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The Oakland Athletics have released veteran reliever Santiago Casilla, five days after he was designated for assignment. The right-hander turns 38 next week and has had control trouble this season.
The Tampa Bay Rays have unveiled an elaborate plan for a new domed stadium that would take them across Tampa Bay to the Ybor City section of Tampa at a cost of nearly $900 million. The 30,842-seat stadium would be the smallest in Major League Baseball and would be covered by a fully enclosed and translucent roof, not a retractable dome.
Indians right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall will miss 8 to 10 weeks with a strained left calf muscle. Cleveland also placed right-hander Josh Tomlin – its longest-tenured player in his ninth season – on the DL with a strained right hamstring.
The Chicago White Sox placed outfielder Avisail Garcia on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday with a Grade 1 right hamstring strain. Garcia, an All-Star last season who hit .330 with 18 home runs and 80 RBIs, missed two months earlier this season with a more serious strain to the same hamstring muscle.
Retired Houston Astros first-base coach Rich Dauer will be among the coaches for the American League at next week’s All-Star game. Dauer was a part of Houston’s World Series championship last season but was rushed to a hospital immediately after the team’s victory parade – surviving a difficult surgery on a blood clot in his brain.
New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia has been granted conditional reinstatement from his lifetime drug suspension and could return for the 2019 season. Mejia became the first player suspended for life under the drug program in February 2016 following his third positive test for a banned steroid. He was allowed to apply for reinstatement one year later. Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says Mejia may participate in non-public workouts in the team’s facilities after the All-Star break.
Indians reliever Andrew Miller is unlikely to pitch for Cleveland until after the All-Star break as he continues to recover from an injured right knee. Miller has been on the disabled list since May 26 with inflammation in his knee. The left-hander threw 31 pitches off a mound on Thursday and manager Terry Francona said the session went well. Miller has pitched in just 17 games this season.
Chicago Cubs pitching prospect Oscar De La Cruz has been suspended 80 games under Major League Baseball’s drug program. The 23-year-old right-hander tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic and masking agent. De La Cruz is 6-7 with a 5.24 ERA in 16 starts this season at Double-A Tennessee. He is covered under the major league drug program because he is on the 40-man major league roster and is on option to Tennessee.
The top picks of Atlanta, Arizona and the Los Angeles Dodgers failed to sign by the deadline, giving each of those teams an extra selection in the first round of next June’s amateur draft. Atlanta didn’t sign the eighth pick, right-hander Carter Stewart. Also failing to sign were shortstop Matt McLain, selected 25th by the Diamondbacks, and right-hander J.T. Ginn, taken 30th by the Dodgers. Ginn said he will attend Mississippi State, which also recruited Stewart. McLain plans to attend UCLA.
The Cleveland Indians have re-signed outfielder Melky Cabrera to a minor league contract. He was with the club earlier this season. Cabrera gives the club protection in the outfield while Lonnie Chisenhall and Bradley Zimmer are sidelined with injuries.
New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has thrown 48 pitches over three innings in his first simulated game since being sidelined three weeks by a strained right and left hamstring.
The Baltimore Orioles paid tribute to The Capital Gazette shooting victims by placing five lilies at the press box seat reserved for the newspaper, and holding a moment of silence before their game Friday night against the Los Angeles Angels.
The Boston Red Sox acquired veteran first baseman/outfielder Steve Pearce in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night.
Pitching coach Chris Bosio said Thursday he was fired by the Detroit Tigers for using the word “monkey,” but insists he didn’t say it in a racial or demeaning context.
Yu Darvish won’t be rejoining the Chicago Cubs’ rotation this weekend after sustaining a setback during a bullpen session on Thursday.
Shohei Ohtani’s elbow injury has healed enough that the Los Angeles Angels’ two-way star can begin a hitting program immediately.
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is taking a leave of absence because his cancer has returned, and he does not expect to return to the job.
The Milwaukee Brewers have placed centerfielder Lorenzo Cain on the 10-day disabled with a left groin strain and recalled outfielder Keon Broxton from Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy has been placed on the 10-day disabled list after spraining his ankle running the bases in an interleague game.
Cleveland Indians left-hander Andrew Miller won’t throw off a mound for 10 days and the team says there’s no timetable for when its ace reliever will return while he continues to deal with a sore right knee.