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• Commissioner Bud Selig could announce as early as Thursday whether Major League Baseball is prepared to implement all-encompassing replay for the 2014 season. Selig, along with baseball's executive council, was formally briefed on replay Wednesday by MLB vice president Joe Torre, Braves president John Schuerholz and advisor Tony La Russa. The owners must approve expanded instant replay by a 75 percent vote. It would then have to be negotiated between the MLB Players Association and the umpires union.

• The Royals acquired versatile Emilio Bonifacio from the Blue Jays for cash or a player to be named later. Bonifacio was traded to the Blue Jays from the Marlins last offseason, and was hitting .218 with three homers and 12 stolen bases. He's played all three outfield spots but can also play second base and third base, two positions of importance for the Royals.

• The Blue Jays put outfielderColby Rasmus on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left abdominal muscle. Rasmus is hitting .273 with 18 home runs and 60 RBI.

• The Rays aren't sure when injured All-Star left-hander Matt Moore (elbow) will rejoin the rotation. He had hoped to return this weekend but struggled Wednesday during a 55-pitch bullpen session. He said he won't throw again until Sunday.

• Mets right-hander Jeremy Hefner was placed on the DL with a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Jake Arrieta will join the Cubs' rotation Friday, with Carlos Villanueva shifting to the bullpen.

— Wire reports

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