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Curtis Granderson (forearm) began throwing Thursday.

This is a sign that the follow-up X-rays on his forearm earlier this week showed sufficient healing. Granderson hopes to begin swinging a fungo bat as soon as this weekend and will progress from there. Barring any setbacks, he should join the Yankees' lineup around mid-May.
Thu, Apr 11, 2013 04:39:00 PM

Henderson Alvarez was removed from his start Monday versus the Mets with a left oblique strain.

That's awful news for the Marlins, as oblique strains often take 3-4 weeks to recover from and the 2014 regular season is in its final month. Alvarez allowed four runs -- three earned -- before exiting on Monday but still holds a sparkling 2.88 ERA on the year.
Sep 1 - 2:40 PM

Padres purchased the contract of INF Cory Spangenberg from Double-A San Antonio.

Spangenberg is starting at first base for the Friars in his major league debut Monday against the Diamondbacks. The 23-year-old was the 10th overall pick in 2011 and posted a strong .331/.365/.470 batting line with two home runs and 14 stolen bases in 66 games this season at Double-A. He could have value in NL-only fantasy formats.
Sep 1 - 2:25 PM

Royals activated 1B Eric Hosmer from the 15-day disabled list.

Hosmer took about a month to heal a stress fracture in his right hand. The Royals are struggling for offense at the moment and need their talented first baseman to finally hit his stride over the final month of 2014.
Sep 1 - 2:08 PM

Royals purchased the contract of LHP Brandon Finnegan from Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Finnegan was the 17th overall pick in this year's MLB Amateur Draft and skyrocketed through the Royals' minor league system, posting a 1.33 ERA and 26/4 K/BB ratio in 27 innings between High-A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He'll be a weapon in the Kansas City bullpen.
Sep 1 - 2:01 PM

According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Phillies will promote Maikel Franco on Tuesday.

And the 22-year-old top third base prospect could make his major league debut Tuesday night against Braves left-hander Mike Minor. Franco got off to a sluggish start this season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but he's hit .324 with a .922 OPS, 11 home runs, and 47 RBI in 54 games since the beginning of July. He should play against most lefties in Philly and will be of good use in fantasy leagues that allow daily lineup changes.
Sep 1 - 1:55 PM

Miguel Cabrera (ankle) is serving as the Tigers' designated hitter on Monday against the Indians.

Cabrera made an early exit from the second half of Saturday's doubleheader with the White Sox after aggravating his lingering right ankle injury. He then sat out Sunday, but will try to give it a go Monday evening. The reigning MVP won't be fully healthy until the winter.
Sep 1 - 1:30 PM

Justin Masterson has been demoted to the bullpen.

Masterson had one good start and five really bad ones in his month-long trial run in the Cardinals' rotation. A starter for Thursday has not been announced, but prospect Marco Gonzales looked pretty sharp on Saturday against the Cubs and could take the vacant spot.
Sep 1 - 12:57 PM

Athletics activated SS Jed Lowrie from the 15-day disabled list.

Lowrie missed three weeks with a hairline fracture in his right index finger. He is batting just .238/.317/.354 with five homers and 42 RBI in 110 games this season for the A's and acknowledged to reporters on Monday that the finger still isn't fully healed.
Sep 1 - 12:23 PM

Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros have fired manager Bo Porter.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported last week that the old-school Porter was at odds with data-minded general manager Jeff Luhnow and had vented his frustration recently to club owner Jim Crane. That was going to be a losing battle from the start for Porter, who will end his less-than-two-year tenure as Houston's skipper with a pitiful 110-190 record. The Astros have also fired Porter's bench coach, Dave Trembley. Tom Lawless has been named interim manager.
Sep 1 - 12:13 PM

Kolten Wong (head) passed additional concussion tests on Monday morning in St. Louis.

Wong made an early exit from Sunday's series finale against the Cubs after banging his head on the ground while trying to make a diving catch in shallow right-center field. He is sore from the whiplash but should be ready to go later this week. Pete Kozma is starting at second base in Monday afternoon's series-opener versus the Pirates.
Sep 1 - 11:56 AM

Carlos Gomez (wrist) is not in the Brewers' starting lineup Monday afternoon against the Cubs.

Gomez suffered a minor left wrist injury in Sunday's series finale against the Giants. He's day-to-day.
Sep 1 - 11:39 AM




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