Author: Bill Baer

Chris Rearick

Padres claim Chris Rearick off waivers from the Rangers


The Padres have claimed lefty reliever Chris Rearick off waivers from the Rangers, the club announced on Twitter on Sunday. Lefty reliever Caleb Thielbar was designated for assignment to create 40-man roster space. Rearick was optioned to Double-A San Antonio.

Rearick, 27, was designated for assignment by the Padres on August 21 and claimed by the Rangers on the 26th. It’s as if he never left.

Rearick made only five appearances in the majors for the Padres this season, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts in three innings. At Triple-A, he threw one scoreless inning for the Rangers at Round Rock, and posted posted a 5.23 ERA in 43 innings at El Paso (Padres).

Blue Jays will name Mark Shapiro as the new team president

Mark Shapiro

The Associated Press is reporting that the Blue Jays will name Mark Shapiro as the new team president, replacing Paul Beeston. Shapiro is the current president of the Indians, and Beeston is retiring. Beeston is expected to remain with the Blue Jays through the end of the season, but as Heyman notes, Shapiro’s starting date is unknown.

The announcement could come as early as Monday. Heyman adds that Shapiro intends to keep Alex Anthopoulos in his current role as general manager. According to Cot’s Contracts, Anthopoulos’ contract runs through the 2015 season, so the team would need to sign him to a new one.

The Blue Jays are poised to end their playoff drought, which extends back to 1993, when they last won the World Series. At 74-56, the Blue Jays lead the Yankees by 1.5 games for first place in the AL East.

Yankees hang 20 runs on the Braves to complete a sweep in Atlanta

Jacoby Ellsbury

The Yankees plated 20 runs in Sunday’s win against the Braves to complete a three-game series sweep at Turner Field. It’s the second time in just over a month that the Yankees have scored 20 in a game, as they racked up 21 runs on July 28 against the Rangers.

Three Yankees hit home runs, including second baseman Stephen Drew, who finished 4-for-4 with four RBI. Chase Headley homered as one of his three hits in a four-RBI afternoon as well.

Following Sunday’s win, the Yankees are 72-57, sitting just 1.5 games behind the Blue Jays for first place in the AL East. They’re four games up on the Rangers for the first AL Wild Card slot.

The Braves, meanwhile, fall to 54-76. They’ve lost five games in a row and 12 of their last 13. The division-rival Phillies and Marlins are tied for the worst record in baseball at 52-79, but the Braves are only 2.5 games behind in the quest for the #1 overall draft pick next year.

Tim Lincecum suffers a setback in his injury rehab

Tim Lincecum

KNBR, citing a currently unavailable report from Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, writes that pitcher Tim Lincecum’s Giants career is likely over after he suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from hip and back injuries.

Lincecum, who has a degenerative hip condition, had cortisone shots in his hips in July, but the discomfort has persisted. As a result, the right-hander is considering off-season surgery.

“The hip issue is still there,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday. “Timmy hasn’t made the progress we would have hoped. I think he’s getting another opinion, so I guess the best thing I can tell you right now is he’s not close…He feels restricted when he’s throwing.”

Lincecum, 31, has made 15 starts for the Giants this season, compiling a 4.13 ERA with a 60/38 K/BB ratio in 76 1/3 innings. He will become a free agent after the season as his two-year, $35 million contract with the Giants will expire.