The Reds are talking to the Rays about James Shields

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John Fay of the Cincinnati Inquirer reports that the Reds have had “ongoing talks” with the Rays about James Shields.

This is interesting inasmuch as the Rays have said that they’re not interested in dealing Shields.  It’s possible, of course, that the talks might involve other Rays pitchers like Wade Davis or Jeff Niemann.

Certainly the Rays — and a lot of people — would be interested in Yonder Alonso, and it would behoove the Reds to move him now before everyone realizes that he can’t,  you know, play defense anyplace.

José Abreu undergoes lower abdominal surgery, expected out two weeks

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White Sox first baseman José Abreu underwent lower abdominal surgery on Tuesday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. It was an outpatient procedure that is expected to keep him away from baseball activity for two weeks.

Abreu, 31, was held out of Tuesday’s lineup, his first day off in more than two months. This season, Abreu has hit a productive .272/.331/.491 with 22 home runs and 78 RBI in 526 plate appearances.

The White Sox will likely play Matt Davidson at first base and put Daniel Palka at DH while Abreu is out.