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Reliever Martin returns from second DL stint

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Rangers have activated right-handed reliever Chris Martin off the disabled list for Friday's game against the Twins.

Martin hasn't pitched since June 9 because of a strained right calf. It is the second time this season he has been on the disabled list, as he missed three weeks in May with irritation in his right forearm.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Rangers have activated right-handed reliever Chris Martin off the disabled list for Friday's game against the Twins.

Martin hasn't pitched since June 9 because of a strained right calf. It is the second time this season he has been on the disabled list, as he missed three weeks in May with irritation in his right forearm.

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Between his two stints on the disabled list, Martin pitched in seven games for the Rangers, going 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP. For the season, he is 1-1 with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.

The Rangers optioned Ricardo Rodriguez on Thursday to make room for Martin on the active roster.

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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Right shoulder woes land Soroka back on DL

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ATLANTA -- A little more than a week after ending a month-long layoff, Braves rookie hurler Mike Soroka is once again on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

The Braves placed Soroka on the 10-day DL and purchased outfielder Danny Santana's contract from Triple-A Gwinnett before Friday night's game against the Orioles.

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ATLANTA -- A little more than a week after ending a month-long layoff, Braves rookie hurler Mike Soroka is once again on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

The Braves placed Soroka on the 10-day DL and purchased outfielder Danny Santana's contract from Triple-A Gwinnett before Friday night's game against the Orioles.

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Soroka's average fastball velocity was a season-low 91.6 mph during Tuesday night's start in Toronto. Six days earlier, when he made his first start since May 12, his average fastball velocity was 92.6 mph -- the second-lowest mark among his five career starts.

Video: NYM@ATL: Soroka flirts with no-no in return from DL

When Soroka -- ranked No. 2 in Atlanta's system by MLB Pipeline -- made his Major League debut on May 1, his average fastball velocity was 93.5 mph. The 20-year-old right-hander was first placed on the DL because of the right shoulder discomfort he felt during his start in Miami on May 12. Soroka's average fastball velocity in that outing against the Marlins was 91.6 mph.

The Braves became concerned Tuesday night after Soroka's four-seamer touched 95.1 mph in the first inning but averaged just 90.3 mph during the fifth inning. He allowed eight hits, including six doubles, and he was charged with four runs over 4 2/3 innings against the Blue Jays.

Santana got off to a slow start this season for Gwinnett, but the veteran outfielder has hit .316 with seven home runs and a .978 OPS over his past 24 games.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com.

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10 players whose trade stock is on the rise

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The Manny Machado Watch continues to dominate all conversation surrounding the trade market, but as the calendar inches closer to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, a big bullpen arm moved this week -- a possible sign of things to come.

MLB Buzz: Catch up on the latest trade chatter

The Manny Machado Watch continues to dominate all conversation surrounding the trade market, but as the calendar inches closer to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, a big bullpen arm moved this week -- a possible sign of things to come.

MLB Buzz: Catch up on the latest trade chatter

Kansas City dealt closer Kelvin Herrera to Washington on Monday, giving the Nationals an All-Star-caliber arm to pair with Sean Doolittle at the back end of the bullpen. Last week, we cited relievers Herrera, Zach Britton, Brad Brach and Shane Greene as some of the players whose trade stock was rising, so who has seen their value increase during the past seven days?

Manny Machado, Orioles
Machado certainly hasn't let the trade speculation bother him on the field, where he continues to produce as one of the league's best hitters. The shortstop hit safely in five of six games this week, leaving him with a .304/.369/.554 slash line. The biggest question remains whether any team will step up and pay the steep price being asked by the Orioles for their franchise player and impending free agent.
Potential fits: Phillies, Cardinals

Adam Jones, Orioles
Machado might be getting most of the attention in Baltimore these days, but Jones -- a five-time All-Star and longtime face of the franchise -- has been swinging a hot bat in June (.328/.375/.418), and he might be attractive to a team looking for both a productive outfielder and veteran presence. The 32-year-old is slated to become a free agent at the end of the season.
Potential fit: D-backs

Video: OAK@SD: Lowrie cranks a 2-run jack to right field

Jed Lowrie, A's
The versatile Oakland infielder is having a strong offensive season -- his 11 home runs and 47 RBIs are putting him on a pace to set career highs in both categories. Lowrie, 34, has played primarily at second base this season, though he's capable of moving around the infield wherever he's needed. Lowrie could be the ultimate utility player/insurance policy for any contender.
Potential fits: D-backs, Braves

Joakim Soria, White Sox
After suffering through a difficult May, Soria regained the closer's job for the White Sox, and he has been nearly perfect in June, going 6-for-6 in save opportunities while not allowing a run in nine appearances. He won't be a ninth-inning option for many contenders, but the 34-year-old would add late-inning depth to most bullpens.
Potential fits: Astros, Cardinals

Video: TEX@KC: Statcast™ measures Choo's 49-degree leadoff HR

Shin-Soo Choo, Rangers
Choo turns 36 next month, but while his best days are behind him, the outfielder/DH has shown this season that he can still hit, already launching 13 home runs. Choo's OPS is .919 against right-handers, making him an ideal platoon option for an American League team that has the ability to play him at DH and in the corner outfield spots. Choo has been on fire this month, with his June OPS sitting at 1.054 entering the weekend.
Potential fits: Angels, Twins

Darren O'Day, Orioles
Britton and Brach are obvious trade candidates thanks to their expiring contracts, but the Orioles would probably love to shed O'Day's contract this summer. The right-hander is owed about $5 million over the rest of this season and another $9 million in 2019. He's been excellent since returning from the DL less than two weeks ago, throwing four scoreless innings while giving up one hit with no walks and seven strikeouts.
Potential fits: Giants, Indians

Jurickson Profar, Rangers
The onetime No. 1 prospect in all of baseball, Profar's career hasn't lived up to expectations. The 25-year-old filled in admirably for Elvis Andrus during the starting shortstop's stint on the DL, and Profar has already set career bests with eight homers and 41 RBIs thanks to a strong performance this month. However, Andrus' return leaves Profar as a man without a position. Texas plans to keep Profar in the lineup by moving him around the diamond, but with Andrus and second baseman Rougned Odor firmly planted at their respective positions, the Rangers could deal Profar to address another area on their roster.
Potential fits: D-backs, Phillies

Video: TEX@KC: Hamels strikes out 7, allows 0 earned over 7

Cole Hamels, Rangers
Hamels posted another strong start this week, holding the Royals to one unearned run over seven innings. That outing lowered his ERA to 3.41, while his seven strikeouts kept his ratio at one per inning for the year. Hamels remains one of the few proven starters with postseason experience on the market, and with a number of teams looking to add an arm to the rotation, the Rangers are in a good position to deal.
Potential fits: Yankees, Brewers

J.A. Happ, Blue Jays
Happ continues to be one of the more intriguing names on the trade market, though the Blue Jays haven't committed to selling just yet. Happ is 5-0 with a 2.35 ERA over his past seven outings, holding hitters to a .155 batting average and a .469 OPS in those starts. The 35-year-old is owed about $7 million over the rest of the season, but he's set to become a free agent this fall, making him a strong rental candidate.
Potential fits: Yankees, Mariners

Video: OAK@SD: Treinen K's the side to earn the save in 10th

Blake Treinen, A's
It was only 11 months ago that the Nationals dealt Treinen to Oakland as part of the deal for Doolittle and Ryan Madson, giving up on their onetime closer after a dreadful first half that saw him struggle to the tune of a 5.73 ERA. But the 29-year-old has been simply brilliant this season, successfully converting 16 of 17 save opportunities, including each of his past 15. Treinen has a 1.03 ERA, a sub-1.000 WHIP and 43 strikeouts in 35 innings. With a modest $2.15 million salary and two more years of club control, Treinen could be a sought-after bullpen arm in the coming weeks.
Potential fits: Indians, Astros

Mark Feinsand, executive reporter for MLB.com, has covered the Yankees and MLB since 2001 for the New York Daily News and MLB.com.

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7 potential trade destinations for Machado

Cubs, Cardinals among most likely suitors for Orioles shortstop
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Before summer had even officially begun, the non-waiver Trade Deadline season got underway when the Royals sent closer Kelvin Herrera to the Nationals for three prospects. While Manny Machado might not be the next guy to go, there's a good chance that the Orioles will trade him between now and July 31.

MLB Buzz: Catch up on all of the latest trade chatter

Before summer had even officially begun, the non-waiver Trade Deadline season got underway when the Royals sent closer Kelvin Herrera to the Nationals for three prospects. While Manny Machado might not be the next guy to go, there's a good chance that the Orioles will trade him between now and July 31.

MLB Buzz: Catch up on all of the latest trade chatter

The O's listened to offers for Machado this past offseason, looking for a similar trade to the one the Braves got when they sent Jason Heyward to the Cardinals along with Jordan Walden for Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins in November 2014. At that point, Heyward had one year left before free agency.

While the trade market is saturated with third-base options -- including Mike Moustakas, Josh Donaldson and Adrian Beltre -- Machado rises above the pack. He's still just 25 years old, has experience playing both shortstop and third base, and he is excelling at the plate this season (145 wRC+).

Although Machado is now closer to free agency than Heyward was when he was dealt, the Orioles should still be able to get a package similar to the Heyward trade, and certainly more than what the Tigers received from the D-backs for J.D. Martinez last July (Minor Leaguers Sergio Alcantara, Jose King and Dawel Lugo). Find out below which teams are most likely to be interested, and what they might offer for Machado's services.

Cubs
Adding Machado would clearly upgrade an offense that has been inconsistent this season, tying for second among MLB teams in runs scored during May, but finishing tied for 14th in April and tied for 22nd in June. The Cubs have the ability to send controllable Major League talent back, which might be of interest to the Orioles, with Addison Russell or even Ian Happ headlining a package to Baltimore. Including a pitching prospect like 2017 first-round Draft pick Alex Lange, an LSU product whom scouts tab as a potential mid-rotation starter in the future, would be difficult for the O's to turn down.

Video: DeRo discusses his Top 5 trade candidates

D-backs
Like the Cubs, the D-backs' lineup has faced its share of inconsistency this season, ranking last in the Majors in runs scored in May and leading the category in June. While Paul Goldschmidt is back to raking at the dish after struggling in May, Arizona can certainly use another bat in the middle of the order, especially after seeing the impact Martinez had last year. The O's and D-backs had ongoing discussions about a Machado trade during the offseason, and they have maintained an open dialogue, so a deal could come together rather quickly. Offering two pitchers from the group of Jon Duplantier, Taylor Widener and Matt Tabor, plus another low-level prospect, could be enough to get a deal done.

Dodgers
With Corey Seager out for the year following Tommy John surgery, Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor regressing from last season, and Justin Turner struggling since he returned from the disabled list, the offense remains the Dodgers' biggest weakness. Acquiring Machado would help soften the blow if the Dodgers' most productive hitters to this point -- Matt Kemp and Max Muncy -- tail off. Los Angeles also needs another reliever and could expand the trade to include Brad Brach. A package of outfielders Alex Verdugo and Yusniel Diaz and infielder Gavin Lux would be a good starting point.

Phillies
The Phils have surprisingly remained in the National League East race despite some obvious weaknesses, and adding Machado makes even more sense now that J.P. Crawford is out until at least the end of July with a fractured left hand. Sixto Sanchez, Philadelphia's No. 1 prospect, would likely have to headline a deal with Baltimore, though a combination of outfielder Mickey Moniak and right-hander Seranthony Dominguez may also intrigue the Orioles.

Video: Phillies GM Klentak talks bullpen, Trade Deadline

Cardinals
Although shortstop Paul DeJong is nearing a return from a fractured left hand, and third baseman Matt Carpenter has turned his season around after a slow start, the Cardinals are still a potential suitor for Machado. Scoring runs remains a struggle for St. Louis despite Marcell Ozuna's torrid June; the club is 18th in that category this month. With Machado in the fold, the Cards could shift either DeJong or Carpenter to second base, a position at which the Cards rank 23rd in OPS (.623). The Cardinals' bullpen has also been decimated by injuries, so they could look to expand the deal to include All-Star closer Zach Britton. St. Louis has several pitching prospects who could fill the O's biggest need, including right-hander Dakota Hudson and outfielders Harrison Bader and Tyler O'Neill may also entice Baltimore.

Red Sox
Boston arguably needs bullpen help more than a temporary fix at third base while Rafael Devers continues his development, but the club's lineup has some weaknesses with Eduardo Nunez, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Christian Vazquez all carrying OPS marks below .630 and Devers sitting at .696. The Red Sox probably doesn't have the Minor League talent to swing a deal for Machado and Brach without including Devers, but perhaps Blake Swihart and a top prospect such as left-hander Jay Groome would intrigue the Orioles.

Video: Herrera trade brings urgency to the Trade Deadline

Braves
Atlanta has a wealth of quality pitching prospects, which dovetails with the O's top need. Meanwhile, the Braves could use an upgrade at third base and a middle-of-the-order presence to pair with Freddie Freeman and take some of the pressure off youngsters Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuna Jr. A pitching prospect such as Kyle Wright, Ian Anderson or Luiz Gohara and another Minor Leaguer such as converted catcher Alex Jackson or backstop William Contreras (the younger brother of Cubs catcher Willson Contreras) would help fill important needs for Baltimore.

Jim Duquette, who was the Mets' GM in 2004, offers his opinions as an analyst and columnist for MLB.com.

MLB Buzz: Nats balk at asking price for Realmuto

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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.

Nats say asking price on Realmuto too high
June 22: The Nationals could be among the most aggressive teams in making significant roster upgrades these next few weeks, but the cost for Marlins backstop J.T. Realmuto remains prohibitive, at least in the eyes of Nats general manager Mike Rizzo.

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

Nats say asking price on Realmuto too high
June 22: The Nationals could be among the most aggressive teams in making significant roster upgrades these next few weeks, but the cost for Marlins backstop J.T. Realmuto remains prohibitive, at least in the eyes of Nats general manager Mike Rizzo.

Here's what Rizzo said in a candid interview on Friday with MLB Network Radio about potentially acquiring Miami's backstop:

"[The Marlins] are not going to sell him cheap. We know what the return has to be on Realmuto, and we're not willing to meet that price. So unless something changes there, on their end, we're going to go with [Matt] Wieters when he gets healthy and a combination of [Pedro] Severino and [Spencer] Kieboom to back him up."

Feinsand: 10 players whose trade stock is on the rise

The Nats were very publicly linked to Realmuto throughout the winter, but -- as appears to still be the case -- the asking price was too high. Many reports over the offseason alluded that Miami, in the midst of a major overhaul, was asking for at least one of its top two prospects, Victor Robles or Juan Soto, both of whom have excelled in brief MLB stints.

Realmuto, 27, remains under club control through 2020, which assuredly would be one of the many enticing returns for Washington, which has many significant contributors hitting free agency this winter. Realmuto is batting .297/.355/.524 with nine home runs and 27 RBIs in 54 games this season for a Marlins club that entered Friday with a 29-46 record.

Video: Mike Lowell breaks down J.T. Realmuto, his value

Astros remain interested in acquiring Britton
June 22: After nearly trading for Orioles closer Zach Britton last season, the Astros remain interested in the left-hander, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman in an article for FanRag Sports.

Houston and Baltimore agreed on a deal sending Britton to the Astros for multiple players before the non-waiver Trade Deadline in 2017, but it was reportedly vetoed by Orioles owner Peter Angelos after physicals were exchanged.

• Non-waiver Trade Deadline explained

Britton has allowed only one hit over 4 1/3 scoreless innings since he returned from right Achilles tendon surgery, and he's walked just one batter after issuing three free passes in his season debut.

The bullpen arguably remains the Astros' biggest weakness, and yet, the club's relief corps has performed incredibly well lately, posting the third-best ERA (2.03) in the Majors during June.

Hector Rondon has emerged as the Astros' primary closer this month, notching four saves in four chances, and Chris Devenski (1.57 ERA), Collin McHugh (1.13 ERA) and Brad Peacock (2.30 ERA) have also excelled this season. Even Ken Giles, who posted a 7.88 ERA in May and allowed three runs in his first two June appearances, has found a groove, tossing four straight scoreless outings.

Morning Lineup Podcast talks third-base trade market

Rangers willing to pay part of Choo's contract in trade
June 22: The Rangers have made Shin-Soo Choo available and are willing to pay part of the veteran's salary to get a deal done, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman in an article for FanRag Sports.

The 35-year-old is owed $42 million over the 2019-20 seasons as part of the seven-year, $130 million contract he signed with Texas in December 2013.

Choo has reached base in 34 straight games and owns a stellar 134 wRC+ this season. However, his defensive capabilities in the outfield are limited at this point, and he's spent much of the year as the Rangers' designated hitter. That, along with his contract, could reduce that number of teams interested in acquiring him.

"No chance" Pirates trade Taillon
June 22: Even if the Pirates decide to sell, Jameson Taillon is not expected to be one of the players available, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman in an article for FanRag Sports.

A source told Heyman there is "no chance" Pittsburgh moves its 26-year-old right-hander, who has posted a 4.03 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP this season.

Taillon won't be arbitration eligible for the first time until the 2019-2020 offseason and has four seasons remaining after this one before he reaches free agency.

Pirates players who are more likely to be dealt include Jordy Mercer, Josh Harrison, Corey Dickerson and Ivan Nova.

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.

Video: Morning Lineup: Teams that could trade for deGrom

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.

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.

Could Phils jump into Machado sweepstakes early?
June 21: The Phillies, who have been thought to be planning a pursuit of Orioles third baseman Manny Machado when he hits the free-agent market this offseason, are having problems on the left side of their infield: Not only have they been getting little production there, rookie shortstop/third baseman J.P. Crawford recently broke his left hand when he was hit by a pitch.

Duquette: 7 potential trade destinations for Machado

According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman in an article for FanRag Sports, Philadelphia -- with several front-office executives having been with Baltimore when Machado was drafted -- would love to add the superstar third baseman, but the question remains whether the Phillies will be a contender as the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline nears.

Royals shift focus to trading Moustakas after Herrera deal
June 21: After a trade that sent closer Kelvin Herrera to the Nationals, the Royals are now shifting their focus to moving third baseman Mike Moustakas, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman in an article for FanRag Sports.

Moustakas is on a one-year deal with Kansas City that includes a mutual option for 2019. He's having a solid season, slashing .263/.319/.480 with 14 home runs after belting a career-high 38 in 2017, though he has been slumping of late. Moustakas has played his entire eight-year career with the Royals.

Video: MLB Tonight on Herrera being traded to the Nats

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

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.

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.

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"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.

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"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.

Almonte called up, gets key outs in MLB debut

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

Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon, Almonte's introduction to the Major Leagues with the Rockies happened really fast.

The Rockies summoned Almonte, 24, from Triple-A Albuquerque as an extra pitcher to help a gassed bullpen. 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's not clear how long Almonte will be here, since the Rockies are expected to call up a position player for Friday's opener of three games against the Marlins. But Almonte was needed in Thursday's 6-4 win over the Mets.

With runners at first and third with no outs in the eighth and a three-run lead, Almonte not only entered the game; he thrived. He forced a Wilmer Flores sacrifice fly and worked Devin Mesoraco into an inning-ending double play.

"Real different," Almonte said of the high-leverage big league experience.

Video: NYM@COL: Flores skies a sacrifice fly to right field

Almonte displayed a fastball, which topped at 96.9 mph twice, on 11 of his 12 pitches. He has a tight slider and a slurve that can be a wipeout pitch when thrown consistently. But catcher Chris Iannetta's repeated fastball calls were consistent with his directive to attack the strike zone.

"I feel like they brought me in today to help out, and I came in a tight situation and got the job done," Almonte said. "I know a lot of guys here have a lot of time in the big leagues and they know what they're doing. I'm just glad I could help."

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 was shocked to receive the call late Wednesday night.

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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.

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.

With Albuquerque 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 the Rockies win Thursday.

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."

Dunn to begin rehab
Lefty reliever Mike Dunn, who has missed the last 13 games with an upper back injury, said he will join Albuquerque at Fresno on Saturday for an injury rehab assignment.

Dunn has a 9.00 ERA in 23 games, but the back problems occurred during a nine-game scoreless streak. His performance suffered when he kept pitching through the pain.

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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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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