Pirates send June call-up Brad Lincoln back to Triple-A

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Six weeks ago the Pirates called up top prospects Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata, and Brad Lincoln, but now only the two hitters remain in Pittsburgh after Lincoln was demoted back to Triple-A yesterday.
Lincoln managed just four Quality Starts in nine outings, going 1-4 with a 6.57 ERA and 21/14 K/BB ratio in 50.2 innings. He didn’t miss many bats, didn’t induce many ground balls, and allowed opponents to hit .311 with nine homers in 206 at-bats for a .534 slugging percentage.
The former fourth overall pick in the 2006 draft took the demotion in stride, saying: “I need to clear my head and get back to where I was before I got here.”
He went 6-2 with a 3.16 ERA and 55/14 K/BB ratio in 11 starts at Triple-A to earn the promotion last month and is certainly capable of pitching much better whenever his next crack at the big leagues comes, but Lincoln’s upside isn’t the same as it was before undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2007 and he’s already 25 years old.

Report: Royals sign Neftali Feliz

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals have signed free agent reliever Neftali Feliz, pending a physical. The Brewers designated Feliz for assignment last week and released him on Monday.

Feliz, 29, opened the season as the Brewers’ closer, but struggled and was eventually taken out of the role in mid-May, giving way to Corey Knebel. In 29 appearances spanning 27 innings with the Brewers, Feliz posted a 6.00 ERA with a 21/15 K/BB ratio.

The Royals have had bullpen issues of their own, so Feliz will try to provide some stability given his track record. It’s not clear yet if the Royals want to let Feliz get his feet wet at Triple-A or throw him right into the bullpen mix.

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).