MLB Player News

Wednesday, April 23

  • 04/23/14 - 8:58AM ETJake Arrieta : (Shoulder) On Track To Return Next Week
    Arrieta (shoulder) is on track to return to the Cubs next week, Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports.
    In what would be his final rehab start, Arrieta is scheduled to throw four innings with Double-A Tennessee on Saturday. If all goes well in that outing, he figures to make his season debut for the Cubs either Wednesday against the Reds or sometime during the Cardinals series that follows.
  • 04/23/14 - 8:51AM ETCarlos Gonzalez : Day Off Wednesday
    Gonzalez is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Giants.
    Gonzalez is just 4-for-44 (.091) in his career against Giants starter Matt Cain, so manager Walt Weiss decided to hold him out of Wednesday's lineup. Corey Dickerson will get the start in left field in Gonzalez's place.
  • 04/23/14 - 8:37AM ETMark Trumbo : (Foot) Out Again Wednesday
    Trumbo (foot) is not in the lineup Wednesday for the second straight day.
    Trumbo will be held out again Wednesday to give his sore foot another day of rest. The Diamondbacks have not said when he will play again, but he will likely have a chance to return to action in Thursday's game.
  • 04/23/14 - 7:28AM ETCarter Capps : Recalled Wednesday
    The Marlins recalled Capps from Triple-A New Orleans on Wednesday.
    Capps will replace Arquimedes Caminero in the Marlins' bullpen. Capps figures to open in a middle relief role with the big club, but he posted a 1.64 ERA and 17:6 K:BB ration in 11 Triple-A innings, so he could factor into the late-inning mix at some point if those numbers translate up a level.
  • 04/23/14 - 6:59AM ETJustin Upton : First Day Off This Season
    Upton is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Marlins.
    Upton has yet to have a day off this season, so manager Fredi Gonzalez decided to give him one Wednesday with the Braves playing an early afternoon game. Ryan Doumit will get the start in left field in Upton's place.
  • 04/23/14 - 6:32AM ETErasmo Ramirez : May Lose Rotation Spot
    Ramirez could be removed from the rotation after another lackluster start Tuesday, the Seattle Times reports.
    Fortunately for Ramirez, the Mariners don't really have a viable option to replace him with or he might already be gone. Ramirez's problems, going back four starts now, stem from a loss of control and his inability to put away hitters when ahead in the count. Tuesday he gave up two home runs on 0-2 counts. In his last four starts, he's allowed 16 runs, 11 walks and five homers in 17 innings.

Tuesday, April 22

  • 04/22/14 - 7:38PM ETAdam Wainwright : Expects To Make Next Start
    Wainwright (knee) insisted after Tuesday's game that he'll be good to go for his next start, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
    Wainwright tried to get to a little infield blooper off the bat of the Mets' Chris Young in the seventh inning of Tuesday's game, and ended up hyperextending his right knee. Fortunately, Wainwright passed all of his strength tests post-game, and did not appear to be favoring his knee at all. He'll likely have to wait until his between-starts bullpen session to get the final OK, but it sounds like Wainwright will be fine to toe the rubber Sunday against Pittsburgh.
  • 04/22/14 - 7:06PM ETAlbert Pujols : Hits 500th Home Run Tuesday
    Pujols had a monster night at the plate Tuesday, going 2-for-5 with two home runs, five RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Nationals.
    Pujols made history twice over Tuesday, as he became the 26th member of the 500 home run club, while simultaneously becoming the only player to hit his 499th and 500th dinger in the same game. Pujols' hot start is quickly turning into a dominating performance, as he now leads the major leagues with eight home runs this season.
  • 04/22/14 - 6:55PM ETJose Fernandez : Strikes Out 14 In Gem
    Hernandez matched his career high with 14 strikeouts Tuesday in an eight-inning gem, allowing zero runs and just three hits against the Braves.
    Naturally, it's worth noting that the Braves are very susceptible to the strikeout, but Fernandez's brilliance cannot be denied. He threw 77 of his 109 pitches for strikes and struck out the side in both the fourth and the fifth innings. His ERA now sits at 1.99 on the season, and it would be difficult to name a more impressive pitcher through five starts this season than Miami's 21-year-old righty.
  • 04/22/14 - 6:52PM ETAdam Wainwright : Hyperextended Right Knee
    Wainwright suffered a hyperextended right knee during Tuesday's game against the Mets, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
    Wainwright breezed through the first seven innings on a mere 79 pitches, but was swapped out with Kevin Siegrist in the bottom of the eighth. While the severity of the injury is uncertain, the Cardinals will likely provide an update after Tuesday's game.
  • 04/22/14 - 6:43PM ETMatt Harrison : Could Return Friday
    Harrison could be poised to come off the disabled list to pitch Friday's game against the Mariners, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson reports.
    He reportedly felt "free and easy" in Tuesday's bullpen session, and the Rangers would like to allow their other starters to get an extra day's rest. This isn't a sure thing, but it seems to be the most likely scenario, and it would result in, among other things, Yu Darvish having his start pushed from Sunday to Monday.
  • 04/22/14 - 6:40PM ETYu Darvish : Could Have Start Pushed To Monday
    Darvish will likely have his start pushed back to Monday against Oakland, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson reports.
    The Rangers are expected to activate Matt Harrison from the DL, and slot him into the rotation for Friday's game, which would allow Darvish an extra day to recover from what was an atypical start Monday, where he allowed three runs in six innings against Oakland.
  • 04/22/14 - 5:33PM ETShin-Soo Choo : (Ankle) MRI Results Positive
    Choo's MRI offered good news Tuesday, as he does not have a high ankle sprain, and he will be treated as day-to-day for now, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson reports.
    It sounds like Choo will be able to avoid a DL stint, and his owners shouldn't be without him for much longer. He will miss Wednesday's game and with Thursday being an off day, he'll be evaluated Friday. Michael Choice took Choo's place in left field and in the leadoff spot Tuesday, a trend that could continue for as long as Choo remains out.
  • 04/22/14 - 4:49PM ETBrandon Belt : Could Become Permanent No. 3 Hitter
    Manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that Belt could become the team's permanent No. 3 hitter, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
    Pablo Sandoval has lost his grip on the three-hole with an ice cold start to the season (.162 average), and Bochy reportedly thinks Belt could be a "stabilizing" presence in the spot. Belt has been batting second against right-hander and sixth against lefties, but he's batting above .300 against southpaws to this point.
  • 04/22/14 - 4:29PM ETCasey Kelly : (Elbow) Rehab Assignment Imminent
    Kelly (elbow) tossed 41 pitches across three innings during an extended spring training outing Tuesday. After one more game in Arizona, a decision will be made regarding a rehab assignment, Corey Brock of reports.
    Kelly is in the stretch run of his recovery from Tommy John surgery performed on Apr. 2, 2013. However, until his pitch count takes a drastic jump, he'll likely be contained to a bullpen role upon his initial activation from the disabled list.
  • 04/22/14 - 4:18PM ETAndre Ethier : (Flu) Out Tuesday
    Ethier is out of the lineup Tuesday with the flu, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
    Something seemed fishy when Ethier was left out of the lineup for a second straight day, and sure enough, he's under the weather. Ethier was unavailable Monday as well, and his status for Wednesday's game is uncertain. Matt Kemp will man center for the time being.
  • 04/22/14 - 3:49PM ETMark Trumbo : (Foot) Out Tuesday
    Trumbo is not in the lineup Tuesday due in part to a sore left foot, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
    There is no clear indication from the D-Backs that the injury is serious, but he'll get at least one day out of the starting lineup as a result of the ailment. Cody Ross will start against right-hander Jason Hammel as a result of Trumbo's injury.
  • 04/22/14 - 3:39PM ETChase Utley : Sitting Tuesday
    Utley is not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Dodgers, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
    This looks like a routine day off for Utley, who's started 11 straight games. The 35-year-old is batting a robust .391 in 69 at-bats thus far, and he's hit two homers in just four at-bats against Hyun-Jin Ryu, Tuesday's starter for Los Angeles, but maintaining his health long-term is clearly the team's top priority. Freddy Galvis will man second in his absence.
  • 04/22/14 - 3:23PM ETShin-Soo Choo : (Ankle) Out Tuesday
    Choo (ankle) is out of the Rangers' lineup Tuesday, the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant reports.
    Michael Choice will bat leadoff and man left field in Choo's absence. He left Monday's game in the seventh inning with a sore left ankle, and there is still no word on how serious his ankle injury is.
  • 04/22/14 - 3:19PM ETDoug Fister : Throws 3 Innings In Extended ST
    Fister (back) threw three innings and 44 pitches in his second extended spring training start Tuesday, Washington Post reports.
    Fister did not address the media afterward, but manager Matt Williams said the right-hander "felt good" during his outing. The tentative plan is for Fister to make his first minor league rehab start Sunday, likely tossing four innings at High-A Potomac. He'll then increase to five innings in his second start, and would be on track to return to the Nationals on May 7 or shortly thereafter.
  • 04/22/14 - 3:18PM ETHisashi Iwakuma : Throws Sim Game Due To Poor Weather At Triple-A
    Iwakuma (finger) will throw a simulated game at Safeco Field on Tuesday, instead of making his anticipated rehab start at Triple-A Tacoma, as the weather there is a little iffy,'s Greg Johns reports.
    He will likely make a true rehab start in a little less than a week, weather permitting. This is not a setback, the team just wanted to keep him on schedule, given the dicey weather in Tacoma. He remains on track to rejoin the Mariners' rotation in 2-3 weeks.
  • 04/22/14 - 3:10PM ETManny Machado : (Knee) To Begin Rehab Assignment Friday
    Machado (knee) will start his rehab assignment at High-A Frederick on Friday, the Baltimore Sun's Eduardo A. Encina reports.
    Machado will play seven innings at third base in an extended spring game Wednesday and then travel to begin his rehab assignment. After his start at High-A, he is expected to move quickly to the Orioles' higher affiliates, meaning he could be in the Orioles' lineup in a matter of weeks.
  • 04/22/14 - 3:03PM ETYoenis Cespedes : (Heel) Starting Tuesday
    Cespedes (heel) will return to the Athletics' lineup Tuesday against the Rangers.
    Held to two at-bats both Sunday and Monday due to a bruised right heel, Cespedes is back as a starter, taking on left field and batting fifth in the order. Although he's gone hitless in three of the last five outings, he's tallied multiple hits in the other two, which is representative of his hit-or-miss production.
  • 04/22/14 - 2:42PM ETCasey Janssen : (Back) Rehab Assignment Next Week?
    Janssen (back) is slated to fit in a couple bullpen sessions this week, after which he may be cleared to resume his rehab work, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.
    Janssen's initial assignment was shut down late last week due to renewed pain his lower back and an abdominal issue. If all goes well during upcoming side sessions, he'll likely get the all-clear to head out to the minors, where he'd work through the final stage of recovery. Because the back end of the Blue Jays' bullpen has faltered in his stead, his presence with the big club, whenever it occurs, will be welcome.
  • 04/22/14 - 2:17PM ETMat Latos : A 'Few Days' Away From Playing Catch
    Latos (elbow) is still "a few days" away from playing catch, according to manager Bryan Price, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
    Tenderness in Latos' flexor mass region forced the right-hander to cut a bullpen session short back on April 11, and he's been shut down since. While an MRI showed a flex mass strain in his forearm, his UCL appeared strong and it sounds like Latos may be able to resume some light throwing before the end of the week. His soreness has decreased, which is certainly good news, but there is no clear timetable for his return to the major league team.
  • 04/22/14 - 1:55PM ETConor Gillaspie : Sore Left Hand
    Gillaspie is out of the White Sox's lineup Tuesday at Detroit due to a sore left hand, which will likely hold him out an additional game or two, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.
    When he returns, he will wear a pad on his left hand below the thumb, according to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
  • 04/22/14 - 1:44PM ETMatt Wieters : Forearm Soreness
    Wieters is out of the lineup for a second consecutive game Tuesday in Toronto due to a sore right forearm, Brittany Ghiroli of reports.
    Wieters sustained the injury Sunday against the Red Sox. Steve Clevenger will man the backstop Tuesday, but Wieters said he'll be available to pinch hit.
  • 04/22/14 - 1:37PM ETAdam Eaton : (Hamstring) Hopeful To Return Wednesday
    Eaton (hamstring) hopes to return to the lineup Wednesday in Detroit after encouraging test results Tuesday, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.
    Eaton has been sidelined since injuring his left hamstring Saturday, but he's progressed enough that a return is possible Wednesday. In his absence, Jordan Danks has covered left field.
  • 04/22/14 - 1:21PM ETMike Minor : One More Rehab Start
    Minor (shoulder) will make one more rehab start Friday, Mark Bowman of reports.
    The tentative plan was for Minor to return Saturday against the Reds, but after a bullpen session Tuesday, the Braves have decided to send him to Double-A Mississippi for one final rehab outing. It makes sense that the team would want to be completely sure of his health, considering how hard the staff has been hit with injuries this season. Minor is now on track to return April 30 against Miami.
  • 04/22/14 - 1:15PM ETIvan Nova : (Elbow) Tommy John Surgery Recommended
    Nova's partial UCL tear needs Tommy John surgery, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.
    A second opinion Tuesday confirmed an earlier diagnosis. The Yankees have turned to Vidal Nuno to fill Nova's shoes in the rotation, but the spot could become a revolving door until an effective option is discovered.
  • 04/22/14 - 12:35PM ETDesmond Jennings : (Groin) Back in Action Tuesday
    Jennings (groin) is back in the Rays' lineup Tuesday against the Twins.
    A groin issue held Jennings to only one at-bat since the Rays took the field Friday, despite his availability as a pinch hitter. However, he'll man his typical spot in center field and second in the order.
  • 04/22/14 - 12:26PM ETCarlos Gomez : Appealing His Three-Game Suspension
    Gomez will appeal the three-game suspension he received from MLB for his involvement in a brawl between the Brewers and Pirates on Sunday, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports.
    Even if the suspension isn't reduced, the time for the appeals process to play out could enable the Brewers to find more depth in the outfield as they lack viable options in center field with Logan Schafer on the 15-day DL.
  • 04/22/14 - 12:16PM ETRussell Martin : Suspended One Game
    Martin was suspended one game Tuesday for his role in Sunday's brawl with the Brewers, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
    Martin is in Tuesday's lineup against the Reds, but with four appearances in the last five games, he'll likely opt to sit rather than fight the ban. If so, Chris Stewart will man the backstop for the Pirates.
  • 04/22/14 - 12:12PM ETTravis Snider : Suspended Two Games
    Snider was suspended two games Tuesday for his involvement in Sunday's brawl with the Brewers, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
    If he accepts the ban, which is likely, Snider will take a seat Tuesday and Wednesday against the Reds. He was slated to start in right field Tuesday.
  • 04/22/14 - 12:08PM ETCarlos Gomez : Suspended Three Games
    Gomez was suspended three games Tuesday for his role in Sunday's brawl in Pittsburgh, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
    Gomez was also handed an undisclosed fine, but barring an appeal, he can begin his suspension Tuesday to return Saturday versus the Indians. The Brewers may have to make a move with just Ryan Braun, Khris Davis (illness) and Elian Herrera active in the outfield.
  • 04/22/14 - 11:43AM ETJordy Mercer : (Ankle) Back In Lineup Tuesday
    Mercer (ankle) is back in the Pirates' lineup Tuesday versus the Reds.
    Mercer has endured discomfort in his right ankle since last Friday, accumulating just four at-bats in the interim. However, he'll take over shortstop and bat eighth in his return.
  • 04/22/14 - 10:50AM ETJosh Johnson : (Elbow) Examination Wednesday
    Johnson's injured right elbow will be examined by Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday, Corey Brock of reports.
    The evaluation could reveal what has been dreaded: that the flexor strain in Johnson's right forearm is in fact more sinister, requiring season-ending Tommy John surgery.
  • 04/22/14 - 10:25AM ETMartin Maldonado : Suspended Five Games
    Maldonado was suspended five games Tuesday for his role in the Brewers' scuffle with the Pirates on Sunday, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.
    In addition to the ban, the commissioner's office tacked on a $2,500 fine. Nevertheless, Maldonado has the right to appeal, so it's unclear when exactly the suspension will commence.
  • 04/22/14 - 10:03AM ETJuan C. Perez : Recalled By Giants
    The Giants recalled Perez from Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday.
    Perez was brought up to take the roster spot of reliever David Huff (quad), who was placed on the disabled list. Perez served as a part-time player for the Giants earlier this season and will fill a similar role this time around.
  • 04/22/14 - 9:56AM ETDavid Huff : (Quad) Placed On 15-Day DL
    The Giants placed Huff (quad) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.
    Huff will head to the DL after injuring his quad in Monday's game against the Rockies. The extent of his injury is uncertain, but he will be sidelined for at least a couple weeks. Outfielder Juan Perez was recalled from Triple-A Fresno to replace Huff on the roster.
  • 04/22/14 - 9:28AM ETFrancisley Bueno : (Finger) Rehab Assignment Likely
    Bueno (finger) will likely require a minor-league rehab assignment before returning to the Royals, the Kansas City Star reports.
    Bueno is eligible to return from the disabled list Tuesday, but the Royals believe that the best course of action for the lefty is to throw a simulated game, which will clear him for a rehab assignment if all goes well. Bueno still feels a bit of discomfort in the finger when throwing changeups, though his fastball and slider don't give him any trouble. If his rehab stays on track, he should return to the bullpen in early May, likely just behind fellow lefty reliever Tim Collins.
  • 04/22/14 - 9:17AM ETTim Collins : (Elbow) Will Likely Require Rehab Assignment
    Collins (elbow) will likely require a minor-league rehab assignment before returning to the Royals, the Kansas City Star reports.
    Collins is eligible to return from the disabled list Tuesday, but the Royals believe that the best course of action for the lefty is to throw a simulated game, which will clear him for a rehab assignment if all goes well. An early-to-mid May return to the Royals' bullpen seems like the most logical timetable for the 24-year-old reliever.
  • 04/22/14 - 7:46AM ETDavid Robertson : Activated From Disabled List
    The Yankees activated Robertson (groin) from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.
    Robertson will return to the Yankees' bullpen after missing just the requisite 15 days. The Yankees have not made an official announcement, but as the team's top reliever, and without a lengthy absence, Robertson figures to reclaim the closer duties from Shawn Kelley right away.
  • 04/22/14 - 7:45AM ETJordy Mercer : (Ankle) Able To Pinch Hit Monday
    Mercer (ankle) pinch hit for the second straight game Monday and took the field for an inning against Cincinnati.
    After whiffing with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning, Mercer saw his first action at short since Friday. He has two hits in seven career at-bats against Tuesday's starter, Johnny Cueto, and figures to return to the lineup.
  • 04/22/14 - 6:22AM ETManny Machado : (Knee) Played In Extended Spring Game Monday
    Machado (knee) played in his second extended spring training game Monday, MASN Sports reports.
    Machado went 0-for-5 with a sacrifice fly, but the important thing is he has remained on schedule in his comeback. He could begin a minor league rehab assignment later this week.
  • 04/22/14 - 6:19AM ETSteve Pearce : Likely Headed For Minors
    Pearce is likely to be sent to the minors with the Orioles needing to make room for T.J. McFarland on Tuesday, MASN Sports reports.
    More than three weeks into the season, Pearce has received just one start and seven at-bats. The bench will be thin with another bullpen arm on the roster and J.J. Hardy day-to-day. If Hardy is not available, that would leave just two players on the bench. However, the Orioles have dealt with Hardy injuries since the first week of the season and still Pearce's services have not been needed.
  • 04/22/14 - 4:30AM ETWill Middlebrooks : (Calf) 0-for-3 In Rehab Game Monday
    Middlebrooks (calf) went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a line out on Monday while making his first rehab appearance for Triple-A Pawtucket. He played five innings and did not get a defensive chance.
    Middlebrooks will get Tuesday off before participating in games Wednesday and Thursday. If all goes well, he could be back with Boston by the weekend.
  • 04/22/14 - 4:28AM ETShane Victorino : (Hamstring) 1-for-4 In Rehab Game Monday
    Victorino (hamstring) had a hit in four at-bats Monday while making his second rehab appearance for Triple-A Pawtucket.
    He played seven innings Monday and is next scheduled to play a full game Tuesday before he's evaluated for a return to Boston. Victorino is 1-for-7 on his assignment.
  • 04/22/14 - 3:13AM ETMiguel Gonzalez : (Shoulder) Could Throw To Hitters Soon
    Gonzalez (shoulder) could start throwing to hitters before the end of the month, the Phillies' official site reports.
    Gonzalez has thrown off the mound a few times in the past week. He is working his way back from right shoulder tendinitis.
  • 04/22/14 - 3:07AM ETDarin Ruf : Taking Swings Off Tee
    Ruf (oblique) has begun taking swings off a tee, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
    GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said he was unsure when Ruf would be ready to start an official rehab assignment. It shouldn't be far off, provided there are no setbacks to his strained oblique.
  • 04/22/14 - 3:00AM ETCody Asche : Sandberg Evaluating 3B Situation Day By Day
    Manager Ryne Sandberg said he is evaluating the Phillies' third base situation "a day at a time" when he was asked if Asche could lose more playing time to Freddy Galvis, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
    Asche was given a day off Monday with the Phillies facing lefty Paul Maholm. The Phillies are unlikely to give up on Asche too quickly, but he will have to start hitting soon to avoid losing more playing time. He's hitting just .196 with one home run over 46 at-bats.

Monday, April 21

  • 04/21/14 - 7:42PM ETCharles Leesman :
    Leesman will be called up to start Tuesday's game in Detroit, CSN Chicago's Dan Hayes reports.
    With Chris Sale (arm) headed for the disabled list, Leesman will be called up for Tuesday's game, while Andre Rienzo slides back to Wednesday. Leesman, who has just one big-league start to his name, has the misfortune of matching up against Tigers ace Justin Verlander. The 27-year-old lefty hasn't shown a ton of promise as a starter, and he'll face a Tigers team that should crush lefties this season.
  • 04/21/14 - 7:32PM ETChris Sale : Headed To DL With Flexor Strain
    Sale will be placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a flexor muscle strain in his left arm, but White Sox GM Rick Hahn only expects the lefty to be out for the minimum 15 days, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
    Sale threw a career-high 127 pitches in his last start, then skipped his side session Sunday. An MRI on the affected ligament came back clean, so the lefty may only miss two or three starts. Having last pitched Apr. 17, he should be eligible to come off the disabled list May 3. The White Sox expect that to happen, but it's far from a sure thing at this early juncture. Andre Rienzo will pitch Wednesday, while Charlie Leesman has been called up to pitch Tuesday's game.
  • 04/21/14 - 6:53PM ETClayton Kershaw : Could Make Rehab Start Friday
    Kershaw (back) is scheduled to make a minor league rehab start Friday, the Dodgers' official site reports.
    After a simulated game Sunday, Kershaw came away feeling good. He threw 50 pitches in Sunday's workout, which could enable him to throw as many as 70 in the rehab start Friday. It's unclear where that start will take place, but Kershaw is expected to take the ball twice on his rehab assignment before rejoining the Dodgers' rotation.
  • 04/21/14 - 6:49PM ETJonathan Papelbon : Battling Flu Bug
    Papelbon is questionable to pitch in Monday's game due to the flu, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
    Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg referred to his closer as "a little iffy" when discussing Papelbon's availability prior to game time. If Papelbon is in fact unavailable, the Phillies will likely play the matchups for the ninth inning should a save situation arise.
  • 04/21/14 - 6:05PM ETJake Arrieta : (Shoulder) Could Rejoin Rotation Saturday
    Arrieta (shoulder) fanned seven and walked two while giving up five runs -- three earned -- on five hits over 5.2 innings in his rehab start Monday against High-A Clearwater.
    Of the eight contact outs he recorded, Arrieta induced seven on the ground. Monday's start could wind up being his final rehab outing, which would enable him to join the Cubs' rotation as soon as Saturday if he's deemed ready to return.
  • 04/21/14 - 5:59PM ETJhoulys Chacin : (Shoulder) Second Rehab Start Scheduled Friday
    Chacin (shoulder) will make his next start at Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday.
    It's expected that Chacin will require two more rehab starts before returning to the Rockies, putting him on track for an activation from the disabled list in early May.
  • 04/21/14 - 5:41PM ETDaniel Carbonell : Becomes Free Agent
    Carbonell has established residency in Mexico and is eligible to sign as a free agent, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.
    At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, Carbonell projects as a speedy center fielder with the ability to switch-hit and potentially deliver power, although his speed and his arm grade out as better tools presently. Since news of his defection from Cuba first surfaced, a handful of MLB teams have been rumored to have interest in signing him. A workout video released by Carbonell's representatives can be viewed here, while the 23-year-old has four years of experience in the Cuban National Series where he hit .287/.395/.398 during his career.
  • 04/21/14 - 4:53PM ETKhris Davis : (Illness) Late Scratch Monday
    Davis (illness) was a late scratch for Monday's game against the Padres due to a bout with the stomach flu,'s Adam McCalvy reports.
    The illness first surfaced for Davis during the Brewers' pregame batting practice, with manager Ron Roenicke decided it was in the outfielder's best interest to sit this one out. Elian Herrera will man left field in his stead.
  • 04/21/14 - 4:48PM ETTaijuan Walker : (Shoulder) Evaluation Set for Wednesday
    Walker (shoulder) will be evaluated by the team doctor Wednesday, after which he's hopeful that he'll receive clearance to throw, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
    After Walker was scratched from a rehab outing last Tuesday, Apr. 16, a shoulder impingement was found and two weeks of rest prescribed. However, he may be able to throw a week earlier than expected, if all goes well Wednesday. Until he gets the all-clear, though, his return date will be up in the air, with a decent bet suggesting mid-to-late May for his season debut.
  • 04/21/14 - 4:40PM ETJames Paxton : (Back) Slated for Exam Wednesday
    Paxton (back) will be examined by the team doctor Wednesday, after which he could be cleared to throw, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
    There are seemingly mixed signals between manager and player. While Lloyd McClendon relayed Monday that Paxton remains on his initial 6-to-8 week timetable, Paxton revealed that he "feels great" and is hopeful that he'll be able to throw soon. Until the situation has been clarified, his return is undetermined.
  • 04/21/14 - 4:26PM ETYoenis Cespedes : (Heel) Available off Bench Monday
    Cespedes (heel) is available off the Athletics' bench Monday against the Rangers, Joe Stiglich of CSN California reports.
    Manager Doug Melvin relayed the news, but the starting lineup still includes Brandon Moss in left field and Daric Barton at first. Prior to sustaining a bruised right heel Sunday, Cespedes tallied hits in six of seven contests, batting .310 (9-for-29) with three homers, six RBI, six runs, and a 5:4 BB:K.
  • 04/21/14 - 4:24PM ETClayton Kershaw : Will Throw Bullpen Tuesday
    Kershaw (back) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
    Kershaw was expected to move onto a rehab outing for his next throwing activity, but he'll likely fit in another side session before his next course of action his decided. All the news on Kershaw's recovery seems positive so far, and it sounds like he'll have a legitimate chance at beating his original mid-May projected timetable.
  • 04/21/14 - 3:39PM ET :
    Paxton (back) has yet to begin throwing, and manager Lloyd McClendon stated that Paxton likely remains on his initial 6-to-8 week timetable, Greg Johns of reports.
    Paxton posted two fine outings prior to coming down with a strained left lat on Apr. 8, recording two wins, including one quality start, with a 2.25 ERA, 0.667 WHIP, and 13:2 K:BB in 12 frames. Because he isn't close to throwing, he's unlikely to be available to the Mariners' rotation until the latter half of May.
  • 04/21/14 - 3:31PM ETYoenis Cespedes : (Heel) Availability Unknown Monday
    Cespedes relayed Monday that his right heel has improved, but it's unclear if he'll be available in a pinch, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
    Cespedes is suffering through a bruised heel, which spurred his removal from Sunday's contest in the seventh inning. While Brandon Moss covers left field and Daric Barton handles first base, no ruling has come down on Cespedes' potential availability Monday.
  • 04/21/14 - 2:41PM ETMichael Cuddyer : (Hamstring) Headed To DL
    Cuddyer (hamstring) was placed on the 15-day DL Monday, retroactive to April 18.
    Cuddyer has been dealing with a strained left hamstring that has kept him out of the lineup for four straight games, and will finally land on the DL as a result. Charlie Culberson was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs to take his spot on the 25-man roster, and could be called upon for outfield duty in his absence. Cuddyer has gone 19-for-60 to start the season with three home runs, but the reigning NL batting champion will receive some extended rest to treat a potentially nagging injury before he's eligible to return May 3.
  • 04/21/14 - 2:36PM ETCameron Maybin : (Arm) Could Return During Road Trip
    Maybin (arm) could return from the disabled list at some point during the Padres' 10-game road trip, Marty Caswell of 1090 Sports Radio reports. "We're not in a huge rush," GM Josh Byrnes said, regarding Maybin's status. "It could happen on this trip."
    Maybin began his rehab assignment at Triple-A El Paso back on Apr. 11, and after missing all of spring training with the injury, he'll still need several more games worth of at-bats before an activation will be seriously considered. He's batting 5-for-26 (.192) over his seven games in El Paso thus far.
  • 04/21/14 - 2:30PM ETChris Sale : (General Soreness) Tuesday's Nod Likely Pushed Back
    Sale's scheduled start Tuesday at Detroit will likely be pushed back due to "general" muscle-based soreness, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
    In 2012, Sale missed two starts due to a similar concern, but manager Robin Ventura is hopeful that a few days off will aid in a quicker recovery. Sale is coming off a 127-pitch outing Thursday against a patient Red Sox lineup, but without a definitive course of action, the date of his next scheduled start is unknown.
  • 04/21/14 - 2:29PM ETMike Minor : (Shoulder) Throwing Bullpen Tuesday
    Minor (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday, which will likely result in a target date for his first start of the season, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
    Minor had been tentatively scheduled to make his 2014 debut Saturday against the Reds, but it appears as if the Braves want to see him in action before committing to this date. Saturday would be the earliest possible day, but Sunday or another day early next week could also be potential return dates. Regardless, fantasy owners who drafted the injured Minor this season shouldn't have to await his return much longer.
  • 04/21/14 - 2:22PM ETYasmani Grandal : Still Unable To Catch Everyday
    Grandal, who isn't in the Padres' lineup Monday at Milwaukee, will be considered the No. 1 catcher once he's displays the ability to catch every day, Bill Center of the team's official site reports.
    The starts in San Diego's backstop break down as follows in 2014: eight for Grandal, eight for Rene Rivera, and the remaining four for Nick Hundley. Grandal will take on the majority of nods once he can handle the rigors of catching on a daily basis. However, he remains unable to do so on the right ACL that was repaired last August, leaving a committee approach to rule the day for the time being.
  • 04/21/14 - 1:59PM ETCarlos Gonzalez : (Knee) In Monday Lineup
    Gonzalez (knee) is in the lineup Monday against the Giants,'s Thomas Harding reports.
    Gonzalez was removed from Sunday's game due to knee tendinitis, but the Rockies have downplayed the seriousness of the injury. Gonzalez admitted Sunday that he has been dealing with the issue for a while, but that he doesn't expect it to force him to miss long stretches of action. His presence in Monday's lineup confirms this affirmation.
  • 04/21/14 - 1:45PM ETScott Feldman : (Biceps) DL Bound
    Feldman was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday due to biceps tendinitis, Brian McTaggart of reports.
    After notching three consecutive quality starts to begin the season, Feldman was battered for five runs (four earned) on nine hits and one walk, while punching out two in six frames during his last start Thursday versus the Royals. The biceps may have been at the crux of his issues, but GM Jeffrey Luhnow relayed that the ailment is "nothing too concerning." In the interim, Collin McHugh has been called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City to fill in the Astros' rotation.
  • 04/21/14 - 1:34PM ETAdam Eaton : (Hamstring/Knee) Hopes To Play Tuesday
    Eaton intends to test out his left hamstring prior to Tuesday's game in Detroit, for which he hopes to be cleared to play, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
    Eaton is a bit banged up at the moment, nursing a knee concern as well as a mildly strained left hamstring. No matter, he's impressed so far in his initial season with the White Sox, slashing .282/.394/.373 in 66 at-bats. In his stead, Jordan Danks is manning center field and batting leadoff.
  • 04/21/14 - 1:21PM ETYoenis Cespedes : (Heel) Sidelined Monday
    Cespedes (heel) isn't in the Athletics' lineup Monday against the Rangers.
    A bruised right heel knocked Cespedes out of Sunday's game in the seventh inning, and he'll begin the week on the bench, with no indication one way or the other whether a pinch appearance is a possibility. In his place, Brandon Moss will handle left field, while Daric Barton covers first base.
  • 04/21/14 - 12:53PM ETDavid Freese : Out of Monday's Lineup
    Freese isn't in the Angels' lineup Monday in Washington, Alden Gonzalez of reports.
    Freese will remain on the bench for the third time in four games, and his sole appearance Sunday was uninspiring (0-for-3 with two strikeouts). His absence will keep Ian Stewart in the lineup at the hot corner, and with no DH in a National League city for the next three outings, Freese will be afforded additional rest to aid in the recovery of his sore right quadriceps.
  • 04/21/14 - 10:12AM ETAndy Dirks : (Back) Placed On 60-Day DL
    Dirks (back) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Monday, James Schmehl of reports.
    Dirks opened the season on the disabled list after undergoing surgery on his lower back in early March, which was slated to result in 12 weeks of recovery. Thus, the 60-day DL was a logical landing spot and will hand Monday's call-up, fellow outfielder J.D. Martinez, a spot on the 40-man roster. Don't expect to see Dirks until early June at the earliest.
  • 04/21/14 - 9:11AM ETJ.D. Martinez : Recalled Monday
    The Tigers recalled Martinez from Triple-A Toledo on Monday, James Schmehl of reports.
    It's not certain who Martinez will replace on the roster, but it seems likely that a reliever will be removed from the roster to open a spot. Martinez, who made swing changes over the offseason after being release by the Astros, mashed with Toledo, tallying 10 home runs and 22 RBI in 17 games. However, he may find playing time hard to come by with the big club, as the Tigers have used the starting outfield of Rajai Davis, Austin Jackson, and Torii Hunter 11 times in 15 games this season.
  • 04/21/14 - 8:33AM ETCarlos Gonzalez : Knee Tendinitis Not Considered Serious
    The Rockies are downplaying the severity of the knee injury that forced Gonzalez to exit Sunday's game in the sixth inning,'s Owen Perkins reports. "It doesn't seem to be too serious," manager Walt Weiss said. "The knee was acting up on him."
    Gonzalez indicated that he's been dealing with tendinitis off and on "for a while," but it hasn't typically been painful enough to sideline him for long stretches of action. He said he plans on playing Monday against the Giants, but it seems possible that manager Walt Weiss could err on the side of caution and give him an extra day to rest up.
  • 04/21/14 - 8:24AM ETRandy Wolf : May Join Diamondbacks Rotation
    Wolf could be an option to join the D-Backs' rotation this week as a replacement for Michael Bolsinger, the Arizona Republic reports.
    After signing a minor league deal with the D-Backs on April 11, Wolf has made a pair of starts at Triple-A Reno while the most recent outing came Saturday, the same day as Bolsinger's first MLB start against the Dodgers. Bolsinger was roughed up Saturday, but is currently projected to take the ball Thursday against the Cubs barring a change of plans. The D-Backs' needs in long relief in the coming days may ultimately determine if Wolf usurps Bolsinger this week.
  • 04/21/14 - 8:06AM ETTom Gorzelanny : (Shoulder) Still No Timetable For Return
    A target date for Gorzelanny (shoulder) to return from the disabled list has not been established,'s Adam McCalvy reports.
    Gorzelanny is working his way back from offseason shoulder surgery, and though things are now progressing in the right direction, a minor setback a couple weeks ago did set him back a bit. Gorzelanny has yet to resume throwing, so he will not pitch for the Brewers until sometime in May at the earliest.
  • 04/21/14 - 6:41AM ETJ.J. Hardy : (Hamstring) Won't Play Monday
    Hardy (hamstring) is not in Monday's starting lineup.
    After leaving Sunday's game early due to a hamstring issue, Hardy is not in the Orioles' starting lineup for the Monday morning Patriot's Day bout in Boston versus the Red Sox. Ryan Flaherty will replace him at shortstop. Hardy could be back as soon as Tuesday, but fantasy owners should be on the lookout for updates on his status.
  • 04/21/14 - 5:38AM ETMark Teixeira : (Hamstring) Succesful Debut
    Teixeira (hamstring) went 2-for-6 at the dish in his return to the lineup Sunday against the Rays.
    Teixeira looked good in his first game back from the disabled list, singling in his first at-bat of the afternoon and supplying another single later in the contest. While it's difficult to imagine him reemerging as the vaunted power threat he was in his earlier seasons with the Yankees, the 34-year-old should still be an above-average source of home runs at his position now that he's apparently healthy.
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