Indians manager Terry Francona revealed Thursday that Craig Stammen (elbow) "was pretty much shut down for most of April."
Francona added that Stammen "just wasn't bouncing back as well as he'd hoped" as he makes his way back from flexor tendon surgery. Stammen is playing catch from 120 feet again and doing well for the time being, but it doesn't sound like he'll be an option for the Tribe anytime soon. The veteran right was signed to a minor league deal in February.
Royals optioned OF Terrance Gore to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
A corresponding move will be announced prior to Friday's game. Gore served as a pinch-runner for the first month of the season, picking up two stolen bases but striking out in his lone plate appearance.
Athletics optioned INF/OF Tyler Ladendorf to Triple-A Nashville.
The A's will announce a corresponding move prior to Friday's game. Ladendorf barely played in his two weeks with the big club, going hitless in two at-bats.
Domingo Santana (shoulder) struck out as a pinch-hitter in Thursday's loss to the Reds.
Santana has been in and out of the lineup this week due to some mild soreness around his right lat. It's unclear whether he'll be ready to start Friday, but he's day-to-day.
Trevor Story continued his fantastic early-season roll in Thursday's 17-7 win over the Giants, homering and finishing with three RBI.
Story continued his (sorry) storybook opening to the 2016 season, swatting home run No. 11 off Giants starter Matt Cain to lead off the fifth inning. And what a fifth inning that was for the Rockies. The boys from Denver would score 13 runs in the frame, batting around and then some. Story chased his home run with an RBI single when he came up for the second time in that fifth. His numbers figure to return to earth as the season rolls along, but for the time being, the 23-year-old shortstop is making happy humans of all who happen to own him for fantasy purposes. With Thursday's nice night in the books, Story is slashing .270/.339/.658 with four doubles, three triples, 11 homers and 24 RBI over 111 at-bats.
Denard Span went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles in Thursday's loss to the Rockies.
Span hit both of his doubles against Rockies starter Chris Rusin. He led off the contest with a two-bagger, then followed that up with one of the RBI species just an inning later. For the season, the veteran outfielder is hitting .259/.354/.357 with one homer, 15 RBI, four steals and 14 runs scored across 110 at-bats. There just hasn't been much oomph in the bat through the first month-plus of the season. Even with his two doubles on Thursday, he still has only six for the 2015 campaign.
Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-5 with a home run as the Red Sox topped the White Sox 7-3 on Thursday.
It was the third time in his last eight games that Pedroia racked up three hits. The second baseman is sixth in the American League with 20 runs scored, and his .322 batting average is ninth-best in the league. He's hitting .322/.364/.496 with four homers and 14 RBI, but he's stopped running altogether after being a double-digit stolen base threat earlier in his career.
Chris Rusin was ineffective in Thursday's win over the Giants, surrendering seven runs on 13 hits over 4 1/3 innings.
The Rockies scored 13 runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 17-3 lead, but despite that monstrous lead, Rusin would immediately run into trouble in the bottom of the frame and was pulled with one out. The Giants would score four runs before the longest fifth inning in the history of mankind (estimated) finally came to a close. Rusin will take a 4.33 ERA and 1.33 WHIP into his next scheduled start, a home showdown with the Diamondbacks.