Nick Masset (shoulder) is throwing from a distance of 120 feet.
Masset had shoulder surgery last September and was shut down in April after experiencing a setback with his throwing program. While he's making progress, he has yet to throw from a mound. There's no clear timetable for his return.
Chase Utley (rib cage) will undergo an MRI on Thursday.
Utley was scratched from Tuesday's lineup after he felt pain and a burning sensation in his right rib cage after taking a swing during batting practice. Rib cage and oblique injuries tend to linger, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him land on the disabled list at this point. Get a backup plan in place in fantasy leagues.
CBS Sports' Scott Miller reports that the Cardinals are hoping that Chris Carpenter (shoulder, neck) is able to join the starting rotation in late June or early July.
Carpenter was originally considered unlikely to pitch this season due to a lingering nerve condition in his shoulder and neck. However, he has been encouraged by his throwing program and has suddenly progressed from an option for the bullpen to the starting rotation. The 38-year-old has already stretched himself out to 80 pitches and could begin facing live hitters next week if all goes well. The Cardinals aren't counting on anything, but his unexpected return would provide a major boost for a club which will likely be missing Jaime Garcia (shoulder) for a while.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday that the club has discussed calling up prospect outfielders Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson.
Very interesting. However, while the Dodgers are struggling to score runs, it's hard to see a great fit for playing time as long as Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, and Carl Crawford are healthy. Puig, 22, is batting .314/.385/.579 with six homers and a .964 OPS through 32 games this season with Double-A Chattanooga. Pederson has been even better, batting .327/.400/.554 with eight homers, 13 stolen bases and a .954 OPS.
Kyle Lohse will not make his next scheduled start on Saturday due to right elbow irritation.
The description of his condition is rather vague, but the Brewers should provide more information soon. Mike Fiers will start in his place Saturday against the Pirates. Lohse allowed four runs in six innings Sunday against the Cardinals and owns a 3.76 ERA and 37/10 K/BB ratio in 55 innings across nine starts this season.
Rangers purchased the contract of RHP Ross Wolf from Triple-A Round Rock.
He'll make the start Wednesday in place of Nick Tepesch, who was scratched due to a blister on his finger. Wolf has a 1.85 ERA and 25/9 K/BB ratio in 34 innings this season in Triple-A. The 30-year-old is likely to head right back down to the minors, so he's not worth chasing in most fantasy leagues.
Rangers optioned RHP Cory Burns to Triple-A Round Rock.
Wednesday's starter, Ross Wolf, will replace him on the active roster. Burns allowed two runs in 3 2/3 innings during his brief stint with the big club and should get another shot in the Rangers' bullpen later this year.
Rob Bradford of WEEI.com was told by a major league source that the Red Sox and Jacoby Ellsbury have not discussed a contract extension.
Ellsbury is represented by Scott Boras, so it's not a big surprise that there hasn't been much momentum for a deal with free agency looming this offseason. However, Ellsbury might not get the big payday he was hoping for if he doesn't turn things around. The 29-year-old is hitting just .242/.307/.335 through 45 games this season and owns a measly .666 OPS and 79 OPS+ dating back to the start of last year.