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Felipe Paulino (elbow) threw off a mound for the first time Tuesday in spring training.

Paulino is only nine months removed from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and will open 2013 on the disabled list. The right-hander is hoping to rejoin the Royals' rotation around the All-Star break.
Tue, Feb 26, 2013 12:06:00 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post hears that Jeurys Familia (shoulder) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as this weekend.

Familia has tossed two scoreless innings on his rehab assignment so far and will pitch on back-to-back days Tuesday and Wednesday. That's often the last step before a reliever is activated, so Familia will get a day of rest Thursday before likely being activated Friday if all goes well. A.J. Ramos might keep the closer job initially if the Mets want to ease Familia back into things but the latter should get his job back in short order.
Aug 21 - 7:27 PM

Joey Gallo is experiencing concussion symptoms and did not travel with the Rangers to Anaheim.

Gallo also suffered a nasal fracture as a result of a collision with teammate Matt Bush on Sunday. The Rangers are holding off placing Gallo on the concussion disabled list for now in hopes that he'll make a quick recovery. As is the case with all concussions, though, that's anything but a guarantee. Gallo is a risky fantasy play this week. Ryan Rua has been recalled and is getting a start in left field Monday.
Aug 21 - 6:12 PM

Yasmany Tomas will undergo season-ending core muscle surgery on Tuesday.

Tomas first went on the disabled list back in early June and encountered multiple setbacks along the way. It amounts to a lost season for the 26-year-old, as he hit only .241/.294/.464 with eight homers while being limited to 47 games. The Diamondbacks tried to trade Tomas last winter and it wouldn't be a surprise if they try again this winter, although the market for him might not be there.
Aug 21 - 5:50 PM

Marc Carig of Newsday reports that Steven Matz has been pitching through pain all season due to a nerve issue in his left elbow and could require surgery.

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reported previously that Matz might be dealing with an arthritic left elbow, while Carig hears it's a issue similar to the one Jacob deGrom dealt with last season. Matz was given an injection Monday and the hope is that he'll return to pitch this year, but it sounds like surgery is on the table if the shot doesn't help. The left-hander has had a long history of elbow problems and has posted an ugly 6.07 ERA over 13 starts this season.
Aug 21 - 5:25 PM

Cody Bellinger (ankle) won't return to the Dodgers' lineup until at least Wednesday.

Bellinger's right ankle is still swollen after he sprained it Saturday, and he'll miss at least three games. The rookie will be re-evaluated Wednesday to see if he's ready to go then or needs more time. The Dodgers can obviously afford to proceed cautiously here given their 20-game lead in the National League West.
Aug 21 - 5:04 PM

Felix Hernandez (shoulder) will play catch Tuesday.

Hernandez to this point has been limited to strengthening exercises over the last three weeks after being diagnosed with more bursitis in his right shoulder, but he's ready to start throwing again now. The veteran right-hander will surely need at least one rehab start before returning, so he's likely still at least a couple weeks away.
Aug 21 - 4:25 PM

James Paxton (pectoral) will play catch Wednesday.

He had been hoping to play catch this past weekend, but it sounds like he's a tad behind schedule. Paxton -- who strained his left pectoral in a start 11 days ago -- will need to progress from playing catch to bullpen sessions to facing hitters and then maybe go out on a short rehab assignment before rejoining the Mariners' rotation. In other words, it will be a little while, but Wednesday is a nice step.
Aug 21 - 4:20 PM

The Dodgers are planning on having Clayton Kershaw (back) make a rehab start on Saturday at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Kershaw used all of his pitches in today's simulated game, indicating that he could be ready to start in the majors this weekend. The Dodgers, though, have no reason to take any chances with him, and pitching him in a minor league game in which he won't have to hit and might not be as tempted to try any challenging plays on defense seems like the smart play. He'll throw 60 pitches Saturday and then perhaps start for the Dodgers on September 1.
Aug 21 - 3:55 PM

Josh Bell went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI on Sunday, powering the Pirates to a 6-3 victory over the Cardinals.

Bell clubbed a two-run homer off of Mike Leake in the first inning then tacked on a two-run single during a three-run uprising in the third. With the two-hit attack, Bell is hitting .261/.340/.493 with 21 homers and 72 RBI in what has been a breakout season offensively.
Aug 20 - 10:09 PM

Gio Gonzalez was dominant in Sunday's victory over the Padres, racking up eight strikeouts while allowing just one unearned run over 6 2/3 innings.

Gonzalez scattered five hits and a walk on the day. The 31-year-old southpaw has been outstanding this season, and has now logged quality starts in 14 of his last 15 outings. He's now 12-5 on the year with a sparkling 2.39 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 150/62 K/BB ratio in 162 innings. He'll look to keep on rolling when he takes on the Mets at home on Saturday.
Aug 20 - 8:12 PM

Jesus Aguilar clobbered a pair of home runs on Sunday, powering the Brewers to a 8-4 victory over the Rockies in Colorado.

Aguilar got the Brewers on the board with a solo shot off of Rockies' starter Kyle Freeland in the first inning. He then tagged Tyler Chatwood for a two-run shot in the seventh inning, increasing the Brewers' lead to 5-1. He finished the day 2-for-4 plus a walk and scored three times. Aguilar is hitting .270/.338/.524 with 14 homers and 44 RBI on the season.
Aug 20 - 7:18 PM




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