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Ryan Madson (elbow) will move his rehab assignment up to Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday and will remain there for "several weeks."

Madson thinks he's ready to be activated now, but the Angels have decided to slow things down in order to avoid re-injury. The reliever said he respects the team's decision but thinks he can "pitch here today and get people out. That's just how I feel." It sounds like he won't join the Halos' bullpen until sometime next month.
Wed, May 15, 2013 06:50:00 PM

Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said late Wednesday that Daniel Hudson will likely be moved into a late-inning role.

Hale didn't officially anoint Hudson as the team's new closer, but it's a decent bet he gets the next save opportunity. Hudson earned his 17th hold of the season on Wednesday night against the Braves and has now gone 10 straight appearances without allowing a run after struggling badly in July. Enrique Burgos, meanwhile, has surrendered seven earned runs over his last three innings of work, including four earned Wednesday versus Atlanta. Hale also mentioned Randall Delgado as a possible late-inning guy for the stretch run. Arizona's bullpen is such a mess.
Aug 25 - 9:14 AM

Jordan Zimmermann (lat) is set to begin a rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Toledo.

Zimmermann received clearance after making it through another bullpen session on Wednesday. The right-hander has been out since August 6 with a strained lat muscle and may require multiple rehab outings. He had allowed 32 runs -- 29 earned -- over his last 31 innings with Detroit, ballooning his season ERA to 4.44.
Aug 25 - 9:05 AM

Finally making his Dodgers debut, Rich Hill earned a win after shutting out the Giants for six innings on Wednesday.

Hill allowed five hits, all of them singles, and walked none to outduel Johnny Cueto in what ended up being a 1-0 game. He came out after 81 pitches, which seemed appropriate after his lengthy DL stint due to a blister. The veteran left-hander should be able to throw closer to 100 pitches next time out against the Rockies.
Aug 25 - 1:11 AM

Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBI to lead the Tigers to a 9-4 victory over the Twins on Wednesday.

His solo blast in the first inning opened the scoring. He then contributed an RBI double in the third inning before adding another double and a single. The future Hall of Famer is batting .313/.386/.552 with 28 home runs, 80 RBI, and 71 runs scored in 124 games.
Aug 25 - 12:54 AM

Manny Machado went 4-for-6 with a homer and four total RBI to lead the Orioles over the Nationals 10-8 on Wednesday.

Machado's two-run bomb in the first inning set the tone for the high-scoring night. He then added run-scoring singles in the second and eighth innings. The four hits raised his batting average to .306 in 494 at-bats. The home run was his 29th. Machado has scored 87 runs and driven in 78. He has yet to steal a base after swiping 20 last year, but that's kind of a side concern at this point for his fantasy owners.
Aug 25 - 12:13 AM

Daniel Murphy went 3-for-5 with a grand slam and five RBI against the Orioles on Wednesday.

Murphy's season gets more impressive nearly every day. The grand slam came in the ninth inning but the Nationals were behind by seven runs at the time and couldn't make up that much ground. The second baseman's .347/.391/.611 slash line with a 1.002 OPS is off the charts. He chips in 24 home runs and 95 RBI to boot. Unless he falls flat on his face the rest of the season this will go down as by far the best year of his career.
Aug 24 - 11:43 PM

Matt Shoemaker didn't have his strikeout stuff working but managed to cobble together six shutout innings in the Angels' 8-2 victory over the Blue Jays.

He fanned three while allowing just three hits and one walk. It has been an up-and-down year for Shoemaker but today was all up. His 8-13 record is not pretty but his 3.98 ERA is impressive considering how terribly he began the season. He has punched out 134 batters while walking just 30 in his 25 starts.
Aug 24 - 11:35 PM

Andrew Benintendi will undergo an MRI on his left leg Thursday.

Benintendi suffered a left knee sprain and some kind of ankle injury during the seventh inning of Wednesday's game against the Rays while trying to evade a tag at second base. The 22-year-old outfielder's MRI should shed more light on just how badly he was hurt, but he put little weight on his leg when exiting the clubhouse after the game. This could be a very bad diagnosis.
Aug 24 - 11:24 PM

Marlins acquired OF Jeff Francoeur from the Braves as part of a three-team trade.

Atlanta received minor league catcher Matthew Foley from the Marlins and infield prospect Dylan Moore from the Rangers, sending international bonus pool slot No. 93 to Texas in return. Miami gave up international bonus slots No. 37 and No. 97 to the Rangers. Got all that? Francoeur was batting just .249/.290/.381 with seven home runs and 33 RBI through 276 plate appearances this season for the Braves, but the Marlins were desperate for outfield help with Giancarlo Stanton (groin) ruled out for the remainder of the year. Francoeur figures to see semi-regular starts against left-handed pitching in Miami.
Aug 24 - 10:23 PM

Marlins manager Don Mattingly said that Jose Fernandez suffered a cramp in Wednesday's game against the Royals.

Disaster seemingly averted for the Marlins. Fernandez grabbed his calf and limped off the field after striking out the final batter of the seventh inning, but Mattingly said after the game that it was only a cramp. The ace fireballer should be good to go next time he's scheduled to toe the rubber barring an unforeseen setback. Fernandez worked seven scoreless innings Wednesday night versus Kansas City, striking out nine.
Aug 24 - 10:10 PM

Jay Bruce was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Cardinals due to a right calf cramp.

Bruce cramped up on a second-inning double and was subsequently pinch-run for by Alejandro De Aza. Cramps are rarely a sign of serious injury and the Mets' midseason acquisition should be back in the lineup without issue later this week.
Aug 24 - 9:16 PM




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