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Sixto Sanchez
Callup not in cards
PMiami Marlins  AAA
August 4, 2020
Sanchez isn't expected to be included among the Marlins' wave of callups Tuesday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
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Luis Patino
Could debut this year
PSan Diego Padres
August 3, 2020
Patino could be called up this season to work out of the big-league bullpen, Ray Butler of Prospects 365 reports.
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Kris Bryant
Health news encouraging
3BChicago Cubs
August 3, 2020
Bryant, who missed a second straight game Sunday due to a stomach illness, has tested negative for coronavirus repeatedly but remains in MLB's COVID-19 protocol for the time being, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. "It's kind of out of our hands right now," Cubs manager David Ross said. "Just following the protocols through MLB. He really needs to be commended for going in and getting checked out."
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Mookie Betts
Swelling led to early exit
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
August 3, 2020
Despite the fact an X-ray on the injured finger that led to Betts' removal from Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks came back negative, the star outfielder is still experiencing significant swelling, ESPN.com reports.
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Shohei Ohtani
Pitching days numbered again?
PLos Angeles Angels
August 2, 2020
Ohtani experienced discomfort in his throwing arm during his second start of 2020 on Sunday and underwent an MRI that's still pending a result, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com reports.
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Yoenis Cespedes
Opt-out decision sudden
OFNew York Mets
August 2, 2020
Cespedes' decision to opt out of the 2020 season took Mets brass and players by surprise, ESPN.com reports.
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Bud Norris
Popping up on MLB radar
PFree Agent  
August 2, 2020
Norris could be a target for several MLB teams looking to add relief help during the shortened season, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.
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Craig Kimbrel
Closer's job in peril
PChicago Cubs
August 1, 2020
Kimbrel may be in jeopardy of losing the closer's job due to his uneven performances to start the season, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. "I'll get back to you on that one," manager David Ross said in response to a question about Kimbrel's status. "I'm in the middle of conversations with Craig, so we'll have those with him first before I talk to you guys. We'll see where he's at, see how his arm feels."
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Tanner Houck
Chances of '20 debut increase
PBoston Red Sox  AAA
August 1, 2020
Houck's chances of making his big-league debut in 2020 have improved with the announcement that Eduardo Rodriguez (illness) will miss the rest of the season, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
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Bryan Mata
Could get starting opportunity
PBoston Red Sox  AAA
August 1, 2020
Mata has a chance to enter the Red Sox's starting rotation at some point this season due to the absence of Eduardo Rodriguez (illness) for the rest of 2020, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
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Darwinzon Hernandez
Potential chance to start
PBoston Red Sox
August 1, 2020
Hernandez, who's in the process of coming back from COVID-19, could potentially have a chance to start in 2020 now that Eduardo Rodriguez (illness) has been ruled out for the rest of the season, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
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Nathan Eovaldi
De facto ace for rest of season
PBoston Red Sox
August 1, 2020
Eovaldi is set to serve as the ace of the Red Sox rotation for the remainder of the season after it was announced Saturday that Eduardo Rodriguez (illness) will not pitch in 2020.
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Eduardo Rodriguez
Expected to make full recovery
PBoston Red Sox
August 1, 2020
Rodriguez, who the Red Sox announced Saturday will sit out the 2020 season due to myocarditis, is expected to make a full recovery, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports. "This case, while it's something that's persistent, is not something that has impacted or damaged the functioning of his heart, which in that event, the prognosis is good and these things just take time," said chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom.
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Casey Mize
Debuting Sunday?
PDetroit Tigers  AAA
August 1, 2020
Tony Paul of the Detroit News says "it sure sounds like" Mize could make his major-league debut Sunday against the Reds.
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Jarred Kelenic
MLB debut not expected in 2020
OFSeattle Mariners  AAA
July 29, 2020
The Mariners aren't expected to call up Kelenic from their alternate training site at any point during the 2020 season, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
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Mike Moustakas
Appealing for early return
2BCincinnati Reds
July 29, 2020
Moustakas and teammate Nick Senzel plan to meet with a select panel of league and union representatives Wednesday to appeal for clearance to resume playing with the Reds after both recently self-reported COVID-19 symptoms, C. Trent Rosecrans and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic report.
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Nick Senzel
Appealing for early return
OFCincinnati Reds
July 29, 2020
Senzel and teammate Mike Moustakas plan to meet with a select panel of league and union representatives Wednesday to appeal for clearance to resume playing with the Reds after both recently self-reported COVID-19 symptoms, C. Trent Rosecrans and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic report.
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David Peterson
Could make MLB debut Tuesday
PNew York Mets
July 27, 2020
The Mets are considering adding Peterson to the 30-man roster Tuesday to start the team's game against the Red Sox, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
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Justin Verlander
Rest-of-season outlook muddled
PHouston Astros
July 26, 2020
Verlander, whom the Astros announced Sunday will be shut down for at least two weeks with a right forearm strain, personally disputed a Houston Chronicle report that he'd miss the rest of the season via a Twitter post Sunday.
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Aristides Aquino
Potential beneficiary of absences
OFCincinnati Reds  AAA
July 26, 2020
Aquino, who the Reds called up from their alternate training site Sunday in the wake of multiple absences, is slated to see some playing time versus southpaws, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "I'd like to get him some starts," manager David Bell said. "The natural way to do that right now would be against a left-handed starter. I'm not saying that for sure will happen as early as (Monday), but it's definitely an option."
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Nick Senzel
Health currently in question
OFCincinnati Reds
July 26, 2020
Senzel's health is currently a source of concern after he woke up feeling sick Sunday, just a day after teammate Matt Davidson tested positive for COVID-19, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Trevor Bauer
Not phased by teammates' illnesses
PCincinnati Reds
July 26, 2020
Bauer maintains he's not preoccupied with the fact teammate Matt Davidson has tested positive for COVID-19 and both Mike Moustakas and Nick Senzel woke up Sunday feeling sick, The Associated Press reports. "I've made the choice to come here and play," Bauer said. "I'll be here all season. I know the risks involved. I'm here to play baseball. If I get sick, I get sick. I've accepted the fact that it might happen. "
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Mike Moustakas
No definite return date
2BCincinnati Reds
July 26, 2020
Moustakas, who missed Sunday's game against the Tigers after waking up feeling ill, has been placed on the injured list and is considered out indefinitely, The Associated Press reports.
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Eduardo Rodriguez
Dealing with post-COVID ailment
PBoston Red Sox
July 26, 2020
The myocarditis -- an inflammation of the heart muscle -- that Rodriguez is afflicted with after battling COVID-19 has not been accompanied by any symptoms, but it is keeping him sidelined for the time beingm Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports. "Health-wise, I feel normal," Rodriguez said. "They just told me to take a rest for a week and wait to get the next tests and see what it is. Emotional-wise, it feels really hard because when I got here, I was supposed to start getting ready (to pitch)."
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Matt Chapman
Financials a source of frustration?
3BOakland Athletics
July 26, 2020
Chapman, who will make a prorated salary of $230,926 in 2020, appears to have some frustration with his long-term financial outlook as it relates to the Athletics, Shayna Rubin of the Marin Independent Journal reports.
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