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Brewers placed OF Norichika Aoki on the paternity leave list.

Aoki has left the team to be present for the birth of his second child. He is permitted to be away for 24 to 72 hours. Josh Prince has been called up to replace him on the active roster.
Wed, Jun 19, 2013 02:14:00 PM

Stephen Strasburg (back) is on track to start on Sunday versus the Brewers.

Strasburg was scratched from his last outing with an upper back strain, but he had two ribs popped back into place and is now feeling much better. He threw a light bullpen session Friday and should officially be cleared to start Sunday as long as he shows up to the ballpark Saturday feeling alright.
Jun 24 - 5:17 PM

Carlos Gonzalez (wrist) is not in the Rockies' lineup Friday.

CarGo tweaked his right wrist on a swing Thursday and had to be lifted from the game. It looks like a minor thing at this point, but he could need a few days off. Ryan Raburn is in right field.
Jun 24 - 5:12 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Angels "are listening" on Yunel Escobar and the Giants are "among the teams that have expressed interest."

It could indicate that the Giants aren't expecting Matt Duffy (Achilles) back anytime soon. It's no surprise that the Angels are willing to move Escobar, as they're already 16 games out of first place and don't seem likely to close that gap. Escobar is making $7 million this season and the Halos have a $7 million option on him for 2017.
Jun 24 - 4:47 PM

Jose Abreu is not in the White Sox' lineup Friday due to leg fatigue.

It will only be a one-day absence, as Abreu is expected back in there Saturday. Todd Frazier will play first base and Tyler Saladino is at third on Friday.
Jun 24 - 4:36 PM

Gregory Polanco is not in the Pirates' lineup Friday due to left leg discomfort.

The Pirates got Starling Marte (foot) back in the lineup Friday but now will be without Polanco. It's unclear how Polanco was injured, but it appears to be a day-to-day situation. Matt Joyce has taken his spot in right field.
Jun 24 - 4:10 PM

Yoenis Cespedes (wrist) is back in the Mets' lineup Friday.

Cespedes missed just one start with a mild left wrist sprain. He was given a cortisone shot and is now ready to go, playing center field and batting third on Friday.
Jun 24 - 3:55 PM

Anthony Rizzo (back) remained out of the Cubs' lineup Friday.

Rizzo has missed two straight games and three games over the last couple weeks with a stiff back. He's day-to-day. Kris Bryant has slid across the diamond to first base and Javier Baez will handle third base on Friday.
Jun 24 - 3:42 PM

Starling Marte (foot) is back in the Pirates' lineup Friday.

Marte hasn't started since leaving Tuesday's game with a sore foot. He's batting second and playing left field. The Pirates are also resting Josh Harrison, as Sean Rodriguez is handling second base.
Jun 24 - 3:40 PM

Pirates activated RHP Juan Nicasio from the restricted list.

Nicasio was away for about a week while dealing with a private family matter back in the Dominican Republic. The Pirates announced that the righty will be moved into the bullpen, likely for the remainder of the season. They haven't revealed yet who will start Sunday in Nicasio's place.
Jun 24 - 3:24 PM

Rays acquired OF Oswaldo Arcia from the Twins in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Arcia has hit only .240/.303/.429 over 967 plate appearances at the big league level, but he just turned 25 last month and has shown lots of power in flashes. He should see playing time in the corner outfield spots while Brandon Guyer (hamstring) and Steven Souza (hip) are sidelined, although both players are due back soon.
Jun 24 - 1:58 PM

Joey Votto (flu) is back in the Reds' lineup Friday.

Votto was under the weather for a few days, but he pinch-hit Thursday and is back in there Friday. He's batting second and playing first base against Colin Rea and the Padres.
Jun 24 - 1:48 PM




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