Indians-related news is rather sparse after a day off, so News and Notes today focuses on the news from around MLB.
Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox - August 26, 2014 | MLB.com Preview - Previewing today's game with Chicago
Fallout from the Justin Masterson trade:
Jim Ingraham: Cleveland Indians are better off without Justin Masterson - Indians unlikely to regret this trade.
Justin Masterson may get bumped from Cardinals’ rotation | HardballTalk - So far at least a change of scenery hasn't done Justin Masterson any good.
Down on the Farm
Cleveland Indians prospect Jesus Aguilar hits walk-off jack in 10th for Triple-A Columbus Clippers | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball - Jesus Aguilar collected five hits, including a three-run walk-off homer that gave Triple-A Columbus an 11-9 win over Indianapolis. He doubled twice and plated four to bring the Clippers' magic number to 1.
Top prospects ready to take the next step - The final six weeks of the Major League Baseball season are generally the most interesting time of the year for many teams as playoff contenders are trying to find a player who can give them that final push to the postseason.
To a Lesser Extent...
Gimenez Dealt to Indians, Tells the Truth | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Chris Gimenez was dealt to Cleveland over the weekend and was thankful.
Shin-Soo Choo needs elbow surgery, is out for season - CBSSports.com - Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo needs surgery to remove a bone spur and will miss the rest of the season.
Rangers likely to shut down Yu Darvish for the season | HardballTalk - If he's done, Darvish will finish his third MLB season with a 3.06 ERA in 22 starts, leading the league in strikeout rate for the second year in a row at 11.3 per nine innings.
On the Move?
Bartolo Colon and Scott Feldman clear revocable waivers; eligible to be traded to any team | HardballTalk - According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon and Astros right-hander Scott Feldman have cleared revocable waivers. Both are now eligible to be traded to any team.
Around the Horn
Is a good framer also a good blocker (and vice versa)? | FOX Sports - Recently, we've spent a lot of time thinking about a catcher's ability to frame or receive the pitch in order to get more strike calls. However, that isn't the only job of a backstop -- blocking pitches in the dirt is a far more visible skill to most. Does being good at one affect your ability to be good at the other?
The Dramatic Changes in Baseball’s Post-Deadline Landscape | FanGraphs Baseball - Fangraphs looks at the evolving playoff odds.
Athletics calling up Drew Pomeranz to start Wednesday | HardballTalk - The change lines up Sonny Gray, Jon Lester, Scott Kazmir and Jeff Samardzija to start in a big four-game series against the Angels later this week.