Adrian Gonzalez undergoes two MRIs on right shoulder

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Adrian Gonzalez told the San Diego Union-Tribune in September that an injury to his right shoulder in May impacted his ability to hit for power this season. Now he’s trying to figure out why.

According to Dan Hayes of the North County Times, Gonzalez underwent two MRI exams on his right shoulder this week. His agent John Boggs told Hayes that Gonzalez will be ready for the start of next season, whether he chooses to undergo rehab the shoulder or have arthroscopic surgery on his labrum.

“It’s not debilitating — it’s aggravating,” Boggs said. “It’s nothing of urgency. They’re evaluating it right now, and ultimately it will be Adrian’s decision.”

Padres general manager Jed Hoyer confirmed in a text message to Hayes that the Padres are now “assessing the next step.”

Gonzalez, 28, batted .298/.393/.511 with 31 homers and 101 RBI this season. The team plans to pick up his $5.5 million option for next season, after which he will almost certainly become a free agent.

The Reds are on pace to break their own record for home runs allowed

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The Reds got shelled by the Diamondbacks on Thursday afternoon, dropping the game 12-2. The pitching staff gave up four home runs, including two to Jake Lamb. Gregor Blanco and Ketel Marte also went yard.

That brings the Reds’ total on the season up to 166 through 95 games. That prorates to 283 over 162 games, which would shatter their own major league record for home runs allowed by a team in a season. Last year, the Reds’ pitching staff yielded 258 dingers.

After Thursday’s action, the Reds’ pitching has a major league worst 5.31 ERA, which is exactly in line with its major league worst 5.31 FIP. According to FanGraphs, the pitching staff is worth 0.2 Wins Above Replacement, which is by far the worst in baseball. The Twins’ staff is next-worst at 2.7 WAR. It’s been a rough year in Cincinnati.

Report: Twins close to acquiring Jaime Garcia from the Braves

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Update (7:33 PM ET): There’s a deal in place, per Jon Morosi. The Braves will be receiving a minor leaguer from the Twin, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports.

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The Twins are close to acquiring starter Jaime Garcia from the Braves, Ken Rosenthal reports.

Garcia, 31, is owed the remainder of his $12 million salary for 2017 and can become a free agent at season’s end. Through 17 starts with the Braves, the lefty has a 4.33 ERA with an 81/40 K/BB ratio in 106 innings.

The 48-46 Twins find themselves just a half-game behind the Indians for first place in the AL Central, so this is certainly an attempt to gear up for the stretch run.

Aaron Blair was scratched from his start with Triple-A Gwinnett, so he could be on his way up to the majors to fill Garcia’s spot in the Braves’ rotation.