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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, April 17
04/17/14 - 8:42PM ETJarrod Dyson
: Placed On Bereavement List
Dyson will be placed on the bereavement list Friday, Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star reports.
With Lorenzo Cain (groin) headed for the disabled list, Dyson will likely see a major bump in playing time. It'll have to wait for now, as the bereavement list requires a player to miss a minimum of three games and maximum of seven. Thus, Dyson can be ruled out for this weekend's series against the Twins, but he may be back as soon as Monday against the Indians.
Shields had his best start of the season Thursday, striking out 12 over eight strong innings. He allowed just one run and four hits for his first win of the season.
Shields wasn't great in his last start, although his defense let him down with six unearned runs, so this was a huge bounce-back performance. He should continue to be one of the best fantasy options in the American League.
Volquez allowed two runs and eight hits in seven innings to earn his first win of the season Thursday. He walked one and struck out three.
Volquez isn't striking out as many batters as we're accustomed to seeing (13 Ks in 21 innings), but he's been very effective in three starts, posting 1.71 ERA. Pittsburgh has worked wonders with other starting pitcher castoffs before, so it wouldn't be unprecedented for Volquez to have a nice season.
Cuddyer, who left Thursday's game due to cramping in his left hamstring, said after the game that he does not expect to play Friday but also doesn't expect to land on the disabled list, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
Cuddyer can still be considered day-to-day, but the injury might be a bit more serious than it sounds. It's somewhat worrisome that Cuddyer already does not expect to play Friday, despite the initial diagnosis of cramping.
Sandoval may be dropped down in the batting order Friday against the Padres, CSN Bay Area reports. "Maybe I'll drop him down in the order," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Sandoval on Thursday. "I'll try to take some pressure off him. He's a good hitter and we need him."
Sandoval's off to a slow start (11-for-63) in the three-hole, but his numbers don't hint at an underlying problem, and a drop in the batting order would very likely be temporary. Furthermore, he'd likely just be dropped to No. 5 or 6, rather than to the bottom of the order. With three home runs, a 14:8 K:BB ratio, and a line-drive rate north of 20 percent, Sandoval should be fine in the long run. Whether he'll be more than fine remains to be seen, as he's hoping to bounce back from a down season in 2012.
Cuddyer exited Thursday's game in the seventh inning due to cramping in his left hamstring, and he is considered day-to-day.
Assuming the issue is confirmed to be nothing more than cramps, Cuddyer should be back in the lineup Friday. If it's something a bit worse, the Rockies will likely turn to either Brandon Barnes or Corey Dickerson in right field Friday.
04/17/14 - 4:54PM ETDoug Fister
: Targeting May 7 Return
Fister (back) could pitch for the Nationals as soon as May 7, if everything goes according to the team's ideal schedule, the Washington Post reports.
With May 7 considered the earliest potential date for Fister's Nats debut, fantasy owners shouldn't count on having the right-hander by that time. However, the date does provide some indication as to when Fister might be ready, and an early-to-mid May debut is looking likely. He threw two innings at extended spring training Thursday without any discomfort.
Verlander (2-1) threw 113 pitches in just five innings Thursday, but earned the win against Cleveland, allowing three runs -- all unearned -- on six hits and four walks. He struck out seven.
Verlander's got a very nice-looking 2.08 ERA this year despite having given up an unpleasant total of 35 baserunners in 26 innings -- a 1.35 WHIP. His four unearned runs are a big reason for that. Despite his decent-looking line, Verlander hasn't quite been himself in the early going.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said the team does not want to stretch Martinez out as a starter unless the right-hander will stick in that role for an extended period, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
With Joe Kelly (hamstring) on the disabled list, the Cards need a starter for Monday, and possibly beyond. Martinez was perhaps viewed as a candidate, but the Cardinals would prefer to call a pitcher up from Triple-A Memphis, seeing as Kelly may only miss a few weeks. Tyler Lyons is the likely starter for Monday, but Martinez may stil join the rotation down the line. Matheny's comments indicate that Martinez would be the likely choice if the team were to lose a starter to a multi-month injury.
04/17/14 - 3:55PM ETJoel Hanrahan
: (Elbow) Held Workout For Teams Thursday
Hanrahan (elbow) likely won't be ready to pitch in games until June, but more than a dozen teams attended his workout Thursday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Hanrahan has reportedly regained most of his peak velocity, and there are already a few closer-needy teams around the league. He's highly unlikely to slide right into a ninth-inning role, but the big right-hander is worth keeping an eye on in deeper formats.
Wilson (elbow) pitched the eighth inning of Thursday's game at San Francisco. He allowed a hit and a walk with one strikeout.
This was Wilson's first appearance since being activated from the disabled list with nerve irritation in his elbow. Unless Kenley Jansen gets hurt or struggles for a long period of time, Wilson won't have a ton of value, other than leagues that count holds.
Middlebrooks (calf) is dealing with the flu and had a 102-degree fever Thursday, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.
Middlebrooks isn't expected to begin a rehab assignment any earlier than next week, so the illness will likely be a non-factor. If anything, it could perhaps bump his rehab process back a day or two, but that shouldn't be assumed. Ill or not, the third baseman did not seem to be on track to return by April 20, the date he's first eligible to play.
Victorino (hamstring) could be back with the Red Sox by next Thursday, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.
Victorino will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday, so he is close to being ready for big league action. Victorino is expected to remain with Pawtucket through Tuesday, but he could join the Red Sox a day or two after that barring any setbacks.
Cain will be placed on the 15-day disabled list due to the groin injury he suffered Wednesday, Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star reports
Cain is hoping to return when first eligible in early May, but he added that he won't rush back, so it ultimately remains to be seen when he will play again. Expect Jarrod Dyson and Justin Maxwell to see a boost in playing time in Cain's absence.
04/17/14 - 2:27PM ETManny Machado
: (Knee) Progressing In Running Program
Machado (knee) ran the bases again Thursday at extended spring training and will incorporate sliding into his running Friday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
If all goes well on that front, Machado will play an extended spring training game Saturday. Because he's already picked up 17 plate appearances in extended spring action beforehand, Machado may only need to play in three or four games before beginning a rehab assignment. He remains on track for a late-April or early May return.
04/17/14 - 2:26PM ETJi-Man Choi
: Suspended 50 Games For Failed Drug Test
Choi was suspended 50 games Thursday for testing positive for a PED, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.
It's not clear what subsctance caused the positive test, but Choi will not be able to play again until sometime later this summer. The Mariners placed Choi on the restricted list, so he will not take up a spot on the 40-man roster while he is suspended.
Robertson (groin) threw 25 pitches during a bullpen session Thursday, Sweeny Murti of WFAN New York reports.
Robertson felt good during and after Thursday's outing, so his return is not far off now: Robertson is planning to pitch in a minor league game Saturday and return to the Yankees on Tuesday. Expect him to resume his role as the Yankees' closer once he is activated.
04/17/14 - 1:42PM ETMike Napoli
: (Finger) Starting Thursday
Napoli (finger) is back in the lineup for Thursday's game against the White Sox, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.
Napoli sat out Wednesday's game after dislocating his finger Tuesday, but it appears he will attempt to play through any lingering pain. Napoli will play first base and bat cleanup Thursday night.
Roberts (back) is in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rays.
Roberts sat out the Yankees' last three games with the sore back, but he will return to action Thursday night. Roberts will play second base and bat eighth against Rays starter David Price.
04/17/14 - 12:40PM ETJose Tabata
: (Head) Available Thursday
Tabata (head) will be available off the bench Thursday against the Brewers, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Tabata was forced to leave Wednesday's game against the Reds after making a highlight-reel catch before crashing into the outfield wall. He seemed to be a bit shaken up but walked off the field under his own power. His presence on the bench would seem to suggest that a concussion has been ruled out.
04/17/14 - 12:14PM ETBryce Harper
: (Quad) Back In Action Thursday
Harper (quadriceps) will return to lineup Thursday against the Cardinals, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.
Harper needed just one day out of the lineup to get over the left quad tightness that resulted in him being scratched Wednesday. Harper was starting to heat up prior to dealing with the injury, recording a hit in eight straight games to pump his average to .340 on the season.
Ramirez (hand) said he expects to return to the lineup Friday against the Diamondbacks, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Ramirez is dealing with a bruised hand rather than any sort of fracture, and manager Don Mattingly indicated that the shortstop would be back in the lineup as soon as he'd be able to grip a bat. Fortunately for fantasy owners, it appears he's at least close to reaching that point, so it could only be a one-game absence.
04/17/14 - 11:30AM ETMark Teixeira
: (Hamstring) Signs Of Progress
Teixeira (hamstring) played three innings of an extended spring training game Thursday, George A. King of the New York Post reports. After experiencing no trouble, Teixeira stated "I'll be ready to play Sunday and disappointed if I don't."
Teixeira first showcased his progress when taking batting practice Sunday, and all signs are pointing to the Yankee's slugger being ahead of schedule in his rehab from a strained hamstring. Yankees' brass has yet to comment to confirm his statement, but it's now looking as if this Sunday is the more likely return date, rather than the initial prediction of May 1.
Kershaw (back) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session Thursday, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Kershaw threw some breaking balls and let loose on a couple fastballs late in the session, which is an indication he is feeling good. There is still no target date for Kershaw's return, but he continue to increase the intensity of throwing sessions moving forward.
Crawford (hamstring) is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Dodgers.
Crawford hoped to be in the lineup for Thursday's game, but it appears his hamstring is still a little sore, and he remains day-to-day for now. Joaquin Arias will receive another start in Crawford's place Thursday afternoon.
04/17/14 - 10:13AM ETJoe Kelly
: (Hamstring) Hits 15-Day DL
The Cardinals placed Kelly (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.
The Cardinals were hoping that the hamstring injury Kelly suffered Wednesday would cost him only one start, but it turns out it will keep him sidelined for at least the next couple weeks. The Cardinals have not announced a replacement for Kelly in the rotation, but the top options seem to minor leaguer Tyler Lyons and starter-turned-reliever Carlos Martinez.
04/17/14 - 10:03AM ETBilly Butler
: Falls To Sixth In The Order
Royals manager Ned Yost said Thursday that he's going to drop Butler to the six-hole in the batting order, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports.
Butler has been unable to get anything going at the dish thus far, as he's just 7-for-47 (.149 average) with zero extra-base hits and five RBI through 13 games. Moreover, he has just one base knock in his last 20 trips to the plate, so Yost will move him out of the cleanup spot for the time being. Salvador Perez seems like the most likely candidate to move up to the four-spot.
04/17/14 - 9:46AM ETMatt Harrison
:(Back) Will Make Additional Rehab Start
Harrison (back) will make at least one additional rehab start after Saturday's outing for Double-A Frisco, the Dallas Morning News reports.
The original plan was for Harrison to return around April 23, but a rainout prior to his last rehab start threw the lefty off schedule. He struggled to get loose the day after the rainout, and lumbered through just 3.1 innings. Harrison expects to throw six innings Saturday, but it sounds like there's at least a chance the team leaves him in the minors for two additional starts.
Ramirez (hand) is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Giants.
Ramirez will miss at least one game after being struck on the hand by a pitch in Wednesday's game. X-rays taken on his hand came back negative, but the extent of the setback remains uncertain, so he could miss additional time moving forward. Justin Turner will get the start at shortstop in Ramirez's place.
Janssen has been temporarily shut down due to lower-back soreness, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
Renewed back discomfort will force Janssen to cease throwing for at least a few days, meaning any hope of a return this weekend has been dashed. The right-hander just made his first rehab appearance Tuesday, allowing one hit while striking out one in one inning of work for High-A Dunedin. While there's a chance this ends up being a relatively short delay, it will buy Sergio Santos some additional time in the closer's role.
04/17/14 - 8:02AM ETJose Reyes
: Expected Back Saturday
Reyes (hamstring) is now expected to rejoin the Blue Jays on Saturday, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
The expectation was that Reyes would return in time for Friday's series opener in Cleveland, but the forecast calls for rain so the team will play it safe and keep him on the DL for one additional day. Assuming the Jays do activate Reyes on Saturday, his 2014 debut will likely come against right-hander Corey Kluber.
04/17/14 - 7:49AM ETColby Rasmus
: Will Start Game 1 Thursday
Rasmus (hamstring) will serve as the designated hitter in Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader, Barry Davis of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Rasmus expressed some uncertainty Thursday morning as to whether he would play in either game, but apparently the team is confident enough in his health to allow him to DH. It seems likely, however, that the M's will hold Rasmus out of Game 2, as to protect against any possible setback.
Lind (back) won't play at all Thursday but is hopeful he will avoid the DL, Barry Davis of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Thanks to an ailing lower back, Lind will not be available for either game of the team's doubleheader Thursday. Lind saying that he hopes to avoid the DL suggests there's a chance he doesn't, but continue to consider him day-to-day until further notice.
Chacin (shoulder) will make a second rehab start at High-A Modesto on Friday, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.
Chacin completed his first rehab start Monday at Modesto, giving up four runs on three hits and two walks over 2.2 innings. The final numbers weren't indicative of how well the Rockies felt he pitched, and if he can work deeper into the game Friday, he may only need one more rehab outing before returning from the DL.
04/17/14 - 5:14AM ETKoji Uehara
: (Shoulder) Will Be Available Thursday
Uehara (shoulder) threw a 34-pitch bullpen session Wednesday and will be available to pitch Thursday, the Boston Globe reports.
Uehara had felt some discomfort while out on the road last week and flew back to Boston for evaluation. Tests were negative and he's thrown a couple of times this week, including Wednesday's session in the pen.
The Phillies have signed Loewen to a minor league contract, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
Loewen, 30, spent last season in the Blue Jays' minor league system. After dabbling in outfield duty last season, the former No. 4 overall draft pick will report to extended spring training as a pitcher this time around.
Wednesday, April 16
04/16/14 - 6:55PM ETMike Napoli
: (Finger) Hopes To Play Thursday
Napoli (finger) hopes to play Thursday, the Boston Globe reports.
Napoli and the Red Sox had a pretty major scare Tuesday night, as the 32-year-old's finger was bent completely sideways after a head-first slide into second base. Manager John Farrell said, "At first glace I was worried he'd be out four weeks," but X-rays were negative and Napoli escaped with a dislocation. He admitted that his chances of playing Thursday hinge on how well he can grip a bat, but Napoli seems confident he'll return in relatively short order.
Machado (knee) ran the bases Wednesday without issue, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Machado injured his knee stepping awkwardly on the first base bag last postseason, so his ability to run the bases with no problems has to be reassuring. The O's will keep Machado at their spring training complex in Sarasota, Florida, through the end of the week, but if he continues to respond well, Machado may be sent out on a rehab assignment early next week.
Kershaw threw breaking balls off flat ground Wednesday, and will throw another bullpen session Thursday, after which, he will be reevaluated, according to manager Don Mattingly, ESPN Los Angeles' Mark Saxon reports.
Thursday's bullpen session will mark his third in as many days, and it seems like everything is starting to ramp up with regards to the Dodgers' ace. Results of Thursday's evaluation could be a key piece of information concerning a potential timetable for Kershaw's return to game action.
04/16/14 - 6:12PM ETBruce Chen
: Scratched From Thursday Start
Chen has been scratched from his scheduled start Thursday with a tight left glute muscle, the Kansas City Star reports.
While admitting that the injury affected his performance last weekend, Chen insisted that he could pitch Thursday if necessary. The team will instead give him a few days to rest up, but Chen is expected to return to take on the Twins on Saturday. James Shields will move up to oppose Scott Feldman on Thursday, with Jason Vargas opening the weekend series against Minnesota on Friday.
04/16/14 - 4:36PM ETKole Calhoun
: Expected To Miss 4-6 Weeks
Calhoun (ankle) is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Calhoun twisted his right ankle in Tuesday's loss the the A's, and manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday that the 26-year-old has a badly strained ligament. The team wasted little time in placing Calhoun on the 15-day disabled list and bringing Brennan Boesch up to help fill the void in the outfield. Boesch and Collin Cowgill figure to split time in right field while Calhoun is on the shelf.
Headley is day-to-day with a mild right biceps strain, U-T San Diego's Dennis Lin reports.
He was scratched from the Padres' lineup Wednesday, and now we know why. Yonder Alonso was seen taking grounders at third base before the game, but Alexi Amarista will start at third, at least on Wednesday. If the injury is something that Headley has been playing through, that could explain his miserable start at the plate.
Cabrera (knee) is in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rockies, MLB.com's Corey Brock reports.
Cabrera missed Tuesday's game with a sore knee, but it appears the setback was only minor. As he usually does, Cabrera will play shortstop and bat leadoff Wednesday night.
04/16/14 - 4:01PM ETCoco Crisp
: (Hamstring) Remains Out Wednesday
Crisp (hamstring) remains out of the lineup Wednesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
It seems Crisp's hamstring didn't feel quite right during batting practice Wednesday, as he's out of the lineup for a third straight day. He did pinch hit in the 10th inning of Tuesday's game and the A's are off Thursday, but Crisp's status for Friday is far from certain.
04/16/14 - 3:32PM ETYasiel Puig
: Not In Lineup Wednesday
Puig is out of the lineup Wednesday, the Dodgers' official Twitter feed reports.
Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford will man the outfield in San Francisco. Puig was dealing with an injured thumb last week, so it's unclear if this off day is related, but nonetheless, make sure he's out of your lineups.
Walker has been diagnosed with a right shoulder impingement and will be shut down for two weeks, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Shoulder stiffness prevented Walker from getting loose for his scheduled minor league rehab start Tuesday, and the Mariners were forced to scratch the right-hander. Upon further examination, Walker has been found to have a shoulder impingement, with two weeks of rest prescribed to treat the ailment. Considering he'll have to slowly build strength once cleared to throw, and will likely have to do another rehab assignment, a return in mid-to-late May is looking like a best-case scenario.
04/16/14 - 3:29PM ETBryce Harper
: Scratched With Quad Tightness
Harper was scratched from the lineup Wednesday because of left quad tightness, the Washington Post's James Wagner reports.
He has been playing through the pain in his quad since Friday, and will get the night off Wednesday. The Nationals have a series against the Cardinals coming up on Thursday, and while we wouldn't expect Harper to miss much more time, owners should check his status before lineups lock.
Harper is a late scratch from Wednesday's lineup, the Washington Post's James Wagner reports.
Tyler Moore will replace Harper in the outfield, and Anthony Rendon will bat second with Nate McLouth leading off. There's no word as to whether his quad issues from a couple days ago are related to him sitting out, but owners should make sure he's out of their lineups Wednesday.
Peacock will join the Astros' rotation, replacing Lucas Harrell.
Harrell gave up four runs over five innings against the Royals on Tuesday, giving him 13 earned runs through three starts, so the Astros pulled the plug and designated him for assignment. In comes the 26-year-old Peacock, who has struggled himself so far while pitching in long relief (6.00 ERA, 2.00 WHIP). Peacock does, however, have a decent arsenal -- he throws a fastball, slider, curveball and changeup -- and can miss bats at a respectable clip (7.8 career K/9). His first start will come Sunday at Oakland.
04/16/14 - 2:39PM ETYu Darvish
: Will Make Scheduled Start
Darvish (thumb) has been confirmed as the starting pitcher for Wednesday's game against the Mariners.
Darvish was removed from his last start Friday with a cut on his right thumb, but the setback will not prevent him from making his scheduled start Wednesday night. In a five-star pitching matchup, Darvish will square off against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.
04/16/14 - 2:33PM ETL.J. Hoes
: Will Get 'Long Look' In Left Field
Astros manager Bo Porter said Wednesday that Hoes will get a long look in left field, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Robbie Grossman's demotion has opened up playing time in left field, and it sounds like Hoes will get an audition in an everyday role. The 24-year-old has very little pop, but his speed and ability to hit for decent average make him somewhat interesting in deeper mixed and AL-only formats.
04/16/14 - 2:22PM ETDoug Fister
: (Back) Heads For Extended Spring Training
Fister will throw two innings in an extended spring training outing Thursday, at which point he will get on a five-day, rotation-like schedule, progressing to rehab starts, the Washington Post's James Wagner reports.
Following his two-inning effort, he will throw three innings, and will then move to rehab starts. A return in May is still the plan with Fister.
Ellsbury is not in the lineup for the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Cubs, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Ellsbury doubled and stole a base, his seventh of the season, in Game 1, but will sit out the second game as Brett Gardner moves over to center field. It makes sense, as Ellsbury has started 11 straight games and the team likely doesn't want to push its luck with his health.
04/16/14 - 2:00PM ETDarin Ruf
: (Oblique) Could Begin Rehab Assignment Soon
Ruf (oblique) has begun baseball activities and could start a rehab assignment soon, the Wilmington News Journal reports.
Ruf has been sidelined since straining his oblique March 20. He could rejoin the Phillies by the end of this month or in early-May.
Jeter (quadriceps) is in the lineup for the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Cubs, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
Quad tightness has kept Jeter out since last Friday, but he'll return to his usual spots -- shortstop and the two-hole in the batting order -- to face left-hander Travis Wood in Game 2. Jeter has never faced Wood, but has hit .338/.408/.502 against southpaws in his career.
04/16/14 - 1:37PM ETMike Napoli
: (Finger) Out Wednesday
Napoli (finger) is not in the lineup Wednesday against the White Sox, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
X-rays on Napoli's finger, which he dislocated on a head-first slide Tuesday, were negative for any fracture, but he'll miss at least one start as a result of the injury. Daniel Nava will get the start at first base Wednesday, and it wouldn't be a surprise if Napoli were to require additional time.
Slowey has officially been announced as the starter for Sunday's game against the Mariners, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports.
Slowey had posted a 4.38 ERA in 12.1 innings out of the bullpen so far this season, and those numbers don't figure to improve by much in the starting rotation, as he hasn't posted a sub-4.00 ERA as a starter since the 2008 season. Brand Hand will be moved to the Marlins' bullpen.
04/16/14 - 1:24PM ETCole Hamels
: (Biceps) Expected To Join Phillies Next Week
Hamels is still expected to rejoin the Phillies rotation next week against the Dodgers, MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports.
He pitched six innings in a rehab start at High-A Clearwater on Saturday, and will most likely make his season debut with the big-league club on April 22.
Pedroia (wrist) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the White Sox, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Pedroia's wrist, which he admitted has been an issue since the team's series against Milwaukee (April 4-6), was treated with a cortisone shot Tuesday. He was able to come into Tuesday's game in the ninth inning as a pinch-runner, and it seems the pain has subsided at least enough to where he can return to the lineup. That said, he is just 2-for-17 (.118 average) in his career against John Danks, Wednesday's starter for the White Sox.
Morrison (hamstring) was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday.
It took just over two weeks into the regular season for the injury-prone Morrison to succumb to ailment. This latest injury is not believed to be be a major concern, but he won't be eligible to return until April 30, a the earliest. Corey Hart should take over most of the at-bats at designated hitter, while Triple-A call-up Nick Franklin could also factor into the mix as well.
04/16/14 - 12:05PM ETJoe Kelly
: Left Wednesday with Tight Hamstring
Kelly was diagnosed with a tight left hamstring, which spurred his removal from Wednesday's game in Milwaukee.
While attempting to run out a bunt in the top of the fifth inning, Kelly came down with the injury, but not before tossing four steady frames (one unearned run on three hits with a 2:0 K:BB). The grade of the strain has yet to be released, but consider him day-to-day in advance of his upcoming nod Monday at the Mets.
04/16/14 - 11:46AM ETJoe Kelly
: Injured Hamstring Wednesday
Kelly left Wednesday's contest at Milwaukee in the top of the fifth inning after injuring his left hamstring in an attempt to run out a bunt, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Prior to his removal, Kelly was cruising along, surrendering one run (zero earned) on three hits and no walks, while punching out two in four innings. The severity of the ailment isn't known, but his next slated start Monday at the Mets is now in question.
Tabata experienced mild concussion-like symptoms following his crash into the outfield wall Wednesday at Cincinnati.
Tabata's apparent wooziness after the play has been substantiated, and his availability will likely remain in question for the remainder of the week. While he was starting in left field Wednesday, he typically mans right, which will likely be held down by Travis Snider as long as Tabata is sidelined.
04/16/14 - 10:57AM ETJose Tabata
: Removed from Wednesday's Game
Tabata (shoulder/head) was removed from Wednesday's game in Cincinnati after crashing into the wall in left-center field, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Tabata appeared quite woozy after the spectacular catch, with his shoulder and perhaps head making contact with the fence. A head injury may be at play here, placing his immediate viability in question, with a concussion possible. Following his removal, Starling Marte took Tabata's place in left field.
Matsuzaka's contract was selected from Triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
In two PCL starts, Matsuzaka fared surprisingly well, giving up three runs on seven hits and six walks, while striking out 12 in 12 innings. No matter, his initial outings with the Mets will be out of the bullpen. If an injury was to befall the rotation in the near future, though, he could be the first pitcher considered for a spot start.
Manager Terry Collins stated that Colon (back) will take the mound, as scheduled, Saturday versus the Braves, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
Colon will tough out the back concern, which likely contributed to his porous outing Sunday at the Angels (nine earned runs and four homers allowed in five frames). In the meantime, he'll receive treatment to aid in returning to a semblance of full health.
Granderson (forearm/ribs/knee) is expected to return to the Mets' lineup Friday against the Braves, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports.
Granderson sustained his array of ailments in a crash into the outfield wall Monday, requiring the requisite few days of rest. Prior to the misstep, he had a four-game hitting streak in hand, during which he hit .267 (4-for-15) with one double, one RBI, and two runs scored. Expect Andrew Brown to handle right field in the interim.
The Blue Jays and Twins have postponed Wednesday's game due to weather, likely pushing back Dickey's slated start to Thursday's doubleheader, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
With an inch of snow expected in Minneapolis, the team sides have opted to play a split doubleheader Thursday. Barry Davis of Sportsnet speculates that Dickey and Dustin McGowan will take the mound, allowing Dickey an extra day to bounce back from last Thursday's five run bombing as the hands of the meek Astros.
Colon could miss his next start Saturday against the Braves due to a back issue, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports.
Colon certainly didn't help fantasy owners Sunday against the Angels by getting walloped for nine runs and 11 hits over five innings, with the big right-hander attributing the balky back as a factor in the poor performance. He's since received treatment on the issue over the past couple of days, but it remains to be seen whether or not he'll recuperate enough before the weekend to toe the rubber for the Mets.
Franklin has been recalled from Triple-A Tacoma, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports.
With Brad Miller and Robinson Cano expected to man the middle infield for the Mariners, Franklin could see outfield duty as a means of getting his bat in the lineup. The struggling Michael Saunders would seem to be the most likely candidate to lose out on at-bats if Franklin does in fact transition to an outfield role. If not, Franklin will just be on hand as an overqualified infield reserve.
04/16/14 - 7:34AM ETBrian Roberts
: Dealing With Lower Back Strain
Roberts has been diagnosed with a lower back strain, MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports.
Roberts received medication and suggested that he's feeling better and could play Wednesday if needed. While Roberts is not in the Game 1 lineup for the doubleheader with the Cubs, manager Joe Girardi could turn to him for the nightcap if he feels comfortable with the second baseman's health.
04/16/14 - 7:21AM ETAdam Jones
: (Illness) Will Play Wednesday
Jones (illness) will play Wednesday against the Rays, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Jones had previously been ruled out of Tuesday's game with the illness, before rain postponed the contest, granting him some needed recovery time. It appears his symptoms have cleared up as of now, and he'll once again occupy his familiar spot in the middle of the order.
04/16/14 - 7:14AM ETDerek Jeter
: (Quad) Will Not Play First Game Of Doubleheader
Jeter (quadriceps) remains out of the lineup for Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Cubs, MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports.
Tuesday's rainout apparently didn't provide enough extra time for Jeter to shake off the injury, as he'll miss his fourth straight game with the ailment. He's been productive when he's played so far this season with 10 hits and four walks in 41 plate appearances, but health concerns may dog the 39-year-old for the rest of his final season in pinstripes.