Roundtable: Closer Talk

Roundtable: Closer Talk
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Mitch Moreland (elbow) played catch from 75 feet and took 25 swings off a tee on Tuesday.

He's hoping to hit in the batting cage on Wednesday or Thursday. Making his way back from minor left elbow surgery, Moreland is expected back before the end of the month.
May 6 - 12:00 PM

Randal Grichuk (back) took batting practice on Tuesday.

It's the first time he's done so since landing on the disabled list last month with a lower back strain. Grichuk will begin playing in extended spring training games on Friday. It's possible he could skip a rehab assignment, but either way he appears to be tracking towards a return sometime next week.
May 6 - 11:55 AM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that Hunter Pence (forearm) could begin a rehab assignment within the next week.

Bochy was impressed with how Pence looked during hitting drills Tuesday. "His BP today got better as it went," Bochy said. "He started on a tee, then worked off a machine. They got it cranked up pretty good." Pence will continue taking batting practice through Friday and could be cleared for a rehab assignment after that.
May 6 - 11:47 AM

Jayson Werth is out of the lineup for the second straight day Wednesday due to what Nationals manager Matt Williams referred to as a "cranky" right shoulder.

Williams and the Nats are viewing it as part of the normal recovery process after Werth's offseason shoulder surgery. The good news is that the outfielder will be available off the bench Wednesday and return to the lineup Friday. The bad news, of course, is that he's hitting just .176/.247/.203 and has an achy shoulder.
May 6 - 11:41 AM

Tyler Skaggs (elbow) is scheduled to begin throwing off a mound on July 1.

Skaggs has been playing catch for a while, although he's currently in the midst of a planned week off in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. The left-hander won't return before the end of this season but could pitch in the Arizona Fall League.
May 6 - 11:31 AM

Yasiel Puig (hamstring) has yet to resume running the bases.

Puig did some running in the outfield two days in a row over the weekend, but he's evidently not yet been cleared to run the bases yet and won't begin a rehab assignment until that happens. It had been looking like Puig had a good shot to return on May 10 when first eligible, but that's looking less likely now.
May 6 - 11:27 AM

Justin Verlander (triceps) indicated via social media on Wednesday that he's been cleared to resume a throwing program.

The right-hander's tweet, which came along with a stoplight set on green, read: "Green means go!!! Gas pedals on the right!" It sure sounds like he's been given the go-ahead to resume throwing following another MRI on Tuesday, but we'll know for sure when the Tigers provide an update on Verlander later Wednesday.
May 6 - 11:20 AM

Luke Hochevar (elbow) will be activated from the disabled list this weekend.

Hochevar's 30-day rehab window is nearly up. He's posted a 7.84 ERA during his rehab assignment, although that's mostly the result of one poor outing when he allowed seven runs in 1.2 innings. The Royals are expected to bring Hochevar along slowly with some low-leverage innings initially.
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