Team-By-Team Notes

Team-By-Team Notes
Matthew Pouliot offers up his thoughts on Josh Hamilton, Alex Guerrero and a handful of closing situations in his latest tour around the league.
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Brian Duensing (intercostal) threw a bullpen session Monday with no issues.

He'll next throw a simulated game on Thursday. Assuming he gets through that without any problems, Duensing will be activated from the disabled list when first eligible on Saturday.
Apr 27 - 5:49 PM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that Marco Gonzales (shoulder/pectoral) will resume throwing in 4-5 days.

Gonzales was placed on Triple-A Memphis' disabled list late last week with soreness in his left pectoral/shoulder. Assuming all goes well from here on out, he should be ready to take Adam Wainwright's (Achilles) spot in the rotation before long. The Cards will go with either Tyler Lyons or Tim Cooney in the meantime.
Apr 27 - 5:46 PM

Adam Wainwright will undergo season-ending surgery this week after an MRI confirmed that he suffered a torn left Achilles tendon on Saturday.

The operation carries a 9-12 month rehab schedule, so it sounds like it's possible he might not be ready for the start of the 2016 season. Wainwright, who will turn 34 in August, has three years remaining on his contract after 2015. The Cardinals will go with either Tyler Lyons or Tim Cooney as his replacement in the rotation for now, but Marco Gonzales (shoulder/pectoral) is expected back soon.
Apr 27 - 5:39 PM

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are having internal discussions about whether to pursue Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says a total of five teams have expressed interest in Salty and that Marlins general manager Dan Jennings expects to trade the catcher. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick adds that, in addition to the D'Backs, the Red Sox, Indians and Mariners are also possible landing spots for Salty. Arizona would be an ideal landing spot for him, as he'd be in line to play regularly and would be in a hitter's park.
Apr 27 - 5:37 PM

Casey Janssen (shoulder) threw live batting practice on Monday.

The next step is a simulated game on Thursday. It's not clear whether the Nationals will ask Janssen to go out on a rehab assignment before being activated, but it appears he'll be back before long.
Apr 27 - 5:27 PM

Max Scherzer (thumb) will not make his scheduled start on Tuesday against the Braves.

That had been the presumption but only now has been made official. Nationals manager Matt Williams said that Scherzer probably only needs to be pushed back a couple days instead of missing a full turn through the rotation. Either Tanner Roark or A.J. Cole will start Tuesday in his place.
Apr 27 - 5:26 PM

Trevor May (elbow) threw on Monday with no issues.

May was hit near his right elbow with a line drive during Saturday's start, but it appears that he'll be fine. The 25-year-old boasts a 13/2 K/BB ratio over 14 2/3 innings since taking Ricky Nolasco's (elbow) spot in the rotation but still might be sent down when Nolasco returns.
Apr 27 - 5:15 PM

Jose Bautista (shoulder) is back in the Blue Jays' lineup Monday.

He's in the designated hitter spot and batting cleanup. Bautista admitted that he still has some soreness and tightness in his right shoulder, but he plans to play through it going forward after missing the previous five games. The slugger sports a .149/.322/.426 batting line with four home runs this season.
Apr 27 - 5:06 PM
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