Twins, Padres, Giants, Phillies all pursuing Ricky Nolasco

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Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press spoke with an unnamed Major League general manager, who said that the Twins are eyeing free agent starter Ricky Nolasco. Specifically, that the Twins were “on him hard”. The GM also mentioned that the Padres were showing a great deal of interest as well. Berardino later provided an update on Twitter adding the Giants into the mix:

Meanwhile, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish is hearing from a source that the Phillies are also pursing Nolasco.

Nolasco will turn 31 years old in December. He finished the 2013 season with a 3.70 ERA, his best effort since 2008. He also surpassed 190 innings for the third consecutive season. Nolasco was particularly effective for the Dodgers — in his first 12 starts with them after coming over from the Marlins on July 6, he posted a 2.07 ERA.

Felix Hernandez will miss 3-4 weeks with shoulder bursitis

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Mariners’ right-hander Felix Hernandez is looking at a 3-4 week recovery period, the team announced on Friday. Hernandez has been officially diagnosed with bursitis in his right shoulder after getting pulled from his last start against the Tigers on Tuesday.

It’s not the first shoulder issue the 31-year-old righty has dealt with during his career. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times notes that Hernandez was previously diagnosed with bursitis during a minor league stint in 2005, several weeks prior to making his major league start for Seattle. This time around, however, the injury is coupled with a few years of not-so-sharp stuff, waning velocity and career-low numbers, and while it’s certainly not a worst-case diagnosis, it seems like greater cause for concern.

Without Felix, the Mariners will keep rolling with James Paxton, Hisashi Iwakuma, Ariel Miranda, Yovani Gallardo and Chase De Jong in their rotation. They’ll also keep Ben Gamel in right field, with starting right fielder Mitch Haniger expected to miss 3-4 weeks after sustaining a Grade 2 strain in his right oblique on Tuesday.

Rays acquire RHP Drew Smith from Tigers

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The Rays acquired minor league reliever Drew Smith from the Tigers on Friday, per a team announcement. The move will close the loop on the trade the two teams began in January for backup outfielder Mikie Mahtook.

Smith, 23, pitched his first full season in Single-A West Michigan in 2016, turning in a 2.96 ERA, 4.3 BB/9 and 11.5 SO/9 in 48 2/3 innings. The right-hander is still several levels away from making any impact on the Rays’ major league roster, but appears to be progressing steadily in two seasons of pro ball and has delivered two runs, four walks and 12 strikeouts in his first 11 2/3 innings at High-A Lakeland this season. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that he’ll be reassigned to the Rays’ High-A Charlotte this week.