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Brennan Boesch was scratched from Friday's lineup with a stiff left rib cage.

It was Boesch's right oblique that he tweaked earlier this spring when he was still with the Tigers. While it's good that it's not an aggravation of the previous injury, his status for Opening Day should probably be considered up in the air.
Fri, Mar 22, 2013 11:20:00 AM

Blue Jays recalled INF Lourdes Gurriel from Double-A New Hampshire.

Gurriel really struggled in his first taste of pro ball last season but was off to a .347/.382/.510 start with one homer and one steal at New Hampshire. The 24-year-old gives the Jays another option at both second base and shortstop. How much he'll wind up playing remains to be seen, but he's worth a shot in AL-only leagues.
Apr 20 - 12:29 PM

Blue Jays activated DH Kendrys Morales from the 10-day disabled list.

Morales missed the minimum amount of time with a Grade 1 right hamstring strain. With the Blue Jays deciding to keep Teoscar Hernandez on the roster for now, it's possible Morales could be benched a little more often moving forward.
Apr 20 - 12:23 PM

Mariners activated C Mike Zunino from the 10-day disabled list.

Zunino has been out all season with a strained right oblique but is ready to go now after getting through three rehab games with no issues. While he's a big batting average risk, Zunino is a fine fantasy catcher because of his power. Mike Marjama was optioned in a corresponding move.
Apr 20 - 12:07 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Friday that the hope is Salvador Perez (knee) will be activated sometime during next week's April 24-29 homestand.

Perez has already played four rehab games and Yost said the catcher feels "great." He's slated to serve as the designated hitter for Triple-A Omaha on Friday before catching back-to-back games Saturday and Sunday. That could be the last hurdle he needs to clear before being activated as soon as Tuesday. If he does return Tuesday, Perez will have made it back in four weeks after being given a 4-6 week timetable to recover from a torn MCL.
Apr 20 - 11:38 AM

Mike Napoli suffered a torn right ACL and meniscus at Triple-A Columbus that will require season-ending surgery.

Napoli is expected to need 10-14 months of rehab. Given that he will turn 37 in October, the injury has the potential to be a career-ender. Napoli was off to a 1-for-24 start at Columbus after signing a minor league contract with the Indians this spring.
Apr 20 - 11:15 AM

Shohei Ohtani went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Thursday's 8-2 loss to the Red Sox.

Ohtani has been the toast of baseball this year, but this series against the Red Sox is a solid reminder that he's probably a mortal man. He was knocked up for three runs in just two innings in his Tuesday start -- which he was forced to leave due to a blister on his right hand -- and fared no better with the bat on Thursday. That said, in 34 at-bats this season, Ohtani is still slashing .324/.378/.676 with three home runs (five total extra-base hits) and 11 RBI. He also owns a 3.60 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 19/4 K/BB ratio in three outings on the mound. He's expected to be able to make his next scheduled start despite the blister concern.
Apr 20 - 1:48 AM

Lorenzo Cain went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a homer, two RBI and four runs scored as the Brewers thumped the Marlins 12-3 on Thursday.

Cain ripped a Dillon Peters pitch over the left field wall in the fifth inning, his second homer of the year. He added an RBI double in the sixth, and also had another double and a walk in the game. The good performance raised his average back up to over .300, leaving his line at .303/.390/.485 through 18 games. He's also stolen four bases, ranking among the league leaders in the category. The reunion has gone well thus far.
Apr 20 - 12:55 AM

Lewis Brinson hit two homers, driving in three runs, in a loss to the Brewers on Thursday.

Playing against his former team, Brinson showed the upside that made the Marlins interested in him as the centerpiece for Christian Yelich, smashing a solo shot to center off Chase Anderson in the third inning before blasting a two-run shot off Anderson in the fifth. The homers were the first of the year for the 23-year-old. It was a rare bright spot in the early part of the year for Brinson, who's hitting just .156/.206/.250 in 17 games.
Apr 20 - 12:43 AM

Chris Owings was diagnosed with a head contusion after leaving Thursday's win over the Giants following a third-inning collision with A.J. Pollock.

Owings crashed into fellow outfielder A.J. Pollock while making a catch in the third inning, taking a knee to the face in the process. He subsequently left the game and was later diagnosed with a contusion -- a fancy way of saying that he bruised his head. He said after the game that he has been cleared of a concussion, so it looks at least in the immediate aftermath as though he's dodged something of a bullet. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Owings receive a day or two off to rest up, though.
Apr 20 - 12:30 AM

Zack Greinke was on his game in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Giants, firing off seven innings of three-hit, one-run ball.

Greinke wasn't able to do much in terms of the strikeouts -- he finished with just two whiffs on the evening -- but it was a beautiful performance regardless. The veteran ace finished up his evening having thrown just 88 pitches (56 strikes). He kept the scoreboard free and clear of danger outside of a solo home run surrendered to Brandon Belt in the second inning. Beyond the Belt dinger, Gregor Polanco picked up a single and Andrew McCutchen collected a double. And that was it in terms of the hit-damage on Greinke's line. It was a fine rebound showing after he had surrendered a combined nine runs on 14 hits over his previous two outings. Moving forward, Greinke will carry a 4.13 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 23/2 K/BB ratio (24 innings) into a road showdown with the Phillies next time he takes to the rubber.
Apr 20 - 12:09 AM

Preston Tucker went 2-for-4 with five RBI and a run scored as the Braves drubbed the Mets 12-4 on Thursday.

Tucker did his damage with a pair of doubles, both times roping hits into the right field corner. The first plated two in the third inning; the second came with the bases loaded in the seventh, scoring all three. Tucker is perhaps one of the most and least popular people in Atlanta -- he's been one of the league's most productive hitters thus far, leading the league with 18 RBI, but he's been so good that he's given the Braves reason to leave exciting top prospect Ronald Acuna in the minors for a little longer. Tucker, batting .288/.333/.538 through 18 games, should continue to fend off Acuna while he's producing.
Apr 20 - 12:05 AM




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