Bucs get Rays’ shortstop

The Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays have traded shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for a minor league pitching prospect.

Hechavarria was hitting .258 with three homers and 26 RBIs in 61 games before the Rays designated him for assignment last Wednesday. His .990 fielding percentage is fourth-best in the majors this season among shortstops with at least 200 innings.

Tampa Bay receives right-hander Matt Seelinger in the deal Monday. He will be assigned to Class A Bowling Green.

The Rays will pay Pittsburgh $1,583,468 to offset most of the remaining $1,744,624 Hechavarria is owed from his $5.9 million salary. The Pirates pay him $161,156, which is a 55-day prorated share of the $545,000 minimum.

Hechavarria, 29, batted .257 over parts of two seasons with Tampa Bay, which acquired him from the Miami Marlins in June 2017.

Seelinger, 23, is 1-3 with a 3.03 ERA and seven saves for Class A West Virginia.

Cano getting ready

SEATTLE — Robinson Cano is beginning a rehab assignment with the Seattle Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate as he prepares for his return from his 80-game suspension for violating baseball’s joint drug agreement.

The Mariners said Cano is expected to play two games with Tacoma against Colorado Springs on Monday and Tuesday. He may play in some games for Single-A Everett later in the week.

Cano is eligible to rejoin the Mariners on Aug. 14 while the team is in Oakland. He has not played since fracturing the fifth metacarpal on his right hand after being hit by a pitch on May 13. He was suspended on May 15.

Cano worked out on his own in the Dominican Republic to get ready for his return. He was hitting .287 with 23 RBIs in 39 games prior to his injury.

A’s get pitching

DETROIT — The Oakland Athletics acquired right-hander Mike Fiers from the Detroit Tigers for two players to be named or cash.

The 33-year-old Fiers is 7-6 with a 3.48 ERA this season. The rebuilding Tigers picked him up before the season on a $6 million, one-year contract , and he pitched well enough that he became a candidate to be traded to a contender.

Detroit wasn’t able to work out a deal before the non-waiver trade deadline last week, but the Tigers have now sent him to an Oakland team that, if the season ended now, would be the American League’s second wild card.

Fiers was with the World Series champion Astros last year, but he was not included on any of Houston’s postseason rosters.

Happ returning

CHICAGO — New York Yankees left-hander J.A. Happ is on track to start Thursday against Texas after being sidelined by hand, foot and mouth disease.

Manager Aaron Boone says Happ is no longer contagious. Assuming everything goes well over the next couple of days, Boone says Happ will be in line to start against the Rangers in the opener of an 11-game homestand.

Happ came over in a July 26 trade with Toronto for infielder Brandon Drury and minor league outfielder Billy McKinney. He pitched six crisp innings in a win against Kansas City in his New York debut, but the illness took him out of a critical four-game series in Boston and the Yankees were swept by the major league-leading Red Sox.

Happ, who turns 36 in October, is 11-6 with a 4.05 ERA in 21 starts this year.

Trout still hurting

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mike Trout has received a cortisone injection in his sore right wrist, and the Los Angeles Angels are hopeful their superstar center fielder can return to their lineup soon.

The two-time AL MVP wasn’t in the Angels’ starting lineup Monday for the fifth consecutive game.

Trout hasn’t played since Aug. 1, when he hurt his wrist on a slide in Tampa Bay. He skipped the last four games of the Angels’ road trip, and he had an injection upon the team’s return to Orange County.

Brewers get Lyles

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers announced they had claimed right-hander Jordan Lyles off waivers from the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

The 27-year-old Lyles is 2-4 with a 4.29 ERA in 24 appearances, including eight starts, this season.

A former first-round pick of the Houston Astros, he signed a one-year, $750,000 deal with the Padres to start the season. He has a $3.5 million team option left on his contract for 2019 with a $250,000 buyout.

Ross a Cardinal

PITTSBURGH — The St. Louis Cardinals claimed right-hander Tyson Ross off waivers from the San Diego Padres.

The 31-year-old Ross is 6-9 with a 4.45 ERA in 22 starts this season. He will join the team during its upcoming series in Miami.

The last-place Padres could have pulled Ross back from waivers when the Cardinals claimed him, or worked out a trade. But they opted to let him go to St. Louis, saving his salary for the remainder of the season.

St. Louis announced the move before Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh.

Ross broke into the majors in 2010 with Oakland. He had his best season with San Diego in 2014, making the All-Star team and going 13-14 with a 2.81 ERA in 31 starts.

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