Dose: Donaldson to the Rescue

Dose: Donaldson to the Rescue
In Sunday's Daily Dose, Jesse Pantuosco takes a look at Josh Donaldson's heroics and the pitch that cleared the benches in Kansas City.
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Chase Utley is not in the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

It's just a routine day of rest. Cesar Hernandez is playing second base Sunday in Utley's place, while Cody Asche has assumed the No. 3 spot in the batting order.
Apr 19 - 10:27 AM

Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday that Jeurys Familia will continue to serve as the team's closer even after Bobby Parnell (elbow) and Vic Black (shoulder) return.

It's no surprise given how well he's pitched (2.70 ERA, 9/1 K/BB ratio over 6 2/3 innings, 5-for-5 in save chances) and the fact that Parnell's velocity has been down during his rehab assignment. Parnell could be another couple weeks away from being activated and Familia is talented enough to run away with the job.
Apr 19 - 10:25 AM

Nationals optioned OF Michael Taylor to Triple-A Syracuse.

Taylor filled in admirably in center field while Denard Span was on the disabled list, batting .271/.314/.500 with two homers and two steals. Span is back now, though, and the Nats prefer to let Taylor to continue to play every day in the minors. He'll need another injury to occur before he gets another shot.
Apr 19 - 10:21 AM

Nationals activated OF Denard Span from the 15-day disabled list.

He's starting in center field and batting leadoff versus the Phillies. Span made a rapid recovery from core muscle surgery, as the initial belief was that he would likely be sidelined into May. Michael Taylor has been sent down to Triple-A in a corresponding roster move.
Apr 19 - 10:19 AM

Chris Capuano (quad) will throw a 45-pitch live batting practice session on Sunday.

It's not clear what the plan is for Capuano after that, but he might be ready to begin a rehab assignment. The left-hander could challenge Adam Warren for the fifth spot in the Yankees' rotation once he's deemed ready.
Apr 19 - 10:07 AM

Michael Cuddyer is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

It's his first day of rest this season. Kirk Nieuwenhuis is in left field in Cuddyer's place. Wilmer Flores is also getting a breather, with Ruben Tejada handling shortstop.

Blue Jays purchased the contract of LHP Jeff Francis from Triple-A Buffalo.

The Vancouver, British Columbia native will give the Jays some long relief depth. Francis tossed five scoreless innings in his lone start for Buffalo.
Apr 19 - 9:49 AM

Blue Jays optioned LHP Colt Hynes to Triple-A Buffalo.

Hynes struggled in his five appearances with the big club, posting a 6.00 ERA and 3.33 WHIP. He's replaced in the bullpen by Jeff Francis.
Apr 19 - 9:47 AM
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