The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired right-hander Ricky Nolasco from the Miami Marlins on Saturday in exchange for three minor league pitchers.
The Dodgers sent Steven Ames, Josh Wall and Angel Sanchez to Miami in the deal. Los Angeles also received international signing bonus slot No. 96, which is valued at $197,000.
Nolasco made 18 starts for the Marlins this season, going 5-8 with a 3.85 ERA. The 30-year-old Southern California native is 81-72 with a 4.44 ERA in 213 games (197 starts) over eight seasons.
Grandal hurt in play at plate
San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal left Saturday’s game at Washington in the third inning with a right knee injury.
With the bases loaded and one out, the Nationals’ Ian Desmond grounded to first baseman Jesus Guzman. Guzman threw to Grandal for the force at home as Washington’s Anthony Rendon slid into the lower portion of Grandal’s right leg, twisting the catcher’s knee.
Grandal fell to the ground but held on for the force-out. He remained down for several minutes before being assisted off the field.
The team later announced Grandal had a right knee sprain.
Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was picked to start for the American League in the All-Star Game, drawing the most fan votes in the major leagues for his first selection.
The All-Star Game will be July 16 at Citi Field in New York.
The Orioles have three starters for the first time since Cal Ripken played in 1997. St. Louis, Cincinnati and Colorado each had two players picked by fans.
Shortstop J.J. Hardy and outfielder Adam Jones also made it for Baltimore. Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and injured shortstop Troy Tulowitzki were selected from the Rockies. First baseman Joey Votto and second baseman Brandon Phillips made it for the Reds. Outfielder Carlos Beltran and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, the NL’s top vote-getter, are representing St. Louis.
Busy day for Yankees
The New York Yankees started shortstop Eduardo Nunez against the Baltimore Orioles after reinstating him from the 60-day disabled list.
The Yankees placed right-hander David Phelps (right forearm strain) on the 15-day disabled list and first baseman Mark Teixeira (right wrist) on the 60-day disabled list. Teixeira is out for the season.
Shortstop Derek Jeter began a rehabilitation assignment for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Joakim Soria’s return delayed
Texas Rangers reliever Joakim Soria’s nearly two-year wait to return to the major leagues after elbow ligament replacement will last at least one more day.
The right-hander threw just 14 pitches in consecutive rehab stints last week. He said he was ready to return Saturday, but manager Ron Washington said the team could activate him today.
Soria was recovering from elbow ligament replacement surgery when the Rangers signed the two-time All-Star to an $8 million, two-year contract last winter with a team option for 2015. He hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since Sept. 11, 2011, for Kansas City.
He tossed seven scoreless innings on rehab assignments.
Blue Jays make moves
The Blue Jays activated right-handed pitcher Kyle Drabek (shoulder surgery) off the disabled list and assigned him to Class-A Dunedin to rehab. Drabek takes the 40-man roster spot of pitcher Chien-Ming Wang, who is at Triple-A Buffalo.