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Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik said Monday that Dustin Ackley will be promoted "sooner rather than later."

Ackley has posted a healthy .263/.383/.417 batting line, five home runs, six stolen bases and 19 RBI through 38 games this year at Triple-A Tacoma. The Mariners need all the offense they can get and the promising 23-year-old second baseman can certainly help.
Mon, May 16, 2011 02:35:00 PM

Bryce Harper launched three home runs and drove in five in Wednesday's victory over the Marlins.

All three dingers came off of Tom Koehler, as he went opposite-field in the second before then hitting monster shots into the right-field upper deck in the third and fifth. Harper came up in the seventh with a chance for a fourth home run but had to settle for an RBI groundout. The 22-year-old now has eight home runs and 20 RBI on the season to go along with a .265/.416/.561 batting line.
May 6 - 3:57 PM

Athletics activated OF Coco Crisp from the 15-day disabled list.

Crisp needed just two rehab games to show the A's he was ready, beating his original timetable to return from elbow surgery by a couple weeks. He could be eased back into the lineup but will eventually settle in as the regular left fielder. Craig Gentry has been sent down in a corresponding move.
May 6 - 3:37 PM

Justin Verlander (triceps) has been cleared to resume a throwing program.

It confirms what Verlander essentially reported himself earlier Wednesday. The veteran right-hander has been slow to get over the hump while battling a right triceps strain, but the third MRI he took Tuesday apparently showed sufficient healing. The Tigers didn't reveal details about Verlander's throwing program, but he'll be built back up slowly and won't return until next month.
May 6 - 1:48 PM

Angel Pagan (finger) is back in the Giants' lineup Wednesday.

Pagan suffered a laceration on his left middle finger when he slid into second base on Monday, but he's back in there after one day of rest. The outfielder sports a nifty .350/.373/.447 batting line this season.
May 6 - 1:27 PM

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

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

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) "is said to be feeling better" and hopes to return to the lineup "in a couple days."

Ramirez avoided a serious left shoulder injury when he slammed into a side wall on Monday and has made nice progress since then. The Red Sox will obviously be careful with him, but it sounds like there's a chance he could return to action before the end of the week. Ramirez is batting .283/.340/.609 with 10 home runs this season.
May 6 - 11:09 AM

Michael Morse is not in the Marlins' lineup Wednesday.

He's now been benched for three straight games and four out of the last five contests. Morse isn't injured, but he's hitting just .193/.253/.284 and Justin Bour has seven hits in 14 at-bats since his promotion. Bour is at first base again on Wednesday.
May 6 - 10:41 AM

Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart confirmed that the club has interest in Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

"He's a player that we're going to talk a little bit more in-depth about," Stewart said Tuesday. "I have to see what our scouts are saying and talk to our internal guys, and if it makes sense then we'll make the next step." Saltalamacchia, who was officially released by the Marlins on Tuesday, makes a lot of sense as an upgrade over Tuffy Gosewisch. The D'Backs can get him cheaply now that his old $21 million contract is off the books. They're not the only squad that's interested, however, as Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith says "a few teams" are in the mix. The Royals, Indians and Mariners have also been connected to Salty.
May 6 - 9:25 AM

Royals activated RHP Greg Holland from the 15-day disabled list.

Holland has been on the shelf since April 18 with a pectoral strain but threw a simulated game over the weekend and is ready to go. He'll slide back into his closer's role, pushing Wade Davis to the eighth inning.
May 6 - 8:30 AM




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