MLB notebook: Morales headed back to Mariners
Kendrys Morales is on his way back to Seattle to try and give the Mariners' struggling offense a boost as they chase a playoff spot.
The Twins traded Morales to the Mariners on Thursday for minor league pitcher Stephen Pryor. Morales hit 23 home runs and drove in 80 runs for the Mariners last season but turned down a $14.1 million qualifying offer from Seattle to become a free agent.
Morales signed a pro-rated $12 million contract with the Twins on June 8. But he hit .234 with 11 doubles, one homer and 18 RBIs in 39 games with the Twins.
Capuano joins Yankees
The Yankees acquired left-hander Chris Capuano from the Rockies in their latest trade with a team from the NL West.
The Yankees announced after Thursday's 4-2 win over Texas that they had gotten the 35-year-old Capuano for cash.
He started the season with Boston and went 1-1 with a 4.55 ERA in 28 relief appearances. The Red Sox released him July 1 and he signed with Colorado.
Johnson sent down
The Athletics designated right-hander Jim Johnson for assignment.
Johnson, acquired in a trade with Baltimore, was 4-2 with a 6.92 ERA in 38 games with the A's.
Former star Chuck Knoblauch is charged with misdemeanor assault after authorities in Houston say he hit and pushed his ex-wife.
Knoblauch was released on $10,000 bond. His first court date is set for Wednesday. The four-time All-Star previously served a year of probation after being convicted of hitting his previous wife in 2010.
Knoblauch played for the Twins, Yankees and Royals during a 12-year career. He was set to be inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame in August. The Twins decided to cancel the ceremony.
Rangers sign Williams
The pitching-poor Rangers signed right-hander Jerome Williams and plan to start him Friday against Oakland.
Williams, 32, was released by Houston earlier this month after going 1-4 with a 6.04 ERA in 14 relief appearances.
Phillies' Howard on move?
The Phillies are said by rival executives to be working hard to find a suitor for Ryan Howard, presumably in the American League.
Reports say the Phillies would be willing to eat much or most of the $70 million remaining on his deal.
Around the league
The Mets recalled infielder Wilmer Flores from Triple-A Las Vegas a day after shortstop Ruben Tejada was hit in the helmet by a pitch. The team also optioned outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis to Las Vegas. … The White Sox placed right-hander Zach Putnam on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.