Storylines: Cardinals lose two players to DL
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Here are the stories from Monday, June 23.
- As of Sunday's American League All-Star ballot update, Michael Brantley remained Cleveland's lone representative on the voting leaderboards, jumping up to a season-high sixth-place among the outfielders with 1,284,901 votes. Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista led the AL for a third straight week with 3,665,208 votes. Behind him are Angels center fielder Mike Trout (3,286,511) and Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (2,645,000).
News and Notes:
- The Cardinals are down not one but two pitchers, Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia, after losing them both to shoulder injuries, MLB.com's Jen Langosch wrote. Wacha has what GM John Mozeliak called a "stress reaction," and will miss several weeks. Garcia could not complete his regular bullpen session Sunday. The Cardinals placed both pitchers on the disabled list.
- Grady Sizemore is likely to decide on a new team early this week, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported. Sizemore became a free agent Friday after the Red Sox designated him for assignment. In his first big-league action since 2011, Sizemore hit .216/.288/.324 in 205 plate appearances in Boston.
- The Red Sox have been linked to Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp in the past and a recent report indicated that Boston was spending "significant time" watching him. However, a source told Rob Bradford of WEEI that there's nothing brewing between the two sides regarding the two-time All-Star.
- The Yankees need a starting pitcher, but they probably won't be able to get top trade possibilities like David Price or Jeff Samardzija, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The Rays won't want to trade Price to a divisional opponent. For Samardzija, the Cubs want a highly-rated young pitcher who's close to being ready for the big leagues, and the Yankees don't have that type of player. That means the Yankees could get someone like John Danks of the White Sox, Jason Hammel of the Cubs or Ian Kennedy of the Padres.
- Things haven't gone has planned for the Phillies so far this season, so there has been a great deal of speculation that they could turn into sellers this July. In a complete fire sale, a mainstay like Jimmy Rollins could be made available, but a trade is the furthest thing from the shortstop's mind right now. The former National League MVP said that he plans on sticking around for the long haul in Philadelphia.
- Following the dismissal of GM Josh Byrnes over the weekend, the Padres are believed to be looking at external candidates, ESPN's Jim Bowden reported. In fact, Bowden wrote, Padres ownership is believed to prefer a first-time GM with vision. Ownership is looking for an up-and-coming executive from a successful organization.
- Though they've lost Matt Wieters for the season to Tommy John surgery, the Orioles aren't actively shopping for upgrades at the catcher position, executive VP Dan Duquette told reporters, including Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com.
- The Mariners' trade deadline plans could be dictated in part by how top prospect Taijuan Walker throws over his next several outings, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports noted.