Today we introduce a new daily post called MLB News: Around the League. We will post daily baseball news everyday of the regular season. We will also update as events happen throughout the day.
Games to Watch
St. Louis Cardinals (Wacha 4-0, 1.93 ERA) at Pittsburgh Pirates (Liriano 1-1, 1.95 ERA) 7:05 p.m. ET
Kansas City Royals (Ventura 2-2, 4.94 ERA) at Detroit Tigers (Price 3-1, 2.93 ERA) 7:08 p.m. ET
Oakland Athletics (Gray 4-0, 1.67 ERA) at Seattle Mariners (Walker 1-3, 8.74 ERA) 10:10 p.m. ET
Milestones to Watch
Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is looking for his 500th career hit today at Progressive Field, as the Indians take on Minnesota Twins at 7:10 p.m. ET. Kipnis will be leading off for the Tribe as they square off against Mike Pelfrey.
Cleveland Indians designed hitter Daniel Murphy is looking for his 1,000th career game today at Progressive Field, as the Indians take on Minnesota Twins at 7:10 p.m. ET. Murphy isn’t in the starting lineup but could still have an opportunity as a pinch hitter to achieve the feat.
Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is looking for his 1,000th career game today at Tropicana Field, as the Rangers take on the Tampa Bay Rays at 7:10 p.m. ET.
Kansas City Royals second baseman Omar Infante is looking for his 500th career RBI today at Comerica Park, as the Royals take on the Detroit Tigers at 7:08 p.m. ET. Infante will be batting seventh against Tigers pitcher David Price.
Cuban infielder Yosvani Garica, 26, has been declared a free agent.
Hearing that Cuban 2B/OF Yosvani Garcia has been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball: http://t.co/4ELsFU3EK4
— Steve Adams (@Adams_Steve) May 8, 2015
Reds first baseman Joey Votto has been suspended for one game for making contact with an umpire, he will serve the suspension tonight.
Votto to serve 1-game suspension tonight at WSox. Also fined undisclosed amount for Wednesday’s ejection. — Reds Media Relations (@RedsPR) May 8, 2015
New York Mets
The Mets have placed Dillion Gee on the disabled list with a groin strain and will call up number one prospect Noah Syndergaard to start on Tuesday.
Noah debut Tuesday
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) May 8, 2015
The Mets have shutdown David Wright after the third baseman experienced lower back pain. Wright underwent an MRI that revealed no structural damage. Wright has already missed over three weeks due to a hamstring.
#Mets announce Wright is progressing with hamstring injury but has had lower back pain in past few days. No structural damage, per MRI. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 8, 2015
#Mets add that Wright will resume baseball activity when back discomfort subsides. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 8, 2015
Tampa Bay Rays
Rays pitcher Alex Cobb will undergo Tommy John Surgery. The right-hander will miss the remainder of the 2015 season and will most likely be out until June or July of next season.
The A’s have designated outfielder Alex Hassan for assignment.
#Athletics designate Alex Hassan for assignment, per league source. — Robert Murray (@RobertMurrayBBE) May 8, 2015
Kansas City Royals
The Kansas City Royals have placed lefty Jason Vargas on the disabled list. Vargas strained his flexor muscle in his left elbow. Fortunately for Vargas there’s no damage to his UCL.
The Indians signed Carlos Marmol to a minor league deal. Marmol was considered a top relief pitcher from 2007 till 2010.
Sources: #Indians in process of signing RHP Carlos Marmol to a minor-league deal. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 8, 2015
The Marlins have designated infielder Reid Brignac for assignment and will reinstate Christian Yelich from the disabled list.
Today’s transaction: Christian Yelich returned from rehab and reinstated from dl and Reid Brignac designated for assignment. — clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) May 8, 2015
St. Louis Cardinals
Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter will miss this weekend’s series against the Pittsburgh Pirates due to fatigue and accelerated heart rate. Carpenter is expected to join the team on Tuesday for the start of their series agains the Cleveland Indians.
Much more detail about Matt Carpenter’s condition and why he did not travel with the #stlcards to Pittsburgh: http://t.co/84DYu7PD8D
— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) May 8, 2015