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Pirates prospect Nick Kingham underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Wednesday.

Kingham hadn't pitched since May 6 and was diagnosed this week with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow. The 23-year-old right-hander ranked 67th on Baseball Prospectus' top-100 prospects list over the winter after posting a 3.34 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 119/52 K/BB ratio in 159 innings last season between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis. He won't pitch again until late 2016. It's obviously a significant blow to the Bucs' rotation depth.
May 28 - 12:31 PM

The appeal hearing for Brian Matusz's eight-game suspension is scheduled for June 3.

Matusz was delivered the eight-game sentence from Major League Baseball on Monday after getting caught with a sticky grip-enhancer on his arm Saturday during an appearance against the Marlins. It's doubtful the lefty reliever will be able to get it reduced, but he's been able to continue pitching while the process plays out.
May 28 - 12:21 PM

Cardinals optioned RHP Miguel Socolovich to Triple-A Memphis.

Socolovich had registered a 1.17 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, and 8/1 K/BB ratio through 7 2/3 innings out of the St. Louis bullpen, so this is a surprising move. The 28-year-old right-hander probably won't be in the minors long.
May 28 - 11:59 AM

Kevin Gausman (shoulder) is scheduled to make starts June 6 and June 11 at Triple-A Norfolk.

That assumes he gets through his final simulated game without issue. Gausman has been on the self since early May with tendinitis in his right shoulder and it's not clear when he might return to the major leagues. It's also unclear what his role will be once he does make it back to Baltimore.
May 28 - 11:54 AM

Conor Gillaspie (foot) will start the second half of Thursday's doubleheader against the Orioles.

Gillaspie was held out of action Monday-Wednesday in Toronto for fear that the Rogers Centre turf would aggravate his lingering plantar fasciitis. Gordon Beckham is at third base for the White Sox in the first game Thursday at Camden Yards, but Gillaspie will man the hot corner in the nightcap.
May 28 - 11:33 AM

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said David Robertson probably won't pitch in Thursday's doubleheader.

Robertson blew back-to-back saves on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Wednesday's appearance was a two-inning affair. Chicago will play the matchups if a save opportunity arises at some point Thursday at Camden Yards. Robertson still owns a shiny 2.61 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and 31/3 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings this season and is not at all in danger of losing his job as the White Sox closer.
May 28 - 11:30 AM

White Sox manager Robin Ventura confirmed that Avisail Garcia (knee) won't play in either half of Thursday's doubleheader at Baltimore's Camden Yards.

Garcia hasn't played since leaving Monday's game in Toronto with discomfort in his right knee. It's something that has been bothering him for a couple of weeks, so the White Sox want to give him some extended rest. The 23-year-old is batting .327/.365/.456 with four home runs and 18 RBI in 39 games this season. J.B. Shuck is in right field in the first half Thursday.
May 28 - 11:25 AM

Avisail Garcia (knee) is not in the White Sox starting lineup for the first half of Thursday's doubleheader.

He might also sit out the second half. Garcia left Monday's game in Toronto after experiencing renewed discomfort in his right knee and the White Sox opted to keep him off the Rogers Centre turf for the remainder of that series. He remains day-to-day. J.B. Shuck is starting in right field on Thursday afternoon in Baltimore.
May 28 - 10:44 AM
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