The Toronto Blue Jays acquired Danny Valencia from the Kansas
City Royals on Monday in exchange for catcher Erik Kratz and
right-hander Liam Hendriks.
Valencia, 29, is joining his fifth team in three seasons. He split
2012 between the Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox, spent 2013 with
the Baltimore Orioles, then played 36 games for Kansas City this
year. He hit .282 with a .328 on-base percentage, a .382 slugging
percentage, two homers and 11 RBIs as a Royal.
Primarily a third baseman, Valencia also has experience at second
base. Blue Jays second baseman Brett Lawrie and first baseman Edwin
Encarnacion are on the disabled list, as is first baseman/designated
hitter Adam Lind.
According to the Kansas City Star, the Royals dealt Valencia to
allow them to promote Christian Colon from Triple-A Omaha. Colon,
25, went 4-for-12 for Kansas City earlier this season. He is hitting
.307 with a .361 on-base percentage, a .430 slugging percentage,
eight home runs and 47 RBIs through 85 games with Omaha.
Kratz will join the Royals in place of backup catcher Brett Hayes,
whom the team designated for assignment. Kratz, 34, batted .198 with
three homers in 34 games for Toronto this year.
Hendriks, 25, is ticketed for Omaha. He went 1-0 with a 6.08 ERA in
three starts for the Blue Jays this year, 8-1 with a 2.33 ERA in 18
games (16 starts) for Triple-A Buffalo.
---Milwaukee Brewers minor league third baseman Nick Delmonico has
received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for
The suspension of Delmonico, who is currently on the roster of Class
A Brevard County of the Florida State League, is effective
immediately. The 22-year-old Delmonico was acquired from the
Baltimore Orioles in 2013 in the Francisco Rodriguez trade. He was
hitting .262 with four home runs and 15 RBIs.
---The New York Yankees designated left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis
for assignment after acquiring him two weeks ago.
Francis, who was acquired from the Oakland Athletics on July 11,
made just two appearances for the Yankees, both in relief. He was
1-0, giving up one run in 1 2/3 innings..
The Yankees also recalled outfielder Zoilo Almonte from Triple-A
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Almonte has appeared in 10 games this season
with the Yankees, batting .160 with one home run and one RBI.
---The Tampa Bay Rays activated right-handed reliever Joel Peralta
from the 15-day disabled list and designated left-hander Erik Bedard
Peralta was on the disabled list with an illness. He has not pitched
since July 12. He is 2-3 with a 4.15 ERA in 39 innings this season.
Bedard lost his starting spot after yielding six earned runs on
eight hits in two innings on July 3. His ERA has gone from 2.63 to
4.76 since May 21. He has a 4-6 record in 17 games, including 15
---Baltimore Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez will resume his
minor league rehab assignment Tuesday after being scratched from a
scheduled start last week.
Jimenez, who is recovering from a right ankle sprain, will start for
the team's short-season rookie team in Aberdeen because it is the
only affiliate playing locally. He is expected to make two or three
rehab starts before coming off the disabled list.
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---The San Diego Padres placed outfielder Carlos Quentin on the 15-day
disabled list as part of a series of moves made by the club. Quentin has
been dealing with a sore left knee.
San Diego also activated second baseman Jedd Gyorko from the DL,
recalled left-handed pitcher Jason Lane from Triple-A El Paso and
optioned infielder Brooks Conrad to El Paso.
---Outfielder Alfonso Soriano, recently released by the Yankees, has
told friends he plans to take the rest of this season off and then
consider whether or not he wants to return in 2015, according to
Soriano combined for 34 home runs in 2013 with the Chicago Cubs and
Yankees but his production dropped off this season. He had just six
homers and 23 RBIs in 226 at-bats before his release. He is in the final
year of a $136 million contract he signed eight years ago.
---Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward left the game against the
San Diego Padres after three innings because of lower back soreness.
Heyward grounded out his only time up.
---The San Diego Padres activated second baseman Jedd Gyorko after
playing six minor league rehab games with Triple-A El Paso. He had been
out since early June because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
Left fielder Carlos Quentin was placed on the 15-day disabled list with
soreness in his troublesome left knee. He had hit just .177 in 50 games
since starting the season on the DL.
---The Miami Marlins sent catcher J.T. Realmuto to Triple-A New Orleans
and brought up outfielder Jake Marisnick from the same club.
---The Arizona Diamondbacks reinstated infielder/catcher Jordan Pacheco
from the 15-day disabled list. Pacheco can play first, second, third,
catcher and outfield.
To make room for Pacheco, infielder/outfielder Nick Evans was placed on
unconditional release waivers.
---Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp returned to Oakland on Sunday
evening to undergo an MRI on his sore neck. Crisp missed two of three
games at Texas over the weekend, and manager Bob Melvin announced Monday
that Crisp likely would miss the three-game series with the Houston
In addition, the A's placed outfielder Craig Gentry on the 15-day
disabled list with a broken right hand. Oakland selected the contract of
center fielder Billy Burns from Double-A Midland.
---Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said he won't set his rotation
past Wednesday until right-hander Nick Tepesch throws a bullpen session.
Tepesch left his last start, on Saturday, after feeling a twinge in his
left knee. The Rangers are off on Thursday.
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