MLB Weekend Update: 07/07/2008

Since there was a ton to report from the weekend, the scores and probable pitchers are scrapped for the day. All Star Rosters have been announced; I’ll be looking at those before the game.

Scores
These will be back tomorrow.

Transactions
Arizona Diamondbacks
Jeff Salazar Designated for Assignment; Alex Romero Called Up from Minors; Emilio Bonifacio Called Up from Minors; Connor Robertson Sent to Minors; Connor Robertson Called Up from Minors; Juan Cruz Placed on 15-Day DL, (Left oblique strain).
Atlanta Braves
Martin Prado Removed From 15-Day DL, (Sprained left thumb); Brent Lillibridge Sent to Minors; Jeff Francoeur Sent to Minors; Jason Perry Purchased From Minors; Matt Diaz Sent to Minors, For Rehabilitation.
Baltimore Orioles
Ryan Bukvich Designated for Assignment; Greg Aquino Purchased From Minors.
Boston Red Sox
Coco Crisp Reinstated From League Suspension; Mike Timlin Removed From 15-Day DL, (Left knee tendinitis).
Chicago Cubs
Reed Johnson Removed From 15-Day DL, (Lower back spasms); Eric Patterson Sent to Minors; Jose Ascanio Sent to Minors; Carlos Zambrano Removed From 15-Day DL, (Strained right shoulder).
Chicago White Sox
Paul Konerko Sent to Minors For Rehabilitation.
Cincinnati Reds
Daryl Thompson Sent to Minors; Andy Phillips Acquired Off Waivers From NY Mets; Norris Hopper Placed on 15-Day DL, (Right elbow surgery – out for season); Josh Fogg Removed From 15-Day DL, (Lumbar back spasms).
Cleveland Indians
Rick Bauer Designated for Assignment; Joe Borowski Designated for Assignment; Jensen Lewis Called Up from Minors; Brian Slocum Called Up from Minors; Jeff Weaver Signed to a Minor League Contract.
Colorado Rockies
Colorado Rockies Todd Helton Placed on 15-Day DL, (Sore back); Joe Koshansky Called Up from Minors; Troy Tulowitzki Placed on 15-Day DL, (RIght hand laceration); Seth Smith Called Up from Minors; Greg Reynolds Sent to Minors; Glendon Rusch Called Up from Minors.
Detroit Tigers
Michael Hollimon Sent to Minors; Brandon Inge Sent to Minors For Rehabilitation.
Florida Marlins
Taylor Tankersley Called Up from Minors; Tommy Murphy Signed to a Minor League Contract; Matt Lindstrom Called Up from Minors; Anibal Sanchez Sent to Minors For Rehabilitation; Tankersley Sent to Minors; Justin Miller Placed on 15-Day DL, (Right elbow inflammation); Chris Volstad Purchased From Minors.
Houston Astros
Andy Van Hekken Signed to a Minor League Contract; Micah Bowie Signed to a Minor League Contract; Reggie Abercrombie Designated for Assignment; Chad Paronto Purchased From Minors.
Kansas City Royals
Cory Aldridge Signed to a Minor League Contract.
Los Angeles Angels
Chris Bootcheck Removed From 15-Day DL, (Strained right forearm); Bootcheck Outrighted to Minors; Ryan Budde Called Up from Minors; Mike Napoli Placed on 15-Day DL, (Right shoulder irritation).
Los Angeles Dodgers
Nomar Garciaparra Removed From 60-Day DL, (Strained left calf); Rafael Furcal Transferred to 60-Day DL, (Lower back surgery); Los Angeles Dodgers Eric Cyr Signed to a Minor League Contract; Mark Sweeney Placed on 15-Day DL, (Strained right hamstring); Jason Repko Sent to Minors; Andruw Jones Removed From 15-Day DL, (Meniscus tear in right knee).
New York Mets
Carlos Muniz Sent to Minors; Luis Castillo Placed on 15-Day DL, (Strained left hip flexor); Argenis Reyes Purchased From Minors; Chris Aguila Purchased From Minors.
New York Yankees
Alberto Gonzalez Sent to Minors; Ben Broussard Signed to a Minor League Contract; Billy Traber Called Up from Minors; Brian Bruney Sent to Minors For Rehabilitation; Johnny Damon Placed on 15-Day DL, (Sprained and bruised left shoulder); Chris Britton Removed From 15-Day DL, (Pulled right ribcage); Britton Sent to Minors; Justin Christian Called Up from Minors.
Oakland Athletics
Jerry Blevins Called Up from Minors; Keith Foulke Placed on 15-Day DL, (Right shoulder inflammation); Bobby Crosby Placed on 15-Day DL, (Strained left hamstring); Gregorio Petit Called Up from Minors.
Philadelphia Phillies
J.A. Happ Called Up from Minors; Tom Gordon Placed on 15-Day DL, (Right elbow inflammation); Brad Lidge Signed, ( 2009-2011; Opt 2012)(three-year extension).
Pittsburgh Pirates
Chris Duffy Removed From 60-Day DL, (Recovery from left shoulder surgery); Duffy Sent to Minors; Bryan Bullington Designated for Assignment; Tom Gorzelanny Sent to Minors.
San Diego Padres
Clay Hensley Sent to Minors; Michael Barrett Placed on 15-Day DL, (Broken nose); Nick Hundley Purchased From Minors; San Diego Padres Luis Rodriguez Called Up from Minors.
San Francisco Giants
Brian Horwitz Sent to Minors; Dan Ortmeier Sent to Minors For Rehabilitation.
St. Louis Cardinals
Anthony Reyes Removed From 15-Day DL, (Right elbow strain); Reyes Sent to Minors; Joe Mather Called Up from Minors; Mitchell Boggs Sent to Minors; Brian Barton Placed on 15-Day DL, (Right wrist fracture); Cesar Izturis Removed From 15-Day DL, (Strained right hamstring).
Tampa Bay Rays
Reid Brignac Purchased From Minors; Ben Zobrist Called Up from Minors; Jason Bartlett Placed on 15-Day DL, (Right knee sprain).
Texas Rangers
Dustin Nippert Purchased From Minors; Joaquin Benoit Placed on 15-Day DL, (Sore right shoulder); Kiko Calero Signed to a Minor League Contract.
Washington Nationals
Austin Kearns Removed From 15-Day DL, (Right elbow surgery – out 3-4 weeks); Kory Casto Sent to Minors; Ryan Wagner Sent to Minors For Rehabilitation.

Daily Rumors from MLB Trade Rumors
– A deal to get Rich Harden will have to be similar to what the A’s got for Dan Haren.
– Teams have been calling the Pirates about Nate McLouth, but they prefer to move Jason Bay or Xavier Nady.
– The Royals aren’t looking to move Ron Mahay, but are receiving inquiries.
– Add Florida as a team interested in Brian Fuentes; the Rays are preparing their offer.
– The Tigers are checking about shortstops for next year.
– Harden and Randy Wolf will be the primary targets for the Cubs.
– Andy Pettitte wants to pitch in 2009.
– The Blue Jays are not shopping AJ Burnett, but are receiving offers.
– Baltimore is interested in David Eckstein, but would rather get a long term solution at short.
– The updated Freddy Garcia interest list: the Mets, Red Sox, Braves, Yankees, White Sox, Rangers, Tigers, Rays, Astros, Cubs, Cardinals, Dodgers, and Twins.
– Jeff Francoeur has been sent to Double A to find his stroke.
– Phillies scouts have been watching the Red Sox and Astros.
– Add David Ross to the names of catchers the Marlins are watching.
– Rumors of a Bronson Arroyo for Shane Victorino deal are false.
– The Indians are starting to shake up their team by DFAing relievers Joe Borowski and Rick Bauer; they feel they can compete in 2009 and are starting to prepare.
– San Francisco is keeping Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, and Jonathan Sanchez off limits; Ray Durham, Omar Vizquel, and Rich Aurilia are all available.
– The Dodgers are interested in trading for Jack Wilson, which would guarantee that Rafael Furcal won’t be brought back.
– Before Cleveland sent CC Sabathia to Milwaukee, the Dodgers started to get involved.
– The Marlins called the Rockies about Yorvit Torrealba, Willy Taveras and Scott Podsednik.
– Colorado also received a call from the Cardinals about reliever Matt Herges.
– Florida may bring back former closer Joe Borowski when he becomes a free agent this week.
– The Phillies extended closer Brad Lidge for 3 years $37MM.
– San Diego is going to hold onto Brian Giles since they don’t feel there will be anyone better available in the off season.

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