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Miller to make season debut on Monday

Right-hander will face Marlins in his first game since April 2017
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PITTSBURGH -- Shelby Miller's long road back from Tommy John surgery will add a chapter Monday when he is activated off the 60-day disabled list to start against the Marlins in Miami.

Miller, who underwent surgery last May, joined the D-backs in Pittsburgh on Thursday, but will not be added to the roster until Monday.

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PITTSBURGH -- Shelby Miller's long road back from Tommy John surgery will add a chapter Monday when he is activated off the 60-day disabled list to start against the Marlins in Miami.

Miller, who underwent surgery last May, joined the D-backs in Pittsburgh on Thursday, but will not be added to the roster until Monday.

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In the meantime, the team demoted Matt Koch, whose place in the rotation Miller will be taking, and recalled right-handed reliever Jake Barrett to give the D-backs an extra bullpen arm for the four-game series with the Pirates.

Miller made four appearances in extended spring games at the team's Salt River Fields Spring Training complex and four Minor League rehab starts -- two for Double-A Jackson and a pair for Class A Visalia.

"Not assuming my first one back [in the Majors] is going to be perfect," Miller said. "Command was the last thing for me to come back, but I think that's there right now. I feel good. Everything out of the stretch and out of the windup feels solid. I think I'm in a good place overall. I wouldn't be here if everyone didn't think I was ready to pitch here."

Talking trade
With the non-waiver Trade Deadline a little more than a month away, D-backs general manager Mike Hazen would like to see injured outfielders Steven Souza Jr. and A.J. Pollock, along with Miller and fellow pitchers Randall Delgado and Robbie Ray, back before he makes a decision on trade targets.

"You're always looking at improvements that need to be made, but the position player club, we're hopeful that when those guys come back, it's going to be in a pretty good spot, plus or minus some things we might do," Hazen said. "I'd imagine traditionally at the Deadline you're looking at your bullpen more than anything else, just given the starters we're going to hope to have. But the issue is an injury could change all of that in the next six weeks. I'd like to see those five guys come back and then assess. I'm assuming we're going to need to make some adjustments, but I'd like to see that first."

What about Manny?
A recent report by MLB Network's Jon Paul Morosi said the D-backs had checked in with the Orioles about shortstop Manny Machado, who is a free agent after the season and could be available on the market.

"Yeah, I mean, I've probably talked to 25 of the 30 GMs already," Hazen said. "You ask about everything, right? Anybody that's available you have to at least talk about and see where there could be a fit, keep us in mind in the future if something comes up, those types of things."

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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Decision to buy or sell not clear-cut for Twins

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Last summer, the Twins decided they would be a buyer -- until they became a seller, that is.

Minnesota acquired left-hander Jaime Garcia from the Braves on July 24, hoping the addition would help erase the 2 1/2-game deficit at the time between the Twins and the American League Central-leading Indians. Six days later, Cleveland's lead over Minnesota had swelled to seven games, prompting the Twins to trade Garcia to the Yankees and reliever Brandon Kintzler to the Nationals.

Last summer, the Twins decided they would be a buyer -- until they became a seller, that is.

Minnesota acquired left-hander Jaime Garcia from the Braves on July 24, hoping the addition would help erase the 2 1/2-game deficit at the time between the Twins and the American League Central-leading Indians. Six days later, Cleveland's lead over Minnesota had swelled to seven games, prompting the Twins to trade Garcia to the Yankees and reliever Brandon Kintzler to the Nationals.

• MLB Buzz: Track the latest trade rumors

"When we made those deals, I can't tell you we had a vision that that was going to spark the performance that our team had," said Twins general manager Thad Levine, referring to his team's two-month surge, which helped it earn the second AL Wild Card spot. "We certainly felt it was capable of that, but by and large, the team skyrocketed after our trades. If we were that smart, we would have made those trades a lot earlier."

The Twins find themselves in a similar situation this summer, not quite certain whether they should be buying or selling as the calendar moves toward July. A number of sellers have called to ask whether the Twins are interested in adding players, while other teams have inquired about Minnesota's mindset six weeks before the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

"We're in an interesting spot; we're trying to figure out who we are and what we should be doing," Levine said. "There are so many teams that are clear-cut sellers and a handful that are clear-cut buyers. We're more inclined to be patient right now and utilize a little more of the runway we have.

• Hot market for hot corner: Machado leads buzz

"We think we have a lot of guys on our team that would be attractive trade acquisitions, which, by definition, if you have a lot of those, your team should probably be pretty good. We're inclined to give it every opportunity to perform before we really do something."

The Twins have been without Jorge Polanco all season as he serves an 80-game suspension for violating MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, while players such as Byron Buxton, Joe Mauer, Miguel Sano and Jason Castro have missed significant time with injuries.

"We're walking that line that we're hopeful that once we get everyone back together, we're going to take off," Levine said. "The other side of that is, how much of that is wishful thinking? At what point in the season are you who you are, and you need to embrace that? A lot of things went our way last year, and maybe not as many are going our way this year."

So how long will the Twins wait to decide if they're prepared to buy, sell or stand pat?

"It's hard to put a hard date on how long we'll be patient," Levine said. "We also recognize that with the number of stated sellers out there, if we decide to go down that path, there's probably a timing that's going to be advantageous. If we wait until the absolute end, maybe the buyers will have done all of their shopping. We're trying to keep our finger on the pulse of the pace of the market."

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Manny Machado (Orioles), Mike Moustakas (Royals) and Jose Abreu (White Sox) are mentioned often as potential trade candidates, but one GM wonders whether any hitter -- even one of Machado's caliber -- will bring back a big haul of prospects this summer.

"One of the things the last few Trade Deadlines have shown us is that I'm not sure how valuable these bats have been," the GM said. "How different is Moustakas from Jay Bruce last year? Bruce didn't net the Mets a huge return, and he went on to have a very good second half. You can argue J.D. Martinez didn't net a huge return for Detroit, either.

"We used to believe you could really jump-start your rebuild through the Trade Deadline, but aside from the Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman deals, I'm not sure it's really played out that way the last couple of years."

The GM believes that relief pitchers will remain the most sought-after commodity this summer, especially now that Alex Colome and Kelvin Herrera have already been dealt by the Rays and Royals, respectively.

"Almost every team -- if not every contending team -- needs a reliever," the GM said. "Very few need a right fielder and second baseman or a third baseman. So unless there's a good fit, there's always going to be a bigger market for a reliever than a big bat."

Mark Feinsand is an executive reporter for MLB.com.

Rox call up No. 9 prospect Almonte to aid 'pen

After hitting go-ahead HR Wednesday, McMahon optioned to get regular playing time
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DENVER -- Righty pitcher Yency Almonte, the Rockies' No. 9 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, knew the waiting, striving and physical pain could be taxing if one allows it to be. So last July 4, he pinned a tweet:

"Don't rush anything to happen. Take it day by day and allow it to happen on its own"

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DENVER -- Righty pitcher Yency Almonte, the Rockies' No. 9 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, knew the waiting, striving and physical pain could be taxing if one allows it to be. So last July 4, he pinned a tweet:

"Don't rush anything to happen. Take it day by day and allow it to happen on its own"

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Tweet from @showtimealmonte: Don't rush anything to happen. Take it day by day and allow it to happen on its own

After being traded twice for Major League talent earlier in his career and struggling through a right elbow nerve issue and a right shoulder impingement earlier this season, Almonte, 24, received a surprise late Wednesday night -- his first call to the Majors from Triple-A Albuquerque.

The Rockies were in such need to help a tired bullpen that they went a position player short for Thursday afternoon's game against the Mets. The club optioned left-handed-hitting infielder Ryan McMahon -- a day after his game-turning, three-run, pinch-hit homer against the Mets Wednesday night -- to Albuquerque for consistent playing time.

It was late in his native Miami, but Almonte reached his father, Ramon Almonte, who runs a baseball academy there, and a guy who really knows about the frustrating climb -- his brother, Denny Almonte.

Video: ARI@COL: Almonte strikes out Descalso in the 1st

A Mariners second-round pick in 2007 as an outfielder, Denny Almonte made it to Triple-A, but suffered a meniscus injury and then a hamstring blowout. After trying to keep the dream alive in independent ball, Denny joined his dad training future players and earned sports agent certification.

Yency Almonte said, "He was like, 'Congratulations, you made it farther than I did. That was my dream, and I'm going to live it through you.' It's pretty much a blessing."

Originally drafted in the 17th round by the Angels in 2012, Almonte was traded to the White Sox for infielder Gordon Beckham before the '15 season, and from the White Sox to the Rockies for pitcher Tommy Kahnle after that season.

This year, Almonte is 1-4 with a 6.27 ERA in nine starts in a season twice interrupted by disabled list stints. But he went six innings in each of his last two starts, and he was in position to help a big league club that has taken on a heavy innings load amid bullpen struggles.

Almonte's experience as a reliever is brief -- he pitched from the bullpen in the Arizona Fall League last year, in part to foster an attacking mentality and in part to control his innings load. Almonte joins current Rockies Harrison Musgrave and Jeff Hoffman, as well as current Albuquerque pitching staff members Antonio Senzatela and Sam Howard as starter types who have been summoned to help the Rockies' bullpen.

It's not clear if Almonte or another pitcher will go down Friday, when the Rockies are expected to recall a position player for a full bench. But Almonte stands ready.

"My roommate yesterday was Sam Howard, so he was like, 'You're doing the same thing I did,'" Almonte said. "I said, 'What do I do?'

"He was like, 'Be ready.' All right."

More action for McMahon
McMahon's homer came in his first at-bat since changing his bat angle in his setup -- an adjustment the coaches spotted on video. For it to take, the left-handed-hitting McMahon will need playing time.

But with the Rockies facing Mets lefty Steven Matz on Thursday and scheduled to face lefty starters for two of the three home games this weekend against the Marlins and most likely two of the three games against the Giants next week, manager Bud Black determined that McMahon would not see many starts in the Majors.

Video: NYM@COL: McMahon drills a pinch-hit 3-run HR to right

McMahon, 23, who is expected to be a key contributor, is departing with some success under his belt. His first two Major League homers came in his last seven at-bats. Wednesday's homer -- the pull shot into the Coors Field bullpen that the Rockies have wanted to see -- came on an 86.5-mph changeup from Mets righty Robert Gsellman.

Black said "much-needed playing time" could help McMahon hone his swing so it can catch up to pitches with more steam. McMahon must stay down at least 10 days unless an injury forces his return.

"It was a good confidence builder," Black said of McMahon's homer. "He got a hold of that high changeup in the middle and hit a ball to right field with some authority. You saw the excitement on Mac's face when he crossed home plate and came into the dugout. That was awesome."

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter and like his Facebook page.

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MLB Buzz: Will Mets deal their 2 aces?

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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 more likely to trade Wheeler than deGrom, Syndergaard?
June 21: The Mets have been calling around to gauge other teams' trade interest in their players, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman in an article for FanRag Sports.

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 more likely to trade Wheeler than deGrom, Syndergaard?
June 21: The Mets have been calling around to gauge other teams' trade interest in their players, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman in an article for FanRag Sports.

While rivals are dubious the Mets will trade either Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard, the club is finding interest in Zack Wheeler, per Heyman. Meanwhile, there hasn't been much chatter yet regarding Steven Matz.

MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported Monday that the Mets are "open for business" as it relates to prospective trade offers ahead of the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

• Non-waiver Trade Deadline explained

However, it will likely take a major haul to acquire either deGrom or Syndergaard. A Mets source told Heyman the club would need to get Gleyber Torres back to trade deGrom to the Yankees, which provides a sense of the asking price the club has placed on the ace. Of course, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has already nixed the idea of trading Torres, joking that he still has to "walk around this city."

Wheeler will surely cost teams less than it would take to acquire deGrom or Syndergaard. The righty owns a 4.82 ERA this season and has an extensive injury history, but his FIP is a promising 3.80. He was also hitting 99 mph with his four-seam fastball in his most recent start on June 17 against the D-backs.

Padres a potential trade suitor for Machado?
June 21: The list of potential trade destinations for Orioles shortstop Manny Machado could surprisingly include San Diego, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman in an article for FanRag Sports.

The Padres have certainly shown a willingness to make bold moves during general manager A.J. Preller's tenure, trading for Justin Upton, Matt Kemp and Craig Kimbrel prior to the 2015 season and signing Eric Hosmer to a club-record $144 million, eight-year contract in February 2018. And with the No. 1 farm system in baseball, per MLB Pipeline's preseason rankings, the Padres certainly have a prospect group that will entice the Orioles.

Video: Morosi discusses Machado trade possibilities and more

A trade between the Padres and Orioles remains unlikely, however, as San Diego is in last place in the National League West and would have little chance of re-signing Machado after this season, given their sizable commitment to Hosmer and Machado's preference to remain at shortstop long term. San Diego's top prospect is shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.

Per Heyman, a Padres source downplayed the possibility of a Machado deal and said the club is simply doing its "due diligence."

Phillies a potential landing spot for Beltre
June 21: With J.P. Crawford set to miss 4-6 weeks due to a fractured left hand and both Maikel Franco and Scott Kingery carrying sub-.700 OPS marks, the Phillies will likely look to acquire a veteran to upgrade the left side of their infield, according to MLB Network insider Jon Paul Morosi.

While the Phillies have long been linked to the Orioles' Manny Machado, Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is another option the club could pursue, per Morosi.

Morosi: Hot market for hot corner

Beltre will be a free agent after this season, making him a prime candidate to be moved by the Rangers, who are in last place in the American League West and sit 15 games behind in the race for the second Wild Card spot.

Video: Phillies GM Klentak talks bullpen, Trade Deadline

Beltre has spent substantial time on the disabled list with various leg injuries over the past two years, but he remains a productive hitter. Over 45 games this season, the 39-year-old owns a .302/.357/.428 slash line.

And while the Rangers have used Beltre as the designated hitter more often lately, the five-time Gold Glove Award winner can still handle himself at the hot corner. In 32 games at third base this season, Beltre has recorded three defensive runs saved.

Of course, Beltre has a full no-trade clause, and it remains to be seen if he'll waive it to join a contender.

Red Sox looking to upgrade bullpen; Hand an option?
June 20: The Red Sox are interested in bolstering their relief corps, according to MLB Network insider Jon Paul Morosi, and Padres closer Brad Hand may be a target for the club.

However, San Diego's asking price for Hand could be prohibitive. Per Morosi, the Padres are expected to seek a young everyday player, such as Rafael Devers, in exchange for the left-hander.

Hand, who has a National League-leading 21 saves with a 2.43 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP this season, is signed through 2020 with a team option for 2021, so the Padres are in no rush to deal him.

Boston has the sixth-best bullpen ERA (3.17) in the Majors, but the club's 'pen lacks depth with Carson Smith out for the season following shoulder surgery and Steven Wright currently starting in place of the injured Drew Pomeranz (left biceps tendinitis).

Video: DeRo discusses his Top 5 trade candidates

O's, D-backs have talked Machado trade
June 19: The Orioles and D-backs have engaged in discussions regarding a potential trade for Manny Machado, according to MLB Network insider Jon Paul Morosi, and dialogue remains open between the two clubs.

Morosi described the trade talks as "due diligence on Arizona's part as the team's needs become clear." The two clubs also reportedly discussed a Machado trade this past offseason. Arizona currently holds the top spot in the National League West, but the second-place Dodgers narrowed the gap when they defeated the Cubs in Game 1 of a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon.

It's unclear whether the D-backs are interested in acquiring Machado to play shortstop or third base.

The 25-year-old would be an offensive upgrade over starting third baseman Jake Lamb and shortstop Nick Ahmed, as he's hitting .310 with 18 homers, 53 RBIs and a .945 OPS over 69 games for the Orioles in 2018 and owns a lifetime 118 wRC+.

But Machado has struggled defensively in his first season as the O's primary shortstop, recording -15 defensive runs saved (DRS). Ahmed, meanwhile, has notched six DRS. Machado has proven to be a stellar defender at the hot corner in the past, posting 81 DRS as a third baseman during his career and winning two AL Gold Glove Awards at the position.

Video: MLB Tonight on the D-backs' interest in Machado

Are Mets 'open for business?'
June 18: The Mets are reportedly "open for business" as it relates to prospective trade offers ahead of the non-waiver Trade Deadline, including on ace Jacob deGrom, according to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal. The club would be more inclined to move Noah Syndergaard, per Rosenthal, but it might be inclined to part with deGrom given the right return.

deGrom would cost a "boatload" in return, one source told Rosenthal, and likely for a combination of Major League talent as well as highly touted prospects, which perhaps only a handful of clubs could fulfill. deGrom has two years of arbitration eligibility remaining before he becomes a free agent, while Syndergaard wouldn't hit the market until after the 2021 season.

deGrom is firmly in the mix for the National League Cy Young Award, with the Majors' best ERA (1.55) over 87 1/3 innings in 14 starts. He's currently on pace for career bests in strikeout rate (32.8 percent), opposing batting average (.206) and WHIP (1.01), as he's one of the few glimmering spotlights for a Mets team that tumbled out of first place in early May. The right-hander did avoid a significant injury scare nearly seven weeks ago when he hyperextended his pitching elbow on an awkward swing, landing on the 10-day disabled list.

Syndergaard hasn't pitched since May 25 due to a strained ligament on his right index finger. The high-velocity right-hander missed nearly the entire 2017 season due to a partial tear in his right lat. Over 11 starts this year, Syndergaard is 4-1 with a 3.06 ERA.

Monday's report surfaced less than two weeks after general manager Sandy Alderson called the liklelihood of a teardown "very remote" in an interview with USA Today.

"Just because you tear it down doesn't mean you're going to have a great rebuild. It doesn't work that way. It just doesn't," Alderson said at the time.

In Rosenthal's report, he indicates that the club would ideally like to retain most of its controllable nucleus -- shortstop Amed Rosario, outfielders Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto and right-handers Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman -- but those chips are likely the most coveted by other clubs.

Yanks, M's looking to acquire Happ
June 18: As the Yankees and Mariners have emerged as true contenders in the American League pennant race, so, too, have their roster voids -- specifically within their starting rotations. Both clubs are believed to be in the market for an available arm over the next six weeks, and MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi reported on Monday that each is interested in Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ.

In the midst of an All-Star-caliber season, Happ has a 3.48 ERA over 82 2/3 innings in 14 starts. He is in the final year of a three-year, $36 million contract, and due to his lingering free agency, he might not be as costly a return in what is shaping up to be a thin trade market for starters.

Both Seattle and New York have gotten above-average production from their starting staffs, though each has shown signs of vulnerability.

Video: Morosi on potential trade fits for J.A. Happ

Beyond AL Cy Young Award candidate Luis Severino, the Yankees have gotten inconsistent results from Sonny Gray and Masahiro Tanaka, Jordan Montgomery was lost for the season because of Tommy John surgery and Domingo German hasn't yet exhibited enough to warrant the fifth spot for good. CC Sabathia has been reliable, when healthy. To complement their elite offense and lights-out bullpen, the Yankees have long been speculated to retool their rotation ahead of the Deadline.

Morosi noted that the Yankees might have more incentive to go after a lefty given that the division-rival Red Sox have an MLB-best .813 OPS against righties but only a .672 mark against southpaws. In addition to their 13 regular-season meetings remaining, there's a strong chance the Yankees could go through Boston in the postseason.

The Mariners' rotation has also proven to be top heavy, with arguably the AL's best starter in James Paxton. However, No. 2 starter Felix Hernandez has struggled to a career-worst 5.44 ERA, and he has given up five or more earned runs in five of his 15 starts. No. 5 starter Wade LeBlanc has been a pleasant surprise, but at 33 years old, there have been questions about his sustainability.

In a loaded AL East, Toronto entered 2018 with its most realistic avenue to the postseason via an AL Wild Card berth, but it entered Monday 12 1/2 games back of the second AL's spot. The Jays are 32-38 despite winning seven of their last 10, including sweeps of the Nationals and Orioles.

Giants going after Harper?
June 14: The Giants lost out on the Giancarlo Stanton sweepstakes in the offseason, despite being perhaps the most aggressive in pursuing the National League MVP Award winner via a trade from the Marlins. The Giants wound up filling out their lineup elsewhere -- trading for Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria -- but they may not be out of the market in acquiring a power-hitting corner outfielder, as MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported recently that they could be a "main player" for Bryce Harper in free agency.

"They do make some sense," a friend of Harper's told Heyman.

Harper has been speculated to land a potentially historic deal, though the Giants were believed to be willing to take on the entire $295 million remaining on Stanton's contract. And general manager Bobby Evans has made it clear the club doesn't intend to rebuild in the immediate future despite a depleted farm system.

"We're going to be focused in the market as much as anybody ... the trade market as we get to the winter," Evans said in a recent interview with MLB Network Radio. "But that's so far ahead of us now. But yeah, there's always an eye on the free-agent market."

McCutchen will be a free agent this offseason, and 35-year-old left fielder Hunter Pence has struggled to stay healthy and remain productive, hitting .183/.236/.207 in 30 games. The Giants appear to be all-in on the immediate, and pursuing Harper would certainly fit that strategic mold.

Archer likely to be moved
June 13: This is far from the first time that the Chris Archer has been floated as a trade candidate, but a rival executive told MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal that he believes that a seller's market this year will make the Rays likely to move Archer before the Trade Deadline.

Archer is a two-time All-Star with a 3.67 ERA in his seven seasons in the Majors, but his current injury and struggles this year might affect his trade value -- he has a 4.24 ERA in 13 starts and is on the disabled list with a left abdominal strain without a definite timetable for his return. And Rosenthal reports that the Rays don't like the thought of trading the 29-year-old due to his team-friendly contract.

Archer could be under club control through 2021, with one year remaining on his contract plus two more years of club options. That makes him different than, for example, David Price, who was only under team control when the Rays traded him, or Evan Longoria, who had a much larger contract.

Hamels might want trade partner to pick up option
June 13: Cole Hamels has been one of the most prominent names in early-season trade buzz -- most notably as a potential trade target for the Yankees, who for all their success so far are in need of starting rotation depth. The Rangers have struggled this season, but Hamels has a 3.86 ERA and 79 strikeouts in his 13 starts.

But the veteran left-hander has a 20-team no-trade list, and a source told Rosenthal that even though Hamels recently called that protection "kind of a formality," he could still use it as leverage to ask a trade partner from that list to pick up his $20 million option for 2019. That makes sense for the 34-year-old, as the alternative to picking up his option is a $6 million buyout that would leave him facing the uncertainty of free agency in his mid-30s.

MLB.com's Jon Morosi has reported that the teams not on Hamels' no-trade list are the Astros, Braves, Cardinals, Cubs, Mariners, Nationals, Phillies, Rays and Royals.

Per Rosenthal, Hamels could be a difficult fit for a team trying to remain under the luxury tax threshold, as he'll still be owed close to $8 million at the Trade Deadline, unless the Rangers include significant cash in a deal.

Machado the prize, but plenty of 3B intrigue

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How intriguing is the trade market for third basemen right now?

Consider this: The Indians have the best production at the position in the Majors this year, thanks to Jose Ramirez's historic season. With 22 home runs, he is on pace to eclipse Adrian Beltre's single-season Major League record (48) among third basemen 25 and younger.

How intriguing is the trade market for third basemen right now?

Consider this: The Indians have the best production at the position in the Majors this year, thanks to Jose Ramirez's historic season. With 22 home runs, he is on pace to eclipse Adrian Beltre's single-season Major League record (48) among third basemen 25 and younger.

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Yet the Tribe is among the teams considering the acquisition of a third baseman.

How is that possible? Well, if the Indians land Manny Machado, Ramirez can move across the diamond to second base -- his best defensive position, and where Jason Kipnis has a .610 OPS this season.

Machado has a trade market unto himself, because of his power (18 home runs, .925 OPS) and defensive versatility. The Orioles' three-time All-Star is the best player available at both third base and shortstop. If the O's act decisively in their trade conversations, they'll draw multiple compelling offers for Machado; if they wait until shortly before the non-waiver Trade Deadline to establish a clear direction, they could stifle the activity on third basemen around the Majors.

The D-backs' interest in Machado goes back to last offseason, and sources told MLB.com this week the sides have been in contact about a possible trade at least once since Opening Day. The Braves have yet to seriously pursue Machado, but they have the prospects to entice the Orioles. Atlanta also leads the National League East and has shown no sign of fading, giving new general manager Alex Anthopoulos plenty of motivation to make the sort of bold moves for which he was known in Toronto.

Along with Machado, one future Hall of Famer (Beltre) and two recent All-Stars (Mike Moustakas and Josh Donaldson) are available at third base. All four are free agents after the season, increasing the chances that trades will occur.

Beltre has a full no-trade clause, and it remains unclear if he'd waive it for the chance to play on a contender. Beltre, 39, has yet to win a World Series ring. A trade in the coming weeks could represent his last chance at one.

Crucially, Beltre is playing well enough that teams are interested. He's batting .302 and is revered for his clubhouse influence. At least some within the Indians organization would like to acquire Beltre, particularly given his history playing for Cleveland manager Terry Francona during his one season in Boston.

The Phillies also have interest in Beltre, sources say, as much for his professionalism as his production. The Phils have the youngest group of position players in the Majors, and team officials see long-term value in Beltre's influence on an emerging core. Plus, the recent injury to J.P. Crawford has opened up more at-bats on the infield.

Moustakas isn't on track to equal last year's Royals record-setting home run pace, but his OPS+ is nearly identical to where it was in 2017. Improved health also has allowed Moustakas to return to his high defensive standard, according to Kansas City manager Ned Yost. Moustakas is a 2015 World Series champion who is regarded as an excellent teammate and is on a priced-to-move team-friendly contract. Especially after the Royals traded reliever Kelvin Herrera and outfielder Jon Jay, it will be a major surprise if Moustakas isn't dealt. 

Donaldson is a different case: His lack of playing time due to multiple injuries (only 36 games this year) is creating uncertainty in the minds of suitors about the 2015 American League MVP Award winner. Teams will want to see Donaldson play every day for multiple weeks before investing prospects and money in acquiring him, and he's running out of time to do so.

In fact, it's possible that Donaldson could clear August trade waivers if he's still on the disabled list then, by virtue of his $23 million salary. As a result, we still could be two months away from a Donaldson trade.

One more name to monitor: Matt Duffy of Tampa Bay. While there hasn't been much national buzz surrounding his season, Duffy is having a career offensive year. He also is in his salary arbitration years. Given the Rays' precedent, they'll be open-minded if a strong offer comes.

This season, though, Tampa Bay may find the supply of third basemen is simply too great to receive the right return for Duffy. At the 2018 Trade Deadline, there's no corner of the market quite like this.

Jon Paul Morosi is a reporter for MLB.com and MLB Network

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Corban Joseph optioned to Triple-A

Move makes room for Cashner coming off disabled list
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WASHINGTON -- The Orioles announced Wednesday that infielder Corban Joseph was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for Andrew Cashner's return from the disabled list. Cashner started against the Nationals on Wednesday after missing one start with a lower back strain. He tossed four scoreless frames in the 3-0 Orioles win before a two-hour, 43-minute rain delay cut short his start.

"Had to make room for a starting pitcher today, and Corban presented himself well," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Let him continue what's been a really good season for him down there [with Double-A Bowie]. I had some guys here who were a little more versatile."

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WASHINGTON -- The Orioles announced Wednesday that infielder Corban Joseph was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for Andrew Cashner's return from the disabled list. Cashner started against the Nationals on Wednesday after missing one start with a lower back strain. He tossed four scoreless frames in the 3-0 Orioles win before a two-hour, 43-minute rain delay cut short his start.

"Had to make room for a starting pitcher today, and Corban presented himself well," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Let him continue what's been a really good season for him down there [with Double-A Bowie]. I had some guys here who were a little more versatile."

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Joseph's callup last Friday made headlines once he was joined by his brother, catcher Caleb Joseph, on the 25-man roster for Tuesday's loss against the Nationals. Both played in the loss, batting back-to-back in the sixth inning when Corban pinch-hit in the pitcher spot. Corban notched his first career RBI during that at-bat, grounding into a fielder's choice with the bases loaded and plating Danny Valencia to give the O's a 6-5 lead. The play resulted in Caleb being thrown out at second.

Corban hopes to return to the team if called upon, and both brothers were hopeful to remain on the team by the time the Orioles head to Atlanta this weekend, as they have family throughout the South.

"That's where there could be half a stadium filled with orange and black jerseys with 'Joseph' on the back," Caleb said Tuesday. "We've got quite a few family members who live in that Southern region. It is exciting here. [I'm] not wishing it to go away, but really looking forward to Atlanta, too."

Corban was 1-for-9 with two strikeouts and a walk in his four-game Major League stint with Baltimore.

Worth noting
• First baseman Chris Davis' return to the lineup is expected in the next couple of days. Davis hasn't played since June 11.

• The Orioles must make a decision on Colby Rasmus, who played his final rehab game on Wednesday. The team has 48 hours to decide whether to add him to the roster or designate him for assignment.

Darren O'Day was available to pitch on Wednesday after dealing with some hamstring soreness the previous four days.

• The Orioles signed two more players from the 2018 MLB Draft: INF Trevor Putzig (17th round) and INF John Ham (31st round). They have signed 23 selections so far.

Zachary Silver is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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Cordero mulling options on bone spur in elbow

Outfielder deciding between rest and surgery; Lucchesi activated, Mitchell to DL; Myers, Hedges getting close
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SAN DIEGO -- The injury bug has bit the Padres once more this season, as outfielder Franchy Cordero will be out for an indefinite time period after an MRI revealed a bone spur in his right elbow.

Cordero was in the midst of his rehab assignment at Triple-A El Paso, but he was shut down after feeling pain in his forearm during a swing on Sunday.

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SAN DIEGO -- The injury bug has bit the Padres once more this season, as outfielder Franchy Cordero will be out for an indefinite time period after an MRI revealed a bone spur in his right elbow.

Cordero was in the midst of his rehab assignment at Triple-A El Paso, but he was shut down after feeling pain in his forearm during a swing on Sunday.

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Cordero, who was batting .237/.307/.439 before landing on the disabled list on May 28, has two options. He could undergo surgery to remove the bone spur, although the expected recovery time is estimated at 12 weeks -- which would mean missing nearly the rest of the season. Cordero is also weighing the decision of resting a month and reevaluating the situation a few weeks later.

"He's kind of caught between a rock and a hard place right now," manager Andy Green said. "What's the best decision? 'Do I wait a month and see if I can play with this, even though it's still bothering me after I waited? Or do I go have surgery right now, and I maybe only get back for the last few weeks of the season?'"

Ultimately, it appears necessary that Cordero will need to have the bone spur removed. Right now, it's a matter of when. It's unclear what route Cordero will take, and Green added that Cordero would likely take some time to decide.

"Those kinds of decisions, you offer advice," he said. "But they're players' choices. And it's not an easy decision to make. … There's no clear, easy answer on this one, and it's going to take a few days to work through that and get advice from the doctors he's seen."

Lucchesi activated, Mitchell to DL
The Padres activated Joey Lucchesi on Wednesday morning and placed right-hander Bryan Mitchell on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow impingement, retroactive to Sunday.

The reliever hasn't made an appearance since June 5, where he was rocked for five hits and five earned runs on 60 pitches through just 2 2/3 innings.

"We don't feel it's too serious, but he's had intermittent soreness over the last two weeks," Green said. "Whenever he gets out to full extension in his long-toss program, he's felt some things. It became apparent to us that it was best for him to take a little break right now and rest his elbow and hopefully we find nothing structural there."

Mitchell will rest for a few days before heading to the team's Spring Training complex in Arizona to resume his throwing program. In his 12 appearances (seven starts) for San Diego this season, he holds a 7.08 ERA over 48 1/3 innings pitched and has allowed 39 runs (38 earned) on 63 hits.

More roster moves ahead
San Diego will have a couple more roster moves to make in the near future, with both Wil Myers and Austin Hedges coming close to finishing their rehab assignments. Raffy Lopez and A.J. Ellis have split duties behind the plate in Hedges' absence, and Green wouldn't say whether the team would take three catchers once Hedges returns.

"We've talked through the possibility of carrying three catchers and what that would do for us," Green said. "We're not committed to that, but we're not going to rule that out at this point."

The Padres will also have to decide how many outfielders they will carry once Myers returns, with Hunter Renfroe, Travis Jankowski, Manuel Margot and Franmil Reyes all splitting equal time amongst the three positions. While Myers will obviously be back in the mix, Green hinted that Myers will not start every game and instead mix into the outfield rotation, as well.

"Wil, when he comes back, he might play two days, then have a day off," Green said. "He might play three days, then have a day off. We might carry that on for some considerable period of time to just ensure that he's in a good physical spot and ready to go before we unleash him to go on a very consistent basis.

"He would fit into a very similar rotation. You've got four guys out there that are all playing very consistently and getting a lot of at-bats, but not the everyday guy."

Katie Woo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow her on Twitter @katiejwoo.

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Dickerson on family medical leave; Frazier up

Kang sidelined with discomfort in left wrist
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PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates placed left fielder Corey Dickerson on the family medical emergency list on Wednesday and recalled super-utility man Adam Frazier from Triple-A Indianapolis.

The family medical emergency list can only be used in the case of a death or medical emergency in the player's immediate family. Players must remain on the family medical emergency list for at least three days and no more than seven, so Dickerson will be away from the team until at least Saturday.

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PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates placed left fielder Corey Dickerson on the family medical emergency list on Wednesday and recalled super-utility man Adam Frazier from Triple-A Indianapolis.

The family medical emergency list can only be used in the case of a death or medical emergency in the player's immediate family. Players must remain on the family medical emergency list for at least three days and no more than seven, so Dickerson will be away from the team until at least Saturday.

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Dickerson, 29, has put together another strong first half in his first season with the Pirates, slashing .302/.336/.453 with five homers and 32 RBIs. He ranks 11th among outfielders in the most recent round of National League All-Star balloting.

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Since Austin Meadows' emergence, Dickerson has been playing regularly as part of Pittsburgh's four-man outfield plan. Meadows figures to join center fielder Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco in the outfield while Dickerson is away, but Sean Rodriguez was scheduled to start in left with Meadows in right against Brewers left-hander Brent Suter before Wednesday's game was postponed.

Frazier was vying for the starting left-field job this spring before Pittsburgh acquired Dickerson via trade from Tampa Bay in mid-February. The Pirates optioned Frazier to Indianapolis on June 10, in part because he had Minor League options but also to give him regular playing time in Triple-A after spending more than two months in a reserve role.

Frazier hit .283/.347/.402 during his first two seasons with the Pirates, but those numbers dropped to .237/.318/.356 in 152 plate appearances over 56 games in the Majors this year. Most of Frazier's playing time came at second base while Josh Harrison was on the disabled list, but he has also played all three outfield spots this season.

"It's a guy we know. It's a guy that's played at this level," manager Clint Hurdle said. "The hits weren't there. The battle in the box was getting better. He was fielding his position very well. He was showing up. He was getting reps. We've got right-handed bats. We wanted to add a left-handed bat and another infielder. He's a pretty good fit for those two criteria."

Kang scratched in Indy
Infielder Jung Ho Kang was removed from the Triple-A Indianapolis lineup on Wednesday afternoon. That prompted some speculation, fueled by a suggestive Twitter post from the Indianapolis club, that he might be headed to Pittsburgh. He is not.

Kang was scratched on Wednesday due to left wrist discomfort, Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said. Kang reported the injury before Wednesday's game but did not identify the cause, Tomczyk said, and the athletic trainer in Indianapolis identified that Kang "most likely" needed to see a doctor.

After a slow start in Indianapolis, Kang recorded six hits in his last three games. He is day to day.

Trainer's room
• Left-hander Enny Romero (shoulder impingement) had his rehab assignment transferred from Double-A Altoona to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday. He pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout in Indianapolis' 5-3 win on Wednesday.

• Right-hander A.J. Schugel (shoulder discomfort) has resumed playing catch, Tomczyk said. After being sidelined early in Spring Training, Schugel made eight appearances during a rehab assignment with Class A Advanced Bradenton and Indianapolis then was shut down in early May.

• Right-hander Nick Burdi (Tommy John surgery last year) continues to pitch simulated games in Bradenton, Fla. The Pirates picked Burdi, a 25-year-old reliever who hasn't pitched above Double-A, in the Rule 5 Draft last December. He must spend 90 days on their active roster between this season and next year before his Rule 5 restrictions are removed.

Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and read his blog.

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Antonetti talks Tribe's needs ahead of Deadline

Indians 'aggressive in looking for ways to improve the team,' with bullpen top priority
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CLEVELAND -- When the Nationals acquired closer Kelvin Herrera from the Royals earlier this week, Washington reeled in the kind of impact arm the Indians could use to stabilize their bullpen.

Given how much sense Herrera made for Cleveland, know that the Indians inquired about his availability with Kansas City. Over the next six weeks leading up to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Tribe's decision-makers plan on leaving no stones unturned in their search for reinforcements for the stretch run to October.

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CLEVELAND -- When the Nationals acquired closer Kelvin Herrera from the Royals earlier this week, Washington reeled in the kind of impact arm the Indians could use to stabilize their bullpen.

Given how much sense Herrera made for Cleveland, know that the Indians inquired about his availability with Kansas City. Over the next six weeks leading up to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Tribe's decision-makers plan on leaving no stones unturned in their search for reinforcements for the stretch run to October.

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"I won't get into specific guys," Chris Antonetti, the Indians' president of baseball operations, said when asked about Herrera on Wednesday morning. "But I think it's safe to say that we've been aggressive in looking for ways to improve the team. And, if there are guys that are out there that might be available, we're exploring it."

Antonetti noted that the Indians could benefit from more consistency in center and right field, but the bullpen remains the main area of need for the American League Central leaders. After a disastrous May (8.01 ERA) for the relief corps, things have been better in June (3.35 ERA, entering Wednesday), but the recent strides have not calmed Cleveland's search for potential help.

Entering Wednesday, the Tribe bullpen ranked 28th in MLB in ERA (5.47) and 29th in Fielding Independent Pitching (4.70).

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With Andrew Miller, Cody Allen and Zach McAllister among the potential free-agents for the Indians next offseason, Cleveland will cast a wide net for controllable options and rentals. Antonetti cited the 2016 Trade Deadline, when the club acquired Miller and outfielder Brandon Guyer, who both came with multiple years of control, as an example.

"We try to take a multi-year approach," Antonetti said. "It was evident in our trades in 2016. We targeted players that could have an impact beyond just that season. Now, sometimes those players aren't available and you can't align on value and you end up trading for guys like we did last year with Joe Smith or getting Jay Bruce late. That's just the opportunity that was available to us. We'll explore both."

And the Indians have started to ramp up that process.

"In the years in which we're in contention, I think that's been the way we've operated," Antonetti said. "And that's how we've continued to operate this year. Really, since the day after the Draft, the intensity and frequency of trade conversations have picked up and we're actively seeking ways where we can improve the team."

Worth noting

• There remains no clear timetable for return for Miller (10-day disabled list, right knee), but he will continue to work through bullpen sessions leading up to game activity. Antonetti noted Wednesday that Miller will take part in a Minor League rehab assignment before rejoining the Indians.

• Heading into Wednesday's game, Cleveland's rotation ranked second in the Majors with an average of 99 pitches per game. Only the Astros (100.1) ranked higher. Said Antonetti: "Our guys condition to do that. So, they're in a good spot, but it's something we'll continue to be mindful of as we go through the season."

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• Antonetti noted that Carlos Carrasco (10-day DL) is doing well, but said the pitcher still needs to get some of the swelling down in his right elbow before resuming a throwing program. Carrasco was hit on the arm by a line drive on Saturday against the Twins.

• Outfielder Bradley Zimmer (Minor League DL, right shoulder) underwent an MRI exam on Wednesday morning to gather more information about the nature of his injury. Antonetti said the team is still awaiting the results of the tests.

• Outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall was scratched from Wednesday's lineup with bilateral calf soreness, per the Indians.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.

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GM Klentak talks bullpen, Trade Deadline

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PHILADELPHIA -- If the Phillies had a legitimate closer, they swear they would use him as one.

But the Phillies have not anointed a closer since Hector Neris lost the job last month, which is why they continue to mix and match their relievers late in games.

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PHILADELPHIA -- If the Phillies had a legitimate closer, they swear they would use him as one.

But the Phillies have not anointed a closer since Hector Neris lost the job last month, which is why they continue to mix and match their relievers late in games.

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"If we had Brad Lidge on this team, he would close," Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park. "If we had Billy Wagner on this team, he would close. If we had Jonathan Papelbon on this team, he would close. We don't have one of those guys. So we're making due with what we have, which is a pretty good group.

"I think at some point we might [have a closer]. If organically it works, and that's the way things shake out, I think we're open to that."

On Monday, the Nationals traded three prospects to the Royals for closer Kelvin Herrera, who enhances Washington's chances of winning a World Series. Klentak declined to say if the Phillies took a shot at Herrera, but he said there have been "a handful of conversations" about potential trades.

Manager Gabe Kapler said Monday that he does not believe the Phillies need to acquire a reliever before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, although he quickly acknowledged that he always welcomes upgrades. The Phillies have a 4.50 ERA in the eighth inning and a 4.82 ERA in the ninth inning this season. Those numbers rank 23rd and 26th in baseball, respectively. Of course, there are other ways to measure a bullpen's success.

Kapler said Tuesday that the Phillies' bullpen has been one of the best in the National League. It is third in the NL with a 3.72 xFIP (expected Fielding Independent Pitching), according to FanGraphs.

"The group itself is really talented and we're confident in it," Klentak said. "I think at some point in the near future we're going to get Pat Neshek back, who, while not a traditional closer, is probably as good a bullpen arm as a team is going to add in the next six weeks. We will see what's available in the trade market -- which players are available, what the costs are. We will probably look at that in free agency as well. But we have to maintain the proper perspective on any potential acquisition."

The Phillies have enough payroll flexibility and farm-system depth to acquire any number of players before July 31. It could mean a high-powered arm in the bullpen, a starter like Cole Hamels or J.A. Happ or a third baseman like Mike Moustakas.

"I think there's a chance that we will trade for a rental," Klentak said. "What we've said all along is that if we can come out of June in a good position and get ourselves onto a roll in July, then that will hopefully put us into a position to make additions. That could come in the form of years of control or the form of rentals. If it's the rental type, we just have to make sure that we're maintaining the proper balance and perspective on that so that we're making this team better but also not mortgaging too much of our future."

Sources told MLB.com in recent weeks that the Phillies are highly unlikely to empty the farm system for a rental like Orioles shortstop Manny Machado. The idea of sending top prospects to Baltimore for two months of Machado, when he is certain to test the free-agent market and he might only guarantee the Phillies a one-game playoff as a NL Wild Card, does not seem like smart business to them.

In the meantime, maybe somebody establishes himself as the Phillies' closer before July 31. Maybe it is Seranthony Dominguez, who is the team's best reliever.

Why not just give him a shot right now?

"The argument against that is that the ninth inning is not always the highest-leverage situation," Klentak said. "You can blow a save in the seventh or the eighth or the ninth. And, emotionally, it stings more when it happens in the ninth because you feel like you're right there. You're just about to win the game. But if you never get to the ninth inning with a lead in the first place, you never have a chance to win that game. So sometimes using your best relievers earlier in the game is what makes the most sense.

"Make no mistake about it, I would love to have a traditional, dominant, ninth-inning closer. There are a few of them throughout the league, and the Phillies have had them over the years. We would like to have that. We believe that with the group of guys we have on this roster right now, with the depth of pitching we have throughout our system, we will find that guy and more internally. If it turns out to be the case that I'm wrong, then we'll have to address that externally. But right now, we like the group that we have on this roster and coming up behind them in the system."

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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Mendez optioned following team rules violation

Bibens-Dirkx recalled, will start in place of Rangers' No. 7 prospect Wednesday
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KANSAS CITY -- The Rangers have pulled rookie left-hander Yohander Mendez from Wednesday's start against the Royals and optioned him to Triple-A Round Rock after it was determined he violated team rules.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx has been recalled from Round Rock and will start on Wednesday.

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KANSAS CITY -- The Rangers have pulled rookie left-hander Yohander Mendez from Wednesday's start against the Royals and optioned him to Triple-A Round Rock after it was determined he violated team rules.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx has been recalled from Round Rock and will start on Wednesday.

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The Rangers did not specify what Mendez did to warrant being disciplined, but it took place Monday night after their 6-3 victory over the Royals and did not happen at Kauffman Stadium. General manager Jon Daniels said Mendez's actions were not serious enough to involve either the police or Major League Baseball but could be addressed internally.

"Part of it is where we are in the development of the club and comes from holding a certain level of standards for veterans and young players alike," Daniels said. "Part of the development of young players is on the maturity side as well. That's kind of where this one falls."

Daniels said other players were involved at a certain level. He did not specify who the players were, but second baseman Rougned Odor was scratched from Tuesday's lineup. Odor was originally supposed to play second with Jurickson Profar starting at third. But Profar was moved to second and Isiah Kiner-Falefa started at third base, with Adrian Beltre at designated hitter.

"I felt like it was a situation with Kiner-Falefa playing third base and Profar at second," manager Jeff Banister said. "The rest of it … I don't have any further comment."

Joey Gallo was also not in the lineup, but Banister made it clear that Tuesday was a regularly scheduled day off for Gallo with nothing else to it.

Mendez was called up last Friday to start against the Rockies. MLB Pipeline ranks him as the No. 7 prospect in the Rangers' farm system, and the plan was to give him an extended look in the Major League rotation. That was still the plan after he allowed six runs in three-plus innings against the Rockies.

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But the plan has been put on hold for now. The Rangers were disappointed that Mendez's postgame activities on Monday were not representative of a pitcher who should have been getting ready to start on Wednesday.

"There are steps for every player to take as far as commitment and focus," Banister said. "Both who you are as an individual player and being a team player is part of it. We all learn lessons and don't always get it right. It's part of the process. There are things that happen, but we need to continue to put the team first. There are standards we want to abide by. We want to make sure those standards are held in high regard. That doesn't mean mistakes won't be made."

The Rangers have not placed a timetable on Mendez's return. Daniels said they will have additional conversations with Mendez and put him on a program to follow.

The Rangers followed a similar plan with reliever Keone Kela at the beginning of last season. He clashed with teammates over a perceived lack of effort in a B game at the end of Spring Training, and he was unexpectedly optioned to Round Rock. Kela was there for the first 2 1/2 weeks of the season before being brought back to the big leagues after taking the necessary steps to rectify the situation.

McGuire dealt to Angels
• The Rangers traded pitcher Deck McGuire to the Angels for cash considerations after he was designated for assignment on Monday. He was claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays on Friday and he appeared in just one game at Round Rock.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Herrera arrives in DC, debuts in perfect 8th

Righty retires the side on 6 pitches in Nats win
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WASHINGTON -- Kelvin Herrera answered questions about his Nationals debut via a translator at his locker in the team's clubhouse after Washington's 9-7 win over the Orioles on Tuesday. But when a reporter asked Herrera if the past 24 hours have been crazy, the right-hander was quick to respond himself, in English.

"Yeah," Herrera said. "Crazy."

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WASHINGTON -- Kelvin Herrera answered questions about his Nationals debut via a translator at his locker in the team's clubhouse after Washington's 9-7 win over the Orioles on Tuesday. But when a reporter asked Herrera if the past 24 hours have been crazy, the right-hander was quick to respond himself, in English.

"Yeah," Herrera said. "Crazy."