Daily Dose: Chicago Scrubs

Daily Dose: Chicago Scrubs
Daniel E. Dobish takes a look at the sliding Cubs, as well as the pitching-strong Nationals in the latest installment of the Daily Dose.
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Gary Sanchez told reporters late Wednesday that his groin injury is "getting better every day."

Sanchez has been bothered by groin tightness for going on two weeks and he's been taking it easy on the base paths, but the young slugger will remain in the Yankees' starting lineup and try to continue playing through the discomfort. "[Yankees manager Joe Girardi] told me to be smart running so you don’t get hurt again," Sanchez said after Wednesday's blowout victory in Chicago.
Jun 29 - 5:29 AM

Tyler Flowers left Wednesday night's game against the Padres due to a welt on his left forearm.

Flowers was struck on the arm by a 93.2 mph fastball in the sixth inning. "It kind of freaked me out a little bit," he said after the 7-4 loss at Petco Park. "You hear stories about breaking your arm and it just being numb. But I was able to move it around. I think it looked a lot worse than it was. Not that it feels good, but it did look pretty grotesque." Atlanta's medical staff determined that there was no need for an X-ray. Flowers is considered day-to-day.
Jun 29 - 5:22 AM

Addison Russell (shoulder) could return to the Cubs' starting lineup Thursday.

Russell hasn't started a game since exiting Sunday's series finale against the Marlins with right shoulder discomfort, but he did pinch-hit on Monday and Tuesday. It's clearly not an overly serious injury. Cubs manager Joe Maddon needs Russell active now more than ever with Kris Bryant (ankle) and Ben Zobrist (wrist) both sidelined.
Source: ESPN Chicago
Jun 29 - 5:15 AM

Scott Kazmir (hip) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session in front of Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt on Thursday at Angel Stadium.

Kazmir worked three innings of one-run ball in his first minor league rehab game Monday with High-A Rancho Cucamonga and met up with the Dodgers in Anaheim on Wednesday for a reevaluation from the team's medical and coaching staffs. He's probably going to need another three or four successful rehab starts before becoming an option for the major league rotation. The veteran lefty has been out all year due to a hip injury and general arm fatigue.
Jun 29 - 5:07 AM

Daniel Mengden has been out of action all month at Triple-A Nashville due to a stress reaction in his rib cage.

But he's on the mend at the Athletics' spring training complex in Arizona, per beat writer Jane Lee of MLB.com. Mengden allowed nine earned runs in eight innings (two starts) earlier this season with Oakland. It'll probably be a while before we see him again at the major league level.
Jun 29 - 5:01 AM

Yonder Alonso (knee) said late Wednesday that he could be ready to play Thursday.

Alonso was removed from Wednesday night's loss to the Astros after fouling a ball off his right knee in the eighth inning and he looked to be in a good amount of pain as he limped off the field, but the 30-year-old slugger escaped with a minor contusion. Consider him day-to-day.
Jun 29 - 4:59 AM

Tyler Austin will undergo an MRI on his right hamstring.

Austin initially injured the hamstring down at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and it has worsened since his promotion to the MLB level. Yankees manager Joe Girardi acknowledged Wednesday that this could be a situation that requires a 10-day disabled list stint. Dustin Fowler may be on the way up from the minors to help out at first base.
Jun 29 - 4:55 AM

Avisail Garcia is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his left knee Thursday morning.

Garcia left Wednesday night's game against the Yankees after landing awkwardly while sliding back into first base on a pickoff attempt. He said after the game that he doesn't think it's anything serious, but the White Sox want to be sure. "I got a little bit hurt, but I’m fine," the 26-year-old outfielder told reporters late Wednesday.
Jun 29 - 4:50 AM
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