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Brandon Crawford back in action Friday
by Igor Mello |

Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, who sat out with a shoulder issue on Thursday, returned to the starting lineup Friday night against Milwaukee, per the Bay Area News Group.

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Royals make few roster moves Friday
by Igor Mello |

The Royals announced a couple of roster moves on Friday, per the team's official website. The team recalled right-handed reliever Louis Coleman from Triple-A Omaha. Pitcher Bruce Chen was designated for assignment.

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Shane Robinson's season ends with shoulder surgery
by Chris Towers |

Cardinals outfielder Shane Robinson underwent season-ending surgery on his left shoulder Thursday, the team announced.

Robinson hit the DL earlier this week due to a left shoulder subluxation, and will not be able to return. He hit just .150/.227/.200 in a part-time role with the Cardinals this season, and should be healthy in time for the start of spring training. 

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Dane De La Rosa clears waivers, sent outright to Triple-A Salt Lake
by Igor Mello |

Angels reliever Dane De La Rosa has cleared outright waivers, and has been outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake, the team announced Friday. He is no longer on the 40-man roster.

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Joey Votto's quad responds poorly to increased activity
by Chris Towers |

Reds first baseman Joey Votto will have his rehab slowed, the team announced Friday, as his injured quad did not respond as well as hoped to an increase in activity Wednesday.

Votto, who has been out since July 8, took groundballs Wednesday, but appears to have suffered some sort of setback. He was able to take dry swings Thursday, but is not scheduled to travel with the team moving forward.

"There was still some fairly significant discomfort when he got lateral side-to-side so we had back off with that and stay with some strengthening and whatever the physical therapy protocols are," manager Bryan Price told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "We hope when we get back there are some marked improvement."

At this point, Votto is still expected to return by season's end, but there is no specific timetable for his expected return. 

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'Significant issue' could keep Daniel Murphy out a while
by Chris Towers |

Mets infielder Daniel Murphy may end up missing much of the remainder of the season due to his calf injury, manager Terry Collins told Friday.

"I'll tell you, Murph's down," Collins said. "It's not about who is playing second base. He had some pretty big goals set, and rightfully so, that he was chasing. Big goals. And now we're looking at quite a lengthy DL stint to where how much is going to be left at the end of the year?"

Murphy had an MRI taken on the calf, and manager Sandy Alderson also noted it is a 'significant issue,' though the exact timetable for his potential return to the lineup. The Mets have just 28 games remaining on the schedule, as of Friday. 

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Marco Gonzalez set for spot start Saturday
by Chris Towers |

The Cardinals will recall pitcher Marco Gonzalez to start half of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cubs, the team announced Friday.

Gonzalez has made just three starts this season, allowing 11 runs in 14 innings of work. He will likely be recalled as the 26th man and then sent back to the minors following the game. 

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Chris Denorfia still out Friday
by Chris Towers |

Mariners outfielder Chris Denorfia is not in the lineup Friday against the Nationals, as he continues to deal with a neck injury. He has not played since Sunday, though it is not clear how serious the injury is at this point, since Denorfia is not an everyday player anyways. 

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Tony Cruz sent to Double-A
by Chris Towers |

The Cardinals optioned catcher Tony Cruz to Double-A Springfield Friday, in order to clear a roster spot for the return of Yadier Molina.

Cruz is expected back with the team when rosters expand Sept. 1. He is struggling through his worst offensive season, hitting just .195/.267/.236 in 123 at-bats. 

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Yadier Molina returns from DL as expected Friday
by Chris Towers |

As expected, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is back in the lineup Friday for the first time since July, after he was activated from the disabled list.

Molina recovered more quickly than expected from thumb surgery, but could be eased back into action of the next week or so while he gets his footing again. Molina was hitting .287/.341/.409 in 303 at-bats prior to the injury.

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