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Angels’ Shohei Ohtani Cleared To Hit

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Los Angeles Angels rookie phenom Shohei Ohtani has been cleared to hit and has will resume batting practice immediately, according to Angels general manager Billy Eppler.

Eppler said Ohtani had an MRI Thursday that noted improvement in his ulnar collateral ligament and the team expects to continue to see progress.

Ohtani will see doctors again in 3 weeks and, at that time, another update will be given.

“No doctor has told me that Shohei needs surgical intervention at this time.” Eppler said.

Ohtani has a Grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament of his right elbow, which is a partial tear, and is hoping to avoid Tommy John surgery by leaning on injections of platelet-rich plasma and stem cells.

The Angels made no comments regarding Ohtani’s pitching status for 2018.

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Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

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Eduardo Nunez

The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Boston also optioned right hander Hector Velazquez to Triple A Pawtucket.

In corresponding moves, the Red Sox have called up right hander Ryan Weber and first basemen/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple A.

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Royals Considered Likely to be Moving Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore

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Billy Hamilton

As the trade deadline approaches, the Kansas City Royals may be ready to enter sale mode.

According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals may be moving both Billy Hamilton and Terrance Gore, who has already been designated for assignment.

Hamilton has been dropped to a backup role following the Royals call up of top prospect Bubba Starling, and hasn’t started a game since July 3rd.

Hamilton has posted a .217/.284/.271 slash line this season.

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Orioles’ Mychal Givens Drawing Trade Interest

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Mychal Givens

The Baltimore Orioles are again going to be sellers at the trade deadline and it appears that closer Mychal Givens is available, and drawing interest, according to MASNSports’ Rock Kubatko.

Per the report, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in the pitcher.

Givens has posted a 4.50 ERA this season for Baltimore.

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