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Ian Happ - OF - Cubs

Cubs manager Joe Maddon noted Thursday that Ian Happ has been working on his approach with hitting coach Chili Davis.

Happ homered on the very first pitch of the 2018 MLB season back on March 29, but he's batting just .205/.271/.318 over his last 48 plate appearances and is on the Cubs' bench for Thursday's game against the rival Cardinals. "I've talked to Chili a lot about it," Maddon said. "[Happ] feels much better on the right side of the plate than the left side, which is normally not the case. Hopefully, he can maintain that as he works through the left-handed problems he's got. I really like the way this guy is. He'll work through it. I like the plan Chili has set forth for him."
Source: Cubs.mlb.com
Apr 19 - 2:31 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Thursday that Ken Giles has been unavailable for the last couple of games due to a back issue.

And it sounds like the hard-throwing closer won't be available on Thursday, either, with a DL stint looming as a possibility. "When we got to Seattle he reported a little bit of back soreness and it’s progressively gotten a little bit worse to where he can’t go yet," said Hinch. "Right now given that he can’t move around and do the things that he normally does, it’s a little concerning." Chris Devenski should already be owned in all standard fantasy leagues.
Apr 19 - 2:04 PM

Freddie Freeman has no fractures in his left wrist and is considered day-to-day.

Phew. Freeman got struck on the wrist by a 90 mph Holby Milner fastball on Wednesday night -- the same wrist he fractured in 2017 -- but all is apparently well. The star first baseman might only miss a game or two.
Apr 19 - 1:42 PM

Ryon Healy (ankle) has joined up with Double-A Arkansas to begin a minor league rehab assignment.

Healy said his ankle feels great, but also that he's going to need a good amount of at-bats to get his timing right after missing the last two weeks. The 26-year-old first baseman should be ready to return to the Mariners' active roster sometime early next week.
Apr 19 - 1:27 PM

Mariners released RHP Pat Light.

Light had allowed eight earned runs in three innings of relief this season at Triple-A Tacoma. The 27-year-old former supplemental first-round pick owns an 11.34 ERA in 17 career major league appearances.
Apr 19 - 12:51 PM

Ben Zobrist (back) could be available off the bench Thursday against the Cardinals.

Zobrist has been struggling through a minor back injury, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Thursday morning that the veteran utilityman is feeling much better. Zobrist, 36, holds an impressive .326/.408/.465 batting line with seven RBI through 49 plate appearances this season.
Apr 19 - 12:32 PM

Zach Britton (heel) is scheduled to throw off a half-mound on Friday.

It'll be a significant step for the 30-year-old closer, who ruptured his right Achilles tendon in an offseason workout back in January. Roch Kubatko of MASN wrote in late March that people with the Orioles think "early June" is a possibility for Britton's return. Brad Brach is currently serving as Baltimore's ninth-inning man.
Apr 19 - 12:02 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said he thinks Max Kepler (knee) is "going to be OK."

Kepler was pulled from Wednesday's series finale against the Indians with some discomfort in his right knee, but Molitor says that move was mostly precautionary. The Twins have an off day Thursday as they make their way back from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Kepler will be reevaluated ahead of Friday night's series opener at Tampa Bay. Ryan LaMarre replaced him in the outfield Wednesday and went on to hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 16th inning.
Apr 19 - 11:41 AM
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