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Reds and OF Shin-Soo Choo avoided arbitration Monday by agreeing to a one-year, $7.375 million contract.

Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors passed along the contract information. Choo requested $8 million and was offered $6.75 million from the Reds when arbitration figures were exchanged last month, so the two sides settled at the midpoint. The 30-year-old outfielder is due to become a free agent following the 2013 season.
Mon, Feb 11, 2013 04:21:00 PM

Yasiel Puig (hamstring) will perform running drills for the second straight day on Sunday.

It's certainly a great sign. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Friday that he expected Puig to begin a rehab assignment soon, and it's looking like he'll be activated when first eligible on May 10 as long as he can avoid a setback. Puig sports a .279/.380/.465 batting line with a pair of homers over 11 games for Los Angeles this season.
May 3 - 1:47 PM

Josh Hamilton (shoulder) is expected to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Round Rock later this week.

Hamilton's surgically-repaired shoulder is no longer an issue, but he's being worked back into playing shape. He's been training at the Rangers' spring training complex and faced live pitching Saturday for the first time. The big club expects Hamilton to join them towards the end of the month.
May 3 - 12:09 PM

J.J. Hardy (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie on Monday.

He'll play three games for the Baysox and then will likely be activated from the disabled list on Friday if all goes well. Hardy has been out all season with a left shoulder strain but has made progress recently after being given a cortisone injection.
May 3 - 11:49 AM

Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) is expected to throw live batting practice at some point this week.

Ryu has been throwing off a mound for a week and is nearing the next step. A rehab assignment will be just around the corner after he faces hitters. Ryu is still weeks away from a return, but he's finally showing some real progress. The Dodgers could really use him after losing Brandon McCarthy (elbow).
May 3 - 11:30 AM

Mat Latos (hamstring) has been cleared to start on Tuesday versus the Nationals.

Latos had to exit his last outing with a strained left hamstring, but he's apparently made a nice recovery over the last few days. The veteran right-hander is off to a disappointing start this season with a 6.86 ERA over his first five starts.
May 3 - 11:25 AM

Denard Span (abdomen) is back in the Nationals' lineup Sunday.

Span missed the previous two contests after being lifted from Thursday's game when he felt soreness in the area where he had core muscle surgery. It's doubtful that he's 100 percent, but it appears the outfielder will gut it out.
May 3 - 11:13 AM

Aramis Ramirez (hamstring) is back in the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

Ramirez missed a couple games with a sore hamstring, but he's ready to roll now. The third baseman has struggled overall this season but has been heating up of late, sporting a .375/.423/.708 batting line with a couple homers over his last eight games.
May 3 - 11:09 AM

Lorenzo Cain will begin serving a two-game suspension on Sunday after dropping his appeal.

It's a little surprising that he'd drop it now and miss a game versus the division-rival Tigers, but obviously the Royals determined it was best to get it out of the way now. Cain will return to action on Wednesday against the Indians. Jarrod Dyson is handling center field Sunday.
May 3 - 11:06 AM

Greg Holland (pectoral) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

Holland got through a simulated game on Saturday with no issues. As long as he bounces back OK, he'll resume his closing duties on Tuesday, pushing Wade Davis back to a setup role. "I felt really good," Holland said. "It was exciting. I was able to execute most of my pitches. With that layoff, without really getting off the mound and facing hitters, it was very encouraging."
May 3 - 10:59 AM

Rays placed OF Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 26, with left knee bursitis.

The club had been hoping Jennings could return to action over the weekend, but he simply hasn't progressed as hoped. The backdated DL move means he'll be eligible to return on May 11, although it's not a given that he'll be ready at that time. Brandon Guyer will continue to see extra playing time while Jennings is out, and Joey Butler could also get a shot.
May 3 - 10:24 AM

Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that "one scenario" has Carlos Rodon joining the White Sox' rotation on May 10 versus the Reds.

Van Schouwen says that "there’s speculation" Jeff Samardzija and Chris Sale will drop the appeals of their five-game suspensions after their starts this week against the Tigers, which could open up a rotation spot next weekend for Rodon. Even if May 10 doesn't turn out to be the date of Rodon's first start, there's no doubting he's going to be entering the rotation soon. The lefty holds a 2.84 ERA over 6 1/3 relief innings, although it's come along with a 2.05 WHIP and 4/4 K/BB ratio. Still, the potential with Rodon is obviously sky-high, so feel free to stash him now if he's still on your waiver wire. Hector Noesi is expected to be booted from the rotation to make room for Rodon.
May 3 - 9:11 AM




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