Middlebrooks (calf) has been activated from the disabled list, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
As expected, Middlebrooks will be available Friday against the Jays, and he'll likely get the start at third base. With Xander Bogaerts looking shaky at shortstop, Middlebrooks faces some added pressure to produce, as the Sox could opt to move Bogaerts to the hot corner, where he played during the postseason last year. Of course, the team currently lacks strong alternatives at both third base and shortstop, so the Middlebrooks-Bogaerts left side should get a chance to stick.
04/24/14 - 8:24PM ETSeth Smith
: Suffers Groin Strain
Smith was pulled from Thursday's game due to a right groin strain, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports.
Smith did a bit of damage before he left, going 1-for-3 with a run, an RBI, and a pair of walks. He's been a solid No. 3 hitter for the Friars against right-handed pitching, and has a .277/.385/.431 line to show for it. It won't be surprising if Smith lands on the 15-day DL, and the Padres are already short on depth in the outfield. Making matters worse in San Diego, Alexi Amarista will likely be needed at the hot corner, after Chase Headley suffered a calf strain earlier in Thursday's game.
04/24/14 - 6:28PM ETGio Gonzalez
: (Shoulder) Early Signs Good For Monday
Nationals manager Matt Williams said he is not too worried about Gonzalez's shoulder tightness, and also added that the team should know more within the next few days, the Nats' official site reports.
Gonzalez blamed the cold weather and wind for the tightness, proclaiming after Wednesday's game that he'll be fine. Manager Matt Williams said Gonzalez didn't feel anything Thursday, besides the typical soreness that is expected the day after a start. The situation isn't settled, but it sounds like Gonzalez should be able to make his next start, which is scheduled for Tuesday in Houston. Still, the situation bears watching, as the Nationals and Williams have yet to say anything definitive.
Taveras (left ankle) is back in the lineup for Triple-A Memphis on Thursday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Taveras has dealt with a few different issues in his right leg this spring, but this latest ailment affected his left ankle. It seems like a non-issue, as he returned to the lineup in short order, and is off to solid start (.299/.356/.493) through 73 plate appearances for the Triple-A Redbirds. The balky right leg remains the larger concern, though Taveras seems to be doing fine in that department over the last few weeks.
Arcia (wrist) will take batting practice on the field Friday, and he may begin a rehab assignment early next week, the Twins' official website reports.
Such a timetable would likely give Arcia a chance to rejoin the Twins next weekend against the Orioles, which meshes with previous reports. The young outfielder didn't seem to make much progress in the first week or two of his recovery, but things now seem to be moving along just fine.
04/24/14 - 4:52PM ETChase Headley
: Right Calf Strain Crops Up Again
Headley was diagnosed with a right calf strain after exiting Thursday's game in the second inning, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports.
Headley dealt with the same issue throughout much of spring training, but he was able to get healthy in time for Opening Day. While this doesn't sound like an overly serious injury, it's concerning that there's a recurrence of a recent issue, and Headley's injury history won't make fantasy owners feel any better. As Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune points out, Headley suffered the first calf strain Feb. 22 and did not play in a spring game until March 20. That timeline doesn't bode well for his chances of avoiding the disabled list.
04/24/14 - 4:38PM ETChase Headley
: Exits With Possible Knee Issue
Headley was pulled from Thursday's game in the second inning with an apparent left knee injury, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports.
Headley came out of the batter's box awkwardly on a fly out, and was taken out of the game after his first at-bat. On April 9, he missed one game of a doubleheader due to a sore knee, but he played in the second game, which seemed to put the issue to rest. It's unclear whether Thursday's injury is related.
Machado (knee), who will begin a rehab assignment Friday, may be able to make his season debut next weekend in Minnesota, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.
That would give the third baseman about 6-7 rehab games, which could be enough, given that he's already been playing at extended spring training. A debut at the very beginning of May seems quite possible, but the Orioles will likely wait to make a decision.
04/24/14 - 3:45PM ETA.J. Griffin
: (Elbow) Getting New Opinion On Elbow
Griffin will get a second opinion on his elbow Tuesday from the doctor who performed teammate Fernando Rodriguez's Tommy John Surgery, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports.
The implication is that Griffin may require Tommy John surgery, but that's far from a definite until more information is available. Whether or not he's expected to need the procedure, this isn't a good sign for his chances to make a quick return.
04/24/14 - 3:39PM ETJim Johnson
: Possibly Back In Mix For Saves
A's Manger Bob Melvin said Thursday that Johnson may be back in the ninth-inning mix based on his recent performance, mlb.com's Jane Lee reports.
Johnson has settled down to toss 6.2 scoreless innings since losing the closer's job, striking out six and allowing five hits. More importantly, he's gotten a whopping 16 ground-ball outs, compared to just three through the air, and he's only walked two batters. Luke Gregerson and Sean Doolittle have mostly done a solid job, but both have run into a bit of trouble in recent days. Manager Bob Melvin didn't commit to anything, so the team's bullpen usage is still worth keeping a very close eye on. Should Johnson win the role back for himself, he'd likely have plenty of opportunities for saves.
Middlebrooks (calf), who went 0-for-4 in his rehab game with Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday, will likely be activated from the disabled list for Friday's game against the Jays, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Middlebrooks is 0-for-10 in three rehab games, but according to the Providence Journal, three of his four outs Thursday came on hard-hit balls. He made it through a whole game in the field without any issues, and will likely be in Friday's lineup against the Jays. Middlebrooks has a ton to prove this season, and his starting job probably won't be safe if he doesn't produce. The Red Sox lack other attractive options at third base right now, but Xander Bogaerts' ability to play the hot corner means the team could acquire either a third baseman or shortstop to displace Middlebrooks from a starting spot.
04/24/14 - 2:59PM ETDee Gordon
: (Head) Back In Action
Gordon (head) is back in the starting lineup Thursday against the Phillies.
While sliding head-first into third base on a steal attempt Tuesday, Gordon's head hit the knee of Jayson Nix, but he was quickly cleared of a concussion. Gordon missed Wednesday's game, but he'll return to second base and the leadoff spot Thursday to take on right-hander Kyle Kendrick.
04/24/14 - 2:56PM ETMatt Kemp
: Out of the Lineup Thursday
Kemp is not in the starting lineup Thursday against the Phillies.
Despite his 6-for-15 career record against Kyle Kendrick, Thursday's starter for Philadelphia, Kemp will find himself on the bench for the second time in five games. It seems manager Don Mattingly will stick to his outfield rotation for the time being, meaning Kemp is likely to continue to sit here and there against right-handers.
04/24/14 - 2:49PM ETDavid Phelps
: To Join Rotation Temporarily
Phelps is expected to fill Michael Pineda's spot in the rotation while he misses the next 10 games due to suspension, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports.
Phelps has worked exclusively in long relief this season, but he's been a dependable spot starting option for the Yankees for each of the last two seasons when called upon. Phelps will likely only make one start for Pineda, since the Yankees will be able to skip his second turn during the suspension due to an off day next week.
04/24/14 - 2:47PM ETCarlos Quentin
: (Knee) Will Report To Extended Spring Training
Quentin (knee) is expected to report to extended spring training in Arizona this weekend, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports.
Thus, baseball activities are imminent for Quentin, who landed on the DL out of spring training due to a bruised left tibia. At the beginning of camp, manager Bud Black put an expectation out there of 100 games logged in 2014, during which Quentin would rack up 450-500 at-bats. However, since joining the Padres before the 2012 campaign, Quentin has totaled 560 at-bats, which will certainly be difficult to attain after a month-plus of rehabilitation.
04/24/14 - 1:39PM ETDoug Fister
: Feels Good After Bullpen Session
Fister (back) felt good after throwing a 40-pitch bullpen session Thursday, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.
Two days after throwing 44 pitches in an extended spring training game, Fister got back onto the hill for a bullpen session. He'll now look ahead to his first minor league rehab outing Sunday, likely with High-A Potomac. The target for Fister is four innings or 60 pitches, and he's expected to need only one additional rehab start before returning to the major league club.
Claiborne was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports.
Claiborne was asked to cover two innings in relief in two out of the past three games for the Yankees, likely leaving him unavailable for the next few days. Shane Greene was called up in a subsequent move to give the Yankees a fresher arm out of the bullpen.
04/24/14 - 1:35PM ETIvan Nova
: Placed On 60-Day DL
Nova (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day DL Thursday, MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports.
Nova appears very likely to be headed for Tommy John surgery, and this transfer was merely a formality to clear up a spot on the 40-man roster. Although no official announcement has been made by the Yankees, Nova appears set to miss the remainder of 2014, with a target return date tentatively scheduled for spring of 2015.
Matsuzaka picked up his first career save Thursday with a perfect ninth inning against the Cardinals.
Kyle Farnsworth threw 19 pitches Wednesday -- his second appearance in three days -- so manager Terry Collins turned to Matsuzaka to nail down Thursday's win. The skipper suggested Wednesday that Matsuzaka could be an option to close at some point, but also hinted that he could remain stretched out in a long-relief role. Matsuzaka became the fourth different Mets pitcher to earn a save this season, and considering the marked improvement he's shown with his control thus far (two walks in 5.1 innings), it seems likely he'll be next in line for save opportunities.
04/24/14 - 1:15PM ETShin-Soo Choo
: (Ankle) Reports Improvement Thursday, Could Play Friday
Choo reported some improvement in his sprained left ankle Thursday, MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports.
GM Jon Daniels indicated that the Rangers are hopeful Choo can avoid the disabled list, though it's not clear if he'll available for the series with the Mariners that kicks off Friday. For now, however, it looks as though fantasy owners can feel good about penciling in Choo for their lineups for next week's batch of games.
04/24/14 - 1:10PM ETNeftali Feliz
: (Soreness) Placed On Minor League Disabled List Thursday
Feliz (general soreness) will be placed on the 7-day DL on Thursday, MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports.
Feliz was examined by Dr. Keith Meister on Thursday, with the Rangers relaying that the soreness the hurler is experiencing is not related to any structural issues of his ligaments and tendons. He's set to resume a throwing program later this week.
After a strong season debut Thursday -- one two runs in seven innings -- Cumpton has earned another start, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Cumpton allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out five Reds in his first start of the year. He was stuck with the loss, but manager Clint Hurdle will reward the 25-year-old with at least one more chance. Depending on how he fares, Cumpton could hold onto a rotation spot while Wandy Rodriguez (knee) remains on the DL.
Victorino (hamstring) has been activated from the 15-day DL and is in the lineup Thursday against the Yankees, Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports.
After completing his third rehab game Tuesday without incident, Victorino will make his season debut Thursday, playing right field and batting second in the lineup. Victorino's return will bump Grady Sizemore and Jackie Bradley into a timeshare in center field.
04/24/14 - 12:06PM ETMichael Pineda
: 10-Game Suspension For Pine Tar Incident
Pineda was suspended 10 games Thursday, following his ejection Wednesday night for having a foreign substance on his neck, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
Considering Pineda was alleged to have used a foreign substance in the start prior to Wednesday, he was perhaps lucky to only receive a suspension for what amounts to two starts. Look for the Yankees to have David Phelps join the rotation on a short-term basis while Pineda serves the punishment.
04/24/14 - 10:45AM ETErasmo Ramirez
: Optioned To High-A High Desert Thursday
The Mariners optioned Ramirez to High-A High Desert on Thursday, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.
While it's surprising that Ramirez was sent all the way down to the High-A level, the Mariners chose that route to keep him on schedule for a potential recall early in May. It's not a lock that he will return to the rotation around then, but the Mariners are hoping he can iron some things out in the minors, as he's given up 18 earned runs in 24 innings with the big club this season.
Billingsley (elbow) received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his elbow Tuesday and will resume throwing in five-to-seven days, the Dodgers' official site reports.
At this point, expecting Billingsley to be ready in May seems unrealistic. Fortunately, the Dodgers (at least for the moment) have the luxury of not necessarily needing him back any sooner.
04/24/14 - 9:17AM ETPedro Strop
: Closer Status Uncertain
Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Thursday that he's not sure who his closer is at this point, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports.
Strop failed to close out Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks, as he issued two walks and gave up a hit en route to his second loss of the season, but just one of the four runs against him was earned. Regardless, Renteria seems to be at least entertaining the idea of playing the matchups in the ninth inning, though that doesn't necessarily take Strop out of the mix for save opportunities. Hector Rondon seems like a decent speculative target, but James Russell, Jose Veras and Justin Grimm are all options as well.
Pollock (neck) is out of the lineup Thursday for a fourth straight day, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Neck tightness forced Pollock from last Sunday's game, and he remains unable to start for Arizona. The 26-year-old did pinch run in Wednesday's game, so any talk of a backdated DL stint can likely be put to rest.
Trumbo (foot) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday.
An MRI on Wednesday revealed Trumbo has a stress fracture in his left foot, but he's seeking a second opinion. The team will likely wait until he receives another opinion before offering up a timetable for his return, but it's looking like the 28-year-old will miss at least a significant portion of May. Roger Kieschnick was recalled to take Trumbo's place on the active roster.
Ruggiano (hamstring) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com reports.
While chasing down a ball in foul territory Wednesday, Ruggiano injured his left hamstring and had to be helped off the field. He was quickly sent for an MRI, which revealed a Grade 2 tear. Ruggiano will be eligible to return May 9, but won't be ready by then, as he's expected to need at least three-to-four weeks to recover.
Beckham will replace Conor Gillaspie (hand) in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Tigers, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Beckham was set to come off the bench Thursday after being activated from the disabled list, but he will instead start at second base with Gillaspie unable to go. Beckham will cover second base and bat eighth against Tigers starter Max Scherzer in what will be his season debut.
Gillaspie was scratched from Thursday's lineup due to lingering soreness in his left hand, CSN's Dan Hayes reports.
Gillaspie was set to return Thursday after missing a couple games, but his hand is apparently still sore, as he was spotted wearing an ice wrap Thursday morning. It's not entirely clear when he will play again, but he expects to miss a few more games, so he's likely looking at returning sometime next week.
Bourn is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Royals.
Bourn has tallied seven hits over his last four games, but with him just returning to action last week after recovering from a hamstring injury, and the Indians facing left-hander Bruce Chen on Thursday, manager Terry Francona decided to give him a day off. Michael Brantley will slide over and cover center field Thursday in Bourn's place.
Hamilton is not in the lineup Thursday against the Pirates, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
With two more base hits Wednesday, Hamilton has now hit safely in seven of his last eight games, with multiple hits in three of his last five. He's also tied for third in the NL with nine steals, but manager Bryan Price seems intent on giving the 23-year-old occasional mental breaks. Chris Heisey will take over in center field and atop the batting order against right-hander Brandon Cumpton.
Eaton (hamstring) remains out of the lineup Thursday, according to CSN's Dan Hayes.
Eaton will miss his fifth straight game Thursday as he continues to recover from his strained hamstring. Eaton could miss additional time beyond Thursday's game, so be sure to keep tabs on him if you own him. Jordan Danks will start in center field again Thursday in Eaton's place.
Granderson is not in the lineup Thursday against the Cardinals, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.
Granderson broke out of a career-long 0-for-22 slump with a base knock Wednesday, but he's still batting just .125 and could seemingly use a day off. Bobby Abreu will make his first start of the season in right field as Daniel Murphy moves up to the two-hole in the batting order.
The Indians don't believe that Salazar's struggles are related to him tipping his pitches, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. "There were some instances [of tipping pithces] last year in spring training that we addressed with him. But no, we really keep an eye on that," manager Terry Francona said.
Salazar was frustrated that the hitters seemed to know what he was throwing in his last start, but Francona and the rest of the Cleveland staff don't believe that was the case. He's 0-3 with a 7.85 ERA after four starts.
Pagan is slated to have his right knee examined Thursday in San Francisco, the Associated Press reports.
Pagan's knee has been ailing him for more than a week now, but his absence from the starting lineup Wednesday was only his second as a result of the injury. He entered the eventual extra-inning win at Colorado in the eighth inning as a pinch hitter but grounded out, bringing his hitless streak to seven at-bats. No matter, he's managed to play effectively through the ailment, so it would be a surprise if a DL stint was suddenly in the offing.
04/23/14 - 7:53PM ETMartin Perez
: Tosses Second Straight Complete Game
Perez tossed a complete game shutout for the second straight start. He walked two and struck out three.
Perez was dominant against a very good A's lineup, and needed just 109 pitches (64 strikes) to complete his outing. He'll take on Oakland again in his next outing.
Middlebrooks (calf) went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in his second rehab appearance for Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday. He's 0-for-6 with five punchouts in his two appearances.
Middlebrooks will play at least one more game Thursday before the Red Sox evaluate him for possible activation this weekend.
04/23/14 - 7:27PM ETGordon Beckham
: (Oblique) Will Be Activated Thursday
Beckham (oblique) will be recalled from his rehab assignment with Double-A Birmingham for Thursday's matchup with the Tigers, MLB.com's Scott Merkin reports.
Beckham has appeared in 12 minor-league games after missing most of the spring with an oblique injury, but finally looks to be ready to return to the White Sox. He'll likely take a few reps away from Marcus Semien at the keystone, but may also see some time at third base with Conor Gillaspie nursing a sore hand. Charles Leesman, who was roughed up in Tuesday's spot start, will be sent down to make room on the roster.
Pineda is likely facing multi-game suspension for having a foreign substance on his neck during Wednesday's game, according to Newsday's David Lennon.
Major League Baseball will determine the length of the suspension but they did suspend Joel Peralta eight games in 2012 for having pine tar in his glove. The league looked the other way once; they are highly unlikely to do so again.
Pineda was ejected from Wednesday's game against the Red Sox in the second inning for having a foreign substance on his neck.
Red Sox skipper John Farrell asked the umpires to check on a mysterious substance on Pineda's neck, and they found what appeared to be pine tar and promptly tossed him from the game. Pineda was the subject of controversy earlier this month, when he appeared to have pine tar on his hand, but the right-hander was not disciplined. He likely won't be able to avoid a suspension this time around.
04/23/14 - 5:01PM ETPablo Sandoval
: Leaves Wednesday's Game With Illness
Sandoval left Wednesday's game early because he was feeling sick, the San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman reports.
Sandoval was 0-for-2 with a walk before leaving midway through the 11-inning affair against the Rockies. It doesn't sound serious, but consider him day-to-day for now.
04/23/14 - 4:57PM ETCameron Maybin
: (Biceps) Activation Possible Early Next Week
Maybin (biceps) is unlikely to be activated from the DL until the Padres return to the West Coast for next week's series in San Francisco, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports.
Regarding a return in Milwaukee or Washington D.C., the first two swings on the team's current 10-game road trip, Maybin is unlikely to do so due to Triple-A El Paso's upcoming series in Sacramento. Its proximity to San Francisco, where the Padres begin a three-game set next Monday, lends to the fact that he could make his presence felt for the first time since rupturing his left biceps on Mar. 2. During his rehab assignment, he took his time easing into the batter's box, with one hit in his first 12 at-bats, but has since batted .318 (7-for-22) with one homer, two RBI, and five runs scored.
Kershaw will make a rehab start Friday for High-A Rancho Cucamonga, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Manager Don Mattingly said Kershaw will need to throw more than one rehab start before rejoining the Dodgers, but it sounds like only a matter of weeks, not months, before we see him back on a big league mound.
04/23/14 - 3:52PM ETBrendan Ryan
: (Back) Cleared To Resume Baseball Activities
Ryan (back) could return to the Yankees in the next 7-10 days, according to ESPN.
Ryan has been cleared to resume all baseball activities and as long as he doesn't suffer another setback should be back with the team sooner rather than later. Ryan will still be no more than Derek Jeter's backup but could still play once or twice a week as manager Joe Girardi has been extremely vigilante in giving Jeter at least one day off a week.
04/23/14 - 3:41PM ETDee Gordon
: (Head) Out Of Lineup Wednesday
Gordon (head) is out of the lineup Wednesday, the Dodgers' official Twitter feed reports.
Justin Turner will get the start at second base, as it's not surprising that Gordon will get at least one day off after hitting his head and being forced to leave Tuesday's game. Gordon passed the concussion tests, so he should be back in the lineup soon.
04/23/14 - 3:09PM ETMark Trumbo
: Has Stress Fracture In Foot
Trumbo's MRI Wednesday revealed a stress fracture in his left foot, and he will seek a second opinion, teh Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro reports.
Trumbo's injury wasn't believed to be serious, but it sounds like he could miss a few weeks or more. Make sure he's on your bench for the next few games, and we should get more information in the coming days.
04/23/14 - 3:03PM ETDane De La Rosa
: (Shoulder) Will Throw Simulated Game Tuesday
De La Rosa (shoulder) will throw a simulated game Thursday, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.
Right shoulder irritation forced De La Rosa onto the DL last week, but he made it through a bullpen session Tuesday and is now ready to face live hitters. De La Rosa was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake initially before the team ultimately decided to deactivate him, but it seems likely he'll be up to contribute to the major league team once healthy.
04/23/14 - 2:53PM ETSean Burnett
: (Elbow) Will Throw Simulated Game Tuesday
Burnett (elbow) will throw a simulated game Thursday, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.
A setback in Burnett's recovery from elbow surgery earlier this month prevented the lefty from throwing off mound for close to two weeks, but he's ready for simulated action following a pair of bullpen sessions. He appears on track to return to the major league in the relatively near future.
Ruggiano hurt himself in the ninth inning of Wednesday's game trying to chase down a ball by the bullpen in right field, and needed to be helped off the field, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.
Ruggiano slid into foul territory trying to chase down the fly ball, and slid into the mound of the open visitor's bullpen on the right field side. The injury appeared serious, as he could not walk off the field under his own power. Ryan Kalish replaced Ruggiano in right field. Consider him day-to-day until we hear more, but it would not be surprising if a DL-stint was imminent.
Choo (ankle) isn't sure when he'll return to the lineup, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. "When I first came out of the game [Monday], I thought it was more than a couple days," Choo said Wednesday. "The first day I couldn't even walk. Today I feel better."
An MRI showed no structural damage and gave Choo some peace of mind, but he stressed Wednesday that he will be cautious with the injury. "If I'm comfortable to play, I will," Choo said, and while there's some hope he may be ready to go following Thursday's off day, it sounds like he's far from a lock to play in the series opener against Seattle.
04/23/14 - 1:57PM ETJosh Johnson
: To Undergo Second TJ Surgery Thursday
Johnson (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday, to be performed by Dr. James Andrews, MLB.com's Corey Brock reports.
This was basically a foregone conclusion based on the information that had been coming out about Johnson's injury. This will technically be a revision of Johnson's UCL, as it is his second TJ surgery, with his first coming in 2007. He will miss the remainder of the 2014 season as a result, and can be dropped in all single-season leagues.
Zimmerman (thumb) can't grip yet, but has been running in the pool, the Washington Post's James Wagner reports.
He is still expected to miss 3-5 more weeks with the thumb injury, and will need to be either stashed on benches or placed in a DL spot in most formats. Danny Espinosa's excellent defense at second base and Anthony Rendon's hot start will help mask Zimmerman's absence for the Nationals, but his fantasy owners likely don't have similarly sufficient replacements available.
Freeman has had some problems lately with dryness in his eyes, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Team optometrist Dr. David Ross told Freeman that he has some "abrasions in the whites of his eyes," but the expectation is that the 24-year-old will be completely healthy by Friday. Freeman is treating the issue with drops and a gel he puts in before going to sleep, and said Wednesday morning, "Everything is all right - nothing on the corneas." He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against the Marlins on Wednesday afternoon and is now hitless with six strikeouts in his last three games.
Hamels (biceps) was activated from the disabled list Wednesday, MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports.
Hamels' offseason preparation was delayed due to shoulder/biceps injuries, but he is ready to go after completing a rehab assignment. Hamels will make his season debut Wednesday night against Zack Greinke and the Dodgers.
04/23/14 - 1:09PM ETIvan Nova
: (Elbow) Headed To Dr. Andrews
Nova (elbow) will seek the opinion of Dr. James Andrews, Sweeny Murti of Sportsradio 66 WFAN reports.
Tommy John surgery has been recommended by team doctors, but Nova wants to be completely sure of his options before making a decision. In all likelihood, the right-hander is headed for reconstructive elbow surgery, with a year-long recovery process to follow.
Wieters (forearm) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Blue Jays, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.
After missing the last two games with forearm soreness, Wieters will be good to go Wednesday and should be able handle full-time duty moving forward. He's batting .321 with three homers and 11 RBI over 15 games this season.
04/23/14 - 10:38AM ETMatt Harrison
: (Back) To Make Season Debut Sunday
Harrison (back) will return from the disabled list to start Sunday against the Mariners, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Although it was previously suggested that Harrison would return from the DL to start Friday, manager Ron Washington will give him a few addition days to rest, as the left-hander prepares for his first MLB start in over a year. When healthy is his last full season back in 2012, Harrison put together an 18-11 record to go along with a 3.29 ERA and 1.26 WHIP, though a weak 5.6 K/9 rate damaged most of his fantasy value.
04/23/14 - 10:02AM ETPedro Figueroa
: (Elbow) Diagnosed With Inflammation, Placed On DL
Figueroa was diagnosed with elbow inflammation and was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Figueroa underwent an MRI after leaving Tuesday's game that evidently showed no structural issues with his elbow, but the inflammation will at least keep him out of commission for the next couple of weeks. The Rangers purchased the contract of outfielder Dan Robertson to take Figueroa's spot on the 25-man roster.
04/23/14 - 9:58AM ETBuster Posey
: Not In Wednesday's Lineup
Posey is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rockies.
Posey has just three hits in his last 10 games (.091 BA), and the Giants are playing a day game following a night game Wednesday, so manager Bruce Bochy decided it was a good time for a day off. Hector Sanchez will get the start behind the plate in Posey's place.
Wilson was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday, WEEI.com's Alex Speier reports.
Wilson will give manager John Farrell an extra bullpen arm at his disposal, after the right-hander excelled at Triple-A. He's thrown eight scoreless innings out of the bullpen at Pawtucket, striking out nine batters and walking five.
Nava was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday, Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports.
Nava had been losing out on playing time of late with Jackie Bradley becoming a mainstay in the outfield, and his 10-for-67 start to the season certainly didn't help matters. He'll attempt to get going in the minors, but there's no guarantee Nava will have a starting job to lay claim to if he's called back up at some point. Shane Victorino figures to be activated from the disabled list later this week, muddying Boston's outfield picture even further.
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 - 8:53AM ETDee Gordon
: (Head) Passed Concussion Tests
Gordon (head) passed his concussion tests after Tuesday's game, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Gordon was removed Tuesday after his head collided with Phillies third baseman Jayson Nix's knee while he was attempting a steal. The fact that he seems to have avoided a concussion will probably allow him to avoid the DL, but he could still miss a start or two due to the head injury.
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.
Chacin (shoulder) may only need to make one rehab start at Triple-A Colorado Springs before returning to the Rockies' rotation, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
The Rockies initially planned Chacin to make the first of two rehab starts at Triple-A beginning on Friday, but if all goes well in the first outing, it could be enough to convince the team's decision-making brass that he's healthy enough to return from the DL. If that's indeed the case, Chacin would likely return from the DL next week to make his season debut Apr. 29, resulting in either Jordan Lyles or Franklin Morales being sent back to the bullpen.
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.
Pollock (neck) remains out of the lineup Wednesday.
A healthy Pollock may have been held out against tough right-hander Jeff Samardzija anyway, but either way, he will sit out Wednesday for the third straight day. Tony Campana will start in center field for the Diamondbacks.
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 ratio 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 MLB.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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, MLB.com'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.
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.
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.
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 MLB.com 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.
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.
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.
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 MLB.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.