MLB notes: Giants claim Bell
By QMI Agency
|Padres closer Heath Bell pitches against the Cubs in San Diego, Calif., Sep. 29, 2010. (MIKE BLAKE/Reuters)
The San Francisco Giants claimed closer Heath Bell on waivers Wednesday, according to multiple reports, but he will stay with the San Diego Padres if a trade can't be worked out within 48 hours.
Bell posted on his Twitter account "not traded" Wednesday afternoon but also said on ESPN Radio that his agent had confirmed the waiver claim and he was now in a "waiting game."
The Giants are looking for closer help with Brian Wilson's health status up in the air. Wilson is on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation and still has not resumed throwing.
Bell, 33, has 35 saves and a 2.55 earned-run average in this season and is coming off back-to-back 40-plus save seasons.
Houston Astros general manager Ed Wade expects pitcher Wandy Rodriguez to stay with the team for the remainder of the season.
Rodriguez was claimed on waivers by the Colorado Rockies Tuesday but Wade doesn't think a trade will be worked out during the 48-hour window. The Astros have until Thursday afternoon to trade the lefty to Colorado.
"I can't make predictions," Wade said on MLB.com. "I don't predict what could happen, but my gut tells me at this point there's no reason to believe that Wandy will be pitching anywhere than wherever we're playing in five days, which is Houston."
Rodriguez, who started Wednesday against the Rockies and worked six innings, is 9-9 with a 3.31 ERA on the season. He still has $36 million left on his contract, including an option of $13 million for 2014.
Outfielder Logan Morrison was recalled from triple-A New Orleans by the Florida Marlins Wednesday, the day before his 24th birthday.
Morrison, who is hitting .249 with 17 homers and 60 RBI, was in the minors for 10 days.
"It hasn't been easy, but take it in stride and deal with it and just keep moving forward, keep pushing forward," Morrison said on MLB.com. "I just went down there and played hard, just like I did up here. That's all I know. I don't know anything else."
To clear a spot on the roster, outfielder Dewayne Wise was designated for assignment.
A-Rod meeting set
Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees will meet with MLB investigators Friday in Baltimore.
The investigators want to talk about his alleged involvement with high-stakes poker games in California two years ago. The star shortstop was warned by MLB in 2005 to stay away from those type of activities.
Rodriguez said Wednesday he will talk with the media Friday following the meeting.
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Ryan Ludwick was put on the 15-day DL due to back spasms, joining three teammates who have been put on the DL in recent days. The Pirates recalled Pedro Ciriaco from triple-A to take his spot ... Cleveland Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was scratched from the lineup against the Seattle Mariners with what was described as "left trunk soreness." Choo missed seven weeks earlier this season with a broken left thumb ... The Texas Rangers sent catcher Taylor Teagarden to triple-A Round Rock and recalled pitcher Darren O'Day ... The New York Yankees reportedly claimed first baseman Carlos Pena on waivers from the Chicago Cubs. Pena is hitting .223 with 23 homers and 67 RBI this season.