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Miguel Cabrera

Miguel Cabrera ran the bases and took live batting practice, could return over the weekend


Miguel Cabrera cleared two major hurdles in his recovery from a Grade 3 calf strain on Tuesday evening, running the bases and taking live batting practice with teammates before the Tigers’ series opener at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told MLB.com’s Jason Beck after the workout that everything went as planned and Cabrera could be cleared to return to the active roster this weekend in Houston. It sounds like the 32-year-old slugger is going to be allowed to skip a minor league rehab assignment.

Cabrera has been on the disabled list since July 4. In his absence, the Tigers have fallen out of contention in both the AL Central and Wild Card race. They were sellers at the July 31 trade deadline and cut ties with longtime GM Dave Dombrowski last week.

This is the first disabled list stint of Cabrera’s illustrious 13-year major league career.

Padres sign Bud Norris to major league contract

Bud Norris

Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune shares the news …

Norris was designated for assignment by the Orioles on July 31 and then subsequently released nine days later. He posted a cool 3.65 ERA (106 ERA+) in 28 starts last season for Baltimore but stumbled to a 7.06 ERA in 11 starts and seven relief appearances this season. The 30-year-old right-hander will try to rebuild some value in San Diego before he heads into the free agent market this winter. Norris was making $8.8 million in his final year of salary arbitration. Baltimore is still on the hook for around $2.85 million of that.

Dodgers placed Yasiel Puig on waivers last week but pulled him back when he got claimed

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig is not going to be traded this season.

Jayson Stark of ESPN reports that the Dodgers placed the 24-year-old outfielder on revocable waivers last week but promptly pulled him back when he was claimed by another team. Puig is no longer eligible to be dealt ahead of the August 31 waiver deadline.

It’s not known which club tried to acquire him.

Puig has been a disappointment in his third MLB season, batting just .241/.314/.409 entering play Tuesday, but he’s still young and on a very team-friendly contract for a player of his caliber. There’s been talk of the Dodgers being open to trade proposals, but no hint of actual negotiations taking place.

Puig is making $6.2 million this season and owed just $24.6 million total through the 2018 campaign.

You can live through some of the headaches for his relatively low cost and immense upside.