Nationals place newly acquired outfielder David DeJesus on waivers

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Well, this is strange. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Nationals “almost immediately” placed outfielder David DeJesus on revocable waivers after they acquired him from the Cubs this afternoon.

Some have speculated that the waiver claim was a mistake, but that seems highly unlikely since a trade was agreed upon and DeJesus wasn’t simply dumped by the Cubs. Amanda Comak of the Washington Times speculates that perhaps they claimed/traded for him as an effort to keep him from getting to a rival team. Whatever the motivation was, the 60-64 Nationals now appear set to attempt to flip him elsewhere if possible.

DeJesus, 33, is still owed a little over $1 million this season while his contract includes a $6.5 million club option for 2014 or a $1.5 million buyout.

Clayton Kershaw might return to the Dodgers’ rotation next week

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Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.

Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.

Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.