Dose: Down Goes Wainwright

Dose: Down Goes Wainwright
In Sunday's Daily Dose, Jesse Pantuosco looks at Adam Wainwright's injury and a special moment for Mitch Harris.
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Brett Oberholtzer (blister) could begin a rehab assignment this week.

He'll either be assigned to a minor league affiliate or appear in another extended spring training game. The left-hander tossed three innings in extended spring on Saturday. Oberholtzer needs to be stretched out a bit, but his blister is healed and he's tracking toward an early- to mid-May return to the Astros' rotation.
Apr 26 - 10:06 AM

Jake Marisnick (quad) is expected to sit out again on Sunday.

Marisnick is dealing with some soreness in his right quad area. He was able to do some running prior to Saturday's game with no issues, but the Astros are expected to rest him one more day. "Jake, we’ll well monitor him day to day," manager A.J. Hinch said. "He’s available but I’m going to try not to use him unless I have to. He’s bouncing around fine. I’m hopeful for (Sunday), but if it’s not (Sunday) and he needs another day we’re going to still be cautious with him."
Apr 26 - 10:02 AM

Michael Bourn is batting ninth in Sunday's game versus the Tigers.

It's the first time this season he's batted anywhere other than leadoff. Bourn is hitting an ugly .180/.254/.213 in the early going, so the move doesn't come as a shocker. Jason Kipnis is in the leadoff spot Sunday, while Mike Aviles is getting a start at shortstop over Jose Ramirez.
Apr 26 - 9:52 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

Jay Bruce is not in the Reds' lineup Sunday.

He had been slated to sit before Saturday's game was rained out and remains out of the lineup the next day. Brennan Boesch is in right field Sunday in Bruce's place.
Apr 26 - 9:26 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the "expectation" is that Adam Wainwright will miss the rest of the season with a left Achilles injury.

He's yet to undergo an MRI (that comes Monday), but the Cardinals don't appear to be optimistic about a diagnosis. It's obviously a massive blow for St. Louis, as Wainwright had allayed some concerns about his elbow with a strong start (1.44 ERA) to the season. The club does at least have some depth to fall back on with Marco Gonzales at Triple-A, although he's currently out with a shoulder/pectoral issue. Gonzales and Jaime Garcia (shoulder) are the likely long-term options to replace Waino in the rotation, but for now the club is likely to go with Tyler Lyons or Tim Cooney. They could also consider moving Carlos Villanueva from the bullpen to the rotation.
Apr 26 - 9:14 AM

Matt Stites (elbow) will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday.

It's his first since being shut down late in spring training with an elbow issue. There remains no timetable for Stites' return, but it appears he's finally making some progress.
Apr 26 - 8:46 AM

Mariners recalled LHP Roenis Elias from Triple-A Tacoma.

He'll start on Sunday against the Twins in place of the injured Hisashi Iwakuma (lat). Iwakuma could be sidelined for up to a month, so Elias might be in line to make a handful of starts for the big club. The left-hander had struggled in the early going at Tacoma with an 8.04 ERA, but he had a nice 3.85 ERA and 7.9 K/9 rate in his rookie season last year.
Apr 26 - 8:33 AM

Mariners optioned LHP Lucas Luetge to Triple-A Tacoma.

He tossed 2 1/3 scoreless frames in his lone appearance on Saturday. Luetge is being sent out to clear room for Roenis Elias, who will start Sunday.
Apr 26 - 8:29 AM
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