The White Sox have placed Emilio Bonifacio on the bereavement list today. In his place, the White Sox have recalled Leury Garcia from Charlotte.
For those who haven't been following along at home, Garcia has been making use of the extra reps at Charlotte this season, hitting .301/.344/.372. He also has 27 steals in a not so good 39 attempts.
Under the bereavement list rules, Bonifacio will be inactive for at least three games but not more than seven, so he will miss most of the series with the Indians starting today.
The first real trade deadline move has finally happened. The Athletics have traded LHP Scott Kazmir to the Astros for RHP Daniel Mengden and catcher Jacob Nottingham. On the MLB Pipeline, they were listed as the Astros' 19th and 22nd prospects respectively. Nottingham is currently hitting .324 for Lancaster in California League team (take this with the typical California League grain of salt). Mengden (and his plus-plus mustache) is a 2014 fourth rounder and currently struggling with Lancaster although his 5.26 ERA and 4.02 FIP put some of the blame elsewhere.
Kazmir has a 2.38 ERA and 3.09 FIP this season, but his career numbers are a lot closer to four. He also hasn't pitched over 200 innings since 2007. All this combined with an approximate salary of $5.5 million for the rest of the season accounts for his value being two middling A-ball prospects.
Also, if the Kazmir news has you a bit down thinking about what Jeff Samardzija's value might be, there's some good news about Carson Fulmer today.