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Shelby Miller left Monday's start against the Cubs after five innings with a right leg cramp.

Miller was examined by trainers after stretching out his calf on the mound with one out in the fifth. He stayed in and retired the next two hitters but was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the frame. The youngster should be fine for his next outing, which will come against the Rangers this weekend. He tossed five scoreless innings on two hits and two walks while striking out five before exiting.
Mon, Jun 17, 2013 10:43:00 PM

Derek Holland (shoulder) is expected to start the Rangers' home opener on April 10 versus the Astros.

Holland is over the minor bout of shoulder soreness he dealt with earlier in camp, but the Rangers will play it safe with him and hold him back until the fifth game of the season. "There are two opening days," manager Jeff Banister said. Yovani Gallardo will get the ball on April 6.
Mar 26 - 6:11 PM

Yovani Gallardo will start Opening Day against the Athletics on April 6.

He'll square off against Oakland's Sonny Gray. Yu Darvish would have gotten the assignment if he was healthy, but Gallardo gets the call after coming over from the Brewers over the winter. The veteran right-hander posted a 3.51 ERA across 32 starts last season.
Mar 26 - 5:53 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) is set to begin playing catch Friday.

It will be a big step for Doolittle, who was diagnosed with a slight tear in his rotator cuff back about two months ago. If he continues to make progress, a return in early May is realistic.
Mar 26 - 5:46 PM

Josh Reddick (oblique) will take two rounds of batting practice Thursday.

It will be his first time taking batting practice since his oblique injury. The 28-year-old has missed most of the month, so he's cutting it very close, but there's still a chance that he could be ready for the start of the season.
Mar 26 - 5:42 PM

Garrett Richards (knee) will pitch in another minor league game on Saturday.

Richards, who is coming back from petellar tendon surgery, threw four hitless innings in a minor league game on Monday. At this rate, he's not going to pitch in a Cactus League game by the end of camp. The good news is that he's progressing as planned. Look for him to join the Angels' rotation in mid-to-late April.
Mar 26 - 5:12 PM

Jon Lester (arm) threw 54 pitches Thursday in a minor league game.

Lester struck out three of the 12 batters he faced while giving up one hit and one walk. The southpaw was scratched from Saturday's scheduled start due to a tired arm, but he said that Thursday was "good" and a "normal day." He will make another minor league start next week, likely stretching out to 75-80 pitches, which should put him track to start Opening Night against the Cardinals on April.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Mar 26 - 4:51 PM

Victor Martinez said that he dealt with some soreness in his surgically-repaired knee on Thursday.

V-Mart homered Thursday, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that he felt something in the knee while stretching to try to beat out a throw to sixth base in the first inning. The 36-year-old said it's just something he will likely have to deal with. It's not the best sign, but it doesn't sound like something that will impact his readiness for the season.
Mar 26 - 4:26 PM

Koji Uehara (hamstring) made 60 throws off flat ground Thursday.

Uehara strained his left hamstring early last week while doing some conditioning work, but Red Sox manager John Farrell called Thursday a "sizable step" for him. The next step calls for him to throw a bullpen session on Saturday. He remains a question mark for the start of the season. Edward Mujica would fill in at closer if he needs to miss some time.
Mar 26 - 4:14 PM

White Sox manager Robin Ventura admitted Thursday that David Robertson has battled some forearm soreness this spring.

That might help explain Robertson's 7.71 Cactus League ERA. Ventura added that he's not concerned about the $46 million closer being ready for Opening Day, but this is obviously something to monitor. Robertson had a 3.08 ERA with 39 saves and a 96/23 K/BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings last season with the Yankees. Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka are presumably next in line for saves in Chicago, though they're not worth grabbing yet in non-holds leagues.
Mar 26 - 3:18 PM

Chris Tillman said Thursday that he doesn't want to discuss his contract with the Orioles beyond Opening Day.

So that's the deadline for the current negotiations between the O's and Tillman's agent. Tillman can't become a free agent until 2018, but the Orioles are interested in buying out his arbitration years (at the very least). The 26-year-old right-hander boasts a 3.42 ERA and 1.195 WHIP in 499 2/3 innings over the last three seasons.
Mar 26 - 3:11 PM

Nationals manager Matt Williams acknowledged that Jayson Werth still experiences some soreness in his surgically-repaired right shoulder when he tries to hit.

"You do run out of time," Williams responded when asked whether Werth will be ready for Opening Day. The veteran outfielder still hasn't been cleared for full-on live batting practice and seems highly doubtful to be active on April 6. Nate McLouth is also at risk of missing the opener due to a shoulder injury, so it could be Tyler Moore in left field for the Nats.
Mar 26 - 2:45 PM




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