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Scott Kazmir (abdominal strain) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday.

If it goes well, Kazmir should be cleared to make his regular-season debut on Saturday against the Rays. But if he can't pitch through the discomfort being brought on by an abdominal strain, he will likely be placed on the 15-day disabled list. The Indians can backdate his DL stint so that he will only actually miss about a week.
Tue, Apr 2, 2013 05:48:00 PM

A.J. Pollock (neck) is out of the Diamondbacks' starting lineup again on Thursday versus the Cubs.

Pollock was able to serve as a pinch-runner on Wednesday, but he still doesn't feel well enough to start. He wound up riding the pine for the Diamondbacks' entire four-game series at Chicago's Wrigley Field.
Apr 24 - 11:34 AM

Diamondbacks placed OF Mark Trumbo on the 15-day disabled list with a stress fracture in his left foot.

Trumbo was diagnosed with the injury on Wednesday in Chicago and flew back to Phoenix, Arizona for a range of tests to determine the severity. He missed almost six months with a stress fracture in his right foot in 2011, but he told reporters that this one doesn't feel as bad. Cody Ross stands to get a significant boost in playing time.
Apr 24 - 11:27 AM

Adam Eaton (hamstring) could return Friday.

Eaton is again out of the White Sox lineup on Thursday with a mild strain of his left hamstring, but he tried to talk manager Robin Ventura into starting him -- which is obviously a good sign. The dynamic 25-year-old outfielder is batting .282/.373/.394 with one home run and one stolen base in 18 games this season.
Apr 24 - 11:14 AM

Justin Ruggiano was diagnosed Thursday morning with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring.

That carries a best-case recovery timetable of 3-4 weeks. Ruggiano suffered the severe hamstring strain Wednesday while attempting to track down a fly ball along the treacherous right-field line at Wrigley Field. He was placed on the disabled list on Thursday.
Apr 24 - 11:11 AM

White Sox activated 2B Gordon Beckham from the 15-day disabled list.

Beckham is finally ready for his regular-season debut after missing nearly four weeks with an oblique strain. The 27-year-old second baseman batted just .267/.322/.372 with five home runs and 24 RBI in 103 games last summer, and might not get regular playing time out of the gate with Conor Gillaspie and Marcus Semien playing well. Beckham did not hit well on his minor league rehab assignment.
Apr 24 - 10:14 AM

Billy Hamilton is not in the Reds' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon versus the Pirates.

Chris Heisey is getting the start in center field. Hamilton has hit safely in seven of his last eight games, tallying seven stolen bases in that span. The 23-year-old speedster should be back in action Friday in Atlanta.
Apr 24 - 10:10 AM

Bobby Abreu is starting in right field for the Mets in Thursday's series-finale against the Cardinals.

Curtis Granderson will take a seat. It's the first major league start for Abreu since July 25, 2012.
Apr 24 - 10:04 AM

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times suspects Joe Smith will soon take over as the Angels' closer.

And some of the other Angels beat writers agree. Halos skipper Mike Scioscia said Wednesday night that he was sticking with Ernesto Frieri as closer despite the right-hander's 9.35 ERA, but the situation could be reassessed during Thursday's scheduled team off day leading into a big three-game series at Yankee Stadium. Smith is worth grabbing in all standard mixed leagues while Scioscia and Co. mull a change.
Apr 24 - 8:58 AM

Zack Greinke punched out 11 Phillies while surrendering two runs over seven innings in a 5-2 victory on Wednesday.

Greinke surrendered only five hits -- one of them inexplicable -- and a walk. Skipper Don Mattingly allowed Greinke to bat in the seventh inning -- despite the fact that he was over 100 pitches -- and the hurler improbably doubled and then scored on Yasiel Puig's triple. Greinke then allowed a game-tying home run to pinch-hitter Jayson Nix to lead off the eighth and was promptly yanked for J.P. Howell. All is well that ends well, we suppose. Greinke improves to 4-1 lifetime against the Phillies. He'll take a 4-0 record, 2.45 ERA and 0.99 WHIP into a stellar matchup on Tuesday at Target Field against the Twins.
Apr 24 - 1:09 AM

Chris Colabello went 2-for-6 with a home run and four runs batted in as the Twins beat the Rays in 12 innings on Wednesday.

Colabello had a big game, driving a two-run home run off of Jake Odorizzi in the fourth inning, and breaking a 4-4 tie in the top of the 12th with a two-run single off of Josh Lueke. Colabello, who rejected an offer to play in Korea during the off-season, has had a remarkable start to the season, currently leading the American League with 26 RBI.
Apr 24 - 12:01 AM

Francisco Rodriguez struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning, earning his ninth save of the season as the Brewers defeated the Padres 5-2 on Wednesday.

The embattled reliever has been lights out for the Brewers in the early going, with an MLB-leading nine saves, a spotless ERA, and an 18/3 K/BB ratio in 12 innings. Considering his track record, Rodriguez's early success isn't surprising.
Apr 23 - 11:43 PM




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