MLB roundup: Twins sign Morales to prorated $12 million deal
The Minnesota Twins officially signed first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales on Sunday to a one-year, prorated $12 million contract.
Morales' portion of the deal is more than $7.4 million. Since Morales is not injured and is out of options, the club cannot send him to the minor leagues.
To make room for Morales on their 25-man roster, the Twins designated outfielder Jason Kubel for assignment. Kubel, 32, had a batting line of .224/.313/.295 with one home run and 13 RBIs in 156 at-bats this season.
---The Pittsburgh Pirates placed right-hander Gerrit Cole on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder fatigue.
Cole, considered one of the top young arms in the major leagues, is 6-3 with a 3.64 ERA this season. He has thrown 76 2/3 innings over 12 starts.
---Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland will be sidelined for about three months due to left ankle surgery.
Moreland's ankle has been bothering him since the start of the season. He has had injections and other treatments but has not been able to eliminate the pain.
---The New York Mets optioned catcher Travis d'Arnaud to Triple-A Las Vegas. D'Arnoud, 25, has a batting line of .180/.271/.273 in 145 plate appearances this season. He missed more than two weeks earlier this season for post-concussion symptoms.
The Mets recalled catcher Taylor Teagarden from Las Vegas to take d'Arnoud's spot on the 25-man roster.
---Mets third baseman David Wright was out of the starting lineup for the first time this season, snapping his streak of 62 straight starts this year.
The Mets have an off day Monday, and manager Terry Collins said he wanted to give Wright back-to-back days off. Wright lobbied Saturday night to remain in the lineup, but Collins didn't change his mind.
---San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan was out of the starting lineup, one day after hurting his right leg while sliding into home plate to score the game-tying run in the ninth inning of a 5-4 win against the Mets. After Saturday night's game, Pagan had his knee and lower leg heavily wrapped.
---San Diego Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner "felt fine" the day after his first start since May 13 and is expected to start Thursday in Philadelphia unless the Padres elect to give him an extra day off.
--- New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, who sat out May 26-28 and June 1-2 with right wrist inflammation, grounded out as a ninth-inning pinch hitter. Manager Joe Girardi said he was resting Teixeira, who will start Monday.
---Yankees right-hander Shawn Kelley, who threw 19 pitches in a rehab appearance Saturday for Double-A Trenton, will pitch in a minor league game Monday. He is on the disabled list with a lumbar spine strain.
---The Houston Astros recalled left-hander Rudy Owens from Triple-A Oklahoma City, optioning right-hander Paul Clemens to Triple A.
---Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond said he may shuffle his rotation this week to enable right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (4-2, 3.27 ERA) to be there for the birth of his child without missing a start. If Eovaldi's wife has not given birth by Wednesday, Eovaldi may be moved up from his scheduled Friday start.
---The Baltimore Orioles officially activated right-hander Tommy Hunter (groin) from the 15-day disabled list. He had been on the DL since May 22 (retroactive to May 21).
In a corresponding roster move, the Orioles optioned right-hander Evan Meek, who was the losing pitcher in Friday night's game, to Triple-A Norfolk.
---Two of the Cincinnati Reds' rehabbing stars have joined the Triple-A Louisville Bats on the road at Pawtucket, R.I., this week.
First baseman Joey Votto, on the disabled list with a quadriceps strain in his left knee, began his rehab assignment on Sunday, going 1-for-3. Right-hander Mat Latos is expected to join the Bats for his fourth and perhaps final rehab start on Monday. Latos' last outing was cut short due to minor cramping in his calf, leaving him shy of the 100-pitch target.