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MLB roundup: Lincecum's status up in the air

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[August 25, 2014]  The Sports Xchange
 After another rough start, two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum is in danger of falling out of the San Francisco Giants' starting rotation as they make a late-season playoff push.

Lincecum was roughed up in his start Saturday against Washington, lasting just 2 2/3 innings while giving up six runs, four of them earned. The righty has not gone more than six innings in any of his last six starts, and has an ERA of 7.94 in August.

And that is why Giants manager Bruce Bochy is considering taking Lincecum out of the rotation, although he is still debating the topic.

"We haven't made any determinations," Bochy said. "I have not had a chance to talk to Timmy. Until I talk to the player, I don't like to make any announcements."

---The Colorado Rockies activated right-handed pitcher Christian Bergman from the 60-day disabled list and placed outfielder Michael Cuddyer on the 15-day DL.

The Rockies also transferred outfielder Carlos Gonzalez (knee) to the 60-day disabled list.

---The Cleveland Indians selected the contract of catcher Chris Gimenez from Triple-A Columbus.

Gimenez, 31, has split the season between Texas and Triple-A Round Rock. He batted .262 with 10 doubles, 11 RBIs and 13 runs scored in 34 games for the Rangers from May 20 until being taken off the roster Aug. 7.

---Miami Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich (right wrist sprain) will continue his rehab at Triple-A New Orleans after playing five games at high Class A Jupiter and going 5-for-16 (.313) with a double, triple, a home run and two RBIs.

Right-hander Carter Capps (right elbow sprain) will begin a rehab assignment Monday in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

---Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was activated from the 15-day disabled list after missing 14 games with a right oblique strain. Infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena was optioned to Class A Rancho Cucamonga to make room.

---Detroit Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez, on the 15-day disabled list since Aug. 9 with a strain in his right pectoral, could return as soon as Saturday in a doubleheader against Chicago. The right-hander is scheduled to throw Monday and off a mound two days later if all goes well.

---Minnesota Twins right-hander Yohan Pino reported soreness behind his right throwing elbow following a five-inning performance in game one of Saturday's doubleheader. Pino was optioned to Triple-A Rochester after the game but will remain in the Twin Cities to get treatment.

---The Texas Rangers traded catcher Geovany Soto to the Oakland Athletics for cash considerations. Texas will call up catcher omas Telis on Monday.

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---Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer might resume baseball activities as early as Monday. He will first undergo an X-ray to see how the stress fracture on his right hand is progressing.

---Boston Red Sox right-hander Brandon Workman was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. Workman allowed seven runs on 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings of a 7-3 loss to Seattle on Saturday.

Right-hander Heath Hembree was called up to take his spot.

---Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed that third baseman Manny Machado will have season-ending surgery Wednesday in California to repair the medial patellofemoral ligament in his right knee.

Machado will rehab at the team's spring training facility in Sarasota, Fla., as opposed to Miami, where he rehabbed the same injury to his left knee, which cost him the first 24 games of this season and the tail end of last season.

---The Toronto Blue Jays returned right-hander Kyle Drabek on option to Triple-A Buffalo. The move made room for right-hander Sergio Santos, who was recalled from Buffalo.

---The Oakland A's placed left-hander Sean Doolittle on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right intercostal muscle. Doolittle was injured while throwing his second-to-last pitch in the ninth inning Saturday night en route to his 20th save.

Oakland recalled right-hander Dan Otero from Triple-A Sacramento.


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