Author: Drew Silva

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Marco Gonzales feeling renewed discomfort in pectoral


More bad news on the Cardinals’ starting pitching depth from Jenifer Langosch of

Left-hander Marco Gonzales will miss his next start with Triple-A Memphis, initially scheduled for Monday, after again feeling tightness around the left pectoral muscle while doing his flat ground throwing work on Saturday.

It’s the same issue that sidelined Gonzales after his April 20 start, though the lefty was back on the mound by May 9 and has made three starts since.

Gonzales pitched well in his latest outing for Memphis, striking out seven and allowing only one run over six innings, and he was almost certain to be the next man up for the St. Louis rotation. Jaime Garcia is filling Adam Wainwright’s spot right now, but Garcia can’t seem to keep his left shoulder from barking.

Wainwright is done for the season with a ruptured left Achilles tendon and now Gonzales appears to be facing an extended shutdown period. Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak may be forced into an early trade for someone who can eat innings. The health of Garcia grows more important by the second. He’s making $9.25 million in the final guaranteed year of his contract with St. Louis.

Cubs return Anthony Varvaro to Red Sox after MRI reveals torn flexor tendon in his elbow

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Back on May 3, the Chicago Cubs claimed right-handed reliever Anthony Varvaro off waivers from the Red Sox. But a recent MRI revealed a torn flexor tendon in his pitching elbow and so the Cubs have returned him to Boston as damaged goods. Alex Speier of the Boston Globe explains

Varvaro is now on the disabled list with the Red Sox and won’t pitch again this season. The 30-year-old had an impressive 2.63 ERA, 1.079 WHIP, and 50/13 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings last summer with the Braves.

Video: Tigers defeat Astros in pregame standoff

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An important battle was waged before Sunday’s series finale between the Astros and Tigers …

You can see home plate umpire Bob Davidson shooing both groups of players back to their respective dugouts around the 1:08 mark, and the visiting team finally gave in. The game before the game. Thrilling stuff.

Giants designate Casey McGehee for assignment

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Somewhat surprising news here from Alex Pavlovic of

San Francisco acquired Casey McGehee from the Marlins in December to effectively replace Pablo Sandoval at third base, but the 32-year-old woke up Sunday with a brutal .200/.254/.282 batting line and he had tallied just nine RBI in 35 games with the Giants. McGehee drove in 76 runs for Miami last season.

McGehee probably won’t draw any interest on waivers because of the $4.8 million salary he’s due in his final year of arbitration. Giants general manager Bobby Evans said after the transaction was announced Sunday that he hopes McGehee accepts an assignment to the club’s Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento.

Matt Duffy is expected to serve as San Francisco’s everyday third baseman going forward.