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Storylines: LaRussa takes job in Diamondbacks' front office

Storylines: LaRussa takes job in Diamondbacks' front office
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In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB.  I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI.

Here are the stories from Saturday, May 17th.

Top Stories

  • The Diamondbacks announced that they have brought on former Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa to be the club’s Chief Baseball Officer.  LaRussa received a multi-year deal and will oversee the entire baseball operations department. 

 Tribe News

  • Jason Kipnis fielded grounders prior to Saturday’s game, and manager Terry Francona told reporters that the All-Star second baseman could begin a rehab assignment next week
  • The Indians called up pitcher T.J. House on Saturday and demoted C.C. Lee to Triple-A Columbus.  House is expected to help out in the bullpen until Cleveland promotes Trevor Bauer on Tuesday.

News and Notes

  • Padres’ starter Andrew Cashner was placed on the 15-day disabled list with discomfort and inflammation in this right elbow.  Cashner has said that he is not overly concerned about the ligament in his pitching elbow.


  • The Astros signed reliever Kyle Farnsworth to a Major League deal.  Farnsworth was recently released by the Mets.  He can earn up to $1.2 million with Houston through performance bonuses.
  • According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Yankees and Mariners are two of five finalists for Cuban outfielder Daniel Carbonell.
  • The Rangers outrighted pitcher Justin Germano to Triple-A Round Rock.
  • Oakland first baseman Daric Barton has cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento.
  • Hard-throwing reliever Henry Rodriguez was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans by the Marlins.
  • Free agent reliever Alex Burnett threw for teams on Saturday and is hoping to land a deal, according to Chris Cotillo of

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