MLB notes: Soriano weighing future options

New York Yankees left fielder Alfonso Soriano watches his team bat against the Boston Red Sox in...

New York Yankees left fielder Alfonso Soriano watches his team bat against the Boston Red Sox in the ninth inning of their MLB American League game. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

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Outfielder Alfonso Soriano, recently released by the New York Yankees, has told friends he plans to take the rest of this season off and then consider whether or not he wants to return in 2015, according to CBSSports.com.

Outfielder Alfonso Soriano, recently released by the New York Yankees, has told friends he plans to take the rest of this season off and then consider whether or not he wants to return in 2015, according to CBSSports.com.

Soriano combined for 34 home runs in 2013 with the Chicago Cubs and Yankees but his production dropped off this season.

He had just six homers and 23 RBIs in 226 at-bats before his release.

He is in the final year of a $136 million contract he signed eight years ago.

Soriano has reportedly received some interest from teams as a part-time player, but he believes it will take him some time to get back into playing shape since he was designated for assignment on July 4.

The 38-year-old has 412 career home runs.

RAYS ACTIVATE PERALTA

The Tampa Bay Rays activated right-handed reliever Joel Peralta from the 15-day disabled list and designated left-hander Erik Bedard for assignment, the team announced Monday.

Peralta was on the disabled list with an illness.

He has not pitched since July 12. He is 2-3 with a 4.15 ERA in 39 innings this season.

Bedard lost his starting spot after yielding six earned runs on eight hits in two innings on July 3.

His ERA has gone from 2.63 to 4.76 since May 21.

He has a 4-6 record in 17 games, including 15 starts.

YANKEES DFA FRANCIS

The New York Yankees designated left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis for assignment after acquiring him two weeks ago, the team announced Monday.

Francis, who was acquired from the Oakland Athletics on July 11, made just two appearances for the Yankees, both in relief. He was 1-0, giving up one run in 1 2/3 innings.

Francis, 33, was 0-2 with a 5.89 ERA in 10 appearances (one start) with Oakland this season.

The Yankees also recalled outfielder Zoilo Almonte from triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Almonte has appeared in 10 games this season with the Yankees.

He is batting .160 with one home run and one RBI.

MINOR LEGAUE BAN

Milwaukee Brewers minor league third baseman Nick Delmonico has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for an amphetamine.

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced the ban on Monday in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension of Delmonico, who is currently on the roster of class-A Brevard County of the Florida State League, is effective immediately.

The 22-year-old Delmonico was acquired from the Baltimore Orioles in 2013 in the Francisco Rodriguez trade. He was hitting .262 with four home runs and 15 RBIs.

QUENTIN ON DL

The San Diego Padres placed outfielder Carlos Quentin on the 15-day disabled list as part of a series of moves made by the club Monday.

Quentin has been dealing with a sore left knee.

San Diego also activated second baseman Jedd Gyorko from the DL, recalled left-handed pitcher Jason Lane from triple-A El Paso and optioned infielder Brooks Conrad to El Paso.

Quentin has also struggled in batting just .177 with four home runs and 18 RBIs in 130 at-bats.

Gyorko, who has been out nearly two months with plantar fasciitis, is batting only .162 with five home runs and 24 RBIs in 204 at-bats this season.

Conrad is just 3-for-30 in 13 games with San Diego.

BRIEFLY: The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired infielder Darwin Barney from the Chicago Cubs, according to multiple reports Monday. Barney, 28, was designated for assignment last week, giving the Cubs 10 days to trade, release or waive him ... Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward left Monday's game against the San Diego Padres after three innings because of lower back soreness ... Baltimore Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez will resume his minor league rehab assignment Tuesday after being scratched from a scheduled start last week. Jimenez, who is recovering from a right ankle sprain, will start for the team's short-season rookie team in Aberdeen because it is the only affiliate playing locally.

 


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