With Rafael Betancourt sidelined, Rex Brothers earned his first save of the year by pitching a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
Brothers has allowed just one run in 21 1/3 innings this season, so he was an obvious choice to close in Betancourt's place. Since it currently appears that Betancourt will avoid the DL, Brothers isn't guaranteed additional saves.
Martin Prado went 0-for-4 on Wednesday and has fallen into a 2-for-19 slump.
Prado is still hitting for a better average this month and he did in April, but that's not saying much. He's gone 12 straight games without scoring a run. He has two runs scored and four RBI in 20 games overall for the month. And not only is his season OBP a lousy .283, but he's been caught on three of his four steal attempts. Good thing the Diamondbacks gave him that four-year, $40 million deal before some team could blow them out of the water this winter.
There is no timetable for when Ivan Nova (triceps) will be activated from the disabled list.
Nova's triceps doesn't appear to be an issue anymore, but the Yankees don't seem eager to add him to the roster. The righty has already appeared in multiple extended spring games and, according to manager Joe Girardi, "felt good" during a bullpen session Wednesday. "We’ll make sure he feels OK and we’ll go from there," Girardi said. With Andy Pettitte (trapezius muscle) likely to return soon, Nova might wind up being optioned to Triple-A or being used as a long man.
Sean Marshall was not available out of the Reds' bullpen on Wednesday due to a "cranky" left shoulder.
The Reds don't seem concerned. "We’re erring on the side of caution," Marshall said. "I told them I was little sore. We have some very capable arms come out of the bullpen a time or two season so far. ... I needed this extra day of rest. I’ll be back to the way I’ve been feeling."
Jered Weaver (elbow) threw 5 2/3 innings Wednesday afternoon in a start at extended spring training.
Weaver allowed just one run and did not walk a batter while striking out nine. He threw 75 pitches, 62 of which were strikes. The right-hander is likely to rejoin the Angels' starting rotation early next week after missing the past month-plus with a fractured left elbow.
Salvador Perez (hip) is not in the Royals' starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Astros.
Perez also sat out Tuesday after bruising his right hip Monday while sliding into a dugout post at Minute Maid Park. The Royals are hoping that he will be able to play in Thursday's series opener against the Angels.
David Murphy hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and the Rangers made it hold up Wednesday in a 3-1 over the A's.
Murphy had an awful April after being handed a full-time gig for the first time in his career, but now back sitting against some lefties, he's hit .291 with four homers and 11 RBI in 55 at-bats this month.
Jonathan Schoop has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back and will need 6-8 weeks of rest.
Schoop will meet with another doctor later this week for a second opinion, but it seems doubtful that the diagnosis will change. The 21-year-old infielder was batting .268/.331/.386 with three homers and 18 RBI in 34 games at the Triple-A level. It is no longer a certainty that he will reach the major leagues this season.