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Phillies acquire No. 1 international signing slot for 2015-2016 from the Diamondbacks

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Todd Zolecki, the Phillies beat writer for MLB.com, shares the announcement …

It looks, at first glance, like another smart rebuilding move for the determined-to-rebuild Phils.

Oliver, a fourth-round pick in 2014 out of the University of Arkansas, has a 4.98 ERA, 1.81 WHIP, and 37/55 K/BB ratio in 86 2/3 career innings between rookie ball and Low-A. Taylor, a 22-year-old who went undrafted, has a 4.06 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 83/28 K/BB ratio in 77 2/3 innings between the very same levels.

These aren’t very enticing young pitchers, and now the Phillies have more flexibility on next year’s international market. This comes after the D’Backs included a top prospect in a salary dump. They’ve made some questionable moves so far under new GM Dave Stewart and chief baseball officer Tony La Russa.

Cardinals put Jaime Garcia on disabled list with groin injury

Jaime Garcia
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Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia had to make an early exit from a start June 24 at Marlins Park after tweaking his left groin muscle. It was initially called a cramp, but he was unable to take his next scheduled turn and now the Cards have placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain.

Tim Cooney will remain in the St. Louis rotation, piggybacking Tyler Lyons in Tuesday’s day-night doubleheader with the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Garcia boasts a 1.69 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in seven starts (48 innings) this season. He’s missed a ton of time to injuries in his career, but most of the major problems have been elbow- and shoulder-related.

The hope is that Garcia will be ready to return in a week or so. He’s been a huge lift for the first-place Cards in the absence of Adam Wainwright.

Cubs get Jorge Soler back from ankle sprain

Jorge Soler
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As announced on the official transactions feed of Major League Baseball …

Soler wound up missing over a month with a sprained left ankle. He was just 2-for-13 on his four-game minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa and the 23-year-old returns Sunday to a relatively underwhelming .724 OPS. But he feels like a player who’s capable of breaking out in a huge way in the second half.

Soler put up a .903 OPS, five home runs, and 20 RBI over his first 24 major league games last year.

Orioles activate Jonathan Schoop after 10-week absence

Jonathan Schoop
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From the official Twitter account of the Baltimore Orioles …

Schoop originally landed on the disabled list on April 18 after being diagnosed with both a PCL tear and MCL strain in his left knee. So this was nearly a three-month absence.

The 23-year-old second baseman had three home runs in his first nine games this season.

Schoop smacked 16 home runs in 137 games last season despite a .598 OPS.

Video: Major League Baseball celebrates Independence Day

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Check out this wrap-around style montage of all the July 4 action in Major League Baseball …