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Around the NL Central: 8 June 2012

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Yesterday's Results:

Brewers 4 Cubs 3 (10 innings)

Astros 2 Cardinals 14

Pirates 5 Reds 4 (10 innings)

Standings:

Team W L GB Last 10 Streak
Reds 31 25 - 5-5 L1
Pirates 29 27 2.0 7-3 W1
Cardinals 30 28 2.0 4-6 W2
Brewers 26 31 5.5 7-3 W2
Astros 24 33 7.5 2-8 L2
Cubs 19 38 12.5 4-6 L2

News and Notes:

  • The Astros have officially signed No. 1 Pick Carlos Correa. The signing was announced at a press conference yesterday afternoon. The deal is reportedly well below slot, allowing the Astros financial maneuverability to sign their other picks, notably high school right-hander Lance McCullers, a player who fell in part due to signability issues. Time will tell, but the Astros could very well come out huge winners in this draft.
  • Pirates' right-hander Jeff Karstens was removed from his latest rehab start after feeling tightness in his right groin and will be further evaluated today.
  • Count the Cubs among those interested in Cuban prospect Jorge Soler. Not to be outdone, the Astros are also interested in the outfielder.
  • One of the stories of the early summer for the Cubs: Matt Garza trade speculation. In other trade noise, the relative competitiveness around the league should benefit the Cubs and other sellers.
  • The banged up, and defensive liability when completely healthy, Alfonso Soriano will be used at DH for the Cubs in their up coming interleague series.
  • A pair of injured Cubs' catchers are on the mend. Wellington Castillo will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Tennessee today. Geovany Soto will also continue rehab work and an assignment for him could come next week.
  • Astros infielder Marwin Gonzalez, who left Wednesday night's game early, had his injured right foot examined by team doctors.
  • The Houston Chronicle has put together a nice breakdown of the Astros' draft.
  • Injury updates for Drew Stubbs, Scott Rolen, and Nick Masset can be found here and here.
  • It turns out Aroldis Chapman is human after all.
  • Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury. Garcia will also see a second doctor today to get another opinion on what is causing the discomfort. In a related story the team has called up reliever Fernando Salas from Triple-A Memphis to take the place of Garcia on the active roster.
  • I really love when MLB Trade Rumors does this.

On Tap:

Away Home Time Away Probable Home Probable
Padres Brewers 7:10 Edinson Volquez (2-5) Shaun Marcum (4-3)
Astros White Sox 7:10 Wandy Rodriguez (4-4) Gavin Floyd (4-5)
Indians Cardinals 7:15 Josh Tomlin (2-3) Jake Westbrook (4-5)
Cubs Twins 7:10 Travis Wood (0-2) P.J. Waters (2-1)
Royals Pirates 6:05 Luke Hocheavar (3-6) Erik Bedard(3-6)
Tigers Reds 6:10 Rick Porcello (3-4) Bronson Arroyo (2-4)