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Wilson Ramos likely to be sidelined through trade deadline with hamstring injury

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays placed catcher Wilson Ramos on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Ramos is likely to remain on the disabled list through the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Ramos, 30, was drawing a lot of trade interest after putting together a terrific first half of the season. He hit .297/.346/.488 with 14 home runs and 53 RBI in 315 plate appearances, earning a nomination to the American League All-Star team. Due to his injury, Ramos was replaced by the Indians’ Yan Gomes.

The Rays went into the All-Star break with a 49-47 record. While above .500, they are 18 games out of first place in the AL East and 8.5 games behind in the Wild Card race with three teams ahead of them, including the second-place, 62-win Yankees. Baseball Prospectus gives the Rays a 7.6 chance to make the playoffs. Understandably, the club may be more motivated to sell than to go full bore towards competing for a playoff appearance.

Roberto Osuna to be the Astros new closer

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When the Astros acquired suspended reliever Roberto Osuna it was viewed as a low-price move to bolster their bullpen. Now, it turns out, it was a move to get a closer. Manager A.J. Hinch said as much today, anyway, telling MLB Network Radio that Osuna is going to get most of Houston’s save chances going forward.

This comes the morning after a late innings loss to the Mariners. The closer who Osuna is going to take over for — Hector Rondon — didn’t even pitch in that game, with the damage coming on a three-run Robinson Cano homer off of Collin McHugh. Rondon has blown saves in two of his last three appearances, however, coughing up runs against the Mariners at home on August 12 and against the A’s this past Friday.

Osuna has made five appearances since joining the Astros, allowing one run, striking out three and walking one in five innings of work. Before that he saved nine games for the Blue Jays prior to his domestic violence suspension.