The Tigers may have claimed Astros closer Chad Qualls off waivers, but don’t expect the right-hander to be reunited with former teammate Brad Ausmus. Qualls said Tuesday he was aware of the claim put in by the Tigers and maintained he’d like to remain in Houston.
A’s shortstop Jed Lowrie played catch on Tuesday for the first time since going on the DL with a fractured right index finger. Another rehabbing infielder, Nick Punto, is making equally significant improvement from a right hamstring strain.
The Marlins on Tuesday afternoon reinstated Derek Dietrich from the 15-day disabled list and optioned the second baseman to Triple-A New Orleans. The transaction puts Dietrich in position to be a callup when MLB rosters expand on Monday.
The Cardinals recalled outfielder Randal Grichuk on Tuesday while placing Shane Robinson on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury.
Every lineup, every day, as they are made public by the clubs.
Cuban first baseman Jozzen Cuesta and Cuban left-hander Misael Siverio will host a showcase for interested clubs on Friday in Jupiter, Fla., agent Eric Izen of the Legacy Agency tells MLBTR. The last we heard on the 25-year-old Siverio came back in May when he was declared eligible for free agency. The 25-year-old Cuesta was, at the time, said to be awaiting clearance from Major League Baseball and the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control, but he has since been cleared by both entities and is now eligible to sign with any club. The 6’2″, 220-pound first baseman is said to possess some power and will present a younger alternative to the first basemen on the free agent market. Reports on Siverio peg the lefty at 5’9″ tall, and while he’s not said to possess an overpowering fastball, he had drawn interest from 10 teams back in May. Siverio pitched in front of several clubs at a showcase in June, and the Yankees, Cubs and Astros were among the teams in attendance, MLBTR has learned. Siverio posted a 3.24 ERA with 7.6 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9 over his career in Cuba’s Serie Nacional – a span of 153 games (75 starts). More recently, he pitched in Mexico this past winter, posting a 2.45 ERA and a 36-to-10 K/BB ratio.
A pair of local Mets fans wound up starring in the latest episode of the hit MLB.com game show “Bucks on the Pond” powered by Ford, and you can watch the video right here to see for yourself how a seemingly ordinary beverage vessel played a key role in a ballpark date.
Never in a million years did I think I would put on a Red Sox uniform. But with the chance to take part in an ALS fundraiser, it was an easy decision to take part in the Oldtime Baseball Game.
TUESDAY, 7:30am: Hall of Fame journalist Peter Gammons reports that the Tigers were awarded the claim on Qualls (Twitter link). As he notes, it’s hardly surprising that Detroit placed a claim, though it’s at least mildly surprising that the Yankees, who had waiver priority and have been aggressively claiming players, neglected to go after Qualls. The Tigers have had bullpen issues all season, with Joe Nathan struggling at the back of the bullpen and deadline acquisition Joakim Soria hitting the disabled list with an injury earlier this month. Qualls would provide a solid late-inning option for the Tigers and could serve as a low-cost 2015 replacement for Joba Chamberlain, should the setup man find a new home as a free agent after a strong season in Detroit. MONDAY, 9:00pm: MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart writes that it’s more likely that Qualls will be pulled off waivers than traded. 5:50pm: Astros right-hander Chad Qualls has been claimed on revocable waivers by an unnamed club, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). It’s not clear if the Astros are willing to move Qualls, but the Astros will have until Wednesday to work out a deal with the claiming club, Rosenthal adds
Giancarlo Stanton has dominated the National League all season. On Monday night, the slugger did some damage in an American League park. Stanton blistered a three-run home run, which became the knockout blow in the Marlins’ 7-1 victory over the Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.