Author: D.J. Short

PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 27:  Alexi Casilla #10 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a photo on photo day at Charlotte Sports Park on February 27, 2015 in Port Charlotte, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Tigers acquire infielder Alexi Casilla from Rays


Chris Iott of reports that the Tigers have acquired infielder Alexi Casilla from the Rays for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Best known for his time as a starting second baseman for the Twins, Casilla appeared in one game with the Orioles in 2014, but he has mostly played in the minors over the past two seasons. The 30-year-old was batting .315/.379/.449 with three home runs, 14 RBI, and four steals over 37 games this season with Triple-A Durham.

Iott notes the Tigers have parted with a bunch of middle infield options in the minors over the past year, so this move was aimed at improving their depth. Casilla is expected to play shortstop in Triple-A.

Braves lose right-hander Williams Perez due to foot contusion

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 26:  Williams Perez #61 of the Atlanta Braves walks off of the field with the team trainer after being hit in the leg with a hit ball against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game at PNC Park on June 26, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Williams Perez has been a pleasant surprise since joining the Braves’ rotation last month, but he was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday due to a left foot contusion.

Perez suffered the injury when he was hit in the foot by a comebacker off the bat of the Pirates’ Josh Harrison in the fifth inning last night. You can watch the play here. Perez stayed in the game initially, but left a couple of batters later.

Perez owns a 2.88 over eight starts and three relief appearances this season. The 24-year-old has a 38/23 K/BB ratio in 50 innings, so his peripherals aren’t nearly as impressive, but he has a ground ball rate of 51.7 percent.

According to Mark Bowman of, prospect left-hander Manny Banuelos is the most likely option to take Perez’s spot in the starting rotation next week. Acquired from the Yankees over the winter, the 24-year-old has a 2.03 ERA and 68/34 K/BB ratio in 79 2/3 innings over 14 starts this season with Triple-A Gwinnett.

Tim Lincecum diagnosed with right forearm contusion

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 16:  Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Seattle Mariners during the game at AT&T Park on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

UPDATE: The Giants announced that Lincecum was diagnosed with a right forearm contusion.

5:09 p.m. ET: Another high-profile injury to pass along here, as Alex Pavlovic of reports that Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum left today’s start against the Rockies after he was hit in the throwing arm by a comebacker off the bat of D.J. LeMahieu with two outs in the second inning.

Lincecum was in obvious pain and didn’t even attempt to throw a warm-up pitch before walking off the field. He allowed three runs on four hits and two walks before being replaced by Yusmeiro Petit.

Lincecum was struggling even coming into today’s outing and appeared likely to lose his rotation spot with Jake Peavy and Matt Cain slated to come back from the disabled list next week.

X-rays negative on Andrew McCutchen’s elbow

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 22:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates plays the field during the game against the New York Mets at PNC Park on May 22, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

UPDATE: The Pirates just announced that X-rays came back negative on McCutchen’s elbow. He’ll be re-evaluated Sunday, but it sounds like Pirates fans can let out a sigh of relief.

4:50 p.m. ET: According to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen left today’s game against the Braves after he was hit in the left elbow by a 91 mph fastball from Julio Teheran in the first inning. Jung Ho Kang replaced him as a pinch-runner.

This is the second time that McCutchen has been hit by a pitch in as many days. He was hit in the back by Williams Perez in the fifth inning last night, but stayed in the game.

We’ll pass along an update when we know more, but obviously it would be a tough blow for the Pirates if McCutchen needs to miss an extended period of time.

McCutchen, 28, batted .295/.384/.490 with nine home runs and 44 RBI over 72 games this season. He has bounced back significantly after a slow start.

Athletics sign Phil Coke to a minor league contract

Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Phil Coke throws against the Milwaukee Brewers during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

Phil Coke is now with his third organization this season, as Chris Iott of reports that the veteran left-hander has signed a minor league contract with the Athletics. He has been assigned to High-A Stockton.

Coke just opted for free agency this week after being designated for assignment by the Blue Jays. The 32-year-old allowed one run in 2 2/3 innings over two appearances during his brief stint with Toronto. He had a 6.30 ERA over 16 appearances with the Cubs earlier this season.

Iott hears that Coke’s minor league deal includes an opt-out on July 10 if he isn’t called up to the majors.