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Storylines: Cardinals promote Taveras

Storylines: Cardinals promote Taveras
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras (77) leaves the batting cage during spring training at Roger Dean Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
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In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @AndrewIBI.

Here are the stories from Friday, May 30th.

Top Stories:

  • The Cardinals have informed top prospect Oscar Taverasthat he will be elevated to the big league club for the first time, Dionisio Soldevila of ESPNDeportes reported. Taveras, who hits and throws from the left side, has been a consensus top-five prospect league-wide entering each of the last two seasons. Entering 2014, MLB.com had him in the second slot, Baseball America ranked him third, and ESPN.com’s Keith Law placed him in the fifth slot to open the year, but just bumped him up to fourth.

Tribe News: 

  • According to the Cleveland Indians PR Department, Corey Kluber is the fifth Cleveland pitcher since 1914 to have 60 strikeouts in any month, joining Feller (8x), McDowell (8x), Eckersley (once) and Score (once). Kluber's 60 Ks in May are also the most by an MLB pitcher in May since Curt Schilling had 62 in May of 2002. Finally, since 2005, only one other pitcher has had 60 Ks in a month -- Yu Darvish last August.
     
  • Outfielder Michael Brantley also authored a new entry in the Cleveland record books. With a double in the fifth inning of Friday night's 5-2 win over the Rockies, Brantley extended his home hitting streak to 19 games, which is the longest of any Indians batter since Progressive Field opened in 1994. He also joins a cast of five other batters who have hit safely in the park 19 straight times, led by Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrusand his active 22-game streak that began in 2009.
     
  • Starter Zach McAllister was back on the mound at Progressive Field on Friday. It was only a simulated setting with Class A hitters in the batter's box, but Cleveland was nonetheless encouraged by what it saw from the right-hander. McAllister, who is currently on the 15-day disabled list with what the Indians have described as a lower back strain, worked through 60 pitches in a simulated game prior to Friday's game against the Rockies. Barring a setback, the righty could be cleared for a Minor League rehab assignment as soon as Wednesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reported.

 

News and Notes:

  • Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner wouldn’t rule out a pursuit of Morales when asked by George A. King III of the New York Post. "We never say never," he told King. "We always look at all possibilities." Steinbrenner did add that the current plan is to remain internal, but his answer was far more open-minded than the recent comments by Orioles executive VP Dan Duquette, who plainly stated that his team’s signing of Nelson Cruzclosed the door on speculation regarding Morales.
     
  • Though the club had some very notable payroll issues in Spring Training, the Blue Jays will likely be able to take on additional payroll in summer trades if they have a need, general manager Alex Anthopoulos told reporters Wednesday, including the Toronto Star’s Brendan Kennedy.
     
  • The Twins were present at yesterday’s Raciel Iglesias showcase in Haiti, according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez. However, it might not be worth reading too much into that, as Sanchez also noted that the Twins "see everyone."
     
  • The Pirates have placed Rodriguez on unconditional release waivers, reports Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
     
  • Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor, who is in the midst of his first MLB stint at age 20, has switched agencies, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
     
  • The Blue Jays designated righty Bobby Korecky for assignment, MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reported. His roster spot will go to top prospect Marcus Stroman, who is expected to start today for Toronto.

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