Cla Meredith to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery

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Cla Meredith had bone chips removed from his elbow during the offseason and it took just 20 throws for his arm to start barking again this spring, but unfortunately the injury is more serious this time around.

Today the Nationals announced that Meredith, who was competing for a middle relief job on a minor-league contract, will miss the entire season following Tommy John surgery.

Meredith had a very nice three-and-a-half-season run with the Padres, posting a 3.26 ERA in 237 innings, but the right-handed ground-baller saw his performance dip after joining the Orioles in mid-2009 and spent much of last season in the minors.

He’s still just 28 years old, so there’s plenty of time for Meredith to make a full recovery, but as a side-armer with a mid-80s fastball he didn’t have a ton of margin for error even before going under the knife.

Tigers release Francisco Rodriguez

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Tigers’ right-handed reliever Francisco Rodriguez was released on Friday, per a team announcement. The club recalled fellow right-hander Bruce Rondon from Triple-A Toledo in a corresponding move.

The former closer got the boot after losing his closing role in early May, giving left-hander Justin Wilson a chance to impress at the back end of the bullpen. It’s been a rough year for Rodriguez, who manufactured six blown saves and a 7.82 ERA, 3.9 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 over 25 1/3 innings for the Tigers. The final straw, it seemed, came with Robinson Cano‘s grand slam in the seventh inning of the Tigers’ 6-9 loss to the Mariners on Thursday.

While the demotion to a clean-up role and an apparent lack of communication caused Rodriguez considerable frustration, he’s two years removed from his last dominant performance as a major league closer and has shown few signs of returning to form. His recent slump doesn’t diminish the impressive totals he’s racked up over his 16-year career — 437 saves and six All-Star nominations among them — but if he can’t break out of it soon, he may not receive the kind of high leverage role he’s seeking with another big league team, either.

The Red Sox sign Jhonny Peralta

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The Red Sox have signed third baseman Jhonny Peralta to a minor-league deal. He’ll report to Pawtucket.

Peralta, 35, hit a paltry .204/.259/.204 in 58 plate appearances for the Cardinals this year. But with Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list — and ineffective when he hasn’t been — the Sox could use some infield depth.

This is the second former Tiger that former Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski has picked up today, after signing Doug Fister. No word if he’s kicking the tires on Andy Dirks or Brennan Boesch.