Boston Red Sox ace Clay Buchholz is set to return to the mound for the first time since June 9.
After jumping out to 9-0 start, the 29-year-old Buchholz has been slowed by shoulder and neck issues.
He's expected to throw three innings Sunday at single-A Lowell, according to a report from MLB.com.
"I thought yesterday's bullpen session was the best the ball got out of his hand in any one of the work sessions he's had to date," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "If he comes back and pitches as he was, it'd be a great pick-up."
Buchholz could join Boston's triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket for a brief stint if it makes the post-season.
"If we're limited by options ... there's always the possibility to bring him back here and have the multi-inning guy right on top of him and continue the progression," said Farrell.
EXTENSION FOR HANLEY?
The Los Angeles Dodgers are eager to discuss a contract extension with 29-year-old shortstop Hanley Ramirez.
Ramirez has a year left on a deal that will see him earn $14 million next season.
"I think a guy like Hanley Ramirez, he's a special, special player," Dodgers owner Mark Walter told the Los Angeles Times. "If you know where we could find five more, we'll take them all. I don't think there are five more."
Ramirez, a three-time all-star, has said he'd be interested in a deal that will see him play out the rest of his years in Southern California.
After returning from a spell of injuries in June, Ramirez is hitting .348 with 13 homers and 42 RBIs in 63 games.
RECORD DEAL DISCUSSED
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw have at least discussed making the 25-year-old, three-time all-star the highest-paid pitcher in major league history.
But according to a FOX Sports report, the Dodgers backed off, taking a reported seven-year, $210 million deal with them.
Had Kershaw put pen to paper, the rumoured deal would have given the lefty the highest average annual salary ever after Roger Clemens collected $28 million in 2007.
The deal also would have made Kershaw the highest-paid pitcher in league history after the Detroit Tigers signed Justin Verlander to a seven-year, $180 million deal in March.
Through 27 starts this season, Kershaw is 13-7 with a 1.72 ERA and 188 strikeouts.
SCIOSCIA UNDER FIRE
The Los Angeles Angels could be under new management next season, according to a FOX Sports report.
Both manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Jerry Dipoto are on thin ice due to philosophical differences that have strained their relationship.
Scioscia's involvement in player personnel has divided the two, and could force Angels owner Arte Moreno to make a change ahead of 2014.
Scioscia has been with the Angels for 14 seasons, managing them to a World Series win in 2012. Dipoto was brought aboard in 2011.
Despite having one of the highest payrolls in the majors this season, the Angels have limped to a 56-71 record (entering Saturday) and are on pace to end with their worst record in more than a decade.
The 54-year-old Scioscia is under contract with the Angels through 2018.
The New York Mets have recalled outfielder Lucas Duda from triple-A Las Vegas and optioned outfielder Mike Baxter to triple-A "¦ After undergoing LASIK surgery on Aug. 16, Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla is set to return from the disabled list to begin a rehab assignment with triple-A Gwinnett Monday, according to MLB.com "¦ X-rays on New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner's right hand came back negative, according to the Journal News. Gardner, who wasn't in Saturday's lineup for the Yankees, was hit by a pitch Friday night in Tampa "¦ Philadelphia Phillies rookie right-hander Jonathan Pettibone is out for another 3-6 weeks, according to CSN Philly. The 23-year-old hasn't pitched since the end of last month due to a shoulder strain "¦ The Arizona Diamondbacks put veteran reliever J.J Putz on the 15-day DL with a dislocated pinky finger after the 36-year-old attempted to barehand a ground ball Friday night "¦ The D-Backs recalled right-hander Chaz Roe from triple-A Reno to fill Putz's spot "¦ The San Diego Padres designated Edinson Volquez for assignment prior to Saturday's game. Reliever Brad Brach has replaced Volquez on the Padres roster "¦ The Pittsburgh Pirates placed outfielder Starling Marte on the 15-day DL Saturday, retroactive to Monday, with a sprained ligament in his hand. The Pirates recalled outfielder Andrew Lambo from triple-A Indianapolis in his place.