MLB Player News

Sunday, April 20

  • 04/20/14 - 10:41AM ETClayton Kershaw : (Back) Hopes To Move On To Rehab Starts
    After throwing a simulated game Sunday, Kershaw intends for a rehab start to be the next step in his recovery, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
    Kershaw has been progressing through a "submaximal rehab program," but the intensity of Sunday's simulated games and recent bullpen sessions have suggested that the ace is ahead of schedule in his recovery. If he does in fact move on to a rehab start in the minors as his next step, it would imply that will take the mound for the Dodgers prior to his original mid-May return estimate. Provided he avoids any setbacks, a rehab start could also produce a target return date over the coming days.
  • 04/20/14 - 10:16AM ETJeremy Hellickson : (Elbow) Overcomes Setback
    Hellickson (elbow) had a good session of catch on Sunday following a week off and considers the setback minor, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
    The key is that he considers the setback to be only minor and that it should only push him back a few days. He isn't expected back until June anyway, so the setback shouldn't change the target date much.
  • 04/20/14 - 10:02AM ETJose Valverde : Out As Closer
    Valverde is officially out as the Mets' closer, ESPN's Adam Rubin reports.
    Valverde lost the gig after surrendering a three-run homer in Saturday's loss to the Braves, inflating his ERA to 5.40 on the season. He's given up runs in three consecutive appearances and may not receive the opportunity to win the job back, with manager Terry Collins likely to turn to several options before him. Kyle Farnsworth will get the first shot at picking up saves for the Mets.
  • 04/20/14 - 9:55AM ETMichael Cuddyer : (Hamstring) Misses Third Straight
    Cuddyer (hamstring) is not in the lineup Sunday.
    Cuddyer will miss his third straight game since leaving Thursday's contest with a left hamstring cramp. He claims that he'll be able to avoid a trip to the DL, but he'll likely have to get in the lineup over the next few days for this to hold true.
  • 04/20/14 - 9:43AM ETBryce Harper : Returns To Lineup Sunday
    A day after being removed by manager Matt Williams for lack of hustle, Harper is in the lineup for Sunday's game against St. Louis, batting second.
    Williams said that was going to be the extent of Harper's penalty, and he kept his word. Harper is batting .295 with a .775 OPS through 61 at-bats, but he's been slow out of the gate in the power department with one homer and five RBI.
  • 04/20/14 - 9:37AM ETIvan Nova : (Elbow) Will Visit Dr. Christopher Ahmad
    Nova (elbow) will visit with Dr. Christopher Ahmad in the coming week for further evaluation.
    The meeting with Dr. Ahmad should determine whether Nova is better served undergoing Tommy John surgery to repair the partial tear in his UCL, or if he can recover from the ailment through rest and rehab. Either way, it looks like Nova is going to be sidelined for well beyond the 15-day minimum, forcing the Yankees to count on Michael Pineda and Vidal Nuno to pick up the slack at the back of the rotation.
  • 04/20/14 - 9:11AM ETScott Sizemore : Optioned To Triple-A Sunday
    Sizemore was optioned to Triple-A Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday, MLB.com reports.
    With Mark Teixeira returning from the disabled list Sunday, the Yankees no longer had room for Sizemore as corner outfield depth. He'll be on the short list for a call-up the next time the Yankees suffer an injury to an infielder.
  • 04/20/14 - 9:03AM ETAnthony Rizzo : (Back) In Sunday's Lineup
    Rizzo (back) will be in the lineup Sunday against the Reds, Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald reports.
    After expressing some uncertainty about whether Rizzo would be back in the lineup Saturday following his early exit Saturday due to back spasms, manager Rick Renteria apparently felt comfortable with how the first baseman progressed in his recovery overnight. Barring a recurrence of the back woes during Sunday afternoon's tilt, fantasy owners in weekly leagues shouldn't have too much reservation about inserting Rizzo into their lineups.
  • 04/20/14 - 9:01AM ETMike Minor : (Shoulder) May Start Saturday
    Minor (shoulder) is tentatively scheduled to start Saturday against the Reds, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
    Minor made his most recent rehab start Saturday, so this date would allow him two extra days of rest. He's eligible to return from the DL Friday, but will likely follow Ervin Santana in the rotation. After four rehab appearances, it looks as if Minor has finally built up the strength required to join the big league rotation. David Hale will likely move back to the bullpen as a result.
  • 04/20/14 - 9:00AM ETRyan Ludwick : (Toe) Playing Sunday
    Ludwick (toe) is back in the lineup Sunday against the Cubs, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
    Ludwick experienced nothing more than soreness after taking a foul ball to the foot Friday, and a day out of the lineup Saturday was all he needed to recuperate. He'll man left field and bat sixth in his return to the lineup.
  • 04/20/14 - 8:51AM ETDesmond Jennings : (Groin) Will Play Sunday
    Jennings (groin) is not in the lineup Sunday against the Yankees, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.
    With his groin injury limiting him only to pinch-hitting duty for the third straight game, Brandon Guyer will make the start in center field. Jennings was able to test out his groin by running during Sunday's pregame warmups, but he's not quite operating at full speed.
  • 04/20/14 - 8:35AM ETDavid Freese : (Quad) Will Play Sunday
    Freese (quadriceps) is back in the Anaheim lineup Sunday against the Tigers.
    Freese has missed the previous two games due to the injury, but he's apparently feeling well enough to serve as the DH on Sunday. It remains to be seen when he might return to duty at third base, but it looks like he'll be able to find at-bats one way or the other during the upcoming week.
  • 04/20/14 - 7:53AM ETMark Teixeira : (Hamstring) Activated, Will Play Sunday
    Teixeira (hamstring) was activated from the 15-day DL on Sunday, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports. He's back in Sunday's lineup, batting fifth and playing first base.
    After a hamstring injury has forced him to miss the last 15 games, Teixeira will provide some needed power to the New York lineup. His return probably bumps Kelly Johnson back to bench duty.
  • 04/20/14 - 7:29AM ETKyle Farnsworth : Named New Mets Closer
    Farnsworth has been named the new closer for the Mets, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports.
    Just a few weeks into the season, Farnsworth will now become the third different player to hold the closer role for the Mets. The 38-year-old veteran will not be entering uncharted waters, as he owns 54 career saves, including 25 for the Rays back in 2011. Manager Terry Collins made the announcement Sunday morning that Jose Valverde (5.40 ERA, 1.56 WHIP) would be demoted back to a setup role, clearing the way for Farnsworth.
  • 04/20/14 - 7:24AM ETIvan Nova : DL-Bound With Torn UCL
    Nova has been diagnosed with a partial tear of the UCL in his right elbow and will be placed on the 15-day DL on Sunday, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports.
    Nova left his Saturday start against the Rays with pain in his right elbow, with an MRI afterwards confirming the unfortunate news. While a partial tear won't necessarily require Tommy John surgery, it looks like Nova could be looking a lengthy absence regardless, should he decide to go the rest-and-recovery route. Vidal Nuno is most likely to receive the appointment to the rotation in his stead.
  • 04/20/14 - 7:00AM ETAdam Eaton : (Hamstring, Ankle) Will Miss at Least Three Days
    Eaton (hamstring, ankle) will sit for at least three days, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
    Manager Robin Ventura called the move precautionary. Eaton will avoid the DL for now, but his style of play could lend itself to additional injuries in the future.

Saturday, April 19

  • 04/19/14 - 8:08PM ETAdam Eaton : (Knee) Left Saturday's Game
    Eaton left Saturday's game against the Rangers in the fifth inning with a knee issue, not a mild left hamstring strain as originally reported, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
    This is not encouraging news for Eaton owners, as he left Friday's game as well with a strained hamstring before being declared fine to play Saturday. He went 0-for-3 at the dish before leaving with the ailment and will miss at least the next three days, according to manager Robin Ventura. Owners should monitor his status closely and cross their fingers that he avoids the DL. Eaton has 15 runs, 10 RBI, a homer and a .294 average in 18 games this season.
  • 04/19/14 - 8:01PM ETIvan Nova : Left Saturday's Start
    Nova left Saturday's game against the Rays in the bottom of the fifth with pain in his right elbow and will undergo an MRI Saturday night, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
    Nova was due for a replacement on the hill anyway, after getting tagged for a whopping eight earned runs on eight hits, four of which left the yard. Results of Nova's tests should be made available Sunday, but for now we would consider him questionable for his next start, scheduled next Saturday against the Angels.
  • 04/19/14 - 6:44PM ETJosh Reddick : Hits Walk-Off Single
    Reddick turned in a second consecutive three-hit performance Saturday, going 3-for-5 with a walk-off single in a 4-3 win over the Astros.
    All three hits were singles, but the last two games have still been very encouraging, as Reddick has quickly boosted his batting average from .098 to .200. If confidence was part of the problem, he should have plenty of it coming off back-to-back three-hit games and a walk-off winner. With the A"s slated to face Astros right-hander Brad Peacock on Sunday, Reddick will very likely be back in the lineup.
  • 04/19/14 - 6:36PM ETScott Kazmir : (Triceps) Strong Start Despite Injury
    Kazmir (triceps) struck out five and allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits over eight innings in a no decision Saturday against the Astros.
    The start was less impressive once you account for the weak opponent, but Kazmir actually shut the 'Stros down with the exception of No. 9 hitter Jonathan Villar, who went 2-for-3 with a homer and a double. The lefty proved his health by tossing 106 pitches, 75 of which were strikes in a zero-walk outing. With his triceps concern seemingly in the rear-view mirror, Kazmir is sitting pretty with a 1.65 ERA and 24:4 K:BB ratio through four starts. He'll be looking for a repeat performance Thursday in Houston.
  • 04/19/14 - 6:11PM ETIvan Nova : (Undisclosed) Exits Saturday's Start Early
    Nova left Saturday's game mid-count against the Rays in the bottom of the fifth. He was seen shaking his right arm after throwing a pitch to the Rays' Evan Longoria, Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune reports.
    Nova was due for a replacement on the hill anyway, after getting tagged for a whopping eight earned runs on eight hits, four of which left the yard. The Yankees should release further information on their No. 3 starter soon.
  • 04/19/14 - 5:37PM ETPablo Sandoval : Moved Down To Fifth In Lineup
    Sandoval will be bumped from the three to the five spot in the Giants' batting order Saturday against the Padres, CSN Bay Area reports.
    Panda has struggled mightily to start the season, managing just four RBI with runners in scoring position in 46 at-bats - a team low. His .179 average is well below his career mark of .295, and manager Bruce Bochy feels he has been too aggressive, commenting that Sandoval needs to "reel it in a bit." On the bright side, he's 12-for-22 lifetime against Padres starter Eric Stults, so perhaps he can string a few hits together Saturday at Petco Park to get back on track.
  • 04/19/14 - 5:17PM ETClayton Kershaw : (Back) To Face Batters Sunday
    Kershaw (back) will face batters while pitching in a simulated game Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reports.
    The two-time Cy Young Award winner felt good after tossing a 35-pitch bullpen session Thursday, so the Dodgers have opted to move him to the next step in his rehab. Kershaw has been on the DL since Mar. 30 with a strained back muscle, and even if he fares well Sunday, there is still no timetable for his return.
  • 04/19/14 - 5:05PM ETKoji Uehara : Strikes Out Side Saturday
    Uehara struck out three of the four batters he faced and walked the other, picking up save No. 4 in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Orioles.
    Uehara dealt with shoulder stiffness earlier in the week but has since logged a pair of scoreless innings, both in save situations. With an 11:1 K:BB and 0.00 ERA through seven innings, he looks as dominant as ever.
  • 04/19/14 - 3:23PM ETGavin Floyd : (Elbow) Two More Rehab Starts Expected
    Floyd (elbow) is expected to make at least two more rehab starts, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
    Floyd is already four starts into his minor league rehab assignment but has struggled to the tune of a 5.27 ERA, and the Braves understandably don't want to rush him. The 31-year-old is coming off Tommy John surgery and is now unlikely to join the major league rotation until May. Atlanta will have quite a decision on its hands when Floyd is ready, one that's been made much more difficult with Aaron Harang's spectacular start to the season.
  • 04/19/14 - 3:02PM ETAnthony Rizzo : Leaves Saturday With Back Spasms
    Rizzo was removed from Saturday's game with back spasms but is OK, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
    Rizzo made it seven innings, before his back starting acting up, and it sounds like his removal was largely precautionary. That said, manager Rick Renteria was non-committal when asked about Rizzo's status for Sunday, saying "we'll see."
  • 04/19/14 - 2:44PM ETCole Hamels : (Biceps) Will Start Wednesday
    Hamels (biceps) will start Wednesday against the Dodgers, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports.
    As of Friday, there was still some internal debate as to whether Hamels would return Tuesday or Wednesday, but the team has officially announced the left-hander as Wednesday's starter. A biceps injury put him behind entering spring training, and he did have one setback early. However, he cruised through his minor league rehab assignment, and those that took a chance on him will start reaping benefits a bit sooner than expected.
  • 04/19/14 - 2:36PM ETWill Middlebrooks : (Calf) Starting Assignment Monday or Tuesday
    Middlebrooks (calf) is slated to start a rehab assignment Monday or Tuesday, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.
    Middlebrooks experienced a bump in the road late in the week due to a high fever, which will seemingly be behind him in a few more days. If all goes well and a setback is avoided during the assignment, he could be handling the hot corner for the Red Sox within the week.
  • 04/19/14 - 2:17PM ETBuster Posey : Starting Saturday
    Posey (shoulder) is back in the starting lineup Saturday against the Padres.
    Posey took a foul ball off his shoulder Thursday, but his absence Friday likely had just as much to do with the fact that he had caught five straight games. Regardless, he's back and has a favorable matchup against lefty Eric Stults on tap. Posey is 7-for-15 with a homer against Stults in his career.
  • 04/19/14 - 2:12PM ETDesmond Jennings : Enduring Groin Concern
    Jennings is enduring a groin concern, which will confine him to pinch hit appearances Saturday and Sunday versus the Yankees, Marc Topkin of MLB.com reports.
    Jennings initially picked up the ailment Monday in Baltimore, resulting in two absences from the starting lineup in the interim. He's targeting a full return Tuesday against the Twins, but his lack of at-bats this weekend should induce owners to use other outfield options.
  • 04/19/14 - 2:11PM ETChase Headley : (Biceps) Back in the Lineup
    Headley (biceps) is back in the starting lineup Saturday against the Giants.
    A mild right biceps strain cost Headley three starts, but he'll step back in Saturday to face right-hander Tim Hudson. Headley has struggled against Hudson in his career (2-for-16 with five strikeouts), which likely explains why manager Bud Black is batting him fifth.
  • 04/19/14 - 2:03PM ETMichael Cuddyer : (Hamstring) Out Again Saturday
    Cuddyer (hamstring) remains out of the lineup Saturday.
    The hamstring, which grabbed at Cuddyer as he ran through first base Thursday, will keep the 35-year-old out of the lineup for a second straight day. His status for Sunday's series finale is uncertain, but he was reportedly available to pinch hit Friday and has said that he expects to avoid the DL.
  • 04/19/14 - 1:54PM ETYasiel Puig : Out of the Lineup Saturday
    Puig is out of the lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.
    Puig is the odd man out of the Dodgers' outfield rotation this time around, with Andre Ethier moving to right and Matt Kemp manning center. While Puig is batting just .235 so far this season, he has started six of the team's last seven games and will likely see as much or more time than any of the other four outfielders.
  • 04/19/14 - 1:25PM ETBartolo Colon : (Back) Will Start Saturday
    Colon (back) will make his scheduled start Saturday against the Braves, as expected.
    A back issue threatened to keep Colon off the hill Saturday, but he'll be able to pitch through any lingering discomfort he may have. The right-hander has already faced Atlanta once this season, having tossed seven shutout innings in a win back on Apr. 8.
  • 04/19/14 - 1:17PM ETBryce Harper : Removed for 'Lack of Hustle'
    Harper was removed from Saturday's game for a "lack of hustle," according to manager Matt Williams, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports.
    Owners can take comfort in knowing that Harper's removal was unrelated to the quad tightness he's been nursing in recent days. Williams decided to make a statement to his team by removing Harper for not hustling down the first base line in the sixth inning, but this likely isn't something that could affect his long-term playing time.
  • 04/19/14 - 12:57PM ETCarlos Beltran : (Shoulder) Back in Action Saturday
    Beltran (shoulder) is back in the Yankees' lineup Saturday at Tampa Bay, Kevin Davidoff of the New York Post reports.
    Beltran took a seat Friday, after falling over the padded wall down the right field line during Thursday's game, but he'll return to action as the DH on Saturday, batting third in the order. It's unclear when he'll be able to take the field again, but at least he's healthy enough to contribute at the plate.
  • 04/19/14 - 12:43PM ETDesmond Jennings : Out Again Saturday
    Jennings remains out of the Rays' lineup Saturday versus the Yankess, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
    After manning DH on Thursday, Jennings was held out of the lineup Friday but acted as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning, tallying an RBI single in his sole at-bat. However, another absence Saturday lends to the fact that an injury may be ailing him at the moment. The Rays haven't intimated one way or the other whether this is the case, but David DeJesus will again cover left field and bat leadoff.
  • 04/19/14 - 12:27PM ETIke Davis : Starting Saturday
    Davis will start at first base and bat sixth in his Pirates debut Saturday.
    Davis, whom the Pirates acquired from the Mets on Friday for reliever Zack Thornton and a player to be named, will step right in Saturday to face right-hander Matt Garza. Given Davis' track record against lefties, a platoon with Gaby Sanchez at first base seems likely, but Davis should see the lion's share of the starts. Travis Ishikawa was designated for assignment.
  • 04/19/14 - 12:20PM ETJordy Mercer : (Ankle) Will Not Play Saturday
    Mercer (ankle) is out of the starting lineup Saturday against the Brewers.
    Mercer will be given at least one day to rest his sore right ankle, which took the brunt of a Martin Maldonado slide on a force play at second base Friday. Clint Barmes will man short and bat eighth against right-hander Matt Garza.
  • 04/19/14 - 12:09PM ETBryce Harper : Early Exit Saturday
    Harper left Saturday's game against the Cardinals after six innings, William Ladson of MLB.com reports.
    Harper was replaced by Kevin Frandsen in left field to begin the top of the seventh inning. A reason for his removal has not been given, but Harper has been dealing with left quad tightness in recent days and may very well have aggravated the muscle.
  • 04/19/14 - 11:04AM ETManny Machado : (Knee) Plays Five Spring Training Innings
    Machado (knee) played five innings at third base without issue in an extended spring training game Saturday, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.
    Machado had logged 17 at-bats in extended spring training prior to the game, but Saturday marked his first time playing the field since suffering the knee injury near the end of last season. Manager Buck Showalter said the 21-year-old will play again Sunday, and while nothing's set in stone, it seems likely Machado will head out on a rehab assignment next week.
  • 04/19/14 - 9:50AM ETDelino DeShields : Will Miss Several Weeks
    DeShields is expected to miss several weeks after suffering a non-displaced maxillary sinus fracture in his left cheek, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
    DeShields was hit in the face by a 90 MPH fastball during Double-A Corpus Christi's game Friday night in Frisco. He spent Friday night in the hospital but was released early Saturday morning and is back with his teammates at the Hooks' hotel. DeShields, who is hitting .259 with two home runs, four RBI and six steals this season, will be further evaluated Saturday.
  • 04/19/14 - 9:46AM ETPhil Hughes : (Finger) Nail Has Healed, OK for Start Sunday
    Hughes (right index finder) says his fingernail has healed, and it will not be a problem for him in his start Sunday at Kansas City, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
    Hughes is striking out an impressive 10.2 batters per nine innings pitched this season but also has a 7.20 ERA. His FIP is 3.87, however, so there has been a good deal of bad luck contributing to his inflated ERA.
  • 04/19/14 - 8:47AM ETRyan Ludwick : (Toe) Likely To Miss a Few Days
    Ludwick fouled a ball off his big toe Friday and is out of the lineup Saturday, but X-rays were negative, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
    While cleared of any fracture, Ludwick will likely require a few days of maintenance after the play. Chris Heisey will take over in left field and bat sixth in the order in the meantime.
  • 04/19/14 - 8:36AM ETDavid Robertson : (Groin) Faced Live Hitters Saturday
    Robertson faced five batters in a rehabilitation outing Saturday, the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand reports.
    Robertson struck out one, allowed a single and threw 12 of his 16 pitches for strikes. He is expected to rejoin the Yankees as their closer Tuesday.
  • 04/19/14 - 8:34AM ETBrandon Phillips : (Back) In Saturday's Lineup
    Phillips (back) is in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cubs, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
    Phillips left Friday's game in the third inning with back spasms, but the team quickly labeled his removal precautionary. It looks like he won't even miss one start as a result of the ailment, but back issues can be tricky, and a late flareup could always cause a change in plans.
  • 04/19/14 - 8:00AM ETSkip Schumaker : (Shoulder) Joins Reds, Not Ready for Game Activity
    Schumaker (shoulder) has joined the Reds on their current road trip but isn't yet ready for game activity.
    Schumaker is still projected for a mid-May return. "He's not quite ready to play in games yet, he's still doing a lot of work on getting his shoulder at full strength and getting all the soreness out," manager Bryan Price said. "He's getting better every day. He went from hitting off the tee to getting in the cages and swinging the bat. He's able to take groundballs, he's going [through] all of his throwing stuff, his running. So it's a real positive step."
  • 04/19/14 - 7:41AM ETGavin Floyd : (Elbow) Hit Hard in Rehab Start
    Floyd (elbow) allowed five runs (four earned) on four hits and one walk, while striking out six over 4.2 innings, in a rehab start for Double-A Mississippi on Friday.
    With Triple-A Gwinnett on the road, Floyd was moved down to Double-A for Friday's rehab start. He hasn't been especially sharp in his four outings, with 12 hits, six walks and eight earned runs allowed over 13.2 innings, but rust had to be expected after a year-long layoff. The most important thing is that Floyd has avoided a setback to this point and appears on track to return in late April or early May.
  • 04/19/14 - 6:33AM ETJose Reyes : (Hamstring) Active and Starting Saturday
    Reyes (hamstring) was activated from the DL on Friday.
    Reyes will be the Blue Jays' starting shortstop Saturday and should be activated in all fantasy formats.
  • 04/19/14 - 5:48AM ETAdam Eaton : Left Hamstring Injury
    Eaton left Friday's game against the Rangers after he tweaked his left hamstring, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
    Eaton might have stayed in the game, but there was no point in risking future aggravation with the Sox already down by double digits. He should be back in the lineup Saturday.
  • 04/19/14 - 5:45AM ETFelipe Paulino : May Not Stay in Rotation
    Paulino's start against the Rangers on Friday may have been his last, the Chicago Tribune reports. "We'll see where we're going after this," manager Robin Ventura said. "There are other options, so we'll talk tonight and figure something out."
    The Rangers hit Paulino up for 10 runs on 13 hits in under four innings Friday, making it four straight starts in which he posited a subpar performance. Opposing offenses have scored 22 runs against him over his last three nods, and he has an uneven 10 walks to eight strikeouts over that stretch. More importantly to the Sox, he has been unable to eat innings, which has taxed an already underperforming bullpen. Andre Rienzo, Charlie Leesman and Dylan Axelrod, all at Triple-A Charlotte, could be used as replacements in the rotation.
  • 04/19/14 - 5:11AM ETJake Arrieta : (Shoulder) One More Rehab Start Before Return
    Arrieta (shoulder) will need one more rehab start with Triple-A Iowa before he returns to the majors, the team's official site reports.
    Arrieta has been rehabbing with Double-A Tennessee but is on the verge of finally returning to the Cubs, who could use another starter with Carlos Villanueva struggling.

Friday, April 18

  • 04/18/14 - 7:29PM ETAaron Harang : Seven No-Hit Innings
    Harang came up big again, as he allowed no hits and struck out five across seven scoreless innings Friday night versus the Mets.
    The question with Harang at this point is just how long can he keep this up. Now four starts into his initial campaign with the Braves, the 13-year veteran has a 3-1 record while giving up a mere two runs on nine hits across 25.2 innings. Harang's 7.7 K/9 is certainly solid, as is the fact he has yet to give up a long ball to this point in 2014.
  • 04/18/14 - 6:23PM ETDenard Span : (Concussion) Returning Saturday
    Span (concussion) was 1-for-2 with one RBI and one walk during Friday's rehab outing at Low-A Hagerstown. Afterward, he relayed via Twitter that he'll return to Nationals in time for Saturday's game versus the Cardinals.
    Span came down with a concussion following last Friday's collision on the basepaths with the Braves' Dan Uggla. Expect Span to assume center field from his replacement in the meantime, Nate McLouth.
  • 04/18/14 - 4:49PM ETCole Hamels : Expected To Start Wednesday
    Hamels (biceps) is expected to start Wednesday against the Dodgers, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
    The left-hander threw seven innings of one-run ball for High-A Clearwater on Thursday and allowed just three hits, thus clearing the final hurdle on his road back to the major leagues. There is reportedly still some internal debate as to whether Hamels will return next Tuesday or Wednesday, but manager Ryne Sandberg thinks Wednesday is best. That way, he can use A.J. Burnett to break up Hamels and Cliff Lee, his two southpaws.
  • 04/18/14 - 4:36PM ETBrandon Crawford : (Hamstring) Back In Action
    Crawford (hamstring) is back in the lineup for Friday's game against the Padres.
    Hamstring tightness cost Crawford two starts, but he's been cleared to return to the lineup Friday against right-hander Tyson Ross. Crawford failed to record a hit in a pinch-hit appearance Thursday, snapping his seven-game hitting streak.
  • 04/18/14 - 4:12PM ETCasey Janssen : (Back) Out At Least Two More Weeks
    Janssen (back) will be sidelined at least an additional two weeks due to his lower back strain and abdominal concern, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
    The Blue Jays shut down Janssen's rehab assignment Thursday due to renewed discomfort, pushing back his next possible appearance to early May. He'll now rejoin the team in order to continue his recovery, which will include bullpen sessions and another rehab assignment. Meanwhile, the development could force the team to stick with his replacement, Sergio Santos, for the long haul, even when Janssen is healthy enough for major league action.
  • 04/18/14 - 3:59PM ETIke Davis : Traded To Pirates
    Davis was traded to the Pirates on Friday for Zack Thornton and a player to be named later.
    Pittsburgh had been interested in Davis this offseason but felt the price was too high. Davis should get the chance to, at minimum, platoon with Gaby Sanchez and could become the full-time first baseman. In addition, this solidifies Lucas Duda's hold on the role in NY.
  • 04/18/14 - 3:46PM ETBruce Chen : (Leg) Starting Saturday
    Chen (leg) will take the mound Saturday versus the Twins, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports reports.
    Scratched from his scheduled start Thursday due to a tight left gluteal muscle, Chen was given the all-clear by manager New Yost on Friday. Nevertheless, Chen has been up-and-down in two starts this season, ringing in with seven earned runs on 14 hits and two walks, while striking out 10 in 10 frames.
  • 04/18/14 - 3:34PM ETChase Headley : (Biceps) Out of the Lineup Firday
    Headley (biceps) is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Giants, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
    Despite nursing a biceps strain, Headley was still able to record a single in a pinch-hit appearance Thursday. He's evidently not yet ready for a starter's workload, but unless Headley suffered a setback, it seems likely he'll make it back in a matter of days, if not Saturday.
  • 04/18/14 - 3:25PM ETBuster Posey : (Shoulder) Out Friday
    Posey (shoulder) is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Padres.
    Manager Bruce Bochy suggested as much after Posey took a foul ball off his shoulder during Thursday's game, but the 27-year-old will be held out Friday against right-hander Tyson Ross. He was due for some rest anyway after catching five straight games, but continue to consider Posey day-to-day ahead of Saturday's tilt.
  • 04/18/14 - 3:04PM ETHanley Ramirez : Back in the Lineup
    Ramirez (hand) is in the lineup for Friday's game against the Diamondbacks.
    An errant Ryan Vogelsong pitch plunked Ramirez in the hand Wednesday, but X-rays were negative and it looks like he'll end up missing just one start. There's always a chance the hand doesn't respond well during batting practice, but Ramirez is currently penciled into his usual spots -- shortstop and the three-hole in the batting order -- to take on left-hander Wade Miley.
  • 04/18/14 - 2:34PM ETJose Reyes : Activation Set for Saturday
    Reyes (hamstring) will be activated from the disabled list following Friday's game in Cleveland, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
    Manager John Gibbons relayed that Reyes will man shortstop both Saturday and Sunday, meaning he should be good to roll for his season debut. During his rehab assignment at High-A Dunedin, Reyes tallied no hits, two walks, one RBI, and three runs scored in six at-bats.
  • 04/18/14 - 2:26PM ETCarlos Beltran : MRIs Returned Negative
    Beltran had MRIs performed on both his left shoulder and right wrist Friday, which were returned negative, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
    After taking a tumble over a padded wall down the right field line Thursday in Tampa Bay, Beltran's immediate availability was placed in question. Luckily, he's avoided any significant injury, but Friday's rest day could very well turn into a weekend respite. In the meantime, Ichiro Suzuki is covering right field and batting ninth in the order.
  • 04/18/14 - 2:04PM ETTanner Scheppers : Placed On DL With Inflammation In Elbow
    The Rangers placed Scheppers on the disabled list Friday with muscle inflammation in his right elbow, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
    While elbow injuries always raise concern, it's important to note that Scheppers is dealing with a muscle injury, and not a ligament issue. It's not clear when Scheppers will be able to pitch again, but as of now, it does not appear he is dealing with a serious setback.
  • 04/18/14 - 1:58PM ETDavid Freese : Scratched From Friday's Lineup
    Freese was scratched from Friday's lineup.
    A reason for Freese's removal from the lineup has not been given, but it's presumably injury-related. Ian Stewart will slot in at third base.
  • 04/18/14 - 1:30PM ETMichael Cuddyer : (Hamstring) Out Friday
    Cuddyer (hamstring) is not in the starting lineup Friday against the Phillies.
    As expected, Cuddyer will miss at least one start after leaving Thursday's game with cramping in his hamstring. The 35-year-old did say that he expects to avoid the disabled list, but a return for Saturday's tilt is far from certain. Charlie Blackmon will man right field Friday, with Drew Stubbs starting in center.
  • 04/18/14 - 1:20PM ETWIlson Ramos : (Wrist) Taking Light Swings
    Ramos (wrist) took five light swings Friday and felt no discomfort, Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports.
    Three days after having the stitches removed from his hand, Ramos was able to start up with some light swinging. He's just over two weeks removed from surgery, and while he experienced no discomfort Friday, Ramos did say his wrist still felt weak. An early-to-mid May return seems like a best-case scenario.
  • 04/18/14 - 1:14PM ETCarlos Beltran : Not In Friday's Lineup
    Beltran (shoulder) is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rays.
    Beltran suffered a couple minor injuries on a tumble over a wall during Thursday's game, so manager Joe Girardi decided to give him a day off to rest. Ichiro Suzuki will get the start in right field in Beltran's place.
  • 04/18/14 - 12:57PM ETJason Heyward : Sitting Friday
    Heyward is not in the starting lineup Friday against the Mets, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
    The 24-year-old has struggled out of the gate for a second year in a row, with just a .136 average in 59 at-bats for the season and one extra-base hit in his last seven games. He actually owns a 9-for-24 career record (.375 average) against lefty Jon Niese, Friday's starter for the Mets, but manager Fredi Gonzalez evidently thinks Heyward needs a day to regroup. Niese broke Heyward's jaw last season, but Gonzalez was adamant that it didn't factor into his decision. Andrelton Simmons will lead off for Atlanta, while Ryan Doumit mans right field.
  • 04/18/14 - 12:49PM ETBrandon Phillips : Leaves Friday With Back Spasms
    Phillips left Friday's game against the Cubs in the third inning with back spasms, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
    Phillips appeared to tweak his back on a swing in the first inning, and while he stayed in the game initially (and even singled in the same at-bat), the 32-year-old left after striking out in the third. The Reds have labeled his removal as precautionary, but Phillips' status for the rest of the weekend series against the Cubs is up in the air.
  • 04/18/14 - 11:57AM ETHisashi Iwakuma : (Finger) Rehab Assignment Next Week
    Iwakuma (finger) came out of Friday's simulated game free of setbacks, and expects to report to Tacoma for a rehab assignment next week, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
    Iwakuma followed up Tuesday's 55-pitch bullpen session with a solid simulated game, in which he threw all of his pitches, including the splitter. He's optimistic about his progress, and will look to build on this performance in an actual minor league game. It's unclear how many rehab starts Iwakuma will ultimately need to build up his arm strength, but it looks as if he'll be ready to return to the majors within 1-2 weeks.
  • 04/18/14 - 10:57AM ETBrandon Maurer : Could Start Sunday
    Maurer is an "increasingly likely" candidate to start Sunday against the Marlins, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
    Back troubles doomed Maurer's bid for a rotation spot in spring training, but it sounds like he may be up to temporarily replace Blake Beavan (shoulder) in the rotation. Anthony Fernandez, the only other minor league starter currently on the Mariners' 40-man roster, just threw 83 pitches in a Triple-A start Wednesday. Maurer tossed 54 pitches Monday in his first start of the season, after making three relief appearances to begin the year. He'll likely be bumped when Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) is ready to roll.
  • 04/18/14 - 10:47AM ETMark Teixeira : No Setbacks Friday
    Teixeira (hamstring) played in an extended spring training game Friday, and emerged free of setbacks, the New York Post reports. "I couldn't be happier with how it's progressing," Teixeria stated afterwards.
    Teixeira played in the field for the outing, and went 1-for-5 at the plate with a single and a strikeout. He was able to make solid contact Friday, grounding out, lining out and flying out in the remainder of his at-bats. He's now played in extended spring games on back-to-back days, and it appears his hamstring has been responding well to the extra work. If all goes as planned, Tex should make his return to the Yankees' lineup Sunday.
  • 04/18/14 - 10:28AM ETCarlos Beltran : Uncertain For Friday
    Beltran is unsure if he'll play Friday against the Rays after tumbling over a Tropicana Field wall Thursday night, the Star-Ledger reports.
    A nasty spill over a padded wall just right of the foul line Thursday left Beltran with a sore left shoulder and right wrist. The 36-year-old popped up but was subbed out in the bottom of the eighth inning, and it sounds like he may need a day to let the soreness subside. If so, Ichiro Suzuki will likely get the start in right field.
  • 04/18/14 - 9:19AM ETAroldis Chapman : (Head) Cleared To Throw Batting Practice
    Chapman (head) has been cleared to throw live batting practice, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
    Chapman has progressed to throwing bullpen sessions from a mound, and getting clearance to face live hitters represents the next significant step in his rehab. It was reported Thursday that he should receive this clearance by the end of the month, but considering that it's April 18, this report suggests that he may be ahead of schedule. If he emerges from these live sessions free of setbacks, look for Chapman to embark upon a rehab assignment relatively soon.
  • 04/18/14 - 4:59AM ETRafael Furcal : (Hamstring) Likely To Return In May
    Furcal (hamstring) is likely to require a full 20-day rehab stint, placing his targeted return date around May 5, according to MLB.com.
    Furcal returned to game action with High-A Jupiter on April 14 and will likely move to Double-A Jacksonville next week as he recovers from a hamstring strain. In his absence, Derek Dietrich has been keeping second base warm -- or scorching hot as it were -- and could be working his way into a timeshare if he continues to hit for power. Regardless, expect the Marlins to give Furcal plenty of maintenance days when he is finally ready to return to the field.
  • 04/18/14 - 4:15AM ETMike Napoli : (Finger) 1-for-3 In Return
    Napoli (finger) returned to the lineup Thursday and went 1-for-3 with a run scored in a 3-1 win over the White Sox.
    Napoli missed just one game with dislocated finger and should be safe to put back into lineups.
  • 04/18/14 - 3:33AM ETRoman Quinn : (Achilles) Nearing Return
    Quinn (Achilles) is nearing a return to game action, the Shore Sports Network reports. "I'm doing pretty much everything. Ground balls, I'm running full speed and I'm taking live batting practice," Quinn said.
    Quinn will be six months removed from his Achilles surgery at the end of April. He hopes to play in some extended spring training games by early-May.
  • 04/18/14 - 3:04AM ETA.J. Burnett : May Benefit From Hernia
    Burnett said his hernia may be a bit of a blessing in disguise, the Philadelphia Daily News reports. "It helps me to stay within myself," Burnett said. "A couple of pitches, when I tried to do too much, I could tell it wasn't right, but every time I was simple and just nice and easy, I was able to make the pitches."
    Burnett said when his stride gets long, it creates control issues for him. If his stride is getting long, he can tell from the pain from the hernia. Burnett will try to pitch through the injury all season, and will undergo surgery in the offseason.
 
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