July 22, 2018 / 12:52 AM / 24 days ago

MLB notebook: A's acquire RHP Familia from Mets

The New York Mets traded closer Jeurys Familia to the Oakland Athletics on Saturday, a transaction announced by both clubs.

Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland shipped two minor leaguers — third baseman Will Toffey and right-hander Bobby Wahl — to the Mets as well as $1 million in international bonus money. The A’s transferred right-hander Daniel Gossett (elbow) to the 60-day disabled list to open a 40-man roster spot for Familia.

“You always want to be in this position where you’re potentially adding,’’ A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “We’ve had three years where it’s been just the opposite. Three weeks ago, maybe this isn’t a conversation, but the way the team’s played in the last month put us in a position to be able to do something like this.”

The right-handed Familia, who will be a free agent after the season, was 4-4 with 17 saves and 2.88 ERA for the Mets this season. He first reached the majors in 2012 and ranks third in club history with 123 saves. Familia, 28, was an All-Star in 2016 when he set a franchise record with 51 saves.

—The Seattle Mariners activated right-hander Felix Hernandez from the 10-day disabled list to start the team’s game against the visiting Chicago White Sox.

Hernandez (back soreness) missed just one start during his DL stint because of the All-Star break. The 32-year-old Hernandez is 8-7 with a 5.13 ERA in 19 starts this season. Seattle optioned outfielder John Andreoli to Triple-A Tacoma after Friday’s game to create the roster opening.

Chicago also made a move by activating outfielder Avisail Garcia (hamstring) from the 10-day DL. Garcia is batting .282 with nine homers and 17 RBIs in 35 games this season. The White Sox optioned outfielder Ryan LaMarre to Triple-A Charlotte after Friday’s game.

—The Boston Red Sox activated third baseman Rafael Devers from the 10-day disabled list, the team announced.

Devers, 21, went on the DL on July 12, retroactive to July 11, with left shoulder inflammation. In his first full major league season, he is batting .241 with 14 home runs and 48 RBI in 89 games.

In a corresponding move, the Red Sox optioned left-handed pitcher Bobby Poyner to Triple-A Pawtucket.

—The Milwaukee Brewers activated Ryan Braun from the 10-day disabled list, the team announced.

Braun was placed on the 10-day disabled list on July 8 with a back strain. The 34-year-old has been plagued by back issues in recent years and had surgery on a bulging disc in October 2015. Braun is batting a career-low .235 and has 10 home runs and 35 RBIs over 71 games this season.

To make room for Braun, the Brewers optioned catcher Jacob Nottingham to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Nottingham hit .200 (4-for-20) in seven games in the big leagues.

—The St. Louis Cardinals announced a handful of roster moves involving right-handed pitchers, with the roster shuffle coming before the team’s day/night doubleheader on the road against the Chicago Cubs.

The team activated Miles Mikolas from the paternity list and Luke Weaver from the taxi squad as the 26th man. The Cardinals placed Carlos Martinez on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Friday, with a right oblique strain. Additionally, the team recalled John Brebbia from Triple-A Memphis and sent Matt Bowman back to Memphis.

Martinez, who also was on the DL from May 9 to June 4 with a right lat strain, started for the Cardinals on Thursday night in a loss. He is 6-6 with a 3.39 ERA in 17 starts this season.

—Yoenis Cespedes made a triumphant return to the New York Mets on Friday, hitting a home run and reaching base three times in a 7-5 victory over the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

But afterward, Cespedes delivered some sobering news that despite his return from the disabled list, he could need an offseason procedure that would sideline him for part of next season. Cespedes, 32, was activated after missing over two months with a right hip flexor strain, but it’s his heels that have him worried.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway left Cespedes out of Saturday’s starting lineup and said Friday’s comments were news to him. “(I’m) not quite exactly sure what he said,” Callaway said, deflecting further questions. Callaway said Cespedes, batting .262 with nine home runs and 29 RBIs in 38 games, arrived at the ballpark “pretty sore,” a development he called “concerning.”

—The Colorado Rockies placed DJ LeMahieu on the 10-day disabled list, one day after the second baseman suffered a strained left oblique.

It marks the third DL stint of the season for the two-time All-Star. LeMahieu missed the team’s final 15 games in May due to a left thumb injury, plus was out for eight games from April 28-May 8 with a strained right hamstring.

LeMahieu, who led the National League with a .348 batting average in 2016, is hitting .278 with eight homers and 34 RBIs in 72 games this season. Colorado recalled infielder Garrett Hampson from Triple-A Albuquerque in a corresponding move.

—Former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and New York Mets outfield farmhand Tim Tebow was placed on the disabled list after injuring his right hand on Thursday, the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies announced.

Tebow’s injury occurred in Binghamton’s 3-2 win over the Trenton Thunder, a New York Yankees affiliate. The left fielder was removed from the game in the seventh inning after seemingly hurting his hand during a swing, leading to his first stint in his professional baseball career that he has landed on the DL.

Tebow, who turns 31 next month, is slated to visit a hand specialist on Monday in New York City. For the year, he is hitting .273 with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 84 games, all at Binghamton.

—The New York Yankees have called up one of their top prospects, hard-throwing right-handed pitcher Domingo Acevedo, from Double-A Trenton, the team announced.

In a corresponding move, the Yankees optioned right-hander Domingo German to Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre. German started Friday night’s Subway Series opener against the Mets and took the loss. He lasted 3 2/3 innings and gave up four runs on five hits and two walks.

This is the first trip to the majors for Acevedo, 24, who is expected to pitch in relief, with Luis Cessa taking over German’s starting role. The 6-foot-7 Acevedo typically throws in the mid- to high-90 mph range but can hit triple digits on occasion.

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