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Tony Gonsolin has reported to summer camp for the Dodgers.


Jul 08   8:10 PM

Gonsolin had yet to join the camp for reasons that have not been disclosed. The right-hander is competing for a spot on the Dodgers' pitching staff, and could earn a place in the rotation with David Price deciding to sit out the 2020 campaign. 


Hunter Dozier left Wednesday's exhibition game after being hit by a pitch in his hand/wrist.


Jul 08   7:51 PM

Dozier originally stayed in the contest after the knock, but did not take his place in right field in the next frame. This is likely precautionary, but we should have an update on the 29-year-old's status shortly. 


Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto told reporters on Wednesday that Mitch Haniger (back, core) has yet to resume baseball activities.


Jul 08   7:16 PM

Haniger was placed on the 45-day injured list on the day 60-person rosters were announced. Dipoto mentioned that the club has told Haniger to be cautious and not push anything, and it's worth pointing out that the last time Haniger was close to a return, he suffered a setback. There's a very good chance we don't see the outfielder play again until 2021. 


Junior Guerra (COVID-19) has returned to summer camp for the Diamondbacks.


Jul 08   7:00 PM

Guerra was able to return after testing negative for COVID-19 twice. He had tested positive back on July 5. The 35-year-old is expected to be a big part of the Arizona bullpen after signing a one-year, $2.55 million contract back in December. 


Angels manager Joe Maddon told reporters that Julio Teheran might not be ready for the start of the season.


Jul 08   6:11 PM

Teheran is currently awaiting results from a COVID-19 test, but is hoping to join the Angels by the weekend. Even if he is able to report at that time, it does sound like because the former Atlanta starter will be behind, he may need a little bit more time before he's ready to join the Los Angeles rotation. While it may result in missing a start or two -- a bigger number than normal because of the truncated season, obviously -- it sounds like he should be there for the majority of the campaign.


Tigers general manager Al Avila announced that there have been multiple positive tests in the organization for COVID-19.


Jul 08   6:11 PM

The Tigers did not announce who had tested positive for the virus, and also didn't release whether they were staff or players. ""We’ve had individuals that tested positive for COVID-19, and who were isolated, retested, and passed the protocols to permit them to resume baseball activities," Avila announced. "Those individuals that are currently positive are being closely monitored by our medical staff and we hope to have them back on the field soon." 


Jim Callis of MLB.com reports that Blue Jays first-round pick Austin Martin received a signing bonus of $7,000,825.


Jul 08   5:50 PM

That's the second biggest bonus any player has receive thus far -- and likely to remain the case -- behind only first-overall pick Spencer Torkelson of the Tigers. Martin was drafted as a shortstop, but he could move to third or the outfield and still remain an elite fantasy prospect because of his potential to contribute in every category. 


Clint Frazier (foot) was able to do some on-field running on Wednesday.


Jul 08   5:14 PM

Frazier was not able to participate in first-to-third drills, however. The 25-year-old outfielder is currently dealing with plantar fasciitis, so the Yankees are taking things slowly with the outfielder. He should be ready to go for the start of the season, but what type of role Frazier will have is very much up in the air. 


Masahiro Tanaka (head) was able to exercise again on Wednesday.


Jul 08   5:14 PM

Tanaka has been able to do work on a stationary bike over the last few days after being diagnosed with a mild concussion that was caused by a liner off the bat by Giancarlo Stanton on Sunday. The Yankees are taking things very slowly with the right-hander -- and they certainly won't rush a player with a head injury -- but it does appear that he's going to be able to return to the mound in a relatively short time. 


Orioles added INF/OF Ryan Mountcastle and OF Mason Williams to their 60-man player pool.


Jul 08   4:58 PM

Both players finished intake screening Wednesday. They will be assigned to the Orioles' Alternate Camp once it opens. Mountcastle seemingly should still have a shot to make an impact with the O's at some point this year.


Rangers reinstated LHP Yohander Mendez from the restricted list.


Jul 08   4:12 PM

Mendez was suspended by the team back in March for seeking unauthorized medical attention. He will be added to the 60-man roster pool.


Jorge Mateo has tested positive for COVID-19.


Jul 08   4:12 PM

Padres manager Jayce Tingler said that Mateo had lost some of his sense of taste and smell, although it has started to come back. Obviously, it's questionable now as to whether Mateo -- who was acquired from the A's last week -- will be ready for Opening Day.


Jose Castillo exited Tuesday's intrasquad game due to a lat injury.


Jul 08   4:12 PM

The Padres are still awaiting test results, but they suspect Castillo has a lat strain. If that's indeed the case, he's headed for an injured list stint to start the season.


Kyle Ryan is expected to join the Cubs in Chicago on Thursday.


Jul 08   3:38 PM

Ryan has been away from the club due to an undisclosed protocol issue, but whatever it was seems to have been worked out.


Jose Iglesias won't play in the Orioles' intrasquad game Wednesday because of a sore back.


Jul 08   3:38 PM

The hope is that Iglesias will be able to get in some at-bats on Thursday, so the ailment doesn't seem to be a big deal. Consider him day-to-day.


Angels claimed RHP Jacob Rhame off waivers from the Mets.


Jul 08   3:22 PM

Rhame, 27, has struggled to a 6.23 ERA over parts of three seasons in the majors, but his minor league track record suggests there might be something more there. That's what the Angels are thinking, anyway.


Anthony Rizzo (back) was held out of action again Wednesday.


Jul 08   3:22 PM

Rizzo has required occasional maintenance on his back over the years and it's caused him to sit out the last couple days of workouts. Cubs manager David Ross says the club is just exercising "caution." It's not something to be overly concerned about at this point.


White Sox manager Rick Renteria declined to offer an updated timetable Wednesday on the pending arrival of Michael Kopech.


Jul 08   2:52 PM

Kopech has not been present for any summer camp workouts in Chicago, and the White Sox are only saying that it's a personal matter. Perhaps he came in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently in quarantine. The 24-year-old right-hander is probably running out of time to crack the Opening Day roster, though he should make an impact for the Pale Hose at some point this season.


Dodgers placed RHP Edwin Uceta, OF Cody Thomas, and OF Zach Reks on the 10-day injured list.


Jul 08   2:36 PM

None of three are currently members of the Dodgers' 40-man roster, but they were included in the player pool for MLB's planned 60-game season and thus have to be placed on the official IL. The exact injuries have not been specified, so these are probably transactions related in some way to COVID-19 concerns.


White Sox manager Rick Renteria provided no update Wednesday on the possible arrival of Michael Kopech.


Jul 08   2:36 PM

Kopech has not been present for any summer camp workouts in Chicago, and the White Sox are only saying that it's a personal matter. Perhaps he came in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently in quarantine. The 24-year-old right-hander is probably running out of time to crack the Opening Day roster, though he should make an impact for the Pale Hose at some point this season.


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