One time closer and fantasy baseball stud B.J. Ryan’s career came to an anti-climactic end. Ryan was released by the Toronto Blue Jays in order to open up a spot for the new closer, Scott Downs.
Somebody is going to give Ryan a shot – he had 32 saves just last year, but he has struggled with his control in 2009 and had moved further and further down the depth chart. (The Marlins fan in me would love to see him in AAA New Orleans, find his control, and help the Fish down the stretch.) [SI]
FoxSports writer Jon Paul Morosi says that the Marlins are chasing Pirates closer Matt Capps, but so far the Pirates aren’t interested in the return package – namely, outfielder Jeremy Hermida. [FoxSports]
If you want more trade rumors, check out what Ken Rosenthal has to say on FoxSports.com.
The Cubs can’t keep anyone healthy. Geovany Soto injured his oblique during batting practice, which could cost him the rest of July before he plays again. [ESPN]
Another team fighting the injury bug is the Angels, who have outfielder Torii Hunter sitting out with a pretty serious groin strain. [ESPN]
Speaking of strained groins, Aubrey Huff strained his groin when caught in a rundown on Wednesday. Huff says he’s day-to-day. [MLB]
Meanwhile, fans of the Fish await good news about shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who has sat out three games with a right hip flexor injury. Andy Gonzalez arrives from AAA to play, while outfielder Alejandro De Aza returns to AAA. [SI]
Earlier this year, third baseman Ryan Zimmerman had a 30-game hitting streak. Now, veteran third sacker Scott Rolen has a 25-game hitting streak. [MLB]
Hurry Back! Ronald Belisario, mentioned yesterday, heads to the DL to rest his irritated elbow.
Welcome Back! Marlins reliever Kiko Calero, Yankees catcher Jose Molina, Reds reliever Aaron Laffey, Mets starter Oliver Perez.
Afterthoughts… Lenny Dykstra filed for bankruptcy, claiming he has liabilities between $10 and $50 million. Wasn’t he offering financial advice to major leaguers not too long ago? [SI]