Zack Greinke was traded by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Los Angeles Angels for rookie shortstop Jean Segura and two minor-league pitchers.

The Angels also sent right-handers Ariel Pena and Johnny Hellweg to Milwaukee in the deal announced Friday night before Los Angeles played Tampa Bay.

By landing Greinke, Los Angeles acquired perhaps the most prized pitcher available before Tuesday’s trade deadline. The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner is 9-3 with a 3.44 ERA in 21 starts for Milwaukee this season.

The 28-year-old right-hander can become a free agent after the World Series.

Ortiz taking batting practice

David Ortiz has had his walking boot removed, and the Boston Red Sox slugger is testing his strained right Achilles by taking batting practice before the game against the New York Yankees.

Ortiz has been out since July 17 and he said Friday he was going “all in” by taking batting practice on the field instead of starting with the tee or in the cage. He is eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday.

Ortiz was leading the Red Sox with a .316 average, 23 homers and 58 RBI when he was injured. Boston is 3-6 since he last played and has fallen below .500 at 49-50.

Manager Bobby Valentine said Ortiz is on track to return when his rehab stint is over. The Red Sox designated hitter said he’s not sure whether he’ll be ready because “every day is different.”

Cubs to hold Garza out

Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza won’t pitch again before Tuesday’s trade deadline after an MRI revealed a slight fluid buildup in his right triceps area.

Garza left after three innings at St. Louis last Saturday when he experienced cramps.

The Cubs decided to give Garza an extra couple of days’ rest before he underwent the MRI.

Cubs manager Dale Sveum said the results of the MRI “came back real clean” and if Garza is able to complete his throwing program without difficulty over the next few days, the right-hander could return late next week.

Garza, 28, was back in uniform on Friday after being excused from a road trip. His wife is expecting the couple’s fourth child.

Garza, 5-7 with a 3.91 ERA, is considered one of the top starters available in the market. Tuesday is the last day to makes trades without waivers.

Rockies activate Helton

The Colorado Rockies activated first baseman Todd Helton from the 15-day disabled list. Helton, 38, missed 12 games with inflammation in his left hip. The five-time All-Star has struggled this season, batting a career-low .235 with seven home runs and 34 RBI in 63 games. It was just his fifth time on the disabled list in a 16-year career.

To make room for Helton, the Rockies optioned right-hander Edwar Cabrera to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Twins lose Plouffe with injury

Trevor Plouffe was scratched from the Minnesota Twins’ lineup Friday and placed on the disabled list after aggravating a right thumb injury during batting practice before a game against the Cleveland Indians.

Plouffe hasn’t played since he hurt the thumb during a July 20 game against Kansas City.

Danny Valencia, who was replaced by Plouffe at third base early in the season, is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Rochester today.

More players on move

The Atlanta Braves signed 41-year-old right-hander Miguel Batista to a minor-league contract.…The Philadelphia Phillies recalled infielder Kevin Frandsen from Triple-A Lehigh Valley after placing third baseman Placido Polanco on the 15-day disabled list with lower back inflammation.