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