Indians to activate Justin Masterson from the disabled list on Friday

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Indians manager Terry Francona expects starter Justin Masterson to be activated on Friday for a home start against the Rangers, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports.

In his last start, on July 7, Masterson left in the third inning without recording an out against the Yankees. He went on the 15-day disabled list the next day with inflammation in his right knee.

Masterson is eligible for free agency after the season and there hasn’t been any progress in the way of an extension between the pitcher and the Indians. He hasn’t helped his cause with his 2014 results, as he currently owns a 5.51 ERA with a 93/56 K/BB ratio in 98 innings.

Report: Twins interested in Logan Morrison

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The Twins are reportedly interested in signing free agent first baseman Logan Morrison, according to a report from Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The two sides don’t appear to be working toward anything concrete at the moment, but Berardino adds that newly-signed pitcher Jake Odorizzi has been having conversations with the slugger to gauge his interest in a potential deal.

Morrison, 30, enjoyed a tremendous season with the Rays in 2017. He finished his two-year circuit with the team after slashing .246/.353/.516 with a career-best 38 home runs, .363 wOBA and 3.3 fWAR in 601 plate appearances. It was just the second time he’d managed to produce more than 20 home runs in a single season, and he finished the year tied for fifth-most dingers in the AL and eighth-most in the league.

The free agent slugger has been linked to a plethora of interested parties this offseason, including the Red Sox, Royals, Indians, Angels and Mets, but hasn’t drawn any substantial offers in an admittedly slow market. Should he reach an agreement with the Twins, Berardino notes that the club could use him to back up both Joe Mauer and Miguel Sano in a dual first base/DH role.