The early word out of San Francisco is that Frank Gore might get 50 fewer carries this year. He had 276 last year.
The niners have been preparing for the wheels to come off the Frank Gore cart for three seasons now. They have an elite core of back-up runners headed by Kendall Hunter, trickling down to draftee Carlos Hyde, Marcus Lattimore, and LaMichael James. It's too early to tell what the distribution will look like, but 2013 was Gore's least efficient performance as a runner. This is a situation to monitor. ANALYST:
Indians recalled Lonnie Chisenhall from Triple-A Columbus.
With the trade of Brandon Moss to the Cardinals the Indians have called up their once promising prospect Chisenhall to add some depth off the bench. Consistency has been Chisenhall's biggest issue during his stints in the majors as he flashes the ability that would make him a solid middle of the order bat but eventually expand his strike zone and ultimately rack up the strikeouts. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba
Joakim Soria has been traded to the Pirates.
The Pirates already have the NL saves leader in Mark Melancon so Soria figures to move into the setup role for the Pirates. As for the Tigers closer situation owners will have to wait for an official announcement but Alex Wilson has been their most effective reliever this season and could be first in line. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba
Brandon Beachy is scheduled to pitch Thursday for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Beachy's first stint with the Dodgers didn't fare too well this season, so he is going to head back to Triple-A and look to continue building arm strength in hope of regaining his form. The Dodgers have added two starting pitchers prior to the trade deadline, so barring injury, it doesn't appear that Beachy will be helping the big league club in a starting role anytime soon. Analysis: David Kerr