Darren Oliver said Thursday that he's dealing with a sore pitching shoulder for the last 7-10 days.
Oliver has allowed a run in each of his last two appearances. When asked if he might need a DL stint, the lefty didn't dismiss the possibility. "I don’t know," he said. "I’m sure we’ll talk about it at some point." Consider him day-to-day for now.
Drew Stubbs tripled, doubled twice and drove in three runs as the Indians beat the Red Sox 12-3 on Thursday.
Stubbs merits as an everyday right fielder can be debated, but he is hitting better than he did last year, with a .255/.304/.403 line through 149 at-bats. And fortunately for his fantasy owners, the Indians lineup has been better than expected, giving him more chances to score and drive in runs from the ninth spot than anticipated.
Ryan Dempster was pulled after giving up four runs in three innings Thursday against the Indians.
Dempster has been toughed up in three straight outings (15 earned runs in 12 2/3 innings) after opening the season with a 2.93 ERA in seven starts. He's not going to be worth using in mixed leagues until he turns it around.
Michael Bourn went 3-for-6 with a double and two RBI against the Red Sox on Thursday.
Having no trouble adjusting to the league switch, Bourn is batting .320 through 97 at-bats this season. His career high is .294 from 2011, and he finished at .274 last year with the Braves.
Fernando Salas received a shot Thursday to help the inflammation in his right shoulder.
Salas doesn't have any structural damage, but the Cardinals will shut him down for a while and hope the shot helps to speed his recovery along. There's no timetable for his return.
J.P. Arencibia went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in Thursday's 12-6 win over the Orioles.
Arencibia delivered an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth, a go-ahead two-run homer in the fifth and an RBI ground out in the eighth. While the 27-year-old backstop is only hitting .230 with a .244 on-base percentage, he has 11 home runs to go along with 24 RBI. He's on pace to set career-highs in both categories.
Octavio Dotel (elbow) threw a bullpen session Thursday.
It's the first time he's thrown from the bump since being shut down over the last week. Dotel will eventually need a rehab assignment, but it's not clear when it will begin. He'll likely return sometime next month if all goes well.
Brandon Morrow yielded six runs in seven innings Thursday against the Orioles, but still managed to pick up a victory.
Morrow was touched up for 10 hits, including three home runs, so he was hardly deserving of the victory. Fortunately for him, the Toronto offense kept piling on against the Orioles. He struck out five and walked one in the win and now owns a disappointing 5.50 ERA through nine starts this season. Things can only get better, but it'll be tough to trust him in mixed leagues next week when he takes on the Braves.