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Brian McCann (shoulder) felt good after taking batting practice on the field Friday.

While it was his third time taking batting practice since shoulder surgery, it was his first as part of a morning session with teammates. He also did two sets of 20 throws at 120 feet. "Today was a great day," said McCann. "Throwing was better than it has been, and hitting – today is the best I’ve felt hitting. I’m taking the necessary steps forward." McCann expects to hit and throw again on Saturday, which will be the first time he has done so on consecutive days. The Braves plan to hold him out of game action until roughly April 16, but he could need a minor league rehab assignment before being activated from the disabled list.
Fri, Mar 8, 2013 06:07:00 PM

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is hopeful that Yasiel Puig (hamstring) will be ready to return to the lineup on Tuesday.

Puig returned to action Saturday after missing a few days with a hamstring issue, but he's sitting out Sunday with more soreness. It doesn't appear to be a major concern at this point, but we'll have to wait and see how he feels after the off day. Andre Ethier will see more playing time while Puig is out.
Apr 19 - 2:07 PM

Devon Travis left Sunday's game versus the Braves after being hit in the left side by a pitch.

The initial diagnosis is a left rib contusion, although he seems like to be sent for X-rays. Travis stayed in the game initially but appeared to aggravated the injury on a dive back into first base on a pickoff attempt. The second baseman looked to be in quite a bit of pain as he exited the field.
Apr 19 - 1:43 PM

Twins general manager Terry Ryan said in a radio interview Sunday that Ricky Nolasco (elbow) has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment.

He was given the go-ahead after getting through a bullpen session Sunday with no issues. His pitch count on Saturday at Low-A Cedar Rapids is expected to be around 75, so Nolasco seems likely to need a couple rehab starts. Trevor May is likely to be booted from the rotation when Nolasco is ready.
Apr 19 - 1:16 PM

Brandon Belt is starting Sunday's game versus the Diamondbacks in left field.

It's his first start at the position since 2012, as Giants manager Bruce Bochy is obviously willing to shake things up in an effort to get his struggling offense going. Buster Posey is starting at first base Sunday, while Andrew Susac is behind the plate.
Apr 19 - 1:06 PM

The Athletics will wait to see how Jesse Hahn (blister) does in his between-starts bullpen session before determining whether he'll be ready for his next outing.

Hahn tossed 5 1/3 scoreless frames Saturday before having to leave with a blister issue. He'll ultimately be fine, but it's possible the A's will skip him one time through the rotation in order to allow the blister to fully heal. Jesse Chavez, who threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings himself in relief of Hahn, would be in line for a spot start.
Apr 19 - 12:15 PM

Justin Upton (quad) is not in the Padres' lineup Sunday.

Upton tweaked his quad in the ninth inning Saturday but remained in the game and even doubled in the 10th. He'll be fine but needs a day or two of rest. Will Venable is handling left field Sunday. The Padres are also going with Yangervis Solarte over Yonder Alonso at first base and Clint Barmes over Alexi Amarista at shortstop.
Apr 19 - 12:09 PM

Shane Victorino (ribs) is back in the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

Victorino sat out Saturday with sore ribs after running into the wall Friday, but he says he's fine. The veteran outfielder is hitting just .125/.300/.125 in the early going this season.
Apr 19 - 11:08 AM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus admitted Sunday that Victor Martinez (knee) is "certainly not 100 percent."

V-Mart is battling soreness in his left knee, although Ausmus revealed that the discomfort is in the top of the knee and not in the area the designated hitter had surgically-repaired. It's more of an issue when Martinez bats left-handed, but Ausmus doesn't plan to sit V-Mart against any more righties as he did on Friday. Worth noting is that Martinez is hitless in seven at-bats since he tweaked the knee on April 11.
Apr 19 - 11:01 AM

Alcides Escobar (knee) remained out of the Royals' lineup Sunday.

The Royals are hoping to avoid placing Escobar on the disabled list after he suffered a mild left knee strain on Friday, but it's possible he'll need a few more days. Christian Colon is again filling in at shortstop. Salvador Perez is also out of the lineup Sunday, as he's receiving his first day of rest this season. Erik Kratz is behind the dish.
Apr 19 - 10:49 AM

An MRI on Yunel Escobar's groin showed only inflammation.

Escobar was injured on Friday when he tweaked his groin while running out a ground ball. He'll avoid the disabled list for now, as the hope is that he can work out Sunday and return to the lineup Tuesday after Monday's off day. Danny Espinosa is at third base Sunday.
Apr 19 - 10:45 AM

Nationals activated OF Denard Span from the 15-day disabled list.

He's starting in center field and batting leadoff versus the Phillies. Span made a rapid recovery from core muscle surgery, as the initial belief was that he would likely be sidelined into May. Michael Taylor has been sent down to Triple-A in a corresponding roster move.
Apr 19 - 10:19 AM




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