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Ryan Garko has elected free agency.

The 31-year-old hasn't appeared in the big leagues since the 2010 season, but posted a respectable .297/.386/.441 line with eight homers and 40 RBI for Double-A Montgomery in 2012. He'll have to accept a minor league deal, but could find himself an invitation to spring training.
Tue, Nov 6, 2012 01:02:00 PM

Buster Posey was scratched from Saturday's game against the Angels with back tightness.

Posey's thumb has given him problems in recent days, so in that sense it's a positive that the thumb isn't the issue this time. The bad news is that he's now got a back issue to contend with. Pablo Sandoval is serving as the designated hitter Saturday in Posey's stead.
Apr 21 - 8:39 PM

Yoan Moncada's removal from Saturday's game against the Astros was described as a manager's decision.

The Astros were torching Lucas Giolito and the Sox, and apparently White Sox manager Rick Renteria didn't like something he saw from Moncada. The good news is that it isn't injury-related, so assuming the discipline doesn't extend beyond Saturday, the 22-year-old should be back in there Sunday.
Apr 21 - 8:20 PM

Rhys Hoskins went 2-for-3 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored in a 6-2 win over the Pirates on Saturday.

He belted a three-run jack off reliever Michael Feliz in the sixth inning and followed that with an RBI-single to right in the eighth frame. Hoskins broke into the league by hitting 18 dingers in his first 50 major league games last year. He is not quite matching that homer pace this year but his overall numbers are much better. He is slashing .328/.488/.639 with four homers, 19 RBI and 15 runs scored in 20 games. He's even pitched in three stolen bases already.
Apr 21 - 7:59 PM

Mike Clevinger tossed a complete-game, two-hit shutout against the Orioles in Saturday's 4-0 win.

He didn't blow them away but the Orioles just couldn't figure him out. He limited the O's to a pair of harmless singles and two walks while recording three strikeouts. It took him just 107 pitches to complete the shutout. Clevinger had a surprisingly strong season last year but has taken his game to a whole new level in 2018. He moves to 2-0 with a 1.75 ERA and 1.05 WHIP after four starts. He will try to keep it rolling against the Mariners on Thursday.
Apr 21 - 7:19 PM

Anthony Rendon (toe) was not in the Nationals' lineup for a seventh straight game Saturday, but manager Dave Martinez said he's available to pinch-hit.

That's an interesting revelation, since a pinch-hit appearance would reset the clock on any potential DL stint. What it says is, the team thinks he's close, despite having not played in the past week. Rendon fouled a ball off his toe in a game on April 13 but X-rays came back negative and he's been day to day ever since. The infielder is likely a day or two away from a return to the lineup.
Apr 21 - 7:13 PM

Xander Bogaerts (ankle) will embark on a two-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday.

If Tuesday and Wednesday's games go well, Bogaerts could be activated after Thursday's off day. He's been sidelined since April 9 with a small fracture in his left ankle, but the recovery has gone smoothly to this point. Brock Holt and Tzu-Wei Lin have filled in at shortstop in his absence.
Apr 21 - 6:52 PM

A source tells Jack Curry of the YES Network that Yankees top prospect Gleyber Torres will be promoted before Sunday's game.

Torres performed well in camp and hasn't stopped hitting since the regular season began, slashing .370/.415/.543 in 13 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. With the arbitration threshold cleared, the Yanks have decided his time is now in New York. Torres will likely log most of his time at second base, though he could also play third and spell Didi Gregorius at short.
Apr 21 - 6:24 PM

Carlos Martinez held the Reds scoreless for six innings but had to settle for a no-decision in his team's 4-3 victory on Saturday.

He struck out seven batters and walked three while surrendering just three base hits -- all singles. He left with a 3-0 lead but his bullpen blew that to deprive him of the win. Martinez has been masterful his last four times out after struggling in his Opening Day start. He has two wins and one loss with an elite 1.42 ERA in five starts. He's generated 37 strikeouts and allowed just one homer in 31 2/3 innings. The only concern is his 17 walks. His next outing is scheduled for Friday in Pittsburgh.
Apr 21 - 5:55 PM

Jake Lamb (shoulder) could travel with the team to Philadelphia for their upcoming road trip, manager Torey Lovullo said Saturday.

The team heads to Philly after wrapping up their series with the Padres on Sunday, so that suggests Lamb is very close to a return. He's been out since April 3 with an AC sprain in his left shoulder. It would be a welcome return for the D'backs, who have been leaning on Deven Marrero and Daniel Descalso at third in Lamb's absence.
Apr 21 - 5:38 PM

Wil Myers is not in the Padres' lineup for Saturday's game against the Diamondbacks.

It's an expected day off for the outfielder, who played three straight minor league rehab games before returning for Friday's win over the Diamondbacks. He's expected to be back in there Sunday. With Manuel Margot back and in center field, Franchy Cordero slides over to right with Jose Pirela in left Saturday.
Apr 21 - 5:04 PM

Byron Buxton (migraines) took batting practice Saturday for the first time since going on the disabled list.

That's a positive sign, especially after manager Paul Molitor said Friday that Buxton was showing "slight improvement." It will still likely be a process for Buxton to return, with more baseball activities and possibly a rehab assignment still to come, but being able to take BP suggests he's turned or is close to turning a corner. Buxton hasn't played since April 15 due to the migraines, which he suffered on the Twins' trip to San Juan.
Apr 21 - 5:00 PM




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