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ATLANTA GA - MAY 22:  Khris Davis #18 of the Milwaukee Brewers stretches in the batter's box during the first inning of a baseball game on May 22, 2015 at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)

Khris Davis to begin minor league rehab assignment Wednesday

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Brewers outfielder Khris Davis has been out for about a month with a torn meniscus in his right knee, but Adam McCalvy of MLB.com brings word that he’s set to begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday with Class A Wisconsin.

Davis, who had surgery on the knee, is expected to play in the minors for five days. This puts him on track to rejoin the Brewers a week from today for the start of a series against the Braves.

Gerardo Parra has swung the bat well over the past month, so we could see a timeshare in left field when Davis returns. Of course, with the Brewers looking like sellers, there’s a good chance Parra will be traded by July 31.

Davis, 27, was batting .250/.337/.446 with five home runs and 16 RBI over 46 games prior to the injury.

Mets, Dodgers not having “active discussions” about Jon Niese trade

TORONTO, CANADA - JUNE 17: Jon Niese #49 of the New York Mets makes his way from the bullpen to the dugout before the start of the MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 17, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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It was reported over the weekend that the Dodgers and Cubs were among the teams with interest in a trade for Mets left-hander Jon Niese. While the southpaw is a logical target for both teams, a match with the Dodgers isn’t considered imminent:

Nothing too surprising here, as teams are likely still in the early stages of evaluating the starting pitcher market. Cole Hamels, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija and Scott Kazmir are among the big names that could be dealt, so Niese falls into the secondary category with the likes of Mike Leake, Matt Garza, Kyle Lohse, Mat Latos, and Dan Haren. With questions in the back-end of their rotation, the Dodgers will be active.

Niese has posted a 4.12 ERA and 58/27 K/BB ratio in 83 innings across 14 starts this season. The Mets have gone back to a six-man rotation to make room for prospect Steven Matz, but a trade involving Niese could change that dynamic. The 28-year-old is making a $7 million salary this season and $9 million in 2016. His contract includes a $10 million club option (or $500,000 buyout) for 2017 and an $11 million club option (or $500,000 buyout) for 2018.

MRI comes back negative on Hanley Ramirez’s hand

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The Red Sox will be without Hanley Ramirez for the fifth straight game tonight, but Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that an MRI on his bruised left hand came back negative.

Ramirez suffered the injury last Wednesday when he was hit in the back of his hand by a batted ball while running the bases. While he was concerned that something more serious was going on, today’s test ruled out any structural damage. Ramirez has been cleared to swing a bat and Red Sox manager John Farrell is optimistic that he’ll be able to return during the team’s four-game series in Toronto this week.

Ramirez, 31, is batting .283/.330/.482 with 15 home runs and 38 RBI over 67 games this season. The Red Sox have been going with Alejandro De Aza and Jackie Bradley, Jr. in the corner outfield spots recently.

Matt Moore will make his return from Tommy John surgery on Thursday

PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 27:  Matt Moore #55 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)
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Rays manager Kevin Cash recently hinted that Matt Moore was set to make his return from Tommy John surgery this week, but now it’s all but official. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Moore will be activated to start Thursday afternoon against the Indians at Tropicana Field.

Moore, who had Tommy John surgery last April, posted a 2.95 ERA and 24/8 K/BB ratio in 21 1/3 innings over five minor league rehab starts between High-A Charlotte and Triple-A Durham. The final step was a 35-pitch bullpen session today, after which the southpaw said that he’s “definitely ready to go.”

Moore, 26, owns a 3.53 ERA with 8.8 K/9 and 4.3 BB/9 over 61 starts and two relief appearances in the majors. We could see some ups and downs after surgery, especially given his past control issues, but this is a welcome addition for a rotation that has had to get by without Alex Cobb and Drew Smyly.

Tigers acquire infielder Alexi Casilla from Rays

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)
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Chris Iott of MLive.com 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.