Daily Dose: Pitching Progress

Daily Dose: Pitching Progress
Nate Grimm tracks the progress of injured starters Clayton Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner and Alex Reyes and more in Sunday's Daily Dose.
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Gleyber Torres is not in the Yankees' lineup Sunday.

It's a routine day off for the rookie. Neil Walker is filling in at second base.
May 27 - 10:12 AM

Madison Bumgarner (finger) struck out eight across 3 2/3 hitless innings in his first rehab start with Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday.

Bumgarner walked one batter and that was the only baserunner he allowed as he threw 47 pitches over his 3 2/3 frames. He also singled in his only plate appearance. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said earlier this month that he expected Bumgarner to make at least three rehab starts, with his next one scheduled for Thursday with High-A San Jose. For what it's worth, Bumgarner thinks he could return sooner if necessary. "I obviously didn't know before today, but judging off the way I felt out there, I think so for sure," Bumgarner said. "I wouldn't say I'd be back and be in midseason form, but I feel definitely good enough to get some outs." Whether the Giants consider moving up MadBum's timetable remains to be seen, but if anyone could make a quicker-than-expected return, it's probably Bumgarner.
Source: MLB.com
May 27 - 9:11 AM

Royals recalled LHP Eric Stout from Triple-A Omaha.

Stout has allowed three runs over two innings in a couple relief appearances with the Royals this season. He'll work in low-leverage situations.
May 27 - 8:48 AM

Royals placed LHP Eric Skoglund on the 10-day disabled list with a left ulnar collateral ligament sprain.

Skoglund will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine how bad the sprain is and whether Tommy John surgery might be needed. Brad Keller is taking his spot in the Royals' rotation.
May 27 - 8:46 AM

Bradley Zimmer (rib) has begun a rehab assignment with Double-A Akron.

Zimmer has missed the last two weeks of action with bruised ribs. He shouldn't need more than a couple rehab games before being activated.
May 27 - 8:33 AM

Alex Gordon (hip, neck) went 1-for-4 with a single in his return to the lineup Saturday.

Gordon missed a couple games with a sore hip and neck as a result of a diving catch Wednesday. It shouldn't be an issue moving forward.
May 27 - 8:24 AM

Max Kepler went 2-for-5 with an RBI and run scored in a loss to the Mariners on Saturday in extra innings.

Kepler also hit a double, the 15th of the season for the 25-year-old outfielder. With the two hits Kepler's slash line improves to .261/.342/.491, and he has 23 extra-base hits over 47 games -- seven of them homers. This isn't star production, but you can do a lot worse than this.
May 27 - 2:12 AM

Jean Segura went 3-for-4 with a homer in an extra-innings victory over the Twins on Saturday.

Segura's homer is the fourth of his 2018 campaign, and it was a solo blast off of Jake Odorizzi in the sixth inning. The three knocks raise Segura's average to .324, and he's driven in 34 runs in 50 games to go along with 12 steals on 14 attempts. He's one of the best fantasy shortstops in all of baseball.
May 27 - 2:07 AM
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