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Kelly Johnson (oblique) began taking batting practice and doing defensive drills this week.

Johnson is working out at the Braves' spring training headquarters in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. There remains no timetable for his return, but that he's doing baseball activities is a good sign. The infielder will likely need a rehab assignment before returning to the Braves.
Jun 3 - 6:45 PM

Matt Albers (finger) had pins removed from his right pinkie and is rehabbing the finger.

The White Sox expected him to resume throwing soon, but nothing concrete has been set. Albers has been out since late April after sustaining a fractured pinkie during the team's brawl with the Royals.
Jun 3 - 6:43 PM

Jonathan Schoop (knee) has been playing in extended spring training games recently.

Schoop is recovering from a Grade 1 PCL tear in his left knee sustained in mid-April. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said a return before the All-Star break is still in play.
Jun 3 - 6:41 PM

Matt Wieters (elbow) will rejoin the Orioles on Friday in Cleveland.

There had been some discussion that the backstop could rejoin the team Thursday and serve as their designated hitter, but they'll wait another day to be safe. Wieters will be behind the plate in his first game back. His recovery from Tommy John surgery took a little longer than expected, but his elbow should be healthy going forward.
Jun 3 - 6:39 PM

Yasiel Puig (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday.

It's actually a restart after Puig suffered a setback in mid-May. He's been running the bases and taking batting practice, so he may just need a few games to be ready to return to the Dodgers. Manager Don Mattingly said he thinks the outfielder could be ready to return sometime next week.
Jun 3 - 6:27 PM

Dodgers prospect Hector Olivera will begin his professional career with the team's Double-A Tulsa affiliate on Thursday.

Olivera will make his professional debut on Thursday night. The 30-year-old shouldn't require too much time in the minors before being promoted to the big club. Once there, he could get into the lineup most days, as he can play both second and third base.
Jun 3 - 6:19 PM

Travis d'Arnaud (finger) is set to resume his rehab assignment Thursday.

d'Arnaud was backed off his recovery after suffering a bone bruise in his right wrist, but it seems he's ready to resume. He had been rehabbing at the team's facility at Port St. Lucie, and the team said he'll join their High-A affiliate in St. Lucie upon resuming his rehab. He should be back with the Mets by the middle of the month assuming everything else goes well.
Jun 3 - 6:14 PM

Masahiro Tanaka delivered seven innings of one-run ball as the Yankees finished off a three-game sweep of the Mariners on Wednesday afternoon in Seattle.

It was Tanaka's first outing since April 23 and he looked fantastic, yielding only three hits and walking none while striking out nine. He probably could have gone the distance, but it's easy to understand why manager Joe Girardi gave Tanaka the early hook at 78 pitches. Tanaka will try to keep it all working -- and keep his health intact -- next week at home against the Nationals.
Jun 3 - 6:14 PM
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