UPDATE: The Dodgers-Braves trade talks have been called off as Albert Callaspo rejects a trade

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UPDATE: Welp, never mind:

 

Why? Callaspo:

There was not much of a need for him in Los Angeles and it’s possible that the Dodgers’ aim here was to simply eliminate a veteran infielder to make room for others. Easier to get some minor league talent for Uribe and then just release Callaspo, yes? Maybe Callaspo realized that and would prefer to stay in Atlanta where, one assumes anyway, the Braves will keep him on the roster at least for two more weeks when they can trade him and not require his approval.

11:03 AM: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are talking to the Braves about a deal involving Juan Uribe and Alberto Callaspo. He said that they were close to completing a deal last night but something is holding it up. Perhaps Callaspo’s approval, given that he has the right to reject a trade before June 15 due to the fact that he just signed as a free agent this past offseason.

The Dodgers trading Uribe would give Alex Guerrero an everyday position. His bat has certainly earned it, given that he’s hitting.307/.337/.679. That will regress, however, and Guerrero’s glove doesn’t compare to Uribe’s. Uribe, of course is hitting a mere .247/.287/.309 with one home run and six RBI.

Callaspo himself isn’t hitting much this season — .206/.293/.252 — while splitting time between second and third. It’s unclear what else the Braves would have to throw into the deal to make this happen, but presumably something. For his part, Rosenthal says that there are some “lesser names” involved as well.

UPDATE: More from Rosenthal:

Nationals to reinstate Max Scherzer on Thursday

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Some good news for the Nationals today: All-Star hurler Max Scherzer is due back from the injured list this week, this time (hopefully) for good. He’s slated to start during Thursday’s series finale against the Pirates.

It’s been a long road back for the right-hander, who earned his seventh consecutive All-Star designation after heading into the break with a 2.30 ERA, 5.6 fWAR, and a league-leading 7.56 SO/BB rate. An untimely back injury forced him to the injured list in the days leading up to the All-Star Game, however, and he hasn’t returned in any kind of part-time or full-time capacity since.

While Scherzer was originally expected to pitch for the Nationals sometime during their weekend series versus the Brewers, manager Dave Martinez elected to push back his return date by a few days. It’s not clear whether he felt some lingering pain during his 64-pitch simulated start on Saturday or whether the Nationals simply want to play it safe with their ace, but either way, the club apparently feels like Scherzer will be back to full strength before the end of the week.

If so, his return would be a significant asset to the Nationals, who could use a sub-3.00 ERA, 5.0-fWAR starter to help bolster their standing in the NL East. Still, there’s no guarantee that the veteran righty is ready to shoulder a full-time role in Washington’s rotation, nor is it certain that he’ll be able to match his results from the first half of the season. In one start between IL stints last month, he dealt five innings of three-run, two-walk, eight-strikeout ball in an 8-7 loss to the Rockies.