Astros pitching prospect Vince Velasquez (lat) has been pitching in extended spring training games.
Velasquez is expected to be assigned to Double-A Corpus Christi soon after getting a late start to the season because of a strained right lat. The 22-year-old is ranked by Baseball America as the club's No. 4 prospect.
The Tigers had Bruce Rondon (biceps) examined after the reliever felt soreness during a live batting practice session last week.
The good news is that the exam didn't show anything new with Rondon's ailing biceps. Rondon has returned to Detroit to continue his rehab and will resume throwing on Friday. "We sent out his diagnostics to be reviewed, which came back with exactly the same diagnosis we've had," athletic trainer Kevin Rand said. "We're bringing him back to Detroit to kind of get him underneath our group." Rondon should begin a rehab assignment before long if he can avoid any more setbacks.
Michael Morse is not in the Marlins' lineup Wednesday.
He's now been benched for three straight games and four out of the last five contests. Morse isn't injured, but he's hitting just .193/.253/.284 and Justin Bour has seven hits in 14 at-bats since his promotion. Bour is at first base again on Wednesday.
Jayson Werth is absent from the Nationals' lineup Wednesday.
It's his second day off in a row, but Werth isn't injured. Rather, the Nats are just giving the struggling outfielder an extended break. Michael Taylor is in left field Wednesday.
Charlie Morton (hip) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Altoona on Friday.
He was originally supposed to begin the assignment last weekend, but the Pirates decided to pitch him in another extended spring training game instead. Morton is already stretched out to nearly 90 pitches, so he doesn't really need to be built up anymore. However, he's not expected to rejoin the Pirates' rotation until late May or early June.
Bobby Parnell (elbow) will throw a bullpen session this week in New York in front of Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen.
Parnell has been limited to flat-ground work for a few weeks while battling forearm soreness. Assuming the side session goes well, he'll be cleared to resume his rehab assignment. There's no timetable for Parnell's return to the Mets' bullpen.
Chase Headley wasn't in Tuesday's lineup due to a sore back.
The Yankees think maybe he's a little sore after diving on Toronto's artificial turf Monday. There's no concern, though, as Headley is expected to be back in the lineup Wednesday.
Jose Pirela (concussion) will be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday.
Pirela has been over his concussion issues for a while, but the Yankees wanted to get him a good number of rehab at-bats (33). He's expected to take Gregorio Petit's roster spot.