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Chris Carpenter (shoulder, back) has been cleared to resume a throwing program.

Carpenter has been shut down since earlier this week with lower back stiffness and will throw a light bullpen session Saturday before being reevaluated. The Cardinals originally hoped that Carpenter could be available in late June, but he likely won't be an option to return until after the All-Star break.
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 07:35:00 PM

Max Scherzer was scratched from Friday's start against the Padres due to neck soreness.

Nationals' manager Dusty Baker said it's the opposite side of the neck that is bothering Scherzer, not the same side that gave him trouble earlier this season. Matt Grace will start in his place in what looks to be a bullpen day for the Nationals.
Aug 18 - 8:09 PM

J.D. Martinez was scratched from the Diamondbacks' starting lineup on Friday due to illness.

It doesn't sound like anything too serious, so consider the hard-hitting outfielder day-to-day. Brandon Drury replaced him in the lineup and will bat seventh for the D'Backs against Ervin Santana and the Twins.
Aug 18 - 7:46 PM

Javier Baez launched a two-run homer and added an RBI single in Friday's win over the Blue Jays.

Baez plated a run with a single in the second inning and gave the Cubs some much needed insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth with a long two-run shot off of Tim Mayza. The 24-year-old now has an even 20 home runs on the season, and half of them have come since the All-Star break. He's also hitting .308 in the second half.
Aug 18 - 6:21 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the concern with Trevor Rosenthal (elbow) centers around "the stability of his ligament, and surgery is option."

The level of damage in Rosenthal's ulnar collateral ligament isn't known at this point, but obviously Tommy John surgery would be the worst-case scenario. He's already received one opinion but will get a second before a decision on the next course of action is made. Seung Hwan Oh is back in the closer role for the Cards with Rosenthal sidelined.
Aug 18 - 5:55 PM

Salvador Perez (intercostal) will resume taking batting practice this weekend and could be activated for next week's series versus the Rockies that begins Tuesday.

Perez has slowly ramped up his workouts this week and hasn't experienced any setbacks with his strained right intercostal muscle. He will not require a rehab assignment before returning, so if batting practice goes well this weekend he'll be ready to roll.
Aug 18 - 5:51 PM

Cameron Maybin is not in the Angels' lineup Friday due to right knee soreness.

It's the same knee that sent him to the disabled list last month and has now cost him two straight starts. Consider Maybin day-to-day for now. Ben Revere is in left field and in the leadoff spot.
Aug 18 - 5:40 PM

Kolten Wong was scratched from the Cardinals' lineup Friday due to a hip issue.

He's available off the bench, so it sounds like the Cards are just being cautious. Greg Garcia will step in at second base.
Aug 18 - 5:31 PM

Aroldis Chapman (hamstring) is available out of the Yankees' bullpen Friday.

Chapman tweaked his hamstring Tuesday and wasn't available Wednesday, but he worked out with no issues Thursday and is ready to go. He's struggled of late, but manager Joe Girardi said Friday of the flamethrower that "he's my closer."
Aug 18 - 5:20 PM

Nolan Arenado (hand) is in the Rockies' lineup Friday.

Arenado was lifted from Thursday's game after a grounder struck him in the same spot on his left hand where he was hit by a pitch earlier this week. However, X-rays came back clean and he's feeling well enough to give it a go.
Aug 18 - 5:09 PM

Lucas Giolito will make his White Sox debut on Monday during a doubleheader versus the Twins.

The White Sox are also promoting Michael Kopech from Double- to Triple-A. Giolito holds an underwhelming 4.48 ERA with 59 walks over 128 2/3 innings this season at Triple-A Charlotte, but he's also struck out 134 and had posted a 1.71 ERA over his last five starts. He could wind up sticking around beyond Monday if Reynaldo Lopez (oblique) needs a trip to the disabled list.
Aug 18 - 4:50 PM

David Price remains shut down from throwing due to ongoing stiffness in his left elbow.

Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe writes that while Red Sox manager John Farrell is still hopeful of Price returning this season, he "acknowledges the window is closing." The left-hander has had a couple starts and stops in his throwing program since he landed on the disabled list nearly three weeks ago with what the club called inflammation at the time. Price, of course, didn't make his season debut until late May because of elbow issues.
Aug 18 - 4:43 PM




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