Rangers' Padilla reportedly placed on waivers

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Sources told FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal that the Rangers have placed Vicente Padilla on waivers.

That the Rangers appear to be open to giving up a pitcher who is 17-11
since the beginning of last season without getting anything in return
could be a sign of just how deep owner Tom Hicks’ financial woes
run. Padilla has only occasionally pitched up to his talent in his
career, but he was quite an asset in two of his first three seasons in
Texas and the team is 6-3 in his starts this year, even if two
shellings have left him with a 5.57 ERA.

Rosenthal’s report has Padilla on outright waivers, meaning the
Rangers would be unable to pull him back if there’s a team willing to
take on the approx. $8 million he’s owed for the rest of the year, as
well as the $1.75 million buyout of his $12 million club option in
2010. However, it seems unlikely that any club would be willing to
spend that much money. If there’s some behind the scenes stuff here and
the Rangers are committed to getting rid of him, then a trade seems
likely, with the team kicking in at least $3 million-$4 million or
taking on a rather expensive player in return. If the Rangers are fine
with keeping him in their rotation, then it’s likely that Padilla would
hang around after clearing waivers.

Mets may move Asdrubal Cabrera to second base upon return from DL

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Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that the Mets may move Asdrubal Cabrera to second base when he returns from the disabled list. Cabrera has been on the disabled list since June 13 with a sprained left thumb, but he’s expected to be activated on Friday.

Cabrera, 31, last played second base in 2014 with the Nationals. He has played shortstop exclusively as a Met the last two seasons. Jose Reyes would continue to play shortstop if the Mets were to go through with the position change. Cabrera would displace T.J. Rivera, who has been playing second base in place of the injured Neil Walker.

In 196 plate appearances this season, Cabrera is hitting .244/.321/.392 with six home runs and 20 RBI. He has made 11 defensive errors, which is tied for the third-most among shortstops behind Tim Anderson (16) and Dansby Swanson (12).

Corey Knebel sets modern record for consecutive appearances with a strikeout

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Brewers closer Corey Knebel set a modern major league record for relievers to start a season, as Thursday’s appearance marked his 38th consecutive appearance with a strikeout. He set down the side in order in the ninth inning, striking Josh Bell out to start the frame.

Aroldis Chapman held the record previously, recording a strikeout in his first 37 appearances of the season in 2014 with the Reds.

Knebel, 25, has flown under the radar despite having an incredibly good season. He moved into the closer’s role in mid-May when Neftali Feliz, now a free agent, struggled. After Thursday’s appearance, Knebel is 12-for-15 in save chances with a 0.96 ERA and a 65/17 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings.