Storylines: Angels acquire Beckham from White Sox
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Here are the stories from Thursday, Aug. 21.
- Angels director of communications Eric Kay announced that the team acquired second baseman Gordon Beckham from the White Sox in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The Angels can clear a 40-man roster spot for Beckham by placing the injured Garrett Richards on the 60-day disabled list. The Angels initially claimed Beckham off waivers, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reported. Beckham, 27, has struggled this season with the White Sox, hitting just .221/.263/.336 in 390 plate appearances.
- Angels right-hander Garrett Richards was diagnosed with a torn patellar tendon in his left knee and will undergo surgery that will come with a recovery time of six to nine months, the Angels announced. Given the length of the recovery period, it's possible that the Halos' breakout star could miss the beginning of the 2015 season as well.
- The Indians were not going to take any chances when catcher Yan Gomes began to feel ill after absorbing a deflected pitch off the mask on Thursday afternoon. In the sixth inning of the Tribe's 4-1 loss to the Twins, Gomes exited with concussion-like symptoms, but the catcher's ailment was not technically classified as a concussion, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reported. Gomes was evaluated by a doctor on site at Target Field and continued to be monitored by the Indians overnight. Cleveland manager Terry Francona said Gomes will be re-evaluated on Friday morning, too.
- Indians designated hitter Nick Swisher, who underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery on both knees on Wednesday, will remain in Los Angeles for the first segment of his rehab. It is yet to be determined when Swisher will rejoin the Tribe in Cleveland. Swisher is expected to need at least eight to 10 weeks for a full recovery.
- Terry Francona also noted on Thursday that outfielder David Murphy, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique injury, has resumed light core exercises as part of his rehab. Murphy is expected to be sidelined until at least mid-September.
News and Notes:
- The Astros could still end up signing first overall draft pick Brady Aiken, and "the expectation from those close to the negotiation" is that the two sides will reach an agreement around the time of Jacob Nix's grievance hearing, Fangraphs' Kiley McDaniel reported. The MLBPA filed the grievance on Nix's behalf last month, and the hearing will reportedly be held during the offseason. As McDaniel put it, the possibility of Aiken inking a deal beyond the July 18th deadline for signing draft picks is an "MLB's discretion situation." It had been presumed that Houston had forfeited their right to sign Aiken (plus Nix and 21st-rounder Mac Marshall) when they couldn't reach agreements with any of the players by July 18th. In failing to sign Aiken, the Astros received the second overall pick in the 2015 draft as compensation.
- The acquisition of Asdrubal Cabrera has helped the Nationals not only on the field but in the clubhouse as well, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post. Manager Matt Williams offered nothing but praise for Cabrera's professionalism, and shortstop Ian Desmond said he strives to live up to the clubhouse reputation and league-wide repsect that Cabrera has built.
- There's still a lot of uncertainty about where Cuban outfielder/second baseman Rusney Castillo will sign, even amongst Major League teams. An executive who has been scouting Castillo for the last month told Peter Gammons that "no one knows who's getting him or which teams will jump in unexpectedly." However, the Red Sox and Tigers are the front-runners to land Castillo, two sources told ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes. A decision is expected "no later than the weekend," according to Edes.
- "There are indications" the Phillies will make a strong play for Cuban outfielder Yasmani Tomas, CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury reported. Tomas is expected to become eligible to sign this offseason, and the recently-defected outfielder is considered to be an intriguing power prospect.
- The Rockies placed first baseman/outfielder Michael Cuddyer on revocable waivers on Sunday, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, but Colorado revoked the waivers after he experienced hamstring discomfort this week.
- Rangers left-hander Neal Cotts will not be traded, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported. Cotts was recently claimed by an unknown club, giving the Rangers and this mystery team a 48.5-hour window to work out a trade. Since no deal was worked out and Texas isn't letting the claiming team take Cotts for nothing, it would appear that the veteran reliever will spend the rest of the season in Arlington.