Selig also denied reports of a rift between him and Chicago White
Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf.
The owners will reportedly choose between Rob Manfred, Tim Brosnan
and Tom Werner during an Aug. 14 vote.
"Since discussions began in January about formulating an orderly
process for selecting the next commissioner, I have stated both
privately and publicly that my desire was to conduct a thorough,
thoughtful and discreet search that includes the input of all 30
major league clubs," Selig said in a statement. "The seven-member
Succession Committee, which was named on May 15th and has been
chaired with distinction by Bill DeWitt, has accomplished this goal
while working independently to get to the point we are today. While
Bill has kept me well-informed, the results of this process are a
reflection of the committee's work alone, and I have not promoted
"As we approach next week's vote, I will continue to encourage clubs
to voice their opinions within the confines of this process."
Selig also said there are no hard feelings between him and
"Reports of personal animosity between Jerry Reinsdorf and me -- or
any other alleged disputes between owners regarding the process or
the candidates -- are unfounded and unproductive," he said.
---Philadelphia Phillies left-handed starter Cole Hamels was pulled
The Chicago Cubs claimed Hamels on Wednesday and the two teams had
48 hours to complete a trade. The Cubs and Phillies were unable to
strike a deal by the deadline so Hamels was pulled off waivers.
Players can only be exposed to waivers once, so the Phillies cannot
trade Hamels until after the season is over.
---The Cubs acquired right-handed pitcher Jacob Turner from the
Miami Marlins for two minor league relief pitchers, according to
The Marlins designated Turner for assignment on Tuesday when
left-handed reliever Brian Flynn was recalled from Triple-A New
---The Marlins want to lock up star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to
a long-term contract this winter, but are not optimistic about
getting a deal done, according to CBSSports.com.
The club said before the July 31 non-waiver deadline that it had no
interest in trading Stanton.
Stanton and the Marlins agreed to put off negotiations for a
contract extension until after the season.
Stanton, 24, is eligible for free agency after the 2016 season. He
is batting .289 and leads the National League with 27 home runs, 75
RBIs, 232 total bases and 18 intentional walks.
---The Chicago White Sox could call up No. 3 overall draft pick
Carlos Rodon this season.
Rodon, a left-handed pitcher out of North Carolina State, made his
high Class A Winston-Salem debut on Thursday. He threw three
scoreless innings at Potomac, allowing two hits, one walk and struck
In five minor league appearances overall (two starts), Rodon has a
4.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, nine strikeouts and four walks in nine innings.
---The Kansas City Royals shut down first baseman Eric Hosmer from
baseball activities for the next two weeks, according to the
Hosmer was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a hand injury
last Saturday. He has a stress fracture in his right hand. He will
be re-evaluated in two weeks. In 409 at-bats this season, Hosmer is
hitting .267 with six home runs and 46 RBIs.
---The St. Louis Cardinals placed reliever Jason Motte on the 15-day
disabled list with a lower back sprain. The move is retroactive to
In a corresponding move, the club recalled left-hander Nick
Greenwood from Triple-A Memphis.
---The New York Yankees recalled right-handed pitcher Bryan Mitchell
from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and designated right-hander Matt
Daley for assignment.
Mitchell has never pitched in the majors. He has spent this season
in Double-A and Triple A. In five starts with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
he was 3-1 with a 2.88 ERA. Daley is 0-1 with a 5.02 ERA in 13
relief appearances with the Yankees.
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---The Texas Rangers activated catcher Geovany Soto from the 15-day
disabled list and designated right-hander Jerome Williams for
Soto had been sidelined since July 21 after suffering a right groin
strain while running the bases at Yankee Stadium. Williams was 1-1 with
a 9.90 ERA in two starts with the Rangers.
---Houston Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler began a rehab assignment with
Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday night. Fowler has been on the 15-day
disabled list since June 27 with a strained right intercostal.
Outfielder George Springer underwent treatment in Houston and will
participate in a full workout on Saturday before a decision is made
regarding his reinstatement from the 15-day disabled list. Springer
landed on the DL July 20 with a sore left quad and played three games
with Class A Quad Cities this week as part of his rehab assignment.
---Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez was activated from the
bereavement list after missing three games to attend the funeral of his
wife's grandmother. He took ground balls at first base during batting
practice. Alvarez leads the major leagues with 24 errors -- 21 coming on
throws -- and the Pirates are considering moving him across the diamond.
Right-hander Ernesto Frieri was designated for assignment to open a
roster spot for Alvarez's return.
Center fielder Andrew McCutchen (fracture in lower left ribcage) missed
his fourth straight game but did swing a bat for the first time since
---San Diego Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner (right shoulder
soreness) was scheduled to make his first rehab start Friday night for
Class A Lake Elsinore. He has been on the disabled list since June 23.
---Marlins left-hander Dan Jennings was expected to return to Miami on
Friday after remaining in a Pittsburgh hospital overnight Thursday when
he was struck on the head by a line drive off the bat of Pirates
shortstop Jordy Mercer.
Jennings was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list. A CT scan
"It was a scary situation, but it looks like he'll be fine," Marlins
manager Mike Redmond said. "Everything checked out.
---Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira missed his second straight game
with an injured left pinkie and his 31st this season. He remains day to
day and did not take batting practice, though he took swings off a tee.
Right-hander Mashiro Tanaka (right elbow) had his fourth throwing
session without incident and second at distances of 60 to 90 feet.
---Cleveland Indians center fielder Michael Bourn played his second game
for Double-A Akron on Friday after playing seven innings on Thursday.
---Toronto Blue Jays infielder Steve Tolleson was reinstated from the
paternity list and joined the team for Friday's game.
Left-hander Rob Rasmussen was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday
to make room for Tolleson on the active roster.
---Detroit Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks (back) has been taken off his
rehab assignment at Triple-A Toledo with a hamstring injury.
Right fielder Torii Hunter (left hand) returned to the Tigers lineup
after missing two games with a hand contusion as a result of getting hit
by a pitch. Hunter wore padding over his left batting glove.
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