Storylines: Morales could sign soon
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Here are the stories from Friday, June 6.
- According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, Indians first baseman Nick Swisher, who is on the 15-day disabled list due to a left knee injury, is with the team in Texas, but is scheduled to head back to Cleveland on Sunday in preparation for a Minor League rehab assignment. Barring any setbacks, Swisher is slated to play on Tuesday and Wednesday with Double-A Akron prior to potentially being activated by the Tribe.
- Bastian also noted that Danny Salazar, who was recently placed on the Minor League disabled list with a right triceps injury, dealt with a similar health issue during Spring Training. During the preseason, the discomfort was extremely mild, but it did play at least a minor role in Cleveland being cautious with the righty's spring workload.
- Cleveland stuck to its plan for Carlos Santana, activating him from Major League Baseball's seven-day concussion list prior to Friday's game against the Rangers. Santana was slotted into the lineup's eighth spot as the Tribe's designated hitter for his first game back with the team. In order to add Santana to the active roster, Cleveland optioned first-base prospect Jesus Aguilar to Triple-A Columbus, where he can get regular at-bats rather than residing on the big league bench.
- Terry Francona noted on Friday that injured outfielder Nyjer Morgan (right knee sprain), who was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on May 22, is currently doing his rehab at the club's complex in Goodyear. Morgan is expected to be sidelined until around mid-July.
News and Notes:
- The Rangers are among several teams that are considering signing first baseman/DH Kendrys Morales, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reported. With the first two days of the draft now past, teams can sign Morales without sacrificing a pick. As Grant noted, the Rangers are anticipating around $8 million in insurance claims to flow back to the club due to the injuries to first baseman Prince Fielder and pitcher Matt Harrison.
- The Brewers do not seem like a good fit for Kendrys Morales, MLB.com's Adam McCalvy wrote. McCalvy said that two key questions — Morales's ability to handle first and the team's ability to fit him in the payroll — make a signing unlikely.
- Ryan Zimmerman said that he is not sure that he will ever return full-time to third base for the Nationals, as Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reported.
- Orioles starter Johan Santana has torn his achilles tendon and will miss the season, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. Baltimore had signed Santana to a minor league deal that included a $3 million base salary and up to $5.05 million in incentives.
- Cuban free agent outfielder Rusney Castillo, 26, has officially been declared a free agent and will be represented by Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports, Ben Badler of Baseball America reported. The 26-year-old is expected to hold a showcase for interested clubs soon.
- The Blue Jays agreed to a minor league deal with right-hander Luis Ayala, MLBTR's Zach Links reported. Links added that Ayala's contract with the Jays does not contain an opt-out clause, as his previous Orioles contract did.
- The Phillies announced that they selected the contract of veteran shortstop Ronny Cedeno and designated left-hander Cesar Jimenez for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.
- The Phillies also announced that outfielder Tyson Gillies cleared waivers and was outrighted off the 40-man roster. Gillies will remain with the club's Triple-A affiliate.
- The Giants designated former Indians lefty David Huff for assignment, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The move was made to clear roster space for the return of Matt Cain from the DL.
- The Athletics announced that they acquired lefty Justin Marks from the Royals in exchange for cash considerations and optioned him to Triple-A Sacramento. They designated outfielder Kent Matthes for assignment, according to the team's transactions page. Matthes' DFA creates room on the 40-man roster for the recently acquired Marks.