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Cardinals president John Mozeliak said Wednesday that Jordan Hicks (elbow) might be used as a starter in 2022.


Aug 04   1:29 PM

"We have discussed it, yes," Mozeliak told 590 KFNS in St. Louis. "And I've discussed it with our medical team. What would be the best way to manage him, and that's something we're going to take into consideration in the offseason." Hicks has worked just 10 major league innings since requiring Tommy John surgery in 2019, but he does have filthy raw stuff and should carry a clean bill of health into spring training next year.


Austin Nola is not in the Padres' starting lineup on Wednesday afternoon.


Aug 04   1:29 PM

This looks to be a routine day of rest for Nola, who had four hits in the Padres' rout of the A's on Tuesday night. Victor Caratini is starting behind the plate and batting eighth Wednesday versus Oakland right-hander Frankie Montas.


Sam Howard (oblique) has been playing catch out to 120 feet.


Aug 04   12:58 PM

And it sounds like he is about ready to step back on a mound for the first time since landing on the IL on July 13 due to a right oblique strain. Howard should be an option again for the Pirates before the end of this month.


Pirates optioned RHP Max Kranick to Triple-A Indianapolis.


Aug 04   12:58 PM

Kranick worked five perfect innings in his MLB debut back on June 27 against the Cardinals, but he has surrendered 16 earned runs in 15 innings (four starts) since for an overall season ERA of 7.20.


Pirates transferred RHP Chase De Jong from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day injured list.


Aug 04   12:58 PM

De Jong underwent season-ending knee surgery on Tuesday. This is just a paperwork move to clear out a roster spot for Steven Brault, who is making his 2021 debut on Wednesday against the Brewers.


Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Dodgers are nearing a deal with Cole Hamels.


Aug 04   12:25 PM

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times has now confirmed that an agreement is in place. It will be a one-year major league contract with a $1 million base salary, per ESPN's Buster Olney. Hamels apparently impressed during his showcase in July, and unsurprisingly waited until after the trade deadline to pick a new team. The 37-year-old made just one appearance in 2020 for Atlanta, but the year before that he struck out 143 hitters in 141 2/3 innings with a 3.81 ERA for the Cubs. Hamels will need to rebuild his arm strength, but could be an option for the Dodgers over the final month of the season. It's worth a shot. 


Collin McHugh (arm) threw a 21-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday.


Aug 04   12:25 PM

He gave a thumbs-up after the workout, signaling that all went well. McHugh, who's been out since July 25 due to arm fatigue, should be cleared to return to the Rays' bullpen this weekend in Baltimore. He boasts a 1.51 ERA in 41 2/3 innings this year.


Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Wednesday that John Axford (elbow) will not pitch again this season.


Aug 04   12:25 PM

Axford was making his first major league appearance since 2018 on Monday night against the Pirates when he began feeling discomfort in his right elbow, and tests taken Tuesday revealed significant structural damage. This could very well be the end of the road for the 38-year-old reliever.


Luis Torrens is starting at third base for the Mariners on Wednesday afternoon against the Rays.


Aug 04   11:52 AM

It will be the first career appearance at third for Torrens, who has primarily served as a catcher at the MLB level. But he was originally signed as a shortstop out of Venezuela and regularly takes groundballs on the infield during pregame workouts. Kyle Seager is serving as the DH for Seattle in Wednesday's matinee.


An MRI taken earlier this week on Chris Archer's hip turned up clean for any structural damage.


Aug 04   11:20 AM

Archer was forced from a minor league rehab start on Sunday at Triple-A Durham due to hip discomfort, but he got an injection and the hope is that he can resume throwing on the side by Friday. This may wind up being just a minor setback, though it is difficult to put an exact timetable on the veteran right-hander, who's been on the shelf since early April because of forearm troubles.


Josh Donaldson (hamstring) is not in the starting lineup again for Wednesday's contest against the Reds.


Aug 04   9:58 AM

Donaldson did get an at-bat as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday, but he hasn't been in the starting lineup because of a hamstring injury since July 27. Luis Arraez is hitting cleanup and starting at third in Donaldson's place. 


Nelson Cruz is not in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Mariners.


Aug 04   9:26 AM

It appears to be just a routine day off for the 41-year-old, although it is worth noting that he missed time last week with a foot bruise. Austin Meadows will be the designated hitter, and Brett Phillips will be in right field. 


Mariners INF prospect Noelvi Marte hit three homers and drove in nine runs on Tuesday for Low-A Modesto.


Aug 04   8:53 AM

With one more chance to get to four homers. Marte walked. The infielder has had an excellent season for the Nuts in 2021, and those homers bring his total to 18 on the season while his overall slash improves to .277/.361/.482 with 15 stolen bases as well in his 73 games. Marte is one of the best shortstop prospects in the sport, and could help the Mariners by 2023. 


Walker Buehler yielded one run over six innings on Tuesday in a loss to the Astros.


Aug 04   6:33 AM

Buehler gave up only five hits as an RBI double from Michael Brantley in the third inning accounted for the only damage against him in this one. The hard-throwing 27-year-old righty has allowed has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 20 of his 22 starts this season. He'll carry a microscopic 2.16 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 144/34 K/BB ratio across 141 2/3 innings (22 starts) into a road tilt against the Phillies on Tuesday night.


Ryne Stanek fired a perfect ninth inning on Tuesday, protecting a three-run lead against the Dodgers to collect his second save of the season.


Aug 04   1:52 AM

Stanek was summoned to face the bottom of the Dodgers' lineup after Kendall Graveman handed the heart of the order in the prior frame. He got AJ Pollock to fly out, whiffed Billy McKinney and got Mookie Betts to ground out to second base to end the contest.


Sean Manaea struggled while allowing five runs in 4 1/3 innings Tuesday in a loss to the Padres.


Aug 04   1:36 AM

Manaea has taken some hard-luck losses in 2021. This wasn't one of them. He gave up a leadoff homer to Tommy Pham in the first, and three more runs scored in the second. Another run was charged to him after he left in the fifth, and it's one of the more disappointing starts of the season for the 29-year-old. Even with the struggles, Manaea still has a solid 3.26 ERA over 22 starts and 127 innings thrown. It's reasonable to expect him to bounce back next Tuesday when he faces off against Cleveland. 


Walker Buehler yielded one runs over six innings on Tuesday in a loss to the Astros.


Aug 04   1:36 AM

Buehler gave up only five hits as an RBI double from Michael Brantley in the third inning accounted for the only damage against him in this one. The hard-throwing 27-year-old righty has allowed has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 20 of his 22 starts this season. He'll carry a microscopic 2.16 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 144/34 K/BB ratio across 141 2/3 innings (22 starts) into a road tilt against the Phillies on Tuesday night.


Tommy Pham homered and drove in two runs on Tuesday in a rout of the Athletics.


Aug 04   1:20 AM

Pham blistered a homer to leadoff the game off Sean Manaea. He would pick up another RBI with his second hit of the game an inning later. Pham got off to a slow start to begin 2021, and while he hasn't been elite, his .254/.362/.413 slash with 12 homers and 13 steals are better when you consider the lackluster results. 


Blake Snell allowed just one run in five innings on Tuesday to pick up a win over the Padres.


Aug 04   1:20 AM

Snell struck out six and walked three. It was a solid start for the southpaw, but as we've seen far too many times in the 28-year-old's career, it wasn't an efficient one. He needed to throw 105 pitches to get through the five innings, but outside of a Starling Marte homer, he was able to keep the Athletics off the board. He improves his record in his first season in San Diego to 5-4, while his ERA is still an extremely disappointing 5.24 over 20 starts and 89 1/3 innings. Snell is back on the mound on Monday against the Marlins. 


Johnny Cueto matched a season-high with seven strikeouts over five innings on Tuesday in a loss to the Diamondbacks.


Aug 04   1:04 AM

Cueto was charged with three runs (two earned) as the Diamondbacks did all of their damage against him in the third inning on an RBI double by Nick Ahmed and a two-run double from Asdrúbal Cabrera. The 35-year-old veteran righty has compiled a respectable 3.74 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 89/23 K/BB ratio across 98 2/3 innings (18 starts) this season. He'll square off against the Brewers in a road matchup on Sunday afternoon.


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