Al Alburquerque cleared to resume pitching after concussion

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Al Alburquerque has been cleared to resume pitching and is expected to begin a brief minor-league rehab assignment nearly a month after the Tigers reliever suffered a concussion when he was struck by a ball during batting practice.

Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Alburquerque will pitch Saturday at Triple-A and possibly again Monday, which is the final day of the International League season.

Alburquerque had to be hospitalized overnight and has been on the seven-day disabled list for concussions since, but the 25-year-old rookie showed a lot of promise before the injury by racking up an incredible 57 strikeouts in 37 innings while holding opponents to a .141 batting average.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.