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Marlins didn’t find a taker for Jarrod Saltalamacchia, will release him

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Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Marlins were not able to find a trade for catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia after designating him for assignment last week, meaning they will outright release him.

Miami cut Saltalamacchia loose with about $15 million remaining on a three-year, $21 million deal signed last offseason, handing the starting job to rookie J.T. Realmuto (who has hit just .232 with a .571 OPS).

Saltalamacchia has plenty of flaws offensively and defensively, but quite a few teams figure to express interest now that the Marlins are eating his entire contract and the new cost to acquire him would simply be the minimum salary.

As recently as 2013 he hit .273 with 14 homers and an .804 OPS in 121 games for the Red Sox and … well, as recently as about 15 months ago the Marlins thought he was worth $21 million in guaranteed money.

Madison Bumgarner threw his fastest pitch since 2010

Madison Bumgarner
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The idea of Madison Bumgarner getting even better–or at least throwing harder–is a scary one, but that’s exactly what happened Monday night.

According to Pitchf/x (via Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News) the Giants left-hander and World Series MVP hit 95.1 miles per hour on the radar gun with a fifth-inning fastball to Jedd Gyorko for his fastest pitch since 2010 when he was a 20-year-old rookie.

Oh, and Bumgarner also took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and finished with 7.1 innings of shutout, two-hit ball against the Padres, striking out six and walking one.

Bumgarner had a rough second outing of the season on April 11 versus that same Padres team, but if you take that one start out of the mix he’s 3-0 with a 2.02 ERA and 28/6 K/BB ratio in 36 innings. Ho hum.

Mets GM: “It’s just hard to say” when David Wright will return

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Several reports last week hinted at David Wright taking longer than expected to return from a hamstring injury and now Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told the New York Post that “it’s just hard to say” when the third baseman will come off the disabled list because he’s not 100 percent healthy yet.

Wright is already eligible to return from the DL, but he’s not running at full speed yet and according to Alderson “until he gets into a game situation and feels confident with the leg, we’re not going to know.”

Eric Campbell initially filled in for Wright at third base, but of late the Mets have shifted Daniel Murphy to third base while using Dilson Herrera at second base. After a 13-3 start to the season they’ve gone 3-7.

Josh Hamilton played his first game since October

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Josh Hamilton took a major step in his comeback Monday, playing in an extended spring training game at the Rangers’ complex in Arizona for his first game action since October.

Hamilton went 0-for-4 with one strikeout and three ground outs, according to the Associated Press, and afterward Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Hamilton “seems to be 100 percent” healthy and “you can’t tell there was an issue” with his surgically repaired shoulder.

For now the plan is for Hamilton to join the Triple-A team soon, likely for a couple weeks, at which point the Rangers will assess his status and potentially add him to the active roster before the end of the month. In plenty of time for a series against the Angels that starts July 3.

It seems impossible to know what to expect from Hamilton in terms of on-field production at this point, but every quote from a Rangers official certainly paints the team as very optimistic they’ll be getting a quality player for pennies on the dollar after the Angels dumped his contract.

Rockies closer Adam Ottavino needs Tommy John surgery

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Adam Ottavino was promoted to the Rockies’ closer role in mid-April only to be shut down with elbow problems a week later and now the 29-year-old right-hander is expected to miss the rest of the season following Tommy John surgery.

Ottavino finishes the season with a 0.00 ERA and 13/2 K/BB ratio in 10 innings, which shows the type of standout reliever he’d become after years as a bullpen afterthought. Dating back to the start of 2013 he logged 154 innings with a 2.87 ERA and 161 strikeouts despite calling Coors Field home.

John Axford replaced Ottavino as the Rockies’ closer and once LaTroy Hawkins returns from a biceps injury it’s possible the 42-year-old could get another crack at ninth-inning duties after being replaced by Ottavino early.