MLB rumors roundup for June 3


There may be a somewhat abbreviated schedule in terms of major league action taking place on the field this Wednesday, but the rumor mill continues to operate at full steam this June 3, churning out some interesting stories. Here's a quick look at a few of the more tantalizing tidbits making the rounds today.

  • Justin Verlander: The Detroit Tigers have decided that the pitcher could use one more minor league tuneup before returning to their rotation. He'll start for Triple-A Toledo on Saturday, and assuming all goes well, Verlander should be back in the major league rotation sometime next week.

  • Kris Bryant: The rookie third baseman made an unexpected start in left field on Tuesday, prompting some to speculate that this may signal a future position shift. As Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times writes, "Middle infielder Javier Baez is expected back on the big-league roster before long... and if the MRI Jorge Soler had Tuesday night shows enough damage to put him on the DL, the soft-clay form of this young lineup could soon get another reshaping before it hardens into anything close to its long-term identity."

  • David Wright: While the New York Mets' third baseman continues to cross his fingers that he will be able to play again this season, ESPN.com's Buster Olney notes that the team may well choose to make a trade for a starting infielder, just in case Wright can't make it back. Olney suggests Oakland's Ben Zobrist, Milwaukee's Jean Segura, and "even the Jays' Jose Bautista... if the Jays' need for pitching becomes more acute, the Mets would provide a lot of options for Toronto to consider, and Bautista could play third for New York."

  • Texas Rangers: Joey Gallo made a splash in his major league debut, and the team may not yet be done promoting prospects. Tomas Telis may be next, writes Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, as catcher Robinson Chirinos was hit by a pitch and may miss a few games as a result.

  • David Ortiz: The veteran Boston Red Sox slugger believes that even though he is in the midst of a slump, the end of his career is not on the horizon. Ortiz said he currently has "no timetable for [retirement]. I don't think anybody has it, either. If it happens, who cares, man, I'm just another player that comes in and comes out. Everybody's time is up at some point. I don't think that's my problem, though."