Storylines: After long wait, Drew heads back to Boston
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Here are the stories from Tuesday, May 20th.
- Shortstop Stephen Drew has agreed to a one-year deal to return to Boston. The contract will be a pro-rated version of the $14.1 million qualifying offer Drew declined over the winter, meaning he will earn roughly $10.17 million this season. Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal tweeted that Drew will become the Red Sox' everyday shortstop, with Xander Bogaerts shifting back to third base.
- Jason Kipnis is tentatively scheduled to start a rehab assignment in Columbus on Friday night. The current plan is for Kipnis to play for Columbus on Friday and Saturday, have an off-day Sunday, then rejoin the Indians on Monday in Chicago, if he proves ready.
- The Indians made the following roster moves on Tuesday: Jason Giambi activated from the 15-day disabled list, Trevor Bauer and Justin Sellers recalled from Triple-A Columbus. Jesus Aguilar, T.J. House, and Jose Ramirez sent back to Columbus.
Others News and Notes
- According to Tom Verducci of SI.com, Mets' ace Matt Harvey hopes to be finished with his rehab and back in the Majors by the end of this season.
- Phillies' starter Cliff Lee underwent an MRI on his left elbow on Tuesday and was diagnosed with a left elbow strain, resulting in a trip to the 15-day disabled list. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that Lee has been dealing with discomfort for several weeks, but the pain increased in his last start.
- Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reported that Carlos Beltran hopes to play through the bone spur in his elbow, but he could miss around two months if surgery is required.
- Corey Hart of the Mariners is expected to miss up to six weeks due to a hamstring injury.
- The Reds agreed to a Minor League deal with pitcher Jair Jurrjens. If he cracks the big league roster, Jurrjens could earn $800,000.
- Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reported that the Marlins are currently listing Thursday's Triple-A starter as "TBD", leading many to believe that it will be top pitching prospect Andrew Heaney. Spencer said that Heaney could possibly be called up to Miami sometime in June.
- Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports wrote that the Phillies are having internal discussions about moving Cody Asche to the outfield in order to open up a roster spot for top prospect, third baseman Maikel Franco.
- Seattle is set to sign veteran reliever Todd Coffey to a Minor League deal, pending a physical. Coffey missed last season after undergoing a second Tommy John surgery.
- Righty reliever Brandon Lyon has elected free agency after spending this season pitching for the Angels' Triple-A affiliate.