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Phillies placed RHP Justin De Fratus on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 26, with a right elbow sprain.

De Fratus was shut down at the start of Phillies' camp due to elbow soreness, but recently began throwing bullpen sessions. He'll likely open the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley once healthy.
Wed, Apr 4, 2012 09:25:00 PM

Doug Fister (lat) is scheduled to make his first minor league rehab start Sunday with High-A Potomac.

Apr 24 - 4:30 PM

Ivan Nova will undergo Tommy John surgery next Tuesday.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews. It was considered inevitable after Nova was diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, but he wanted to get a second opinion before going ahead with the procedure. He'll now be sidelined until the early part of 2015. Vidal Nuno will take his place in the starting rotation for now.
Apr 24 - 4:29 PM

The Rangers are hopeful that Shin-Soo Choo (ankle) can avoid the disabled list.

Choo hasn't played since he injured his left ankle while awkwardly stepping on the first base bag on Monday, but X-rays came back negative an an MRI ruled out a high ankle sprain. He has reported some improvement since, so things are looking up. Still, it's unclear when he'll be able to return to the starting lineup.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Apr 24 - 4:08 PM

Russell Martin expects to return to the Pirates' starting lineup on Friday in St. Louis.

Martin has been out the past two games with lower body soreness -- the result of a hard slide into home plate on Monday. He is still appealing the one-game suspension that he was given for his role in Sunday's brawl with the Brewers.
Apr 24 - 3:48 PM

Red Sox activated OF Shane Victorino from the 15-day disabled list.

Victorino is in the Red Sox starting lineup on Thursday night for the first time this season, batting second and playing right field against the rival Yankees. He had been on the shelf since the end of spring training because of a Grade 1 right hamstring strain.
Apr 24 - 3:32 PM

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Michael Pineda has been suspended 10 games for using pine tar in his start Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Pineda had a big streak of pine tar on his neck on a blistery night at Fenway Park and was ejected by home plate umpire Gerry Davis with two outs in the second inning. His turn only comes up one time in the next 17 games due to conveniently-scheduled off days, so it's not a major hit to the Yankees. Pineda admitted after his start Wednesday that he was using pine tar and will not appeal the suspension. The 25-year-old boasts a 1.83 ERA in 19 2/3 frames this year.
Apr 24 - 3:01 PM

Corey Kluber righted the ship in a big way on Thursday, going the distance and striking out 11 in the Indians' 5-1 win over the Royals.

Even with all of the strikeouts, Kluber needed just 101 pitches to finish off the Royals. 75 of them were strikes. The one run he allowed was unearned, courtesy of a Nick Swisher error. Kluber lowered his ERA from 5.40 to 3.90 with the performance. We wouldn't necessarily expect more starts like this one, but he's never stopped looking like a fair bet in mixed leagues.
Apr 24 - 2:54 PM

Mariners optioned RHP Erasmo Ramirez to High-A High Desert.

Brandon Maurer is going to start in place of Ramirez on Sunday and then Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) will likely take over the rotation spot on the next turn through. Ramirez was 1-3 with a disappointing 6.75 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, and 20/11 K/BB ratio in 24 innings with the big-league club. He'll work on his craft against minor league competition. It's possible he could return to the majors for the M's upcoming doubleheader with Oakland.
Apr 24 - 1:41 PM

Brewers activated RHP Brandon Kintzler from the 15-day disabled list.

Kintzler wound up missing the minimum 15 days with a mild strain of his right rotator cuff. He posted an impressive 2.69 ERA and 1.065 WHIP in 77 innings of relief last season for Milwaukee, and will be an important part of the Brewers' bullpen going forward in 2014.
Apr 24 - 1:35 PM

Cubs prospect C.J. Edwards is in Chicago on Thursday for an examination of his right shoulder.

Edwards felt some shoulder fatigue during a recent bullpen session and the Cubs want to be sure it's nothing serious. The 22-year-old right-hander has posted a 2.61 ERA, 1.065 WHIP, and 20/8 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings this season for the Double-A Tennessee Smokies. He is the Cubs' top pitching prospect.
Apr 24 - 12:22 PM

Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Thursday that he does not have a designated closer at this point.

Pedro Strop had an opportunity to grab the job, but he was lit up for four runs in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday as the Cubs fell in brutal fashion to the Diamondbacks. "It's organic," Renteria said. Justin Grimm, James Russell, Hector Rondon, Jose Veras, and Strop could all see save opportunities going forward.
Apr 24 - 11:47 AM




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