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Nationals utility man Jeff Kobernus was preparing for batting practice in Columbus, Ohio, when Triple-A Syracuse manager Tony Beasley pulled him aside and let him know that he would be playing in the big leagues for the first time.
The Orioles placed reliever Pedro Strop on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain, retroactive to May 24, and recalled right-hander Steve Johnson from Triple-A Norfolk.
In what is considered a poor Draft year for middle infielders, high school shortstop J.P. Crawford and community college star Tim Anderson are the most likely candidates to go in the first round.
California high school shortstop J.P. Crawford, nephew of Dodgers star Carl Crawford, has emerged as the top middle infielder in the 2013 Draft class after he stopped pressing and started having fun again.
Outfielder Oscar Taveras, who has been sidelined by an ankle injury since May 12, is moving closer to a return, farm director John Vuch said on Friday.
Rangers infielder Mike Olt, who has been sidelined for a month because of blurred vision, has been cleared to resume baseball activities. Olt has been seen by several eye specialists and has been taking medication and eye drops to clear his vision.
A day after Kevin Gausman's Major League debut, he was ready to get to work and is looking ahead to his next start, which will come against the Nationals on Tuesday.
Manager Buck Showalter said the club would "probably" make a move if he had to lean on his relievers Friday, and the club scratched right-hander Steve Johnson from his start at Triple-A Norfolk on Friday to be safe.
Melky Cabrera, Brett Lawrie and Adam Lind hit solo homers, but Sean Nolin gave up six runs in 1 1/3 frames in his Major League debut as the Blue Jays lost, 10-6, on Friday.
The Nationals received some surprising news Friday, learning that second baseman Danny Espinosa has a broken bone in his right wrist.
This year, catching is a relative strength among those eligible for next month's First-Year Player Draft. If a team wants a catcher in the first round, it more than likely will be looking at a high school backstop. With it, though, comes risk.
With an overall game that often translates into one becoming a fan favorite, rookie David Adams is filling in nicely for the injury-depleted Yankees.
Reese McGuire will lead his team through the Washington state high school tournament once again, and his 6-foot-1, 190-pound frame, his athleticism behind the plate, his emerging bat and strong arm from behind the plate have scouts ready to call his name earlier rather than later in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on June 6.
Nationals right-hander Christian Garcia, who is on the disabled list because of a right forearm strain, will join Double-A Harrisburg sometime next week.
Branden Kline, Baltimore's second round pick in last June's First-Year Player Draft, had surgery today to repair a fracture in his right leg.
Aaron Miller, the Dodgers' first-round sandwich pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft as a left-handed pitcher, has been moved from the mound to the outfield.
The Blue Jays announced Thursday that prospect Sean Nolin will start for the club Friday vs. the Baltimore Orioles. He is 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA in three starts for New Hampshire.
Top prospect Kevin Gausman struck out five but gave up four runs in five innings in a 12-6 loss to the Blue Jays on Thursday night. Chris Davis hit his MLB-leading 15th homer, and Manny Machado hit three doubles.
Catcher Jesus Montero, one of the expected building blocks of the Mariners' future, was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday as the club looks to spark some change in the wake of a six-game losing streak.
The search for the prototypical corner infielder in the First-Year Player Draft can be an elusive quest. This year's group of such players is no exception, as most believe the demand will outpace who's available.
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