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Storylines: Will MLB play a series in Japan?

Storylines: Will MLB play a series in Japan?
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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: @AndrewIBI.

Here are the stories from Monday, May 5th.

Top Stories:

  • Major League Baseball is nearing agreement on a plan to send an All-Star squad off to Japan this November for a series against the Japanese national team, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reported.

Tribe News:

  • According to Jordan Bastian of, Jason Giambi, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday with a strained right calf, said on Friday that he was feeling much improved. With Cleveland making a wave of roster moves earlier this week, the 43-year-old designated hitter felt it would help the team to accept a trip to the DL.
  • The Indians have outrighted utility man Elliot Johnson to Triple-A Columbus.
  • On Friday, the Indians indicated that Jason Kipnis is scheduled to resume swinging a bat with no contact at some point this weekend. Kipnis was re-examined on Thursday and is considered symptom free in terms of feeling discomfort in daily activities.


News and Notes:

  • Gregor Chisholm of reported that the main reason behind Juan Francisco choosing to sign in Toronto was a recruiting pitch from Edwin Encarnacion. After Francisco was cut by the Brewers in Spring Training, Encarnacion called his countryman and pitched Toronto, and the result has been a .311/.403/.623 batting line with five homers in 72 PAs for Francisco.
  • It is virtually certain that outrighted veteran Xavier Nady will decline his assignment and become a free agent,’s Corey Brock reported.
  • The Rangers regretted the need to designate Scott Baker for assignment after a brief call-up,’s T.R. Sullivan reported.
  • Manny Ramirez is still looking for another opportunity, according to Jon Heyman of While recent contact with the Orioles failed to materialize into an offer, a scout who has seen Ramirez work out recently said that the 42-year-old slugger looks fit and was impressive with the bat. Agent Alex Esteban told Heyman that most of the interest has come from American League teams, though several NL clubs have checked in as well.
  • The Reds have signed first baseman/outfielder Shelley Duncan and catcher Lou Marson to minor league deals, according to Baseball America’s Matt Eddy. As Eddy pointed out, each was released by other organizations in Spring Training (Marson by the Phillies, Duncan by the D’Backs).
  • Reliever Shawn Camp has elected free agency, the Phillies announced.
  • The Twins announced that they designated outfielder Kenny Wilson for assignment as part of a series of roster moves. Minnesota purchased the contract of Chris Parmelee and also activated outfielder Aaron Hicks from the seven-day concussion list. Their 25-man roster spots were opened Thursday when the team optioned Pedro Florimon and Chris Herrmann to Triple-A Rochester.

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