Johnson (elbow) could need Tommy John surgery, Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reports.
Club officials told Passan that they are worried Johnson will need TJ surgery, which comes as no surprise, as we already knew Johnson's season was in danger and he was headed to visit Dr. James Andrews. He has tried to rehab the injury since spring training, and the lack of results have led him to this point. Those in single-season leagues without a DL spot can probably cut bait with Johnson at this point. Johnson could be the 22nd confirmed player this season to have the UCL replacement surgery.
Kouzmanoff went 3-for-4 with his first home run of the season Tuesday, along with a pair of doubles, two runs and two RBI against the Mariners.
The Kouz led the Rangers in hits Tuesday, and seems to be settling into his role at third base in the absence of Adrian Beltre (quadriceps), who will be out at least until April 24.
04/15/14 - 8:01PM ETBlake Beavan
: Leaves With Shoulder Stiffness
Beavan was forced out of Tuesday's game with shoulder stiffness, 710 ESPN Seattle's Shannon Drayer reports. He went just four innings, allowing two runs on six hits with one strikeout against the Rangers. Manager Lloyd McClendon would not commit to a starter for Sunday's game, which would've been Beavan's next turn in the rotation.
He apparently thought the tightness would loosen up in the game, but it did not, and he was concerned with his velocity and lack of life on the ball. The lack of movement on his pitches could help explain the two home runs he gave up to Rangers hitters in the second inning, but they could also be explained by Beavan just not being that great of a pitcher. Owners in deeper leagues should keep tabs on his progress, but it sounds like he'll miss his next scheduled start.
04/15/14 - 7:55PM ETAdam Lind
: Leaves With Back Tightness
Lind left Tuesday's game with lower back tightness, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Lind, who finished 1-for-2 with a walk and a run, was replaced at designated hitter by Josh Thole. His owners should continue to monitor his progress Wednesday, as it's unclear if he'll have to miss further time.
Cabrera was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a sore right knee, Padres broadcaster Bob Scanlan reports.
With Cabrera scratched, Will Venable will move atop the lineup while Alexi Amarista comes in to play shortstop. The 27-year-old Cabrera is off to a strong start, and has hit safely in seven straight games, but it's uncertain how long this ailment could sideline him.
04/15/14 - 5:13PM ETJosh Johnson
: Set To Visit Dr. James Andrews
Padres GM Josh Byrnes said Tuesday that he's "not sure" whether Johnson (forearm) will pitch this season, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Initially handed a 4-to-5 week estimate after landing on the DL with a flexor strain, Johnson now appears in danger of missing the entire 2014 season. Nothing's definite, but Johnson, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2007, will visit Dr. James Andrews next week to determine a course of action.
04/15/14 - 5:01PM ETJosh Willingham
: (Hand) Won't Travel With Team On Upcoming Trip
Willingham (hand) won't travel with the team on their upcoming road trip, Brandon Warne of TwinkieTown reports.
This means that April 25, when the Twins return home to face the Tigers, will be Willingham's first chance to get back on the field, although that's far from a certainty. In the meantime the Twins will continue to give the corner outfield at-bats to the likes of Chris Colabello and Jason Kubel.
Walker was scratched from his minor league rehab start Tuesday with shoulder stiffness, Shannon Drayer of 710 AM ESPN Seattle reports.
The 21-year-old was moved up to Triple-A Tacoma for Tuesday's start, leading to speculation that he could return to the major league team as soon as Sunday, but the right-hander failed to get loose thanks to the tight shoulder. Walker will be re-evaluated Wednesday, and that exam should shed light on the severity of this setback.
Arcia had a cortisone shot in his injured wrist Tuesday, and he will not travel with the Twins on their upcoming road trip, Brandon Warne of TwinkieTown reports.
This means that April 25, when the Twins return home to face the Tigers, will be the soonest we could see Arcia, as he's reported little progress from his injury. The musical chairs in the Twins' outfield will continue in his absence.
Hamilton is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Pirates.
Hamilton will take a seat after starting seven straight games, as Roger Bernadina takes over in center and Chris Heisey leads off against right-hander Gerrit Cole. In four games since his three-hit effort last Wednesday, Hamilton is just 1-for-17.
Cuddyer (elbow) is in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Padres.
A collision with the outfield wall Monday left Cuddyer with a right elbow contusion, but it's looking like he won't even miss one start due to the injury. Cautious fantasy owners may, however, want to keep an eye on Cuddyer's status, as there's always a chance the elbow doesn't respond well during batting practice.
Crawford (oblique) is back in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Giants.
After missing two games with tightness in his side, Crawford will return to the lineup to take on right-hander Tim Lincecum. The 32-year-old Crawford has gone 6-for-14 in his last three games, and is 3-for-7 with a triple in his career against Lincecum.
04/15/14 - 3:18PM ETMatt Kemp
: Out of the Lineup Tuesday
Kemp is out in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Giants.
Kemp is just 9-for-46 (.196 average) in his career against Tim Lincecum, Tuesday's starter for San Francisco, so the Dodgers will sit him down for the second time in four games. The team will continue to be mindful of Kemp's workload, especially in the early going, as they have the outfield depth and don't need to push their luck with Kemp's ankle.
04/15/14 - 2:16PM ETClayton Kershaw
: Throws 'At Close To Full Speed' Tuesday
Kershaw (back) threw a bullpen session Tuesday "at close to full speed," according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Officially, Kershaw is still on his submaximal rehab program, but he evidently ramped up the intensity of his throwing Tuesday. The left-hander threw off a full mound for the first time since his injury Saturday, and while there is still no set timetable for his return to the majors, the team should have a much better idea of where Kershaw stands after a few more bullpens.
04/15/14 - 2:03PM ETDavid Hale
: Skipped In Rotation
Hale will be skipped in the rotation this time through.
Hale was scheduled to start Tuesday, but that game has been postponed due to inclement weather and the two teams are expected to make it up in a later series. Atlanta's going to keep Julio Teheran and Alex Wood on schedule rather than push them back, so Hale will be available out of the bullpen the next two days.
Burnett (groin) will start Thursday against the Braves, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports.
Tuesday's game has been postponed due to inclement weather, and the teams will make it up in a later series rather than schedule a doubleheader for the coming days. Burnett, who suffered a hernia in his last start, is now set to toe the rubber Thursday with Cliff Lee moved to Wednesday.
Pedroia (wrist) isn't in the Red Sox's lineup Tuesday versus the White Sox.
While he'll likely avoid the DL, Pedroia's sore left wrist will keep him out of commission for a second game in a row. In his place, Jonathan Herrera will again man second base and bat ninth in the order.
Machado (knee) will run the bases Wednesday, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports.
With Machado's knee holding up to sprints at 180 feet Tuesday, the team has decided to return him to baserunning drills. It typically represents the final hurdle a player must clear before returning to game action, so if Machado can run the bases without issue, there's at least a chance he heads out for a rehab assignment before the end of the week.
04/15/14 - 1:33PM ETColby Rasmus
: (Hamstring) Out Of Lineup Tuesday
Rasmus (hamstring) is out of the Blue Jays' lineup Tuesday at Minnesota.
Yielding center field to Jose Bautista, while Moises Sierra enters in right, Rasmus won't start for just the second time this season. However, the historically fragile Rasmus has an acceptable reason for his absence: a tight hamstring. Consider him day-to-day for now, after launching three moonshots in his previous 16 at-bats.
Granderson (forearm/ribs/knee) will avoid the disabled list for now, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.
The Mets' lineup for Tuesday's game against Arizona has not been released yet, but Granderson's name figures to remain on the lineup card as an option off the bench, even if he's unable to start. His teammate Juan Lagares appears to be headed for a DL stint, however.
04/15/14 - 12:57PM ETAdam Jones
: Sitting Tuesday with Illness
Jones is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rays, Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.
An illness has been making the rounds in the O's clubhouse, and that is believed to be the reason for Jones' absence. David Lough is playing center field for Baltimore on Tuesday night.
04/15/14 - 12:41PM ETNate McLouth
: (Knee) Back In Lineup Tuesday
McLouth (knee) is in the Nationals' lineup for Tuesday's game against the Marlins.
He'll play center field and bat seventh for the Nats in his return to action Tuesday. McLouth is an intriguing spot-start option for those in daily formats with Tom Koehler on the mound for Miami. McLouth figures to see an uptick in playing time against right-handed pitching while Denard Span (concussion) is on the 7-day DL.
Harper (quad) is in the Nationals' lineup for Tuesday's game against the Marlins.
Of course, it's worth monitoring the Nats' lineup closer to game time to ensure that he remains a part of it, but Harper's presence in the initial lineup suggests he'll be ready to go again Tuesday night after an early departure from Monday's game.
Morales will draw back into the rotation following Brett Anderson's placement on the DL with a broken finger, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.
Morales had been banished to the bullpen less than a week earlier after surrendering nine earned runs over his first two starts of the season. However, because the Rockies are already lacking in rotation depth with Jhoulys Chacin also on the disabled list until early May, Morales will receive an undeserved appointment back into the rotation. Don't expect dramatically better results this time around, and it could only be a matter of time before the Rockies promote top prospects Eddie Butler and Jonathan Gray to fill out the back of the rotation.
04/15/14 - 7:38AM ETJason Giambi
: (Ribs) Expected To Need More Rehab Work
Giambi (ribs) is expected to need a few more rehab games before rejoining the Indians, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Giambi's struggled to get his timing back at the plate during his rehab assignment, going 0-for-4 Sunday. He'll be back in a reserve role with the Indians soon but may need a few more days to get back into the swing of things.
Soria would have been used to close out a Texas win on Monday, though manager Ron Washington also incidated that Alexi Ogando will "get a chance to close ballgames" as well, the team's web site reports.
All indications are that Soria will serve as the primary closer, only yielding to Ogando due to workload concerns, as Soria works his way back into shape.
04/15/14 - 5:48AM ETMatt Harrison
: Throws 77 Pitches In Rehab Outing Monday
Harrison (back) threw 77 pitches in 3.1 innings during his rehab start Monday, the team's web site reports.
The results (six hits, three walks, three runs) weren't pretty, but health is the key right now for Harrison and all reports were positive in that respect. He's expected to make two more rehab starts before rejoining the rotation.
Adams (shoulder) was activated off the disabled list Monday night, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
Adams has not pitched in the majors in nearly 10 months. He has been recovering from shoulder surgery that he had in July of last year. He will be eased back into regular work according to manager Ryne Sandberg.
Monday, April 14
04/14/14 - 8:44PM ETMatt Moore
: Will Undergo Tommy John Surgery
Moore (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery next week, ruling him out for the remainder of 2014, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Moore was hoping to avoid the surgery, but this has seemed inevitable for the last few days, and he apparently made a final decision after feeling discomfort in his elbow while throwing Monday afternoon. The talented lefty can be ruled out for 2014, and he'll face an uphill battle to be ready by Opening Day 2015. Moore's surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews on April 22.
Kimbrel is dealing with a sore shoulder, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
Kimbrel said that the sore shoulder is no big deal and that he'd be good to go in a few days. However, it's never a good thing to hear about a sore shoulder, nor is it wise to rely on a player's diagnosis.
Quentin (knee) took batting practice on the field Monday, marking the latest step in his recovery progression, the the Padres' official website reports.
Quentin hit in a cage each of the previous five days, and the switch to on-field batting practice indicates that he's one step closer to a return. Manager Bud Black previously hinted that Quentin wouldn't hit on the field until at least Tuesday, so the outfielder is perhaps a day or two ahead of schedule. While the recent news is good, the Padres still haven't laid out a timetable for Quentin's rehab assignment or eventual return to the majors.
Harper left Monday's game in the seventh inning due to a tight quad but is still expected to be in Tuesday's lineup, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
The quad has reportedly been bothering Harper for the last few days, yet he went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple during Monday's game, and now has 12 hits in his last 21 at-bats. We wouldn't expect any stolen bases over the next few days, but Harper should otherwise be productive, assuming he's in the lineup.
04/14/14 - 5:55PM ETKoji Uehara
: MRI On Shoulder Negative
An MRI on Uehara's stiff shoulder came back negative, the Boston Globe's Pete Abraham reports.
Uehara completed a throwing session without incident Monday, and he appears to just be day-to-day. It's unclear whether he'll be available out of the bullpen Tuesday against the White Sox. If not, Edward Mujica figures to get the save opportunity, should one arise.
Victorino (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment later this week, the Boston Globe's Pete Abraham reports.
No specific date was mentioned, but it was previously reported that Victorino could start his rehab assignment as soon as Tuesday. While it's unclear whether Tuesday is still in play, fantasy owners at least have confirmation that the outfielder will start his assignment within the next few days. Victorino could make his season debut before the end of this upcoming weekend.
04/14/14 - 5:45PM ETCoco Crisp
: (Hamstring) Could Play Tuesday
Crisp (hamstring) took batting practice on the field before Monday's game, and manager Bob Melvin said the outfielder may be ready to play Tuesday, CSN Bay Area's Joe Stiglich reports.
Crisp recently dealt with a sore wrist and is now bothered by a tight hamstring, but he may be available off the bench Monday, and remains day-to-day.
Anderson (finger) was placed on the 15-day DL on Monday, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
Anderson will undergo surgery Thursday to repair the broken finger, with pins set to be inserted to aid the healing. He's expected to miss the next four-to-six weeks with the injury.
04/14/14 - 4:44PM ETYu Darvish
: (Thumb) Doesn't Expect To Miss Wednesday Start
Darvish has downplayed the severity of the cut on his thumb and doesn't think it will present any issues for Wednesday's start against the Mariners, FOXSports.com reports.
Even with the cut, Darvish was able to strike out nine Astros batters over eight shutout innings Friday night. He sustained the cut on his thumb when he poked it with his index finger while throwing a curveball, something he's done before with little to no ill effects on the quality of his pitching.
04/14/14 - 4:40PM ETJosh Hamilton
: (Thumb) No Baseball Activities Until May
Hamilton (thumb) will not take part in baseball activities until May 2, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.
Hamilton will transition from a soft cast on his thumb to a removable splint beginning Friday, but he'll still be limited to off-field workouts through the rest of April. His recovery timetable is expected to last a total of six-to-eight weeks, sidelining him until at least late May.
04/14/14 - 4:31PM ETScott Kazmir
: (Triceps) Expects To Make Next Start
Kazmir indicated Monday that he "feels great" and anticipates making his next start, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Kazmir left Sunday's game after 82 pitches with triceps tightness. His next start is scheduled for Saturday against the Astros, but it is likely the A's will be cautious with Kazmir if he has any sort of soreness or setback before the weekend.
Cahill will move to the bullpen, while Michael Bolsinger is set to enter the rotation Saturday against the Dodgers.
Cahill is off to a disastrous start, and while he may get a chance again later in the season, Bolsinger will join the rotation for the time being. Cahill won't have much fantasy value in a long-relief role, but he could see occasional spot starts, and the D-Backs remain shaky in the rotation.
04/14/14 - 3:41PM ETJose Reyes
: (Hamstring) May Return Friday
Reyes (hamstring) may be activated from the DL on Friday, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports 1 reports.
As long as Reyes' rehab assignment at High-A Dunedin goes swimmingly, he'll likely return to the Blue Jays for a weekend series in Cleveland. He could slot into the lineup immediately at shortstop, but Jonathan Diaz would spell him due to Maicer Izturis' upcoming 4-to-6 month stay on the pine due to a torn LCL in his left knee.
Crisp (hamstring) is out of the Athletics' lineup Monday at the Angels, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Crisp is handing over center field and the leadoff spot to Craig Gentry in order to rest his tight hamstring. The absence is a bit curious, though, due to the Angels trotting out a lefty in Hector Santiago, which wouldn't expose Crisp's left wrist to any stray pitches. Alas, consider Crisp day-to-day for now, while his body receives a much-needed respite.
Izturis will sit out 4-to-6 months as a result of a torn ligament in his left knee, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.
The initial diagnosis of a sprain is in fact a tear of a ligament, no matter the size, but Izturis' has been determined to be a complete tear of his left LCL. While he intends to seek out a second opinion, surgery is all but assured for such a serious malady. For the time being, Jonathan Diaz should garner most of the reps at shortstop.
04/14/14 - 2:55PM ETMatt Moore
: No Call Yet Regarding TJ Surgery
Moore (elbow) was able to throw Monday, but no decision regarding Tommy John surgery has been made, Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The season-ending procedure was assumed to be a certainty due to the slight tear in his UCL, but perhaps he prefers to determine if rest and rehab improve the situation. Despite no determination as of Monday, one may come down in the near future.
Storey returned from a left trapezius injury to toss two innings of one-run ball for Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday, The Buffalo News reports.
Storey is one of the Jays' top relievers in the minors, and he's seemingly done enough the last two years to get a shot with the big club, but Toronto already has one of the better bullpens in the league. Assuming his health holds up, Storey still figures to get a chance in the majors this season, though the path to a late-inning role in Toronto appears rather treacherous. At some point, the Jays may consider moving a bullpen arm or two, be it younger pitchers like Storey or a more proven option such as Steve Delabar or Aaron Loup.
04/14/14 - 2:00PM ET
Iwakuma (finger) is scheduled to throw another bullpen Tuesday, and will then progress to a 45-pitch simulated game Saturday, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.
Iwakuma is set to begin incorporating his splitter this week, as he previous two bullpen sessions have been mostly fastballs and changeups. Provided he can make it through this week unscathed, Iwakuma will likely progress to live hitters the following week. As long as he remains free of setbacks, Iwakuma should be right on target for a late-April or early-May return.
Burnett (groin) is expected to make his scheduled start Wednesday, MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports.
Burnett underwent an ultrasound Sunday which revealed he is suffering from a regular hernia, rather than a sports hernia, which is cause for optimism. The Phillies believe his condition is "manageable," and will proceed with his scheduled start Wednesday. If he has to be scratched for any reason, David Buchanan would be their insurance policy, but it's currently looking like that won't be necessary.
Uehara (shoulder) completed a throwing session without issue Monday, the Boston Globe reports.
With the modified bullpen behind him, Uehara will likely join the Red Sox in Chicago prior their series opener Tuesday against the White Sox. There's no indication one way or the other that he'll be at manager John Farrell's disposal right off the bat. If not, Edward Mujica will continue to handle save situations that land in Boston's bullpen.
McCann underwent X-rays on his right hand Sunday, which were returned negative, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
McCann sustained the injury Sunday against the Red Sox, when a hit-by-pitch deflected off A.J. Pierzynski and hit the Yankees' catcher while in the crouch. Although there seems to be little worry regarding McCann's health, the fact that Francisco Cervelli has landed on the DL due to a Grade 2 right hamstring strain will result in a callup to bolster the catching ranks in New York.
Machado's left knee handled 90-foot sprints admirably Monday, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.
Machado was able to rip off six at the aforementioned distance, which he'll eventually up to 180 feet. No matter the progress he makes, until he's able to make turns on the basepaths, his season debut will be in limbo.
Pedroia's sore left wrist is expected to be OK, but additional tests are scheduled Monday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. The wrist is inflamed but not broken, CSNNE.com reports.
Because the injury doesn't seem to be severe, Pedroia's owners can breath a sigh of relief, but it's unclear if he'll arrive in time for Tuesday evening's contest against the White Sox. Another absence would result in Jonathan Herrera covering second base.
Gyorko agreed to a six-year extension with the Padres on Monday, Keith Law of ESPN.com reports.
The deal will wrap Gyorko up through his prime arbitration years, just as he's starting to show signs of life this season. In the recent weekend series versus the Tigers, the second baseman notched a hit in each one, including a homer and triple apiece, to go with three RBI and two runs scored in 11 at-bats.
04/14/14 - 9:11AM ETMike Minor
: (Shoulder) Impressive In Rehab Outing
Minor (shoulder) threw 60 pitches over five shutout innings while giving up just one hit and striking out four in his rehab start at Low-A Rome on Sunday.
Presumably, Minor will need one more rehab start to push his way into the 75-pitch range, while a return to the Braves' rotation may follow five days later. No official announcement has been made regarding a timetable for his activation from the disabled list, but Minor appears to be progressing well thus far. He's still hoping to join the rotation either April 23 or 25.
Hellickson (elbow) is schedule to throw off a mound Tuesday for the first time since his surgery, the Tampa Tribune reports.
Hellickson has spent the spring in the early stages of his rehab program, performing workouts mostly composed of long toss and regular catch. He's now ready to progress to the mound, which is an important milestone, as it will be the first time he's thrown from a mound since his Jan. 28 surgery. Should Hellickson continue moving forward without any setbacks, he should return to the mound in early June. This is the first good pitching-related news to come out of the Rays' camp in a while, as Alex Cobb (oblique) and Matt Moore (elbow) currently sit on the DL nursing injuries, both of which have projected timetables greater than the 15 days allotted by their designation. Hellickson's reincorporation to the rotation will definitely play a role in getting their pitching staff back on track.
04/14/14 - 7:35AM ETMatt Moore
: (Elbow) Will Attempt To Throw Monday Or Tuesday
Moore (elbow) is scheduled to attempt throwing Monday or Tuesday, the Tampa Tribune reports.
Moore was previously considered to be destined for Tommy John surgery, but it doesn't appear that him and the Rays are ready to make that announcement just yet. His injury does involve a small UCL tear, which almost certainly requires the procedure, but on rare occasions can be dealt with by strengthening the arm, avoiding surgery. Moore is now set to play catch over the coming days, and how his arm responds will provide the best insight on whether he will continue with a strengthening program, or schedule a date to go under the knife.
Victorino (hamstring) will be evaluated in Boston on Monday to determine if he can begin a rehab assignment as early as Tuesday, the Providence Journal reports.
The Red Sox are dealing with mounting injuries early in April, so it would be good news to see Victorino get back on the field. If all goes well in Monday's exam, Victorino is expected to begin his rehab Tuesday with Double-A Portland.
Burnett threw a bullpen session Sunday and felt a pull in his groin muscle twice while throwing out of the stretch, the Phillies' official site reports. "It went away right after that," Burnett said. "I'm feeling good enough to throw."
Burnett left his last start because of soreness in his right groin. He will undergo an ultrasound Monday morning to determine the extent of the injury. If he is unable to start Wednesday, the Phillies will turn to David Buchanan.
The MRI results on Roberts' back came back negative, according to Newsday's David Lennon.
Roberts complained of lower back pain prior to the game Sunday so the Yankees were just covering their bases with the MRI. The Yanks are off Monday and hope to have Roberts back in the lineup when they square off against the Cubs on Tuesday, of course that may be wishful thinking when it comes to Roberts.
04/13/14 - 5:33PM ETCoco Crisp
: (Hamstring) Dealing With Tightness
Crisp is dealing with some hamstring tightness, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The report adds that Crisp was unlikely to play Monday against the Angels, in any case, with lefty Hector Santiago slated to take the hill against the A's. For now, the report suggests that the A's would prefer to have Crisp hold off on hitting right-handed after recently receiving a cortisone shot in his left wrist.
Trout went 3-for-4 with a homer and two runs scored in a win over the Mets on Sunday.
Trout got the party started Sunday, as his home run was the first of three consecutive dingers in the first inning for the Angels. Trout doesn't seem like he will be cooling off any time soon, as he is the owner of a 1.022 OPS in his first 50 at-bats this season.
04/13/14 - 3:50PM ETBilly Butler
: Season Opening Slump Continues
Butler was unable to break out of his slump Sunday, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Royals' loss to the Twins.
Butler is now hitless in three straight games, and just 6-for-39 to start the season, which is good for a measly .154 average. He has yet to hit a home run in 2014, and has just one homer in his last 41 games dating back to last season. The Royals are dead last in runs scored in the American League and Butler is doing little to help, leaving fantasy owners with much to be desired.
04/13/14 - 3:12PM ETNeftali Feliz
: Not Being Rushed Back To Majors
The Rangers are in no rush to promote Feliz to the majors, according to the Star Telegram. "I think [Feliz] could come up and be competitive right now," general manager Jon Daniels said. "But he's got a chance to be a great dynamic, backend piece, and we want to do what we can to get him there."
Feliz is working at Triple A Round Rock to move to a high arm slot to help keep his shoulder healthy, and has logged a 1.93 ERA with four strikeouts in four appearances to open the season. His fastball velocity, which had waned late in spring camp, has jumped to 96 mph.
Pedroia was scratched from the lineup Sunday with left wrist soreness and will travel to Boston to get it checked out Monday, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.
The news for Pedroia didn't seem serious at first, but the fact that he's been dealing with an issue since the Milwaukee series last weekend and will also have to get it checked out in Boston doesn't make it sound as minor as it did initially.
Cobb's (oblique) timetable could be between 4-6 weeks, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The typical timetable for the injury is reported to be 6-8 weeks so the 4-6 weeks that is set for Cobb would be better news for both the him and the Rays. The injury comes at a tough time for Cobb, who was starting to get on a roll on the mound, giving up zero runs in two straight appearances.
Pedroia was scratched from the Boston lineup Sunday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
The reason he was scratched is not given, but it's likely health-related as he was originally penciled into the starting lineup. In his absence, Jonathan Herrera will take his place at second base, batting ninth.
Jeter is not in the Yankees' lineup again on Sunday, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.
Jeter didn't start Saturday either with Dean Anna in his place. There is nothing to suggest that the veteran shortstop is injured, so the fact that he's out of the lineup on back-to-back days is kind of puzzling.
Beltre (quad) has been placed on the 15-day DL, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
The move is retroactive to April 9, making Beltre eligible to return April 24 if the injury subsides over the next two weeks. Hector Noesi is taking Beltre's roster spot for Sunday's game against Houston, while Kevin Kouzmanoff will continue to see extra playing time at third base while Beltre is sidelined.
04/13/14 - 11:33AM ETBrian Wilson
: (Elbow) Will Return Tuesday
Wilson (elbow) says he'll be ready to come off the disabled list when he's eligible Tuesday, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.
Wilson made five rehab outings during his stint on the DL, which were the "five outings I needed" according to the righty. There's still not much fantasy value to find here, as Kenley Jansen has a firm grip on the closer's role, but Wilson could see a few opportunities to earn some holds.
04/13/14 - 11:23AM ETTaijuan Walker
: (Shoulder) Could Return This Week
Walker (shoulder) will make his next rehab start Tuesday at Triple-A Tacoma, Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
If everything goes off without a hitch, it seems as though Walker could slot back into the Mariners' rotation as early as Sunday against the Marlins.
04/13/14 - 11:10AM ETA.J. Burnett
: Likely To Miss Next Start
Burnett (groin) is likely to be replaced by David Buchanan in his next scheduled start Wednesday, as Buchanan was removed from Sunday's start in Triple-A after just one inning, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Burnett continues to undergo further testing, including an ultrasound, but all signs are pointing to the Phillies having to skip his next scheduled start. More tests will take place Monday and Tuesday, which will ultimately prove whether Buchanan's callup was a necessity, or just an insurance policy.
Willingham (hand) had a CT scan that revealed a small fracture in the pisiform bone in his hand, but the Twins are hopeful that he won't need more than the 15-day minimum on the disabled list, Fox Sports North's Tyler Mason reports.
Even with the seemingly encouraging news, the Twins are going to have Willingham visit a specialist to ensure that the injury won't be a long-term problem.
04/13/14 - 10:44AM ETBrett Anderson
: Will Undergo X-Rays, Possible MRI
Anderson will undergo X-rays - and possibly an MRI - on his left index finger, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports.
Anderson left Saturday's start in the fourth inning after suffering what was being called a contusion on his left index finger, but initial reports had suggested that it wasn't overly serious. However, he will go far X-rays, which raises a bit of concern, as it wasn't originally considered to be necessary. There was apparently more swelling that flared up on the finger Sunday morning, and now a DL stint is not outside the realm of possibility. The results of the X-rays should provide more information, however.
04/13/14 - 8:56AM ETAlex Cobb
: May Only Miss Two Starts
Cobb, who was placed on the 15-day DL on Sunday with a left oblique strain, may only miss two starts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
While the Rays are unsure of how Cobb suffered the injury Saturday, there are whispers that he felt tightness on his first pitch before tossing seven effective innings. The early indications from the team are that it won't sideline him for a significant stretch. Nevertheless, his progress as he works back will ultimately determine if the absence is a short one.
Peralta is dealing with an illness and may not be available to pitch Sunday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
For owners in leagues where Peralta can be removed from the lineup temporarily, it sounds like he's questionable at best to appear in the final game of the Rays' series in Cincinnati.
04/13/14 - 8:24AM ETFelipe Paulino
: In Danger Of Losing Rotation Spot
Manager Robin Ventura voiced his displeasure with Paulino's performance thus far after the White Sox's loss to the Indians on Saturday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Paulino currently leads the American League with 22 hits allowed, and he nearly has as many walks (nine) as strikeouts (11) through three starts. The real sticking point for Ventura is that Paulino has averaged fewer than five innings over his three starts, which has taxed the bullpen. Paulino has a bit more rope on his hold on a rotation spot, especially given the lack of exciting alternatives, but we might see guys like Dylan Axelrod tossed out there come May.
Latos' (elbow) MRI revealed a flexor mass strain in his forearm, but his UCL is strong, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Reds manager Bryan Price said that Latos' injury is different than the strain suffered by Jonathan Broxton, and it won't require surgery at this time. The plan for Latos is simply to rest for now, while there's no clear timetable for his return. According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Latos won't throw for the next 10-to-14 days.
04/13/14 - 7:56AM ETDenard Span
: (Concussion) Feeling Much Better
Span (concussion) "feels much better," but agrees that it was for the best for him to be placed on the 7-day concussion DL, MLB.com's William Ladson reports.
Span continues to experience lingering concussion symptoms following Friday's collision with Dan Uggla. Nate McLouth took over in center field in Sunday's lineup, with Bryce Harper in left and Jayson Werth in right, and we would expect something similar to this for the remainder of Span's absence. Utility infielder Kevin Frandsen, along with recent callup Steven Souza, may also come into the mix.
04/13/14 - 7:25AM ETAlex Cobb
: Placed on DL with Oblique Strain
Cobb was placed on the 15-day DL on Sunday with a left oblique strain, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Although he was seen stretching several times during an effective start Saturday, there was no indication that Cobb was dealing with an injury. He will return to St. Petersburg for an MRI. The Rays have recalled Jeff Beliveau to replace Cobb on the roster, while a replacement for the rotation has not yet been named. One candidate may be Erik Bedard, who was going to replace Cesar Ramos in the team's long-relief role.