>>White Sox Call Up Trayce Thompson, Brother of Klay Thompson
The Chicago White Sox recalled outfielder Trayce Thompson, brother of Golden State Warriors star Klay Thompson, from Triple-A Charlotte before the game with the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.
Thompson takes the roster spot of right-hander Scott Carroll, who was optioned to the minors on Sunday. The White Sox had been playing one outfielder short since J.B. Shuck (left hamstring strain) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.
Thompson, 24, was hitting .260 with 13 home runs, 39 runs batted in and 53 runs scored for Charlotte this season.
He is the son of Mychal Thompson, who played 13 seasons in the NBA.
>>Cubs Recall Szczur, Designate Richard
The Chicago Cubs recalled outfielder Matt Szczur from Triple-A Iowa and designated left-hander Clayton Richard for assignment Monday night before their game with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Szczur was hitting .295 with seven home runs, 26 RBIs and 19 stolen bases in 58 games with Iowa. In 32 games with the Cubs earlier this season, he batted .211 with one homer, eight RBIs and two steals.
Richard was 2-0 with a 4.29 ERA in four games, including three starts.
Right-hander Dan Haren, acquired last Friday from the Miami Marlins in a trade, will take Richard's spot in the rotation and make his Cubs' debut Wednesday night against the Pirates.
>>Rockies Top Prospect Gray To Make MLB Debut
The Colorado Rockies are about to introduce a top prospect a week after trading the face of the franchise.
Eight days after dealing All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, Jon Gray, Colorado's top pitching prospect, is expected to make his major league debut Tuesday night against the Seattle Mariners.
Gray arrived in Denver on Monday morning after getting word late Sunday that he was being called up.
Gray, 23, was the third overall pick in the 2013 draft. The hard-throwing right-hander was 6-6 with a 4.33 ERA in 21 games - 20 starts - for Triple-A Albuquerque this season. In his last six starts he is 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 38 strikeouts.
The Rockies were being patient with Gray but his performance over the last month pushed up his timetable, which surprised him.
Gray's arrival takes the sting out of last week's trade that sent Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays. The Rockies, on the way to their fifth straight losing season, are in rebuilding mode and Gray is considered one of the cornerstone pieces of the future.
Gray has moved quickly through the Rockies' system. He was 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA in nine minor league starts in 2013 and was 10-5 with a 3.91 ERA in 24 starts with Double-A Tulsa in 2014.
He struggled early this season with high pitch counts, which didn't allow him to go deep into games. He had only one start that went beyond the seventh inning but he showed steady improvement since late June.
Still, the Rockies weren't ready to bring him up before Tuesday.
Gray was Colorado's highest pick since right-hander Greg Reynolds was taken second overall in 2006. Reynolds won only six games in his major league career.
>>Indians Place All-Star Kipnis On DL
The Cleveland Indians have put All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis on the 15-day disabled list because of chronic inflammation in his right shoulder.
The Indians sent their leadoff hitter back to Cleveland to be examined by team doctors before the start of a series Monday night against the Los Angeles Angels.
Kipnis leads the American League with 132 hits, and is batting .326 with six home runs and 39 RBIs in 101 games.
The Indians recalled infielder Jose Ramirez from Triple-A Columbus. They also optioned left-hander Michael Roth to Triple-A and recalled lefty Kyle Crockett.
>>Mets Teammates Co-NL Players of the Week
New York Mets teammates Lucas Duda and rookie right-hander Noah Syndergaard were named National League Co-Players of the Week on Monday after helping spur the team into a share of first place atop the NL East.
Duda earned his share of the honors with a spectacular display of power hitting, swatting seven homers to go with 10 RBIs and a .474 batting average over six games.
Not to be outdone, Syndergaard won both his starts with a pair of masterful efforts. The 22-year-old Syndergaard blanked the San Diego Padres on three hits over eight innings before limiting the Washington Nationals to two runs over eight frames, striking out nine batters in each victory.
Duda's home run binge actually started the previous week. The left-handed hitting first baseman is the third player in the last 10 years to go deep nine times in eight games, boosting his team-high total to 21 homers.
Syndergaard also put himself among some select company, joining Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez and Dwight Gooden as the only Mets pitchers to register consecutive starts of at least eight innings with nine strikeouts and zero walks.