two runs over 19 innings (0.95 ERA) with 23 strikeouts and three walks. More > 

Realmuto's price remains lofty
July 20: As one of the best catchers in baseball, J.T. Realmuto also is one of the most desirable trade chips around -- that is, if he's even available. It's no secret the Marlins are looking toward the future in their first year under new ownership. What is less certain, however, is whether they actually would consider dealing Realmuto, who makes it onto MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi's list of top hitters on the market.

"The Marlins have maintained they will listen on all players, but they also have made it clear the asking price for their All-Star catcher is extremely high," MLB.com's Joe Frisaro writes. "The club also has internally discussed exploring a contract extension with him in the offseason."

Just how valuable is Realmuto, a 27-year-old who leads all catchers in both wOBA (.384) and wRC+ (145) and is an elite defender? On FanGraphs' 2018 Trade Value rankings, Realmuto checks in at No. 24 in all of baseball. In other words, he's indeed an extremely valuable commodity -- and one the Marlins don't have to trade anytime soon, considering he's under club control through 2020.

The Astros, Brewers and Nationals are among the clubs in the market for catching help, as Morosi notes, with Washington most often and most closely linked to Realmuto. More >

Britton's market is starting to move
July 20: The Manny Machado trade? That's so 48 hours ago. The Orioles have shifted their focus to their next big trade piece -- closer Zach Britton. And plenty of contending clubs are interested, as ESPN's Jerry Crasnick points out.

Tweet from @jcrasnick: The #Orioles are barreling ahead with Zach Britton trade talks now that they���ve moved Machado and officially declared a rebuild. #Cubs, #Yankees, #Redsox, #SfGiants, #Astros and #Phillies are among the teams in the mix.

The Cubs -- who placed injury-prone closer Brandon Morrow on the DL on Thursday with right biceps inflammation -- reportedly are at the front of the line as a "main player," Bruce Levine of 670 The Score notes.

Britton, who is a free agent this offseason, has made 15 appearances since returning from offseason surgery to repair a ruptured right Achilles. Though he got off to a rough start, the 30-year-old has not given up a run over his past seven outings (seven innings) while showing a dramatic increase in velocity.

As many as eight teams have been connected to Britton, an industry source recently told Levine. More >

Could Hand trade lead to Reds dealing Iglesias?
July 20: With left-hander Brad Hand now a member of the Indians after being dealt by the Padres on Thursday, the Reds' Raisel Iglesias is arguably the best reliever on the trade market. And as MLB.com's Mark Feinsand writes, the Hand trade reaffirmed the lofty return the Reds might be able to get by moving the right-hander.

In exchange for Hand and righty reliever Adam Cimber, the Padres landed catcher/outfielder Francisco Mejia, MLB Pipeline's No. 15 overall prospect.

Iglesias, 28, has been one of the best relievers in the National League since he moved to the bullpen on a full-time basis in 2016, and he has posted a 2.36 ERA with a 1.02 WHIP and a 9.9 K/9 rate this season.

But if another team, such as the Astros or the Braves, offers a prospect on the same level as Mejia, the Reds could be tempted to deal the closer, who is owed slightly over $11 million across '19-20 (though he can opt into arbitration this offseason).

Rosenthal: Why Rox could target deGrom
July 20: Imagine Jacob deGrom with the Rockies. OK, it might be unlikely but that didn't stop MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal from suggesting as much in a story for The Athletic (subscription required).

Given that the Rockies -- just two games out of a National League Wild Card spot after wrapping the first half with five straight wins -- are on a never-ending hunt for pitchers, making a play for the MLB ERA leader would be something. And as Rosenthal explains, it would give star third baseman Nolan Arenado reason to think about sticking in Colorado when he hits the open market after the 2019 season.

From the Mets' point of view, the Rockies could be one club to entice them into actually making their ace right-hander available, by dangling top-notch youngster Brendan Rodgers, among others. The 21-year-old 2015 first-round pick ranks as MLB Pipeline's No. 6 overall prospect and has 17 homers and an .846 OPS at Double-A this year. While Rodgers is in line to replace free-agent-to-be DJ LeMahieu at second base in 2019, the Rockies also have infield prospect Garrett Hampson as a candidate.

Tigers' plan for Fulmer, Castellanos
July 20: The rebuilding Tigers have a handful of players they could consider swapping, but it seems their biggest names aren't at the forefront for now.

Right-hander Michael Fulmer (under club control through 2022) and slugging outfielder Nicholas Castellanos (through 2019) have been mentioned often as trade candidates, but Fulmer hit the DL with a left oblique strain Friday afternoon. Detroit appears more likely to focus on moving others first, anyway, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.

Tweet from @jcrasnick: The #Tigers are focusing their efforts on trying to move Francisco Liriano, Mike Fiers and Leonys Martin at the deadline. Fulmer and Castellanos are more on the back burner. Al Avila will listen, but a team will have to make a big push to land one of those guys.

None of southpaw Francisco Liriano (.088/.200/.193 vs. lefty batters), righty Mike Fiers (3.70 ERA, 1.22 WHIP) nor outfielder Leonys Martin (.281/.356/.452 vs. righty pitchers) are premium pieces, but each has the ability to help a contender down the stretch. Detroit could consider packaging two or more to provide depth and utility in specific situations, which would come in handy in September and October.

As for Fulmer, his ailment certainly puts his trade status in doubt for this month. The Tigers will have to weigh his value to them versus his value on the market going forward given his growing injury issues.

Cardinals unlikely to move Carlos Martinez, but Jose Martinez could go
July 20: The Cardinals are unlikely to trade right-hander Carlos Martinez, or any of their high-end pitchers, as the Trade Deadline draws near, according to president of baseball operations John Mozeliak.

"For us, the one core we have is pitching," Mozeliak said before Thursday's series opener at Wrigley Field. "And to start trying to arbitrage that would have to be a very special-type deal, otherwise it would make no sense to us. None of that has presented itself to me. No one has called me with any great ideas that way. One of the responsibilities is us looking at potential trades, potential partners, but nothing that I've looked at would make sense in that regard. I don't envision us moving pitching."

As far as what St. Louis might do before the Deadline, Mozeliak, for the second time this week, responded with the succinct answer of "TBD." Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch suggests the Cardinals could look to trade first baseman Jose Martinez, who is set to move to a bench role as the club puts more emphasis on defense.

"Yeah, at some point," Mozeliak said about considering trading the slugger. "Right now, that asset could be a great bat off the bench. Obviously, long term, that is something we need to think through."

While Martinez is a poor defender, he has posted a 130 wRC+ this season and could be of particular interest to a American League teams. More >

Rangers deal Chavez, other relievers could follow
July 19: The Rangers traded righty reliever Jesse Chavez to the Cubs in exchange for Minor League southpaw Tyler Thomas on Thursday night.

The 34-year-old Chavez owns a lifetime 4.61 ERA, but he has posted a 3.51 mark along with a career-best 4.2 K/BB ratio across 56 1/3 innings in 2018. Chavez, who has started 68 times in his past 192 appearances, provides the Cubs with some versatility, though he has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen this year.

The 22-year-old Thomas -- a seventh-round pick in last year's June Draft -- has posted a combined 2.77 ERA with 105 strikeouts in 94 1/3 innings between Class A Short-Season Eugene and Class A South Bend since his 2017 professional debut.

After Chavez, closer Keone Kela and lefty Jake Diekman could be on the move next, according to MLB.com's TR Sullivan.

Tweet from @Sullivan_Ranger: Rangers are getting more interest in their relievers than anything else. Closer Keone Kela and left-hander Jake Diekman are intriguing to clubs

Kela would be a valuable addition to any club looking to shore up the bullpen now and for the future, considering he is under team control until 2022. Kela has thrived in the ninth-inning role, going 23-for-23 in save tries with a 3.27 ERA (2.51 FIP) and a 10.9 K/9 rate in 33 innings. The 25-year-old righty has established himself as a top-notch reliever across the past two seasons, posting a 3.01 ERA, a 0.99 WHIP and 91 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings since the beginning of '17.

Diekman, meanwhile, could provide short-term help, as he is set to be a free agent this offseason. The 31-year-old southpaw missed most of last year while recovering from colon surgery, but he's fared well with a 3.21 ERA and an 11.0 K/9 rate in 33 2/3 innings this season.

As evidenced by Thursday's trade, the Rangers are seeking young pitching as the Deadline approaches, given their starting rotation ranks second-to-last in baseball with a combined 5.31 ERA.

Hand deal could spark flurry of moves for Padres
July 19: By now, you're aware the Padres made a big move by trading closer Brad Hand and righty reliever Adam Cimber to the Indians for top catching prospect Francisco Mejia on Thursday morning. It looks like that could set off a flurry of deals for San Diego, who has a number of available arms, as MLB.com's Mark Feinsand points out.

Tweet from @Feinsand: The Hand deal could be just the first of many for the Padres. A source says San Diego has drawn significant interest in RHP Kirby Yates, and to a lesser degree, RHP Tyson Ross.

After years of injuries, the 31-year-old Kirby Yates started to emerge after arriving in San Diego last season, and he has come into his own this season with a 1.43 ERA, a 0.88 WHIP and a 11.5 K/9 rate. His lack of track record (just 192 MLB innings in his career) raises some questions, but Yates' stuff and years of club control (through 2020) are appealing.

Similarly, Tyson Ross is 31 and has a laundry list of injuries in his nine-year career, so suitors rightly could be somewhat skeptical. While his ERA is 4.32 this year, Ross has shown flashes of his former All-Star self with 10 starts (of 19 total) in which he's allowed two or fewer runs, plus he's struck out 97 batters over 108 1/3 frames.

Beyond those two, fellow righty Craig Stammen -- who has a 2.91 ERA and a 9.9 K/9 mark and is due just $2.25 million in 2019 -- has been mentioned as another reliever the Padres could dangle.

Mets not budging on trade demands for deGrom, Syndergaard
July 19: As they continue to receive calls regarding Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, the Mets aren't backing off from their lofty asking price for either hurler, James Wagner of The New York Times reports via Twitter.

Tweet from @ByJamesWagner: Hearing more of the same re: Mets at the trade deadline. Teams have called on Jacob deGrom & Noah Syndergaard, but Mets most interested in elite prospects (close to the majors) and/or MLB players.

Per Wagner, the Mets want elite prospects and/or MLB players for each of their two aces, but contenders either lack high-level prospects (D-backs, Giants), are unwilling to move them (Yankees, Braves) or don't have a pressing need for a starting pitcher (Astros).

deGrom (controllable through 2020) and Syndergaard (controllable through '21) aren't close to free agency, and the Mets haven't shown any sense of urgency in shopping them.

The club could revisit trade discussions for deGrom and Syndergaard in the offseason, when a new general manager is expected to be in place in the Mets' front office and more teams (such as the Padres) are likely to be interested, according to Wagner.

At this point, impending free agents Jeurys Familia and Asdrubal Cabrera are the most likely Mets to be dealt before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, and Wagner notes that Zack Wheeler (controllable through 2019) is drawing "strong outside interest" as well.

Video: deGrom on his future with the Mets, trade rumors

Daniels: Rangers won't consider Beltre trade unless it benefits 'all parties involved'
July 19: Adrian Beltre can become a free agent after this season, but that doesn't mean the Rangers are actively shopping him.

In a Q&A session with Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Rangers president of baseball operations and general manager Jon Daniels said the club will need to be "motivated to even have the conversation" about dealing the veteran.

"If someone has real interest and wants us to consider it and talk to ownership and talk to Adrian, we will based on their level of interest," Daniels said. "But if it's more of tire kick, that doesn't appeal to us. For us to consider anything, it's got to be beneficial for all parties involved."

Although Beltre is one of the best remaining players available for clubs looking to boost the left side of their infield after the Dodgers acquired Manny Machado on Wednesday, contenders may not be lining up to trade for him.

For one, Beltre can veto any trade due to his 10-and-5 rights, and he reportedly wants to play with the Rangers next season. Furthermore, he has been spending more time at designated hitter due to injury concerns, and he's produced just four homers with a .739 OPS over 261 plate appearances in 2018.

Machado in tow, Dodgers not done dealing
July 19: Yes, the Dodgers landed the biggest name on the trade market in Manny Machado on Wednesday. No, they're not done dealing.

"The Dodgers are still buyers on Thursday," as MLB.com's Ken Gurnick writes. "The firepower of a deep system allows management to pivot and address the bullpen." That remains true even after Los Angeles sent outfielder Yusniel Diaz (their former No. 4 prospect) and four other young players to the Orioles for Machado.

While Kenley Jansen has overcome his early season hiccup to regain his status as one of the best closers in the business, the Dodgers don't have much in the way of reliable depth in their bullpen. Even after lefty relief weapon Brad Hand and righty Adam Cimber went from the Padres to the Indians on Thursday morning, there's no shortage of quality late-inning arms for the Dodgers to make a play for, including: Raisel Iglesias of the Reds, Jeurys Familia of the Mets, Zach Britton of the O's and Keone Kela of the Rangers.

One factor to consider with the Dodgers, however, is that they are bumping up against the $197 million Competitive Balance Tax threshold after acquiring Machado. That doesn't mean the front office can't add more salary to the club's payroll, but it might make Dodgers execs more mindful of targeting cost-efficient options. More >

Indians put other AL contenders on notice
July 19: Having missed out on landing Manny Machado, the Indians reacted quickly by pulling off their own blockbuster to acquire Padres relievers Adam Cimber and Brad Hand, arguably the best bullpen piece on the trade market. The deal cost them their top prospect -- and MLB Pipeline's No. 1 overall catching prospect -- in Francisco Mejia, but it also put other American League contenders on notice, as MLB Network Radio host Jim Duquette discusses.

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The Astros and Red Sox, specifically, were in play for Hand because of their need for an elite lefty reliever. With that no longer an option, perhaps those clubs will turn their attention to the next-best candidate in O's southpaw Zach Britton, whose market is gaining momentum now that Machado has been moved.

While the Yankees weren't linked closely to Hand, they are still very much looking to upgrade their rotation. Plus, the Indians' bullpen -- with Hand and Cimber joining Cody Allen and Andrew Miller (once healthy) -- could rival the Yankees' collection of relievers, which might give New York something else to think about as it battles Boston for the AL East down the stretch.

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Abreu happy to talk about ASG, not rumors

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SEATTLE -- There will be a fair share of trade talk involving White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu leading into the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Even in the process of trying to work his way out of a slump that dropped his average from .319 on May 26 to .253 entering Friday's second-half opener in Seattle, Abreu remains one of the most dangerous middle-of-the-order hitters in all of baseball. He is earning $13 million this season and is under team control for '19.

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SEATTLE -- There will be a fair share of trade talk involving White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu leading into the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Even in the process of trying to work his way out of a slump that dropped his average from .319 on May 26 to .253 entering Friday's second-half opener in Seattle, Abreu remains one of the most dangerous middle-of-the-order hitters in all of baseball. He is earning $13 million this season and is under team control for '19.

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But whether those trade winds push Abreu toward Houston, Colorado or any other logical landing place, Abreu won't spend any time talking about just the possibility.

"We don't talk about things we can't control," said Abreu through interpreter Billy Russo. "We talk about the positive things. We talk about motivational things.

"Like I said, I'm really glad to be in this organization. I would like to stay in this organization forever. As for rumors, we don't talk about rumors."

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Abreu will talk about his second All-Star experience and his first career start at first base for the American League team, playing out Monday and Tuesday in Washington, D.C. He raved about having his wife, Yusmary, his sons, Dariel Eduardo and Josue Dariel, and his parents with him as part of his family and close friends' contingency.

He also talked about Aaron Judge's impressive batting-practice session and his favorite moment coming before Tuesday's game.

"The meeting with the manager from Houston, AJ Hinch, it was a very motivational meeting," Abreu said. "He treated us all with respect. He spoke from the bottom of his heart. It was very special.

"Aaron Judge. Wow, it was incredible. He's not a human."

Aside from being with his family, Abreu's greatest thrill was representing the White Sox. It's an opportunity played out with the best of the game, even if Abreu humbly doesn't consider himself on that same level.

"As a person? Yes," said a smiling Abreu. "My mom and my dad they taught me to be grateful. The White Sox organization were the ones who gave me the opportunity to make my mom's dream come true and my dream come true too.

"I'm really honored and grateful for that opportunity. It's something that will always be with me."

Garcia set to return

Avisail Garcia, sidelined by a Grade 1 right hamstring strain since July 9, will come off the disabled list prior to Saturday night's game vs. the Mariners, although nothing was official as of Friday night. Outfielder Ryan LaMarre was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte to make room following Seattle's 3-1 victory over the White Sox. 

"For sure this weekend," Garcia said. "I'm ready to go."

"We did some cutoffs and relays, he did some outfield defensive work earlier today," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "He's going to go thorough [batting practice] and then we'll see how he responds from that. But he's been feeling good."

Garcia previously missed from April 24 to June 22 with a Grade 2 right hamstring strain. He knew this injury would take less recovery time.

"Yeah, 100 percent. The next day I was walking like normally," Garcia said. "But I feel good. I feel ready."

Delmonico makes his return

After appearing in 10 rehab games with Triple-A Charlotte and Double-A Birmingham, Nicky Delmonico returned to the White Sox lineup Friday night. He was placed on the disabled list on May 19 with a fractured finger on his right hand.

"A couple games into Charlotte I felt like I was getting my timing back. I felt good," Delmonico said. "I felt like I was seeing all pitches, which was really good to feel.

"Going into at-bats eight weeks away from seeing live pitching, that's when you want to see, 'Am I recognizing everything? Am I on time?' I felt really good. It's awesome to see everybody and to be back with the team that you started out with. It's a lot of fun when you walk in and see everybody."

Kopech returning to dominance

Michael Kopech, the No. 2 White Sox prospect per MLB Pipeline, has fanned 20 and walked two over his last two starts for Charlotte, covering 12 innings. He had walked 22 over his previous 23 innings pitched.

"His last two outings have been dominant. That would be a good way of describing it," Renteria said. "It's just a matter of allowing him to do it consistently.

"Again, there's still a large window here as we're moving forward to have him continue to have starts down there and continue to pitch and hopefully do well and repeat what he's doing. You can't expect it to happen all of the time, but as long as he's moving in the right direction, we're pretty happy with the progress he's making."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Martin returns to lineup for second-half opener

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DETROIT -- The Tigers began the second half of the season on a positive note Friday by getting Leonys Martin back from the disabled list before their series opener against the Red Sox at Comerica Park.

"He means a lot to us out there," manager Ron Gardenhire said, "so it's nice to have him back."

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DETROIT -- The Tigers began the second half of the season on a positive note Friday by getting Leonys Martin back from the disabled list before their series opener against the Red Sox at Comerica Park.

"He means a lot to us out there," manager Ron Gardenhire said, "so it's nice to have him back."

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Martin, who went on the 10-day DL on July 2 with a right hamstring strain, was batting seventh and playing center field in his first game back. In a corresponding move, Detroit optioned Mikie Mahtook to Triple-A Toledo.

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This was the second time Martin was sidelined with a left hamstring strain. He previously went on the 10-day DL in mid-May. That time, he rejoined the Tigers without going on a rehab assignment. This time around, Martin made three appearances with the Mudhens, batting .300 (3-for-10) with two doubles.

Martin suggested Friday that going to Toledo is what he should have done the first time.

"This time we did the right thing, and I feel pretty good," he said.

Martin said he spent his time on the DL trying to make his left hamstring stronger. He said he feels like that was accomplished, though he admitted it may take a few games to get completely comfortable physically and mentally with the rigors of playing every day again.

Martin's trip to the DL also had implications for the market. The 30-year-old has been the subject of rumors as the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches. That is especially true now that Michael Fulmer has been placed on the 10-day DL, making it less likely that Fulmer will be dealt.

"The only thing I can control is showing up and being ready to play," Martin said.

Martin is second in the Majors this season with nine assists from center field. At the plate, Martin is hitting .257 from the left side, with nine home runs and 29 RBIs. He's tied for the third on the team with seven stolen bases.

Video: DET@TOR: Martin uncorks 98.4-mph throw to nab Travis

While players generally try to distance themselves from rumors, Martin acknowledged it isn't always practical to be unplugged.

"Especially if you have social media, it's going to be in your mind a little bit," Martin said. "We all read a little bit of something every night, but we have to deal with it. We have no choice."

Martin was signed as a free agent during the offseason. He has been traded twice in his eight-year career, most recently from the Mariners to the Cubs in 2017.

"I like Detroit," Martin said. "I'd like to be here. But it's not up to me. We'll see what happens."

Other notes
• Gardenhire said Jordan Zimmermann was scheduled to play catch Friday and throw a bullpen Saturday after getting a nerve-blocking injection in his back. Zimmermann is tentatively scheduled to start Tuesday against the Royals.

Tyler Fenwick is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit.

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Pomeranz set to reurn, start Tuesday vs. O's

Devers could be activated Saturday; Wright's timetable still unclear
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DETROIT -- The indefinite loss of Eduardo Rodriguez (severe right ankle sprain) has created an opportunity for Drew Pomeranz, who will return from his latest stint on the disabled list and start Tuesday night's game at Camden Yards against the Orioles.

Rodriguez sustained his injury just before the All-Star break.

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DETROIT -- The indefinite loss of Eduardo Rodriguez (severe right ankle sprain) has created an opportunity for Drew Pomeranz, who will return from his latest stint on the disabled list and start Tuesday night's game at Camden Yards against the Orioles.

Rodriguez sustained his injury just before the All-Star break.

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Pomeranz was strong for Triple-A Pawtucket in a Minor League rehab start on Wednesday, allowing one hit and one run over six innings. The lefty has been out since June 1 with left biceps tendinitis and then a neck issue.

"We were very happy with the way he pitched two days ago. It's not about the result, the line was great obviously. He was able to command his fastball. His breaking ball felt normal," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "He threw a bullpen today and he came in and told me, 'Hey man, I'm ready to go.' We're going with him. We know the talent and what he did last year. Just for him to go out there and repeat his delivery, control his pitches and compete. We do feel he's in that stage right now."

Pomeranz started the season late due to a left forearm flexor strain he sustained in Spring Training, and he then struggled during his brief period of activation, going 1-3 with a 6.81 ERA in eight starts.

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But he was tremendous for the Red Sox in 2017, and particularly down the stretch.

"It's good timing," Cora said. "We needed him anyways. We need Steven Wright also, but I don't know if the injury [to Rodriguez] had to do with the way he went about it last outing. I think he was going to be very aggressive anyway, but he understands. He knows where we're at. He knows that we need him. For him to feel that way, especially the way he went about it the last time, we're in a good place. He'll be OK."

Things aren't so good for Wright, who remains sidelined with inflammation in his surgically repaired left knee.

The Red Sox are no closer to knowing when he might be able to return.

"He hasn't thrown since Saturday or Sunday, the last time we were there," Cora said. "Yesterday [trainer] Brad [Pearson] said it wasn't a great day. We kept him there, He's going to get treatment. It's a short road trip, so hopefully when we get back we'll get better news, and he can get back to baseball activity."

Devers could return Saturday
Third baseman Rafael Devers is eligible to return from the disabled list on Saturday, and Cora is hopeful the big left-handed hitter will return then from his left shoulder injury.

"We're going to wait and see how he feels," Cora said. "He went back home, went to the academy [in the Dominican Republic], hit there, got treatment there, too. He feels OK; we'll see him today take grounders and hit. If everything goes right he should be active [Saturday]."

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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Gary back for Yanks; Gleyber due Wednesday

Sanchez activated for 2nd-half opener; Torres set for 3 rehab games
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NEW YORK -- After being sidelined since June 25 with a strained right groin, catcher Gary Sanchez has been activated off the 10-day disabled list and was back in pinstripes to open the second half of the season Friday -- with second baseman Gleyber Torres not much further behind.

According to manager Aaron Boone, Torres will begin his rehab assignment in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday. Boone said the plan likely will be for the rookie to play in two games and DH in another before rejoining the Yankees on Wednesday for the third game of a series against the Rays at Tropicana Field.

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NEW YORK -- After being sidelined since June 25 with a strained right groin, catcher Gary Sanchez has been activated off the 10-day disabled list and was back in pinstripes to open the second half of the season Friday -- with second baseman Gleyber Torres not much further behind.

According to manager Aaron Boone, Torres will begin his rehab assignment in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday. Boone said the plan likely will be for the rookie to play in two games and DH in another before rejoining the Yankees on Wednesday for the third game of a series against the Rays at Tropicana Field.

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"When [Sanchez is] right, he's a true impact hitter, obviously," Boone said before the series opener against the Mets. "[I'm] excited to get that back into the middle of our lineup and really the ability to add length to our lineup. With Gleyber on the horizon now, too, getting ready to start his rehab, you add a couple of guys of their caliber to our lineup -- while we've continued to produce [without them] -- we think the depth of our lineup with those guys has a chance to be special."

Sanchez -- who went 1-for-5 with a run scored Friday in the Yankees' 7-5 loss to the Mets -- has struggled this season, slashing .191/.289/.428 with 14 home runs in 64 games. In three rehab games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he went 2-for-12 (.167), though the two hits were home runs.

"Definitely you want to improve in everything," Sanchez said. "I want to improve my defense, I want to be more selective at the plate, there's always room to improve."

"I think sometimes we've seen him a little bit in the first half where he gets a little swing happy," Boone said. "When you struggle a little bit, you chase those hits. I just want him to go up there and have good at-bats, control the at-bat and if he's doing that, he's elite. ... Go have a good at-bat, and because he's Gary Sanchez and the talent that he has, the results over time will follow for him."

The Yankees continued to add depth to their lineup on Friday, recalling third baseman Brandon Drury from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Drury has been bouncing between the Majors and Triple-A this season, slashing .294/.403/.447 while driving in 30 runs in 55 games with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. With the Yankees sporting a three-man bench, Boone said Drury provides the most versatility the team needs to start the second half.

"Obviously his ability to play third, we can play him at first, he could be a DH in here, so I think his versatility works for him a little bit," Boone said. "Again, even though it's been a difficult season for him circumstance-wise, we still understand we have a really good player. ... I feel like he gives us the best option right now as one of our 25."

Injury report
• Outfielder Clint Frazier is back into the concussion protocol after diving for a ball in a Triple-A game. He has been placed on the RailRiders' 7-day disabled list.

"We'll get him with our doctors and just try to get as many answers as we can for him and for us and try to help him the best we can moving forward," Boone said. "Hopefully it's something that's short term. A lot of unknowns obviously that come with this, so hopefully we can just help him get right and get better, but right now I don't know what that means."

• Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has yet to begin participating in any baseball activity.

"I think we hold out hope that he could get back at some point [this season]," Boone said. "I don't think we close that door yet. When that is, I'm not quite sure."

This date in Yankees history
July 20, 1965: Yankees pitcher Mel Stottlemyre hit an inside-the-park grand slam against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium en route to a 6-3 win. He is one of four Yankees pitchers to hit a grand slam, along with Don Larsen (1956), Spud Chandler (1940) and Red Ruffing (1933).

Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.

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Moore called up as second catcher, Field DFA'd

Duffy scratched Friday with back spasms; injury updates on Venters, Faria, Nuno
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ST. PETERSBURG -- With Wilson Ramos on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain, the Rays needed another catcher on the roster. Triple-A Durham's Adam Moore was selected to fill that need.

To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Johnny Field was designated for assignment.

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ST. PETERSBURG -- With Wilson Ramos on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain, the Rays needed another catcher on the roster. Triple-A Durham's Adam Moore was selected to fill that need.

To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Johnny Field was designated for assignment.

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When a player's contract is designated for assignment -- often abbreviated "DFA" -- that player is immediately removed from his club's 40-man roster, and 25-man roster if he was on that as well. Within seven days of the transaction (it was previously 10 days), the player must either be traded, released or placed on irrevocable outright waivers.

"He's experienced catching a lot of [the team's pitchers]," Rays manager Kevin Cash said of Moore. "He was with us in Spring Training long enough to kind of understand what we're trying to do. … Hopefully, he can kind of put that to good use."

When asked about Ramos' injury status, Cash intimated the catcher would need a fair amount of time to recover.

"I think it's fair to say, he's going to be out for a bit." Cash said.

Moore, 34, was hitting .215 for the Bulls. The veteran catchcer has played in 96 Major League games over eight seasons with the Mariners, Royals, Padres and Indians.

"It's always rewarding [to get called up to the Major Leagues], but at the same time, it's unfortunate for a leader in this clubhouse." said Moore. "[What a] year [Ramos is] having. At the end of the day, it's baseball, and it's a team game. Some guys need to come up and step in and do as much as they can. Obviously, that's a big piece of this team. I'm just going to come up here, and however much I play, I play. If I don't, I don't. ... Just come up here and try and do my best."

Cash noted that Jesus Sucre would start Friday and Saturday, and that Moore would likely start Sunday's game. Cash noted that they'll likely have to ease Sucre into everyday duty, since he has served as Ramos' backup all season. Cash added that it wouldn't be fair to have Sucre catch five consecutive games at this point.

Field made his Major League debut with the Rays this season and hit .213 with six home runs and 14 RBIs in 62 games.

"I think Johnny showed pretty well for us," Cash said. "I know the bat struggled at the end of his time with us. But he's a guy that we feel can go out there and be very serviceable. He played great defense. He got some big hits. For his sake, for our sake, I hope he stays with us. But if there's a better opportunity, we have to be understanding of it."

Minor Leaguer suspended

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced Friday that five Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Among them was Class A Advanced Charlotte outfielder David Olmedo-Barrera, who received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone ("DHCMT"), a performance-enhancing substance.

Worth noting

Jonny Venters (right hamstring strain) threw an inning of relief for Charlotte on Thursday, allowing a walk.

Video: NYY@TB: Venters exits the game with hamstring strain

"Physically, felt good," Venters said. "Started out with six balls, which wasn't ideal. But leg felt good. Felt good to get back out there, get three outs. I'm not sure what the plan is from here. But so far, so good. Leg feels good."

Venters will throw an inning of relief for Charlotte on Saturday.

Vidal Nuno (right hamstring strain) will throw a bullpen session on Saturday.

• Cash said he expects Jake Faria (left oblique strain) to make two more starts for Durham before returning to the team. He also suggested that initially, Faria will likely come in after an "opener" upon his return.

Video: BOS@TB: Faria leaves the game with injury in the 3rd

Matt Duffy was a late scratch from Friday's starting lineup due to back spasms.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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Mariners recall Vogelbach, Andreoli

Morin outrighted to Triple-A as Seattle returns to eight-man bullpen
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SEATTLE -- A trio of Mariners who returned from the All-Star break on the disabled list are on track for activation.

Catcher Mike Zunino was to begin a rehab stint at Triple-A Tacoma Friday night, where manager Scott Servais said he will catch for five or six innings and take three or four at-bats before playing designated hitter Saturday. Servais also said starting pitchers Felix Hernandez and James Paxton are set to return from back injuries and start Saturday and Tuesday, respectively.

SEATTLE -- A trio of Mariners who returned from the All-Star break on the disabled list are on track for activation.

Catcher Mike Zunino was to begin a rehab stint at Triple-A Tacoma Friday night, where manager Scott Servais said he will catch for five or six innings and take three or four at-bats before playing designated hitter Saturday. Servais also said starting pitchers Felix Hernandez and James Paxton are set to return from back injuries and start Saturday and Tuesday, respectively.

Zunino's timetable was less exact, with Servais saying he could return either during or before Seattle's upcoming two-game set against San Francisco. Although Zunino feels fine physically, Servais would like him to face more live pitching to work on his timing before a big league return.

"Mike can do a lot of things for us offensively. We saw last year, when he gets going really good, it really changes the look of the bottom of our lineup," Servais said. "We want to give him every chance to come back and be productive right out of the chute."

Some time in Tacoma helped turn Zunino's season around in 2017. The catcher slashed .167/.250/.236 before being sent down last May and .270/.349/.571 after coming back up. This season, he's put up a .189/.251/.403 line.

Servais has stacked his roster with position players, while Hernandez and Paxton have been sidelined. The Mariners recalled first baseman Daniel Vogelbach and outfielder John Andreoli from Triple-A Tacoma and outrighted right-handed reliever Mike Morin to Tacoma prior to Friday's series opener with the White Sox at Safeco Field.

"Everybody within our organization -- Triple-A, even the Double-A level, now we've dipped into there a little bit -- need to be ready to help us," Servais said. "You are on the depth chart, so to speak, when you're at those levels, and you never know when you're gonna get the call."

The club already had optioned rookie right-hander Matt Festa to Double-A Arkansas on Sunday prior to the All-Star break to open up one spot on the 25-man roster, so Morin's departure puts Seattle back at an eight-man bullpen after carrying two extra relievers last weekend.

Either Vogelbach or Andreoli is likely to be sent down when Hernandez returns to the active roster Saturday. Both have had prior appearances with Seattle this season and provide bench depth.

Vogelbach has batted .210/.347/.339 with two home runs and six RBIs in 62 at-bats over three prior stints with the Mariners this season, and he was on the club's Opening Day roster after a strong spring. He's hit .305 with 16 homers and 42 RBIs in 63 games with Tacoma.

Andreoli has been with Seattle twice previously this season, going 1-for-5 with a walk in two games. He batted .285 with a .387 on-base percentage, three homers and 28 RBIs in 67 games for Tacoma.

Morin pitched once in Colorado on July 13 after being recalled from Tacoma, allowing two runs on three hits with three strikeouts over two innings. In three outings this season, he's posted a 6.75 ERA in four innings.

David Gottlieb covers the Mariners for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DGottliebMLB.

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Rays bring up Moore for catching depth

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With catcher Wilson Ramos on the disabled list, the Rays summoned Adam Moore from Triple-A Durham. He will offer depth behind Jesus Sucre, who was in the lineup for Friday night's game.

Moore, 34, has reached the Majors with four MLB teams, most recently a nine-game stint with the Indians in 2016. Moore has hit .215 with two homers in 44 games for Durham this year.

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With catcher Wilson Ramos on the disabled list, the Rays summoned Adam Moore from Triple-A Durham. He will offer depth behind Jesus Sucre, who was in the lineup for Friday night's game.

Moore, 34, has reached the Majors with four MLB teams, most recently a nine-game stint with the Indians in 2016. Moore has hit .215 with two homers in 44 games for Durham this year.

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O's designate veteran Tillman for assignment

Club summons infielder Nunez from Triple-A Norfolk
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TORONTO -- Former All Star Chris Tillman was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Friday afternoon.

Tillman had been on the 10-day disabled list after sustaining a back injury he says occurred after dodging a foul ball that flew into the dugout during a game against the Tigers on April 28. If the 30-year-old right-hander clears waivers, he has enough Major League service time to elect free agency over being outrighted to the Minor Leagues.

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TORONTO -- Former All Star Chris Tillman was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Friday afternoon.

Tillman had been on the 10-day disabled list after sustaining a back injury he says occurred after dodging a foul ball that flew into the dugout during a game against the Tigers on April 28. If the 30-year-old right-hander clears waivers, he has enough Major League service time to elect free agency over being outrighted to the Minor Leagues.

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"He's not gone yet," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Maybe this whole thing goes through, and he returns to us pitching at Triple-A in a few days. ... Chris has been a big part of some good things here and could be again."

Tillman, who made an All-Star appearance in 2013, had struggled in seven starts with Baltimore this season, allowing 31 earned runs in 26 2/3 innings. It is the second year in a row that Tillman has scuffled. He posted a 7.84 ERA in 24 games last season.

When a player's contract is designated for assignment -- often abbreviated "DFA" -- that player is immediately removed from his club's 40-man roster, and 25-man roster if he was on that as well. Within seven days of the transaction (it was previously 10 days), the player must either be traded, released or placed on irrevocable outright waivers.

The Orioles called up third baseman Renato Nunez from Triple-A Norfolk. Nunez was brought over from the Rangers earlier this season after being designated for assignment. In 30 Major League games across three seasons, the 24-year-old has hit .167 with two homers, but he was playing well in Norfolk, hitting .289 with a .804 OPS in 56 games.

"I was pretty happy and excited to come here," Nunez said. "I was hoping, like all the players in the Minors, you're always hoping to get the call up to the big leagues and hopefully come here."

With Tim Beckham shifting over to shortstop after the Manny Machado trade, the Orioles are planning to see what Nunez can do at third base.

"We've got other people that can play over there, but I want to get a look at Renato," Showalter said. "He's been with some clubs, but he's only 24. He can do some things with the bat."

Nunez will get his first start in an Orioles uniform on Friday night against the Blue Jays.

Aaron Rose is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto.

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