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Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Pirates are "studying deals" for Nate Schierholtz and Alex Rios.

Either would be an upgrade in right field, a position where the team's production (.239/.302/.377) has been lacking this season. Rogers notes that Rios "seems like a reach" for the Pirates since he's owed, between his salary and buyout, $13.5 million beyond this season. Schierholtz, who is making just $2.25 million this season, could be the more realistic fit and would form a solid platoon with Jose Tabata. Schierholtz is batting .269/.327/.498 with 11 homers and 34 RBI this season.
Sun, Jul 14, 2013 12:16:00 PM

Clay Buchholz struck out nine while allowing one run over 6 1/3 innings in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Rays.

Buchholz scattered five hits and two walks in the start, which was supposed to be his last before Steven Wright rejoined the rotation this week. That may be thrown into question with the good turn, his second in a row allowing just one run over six or more innings. Of course, he's got a 5.18 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 107 2/3 innings, so the Sox would be justified in sending him back to the bullpen as well. We'll know their plans soon enough.
Aug 23 - 10:32 PM

Carlos Correa was lifted from Tuesday's loss to the Pirates due to illness.

Correa has been battling a stomach bug and was 0-for-3 when Astros manager A.J. Hinch decided to pull him with his team trailing 6-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning. They went on to lose 7-1. Alex Bregman moved from third base to shortstop and Marwin Gonzalez took over at the hot corner. Correa might have to be held out of Wednesday afternoon's series finale in Pittsburgh.
Aug 23 - 9:57 PM

Dodgers placed LHP Scott Kazmir on the 15-day disabled list with neck inflammation.

Kazmir couldn't make it out of the third inning in his last start Monday against the Reds. It's not clear how long he might be sidelined. Los Angeles also placed starter Brett Anderson on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday due to a blister on his left index finger.
Aug 23 - 9:37 PM

Josh Reddick (finger) remains out of the Dodgers' starting lineup on Tuesday night.

Reddick jammed his right middle finger on Sunday night while having room service delivered and sat out Monday afternoon's series finale in Cincinnati. He was able to take batting practice on Tuesday evening, which is obviously a strong indication that the injury is not serious. Rob Segedin will start in right field and bat seventh Tuesday versus Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
Aug 23 - 8:32 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) is expected to throw a 60-pitch bullpen session Thursday or Friday.

Kershaw made it through a 50-pitch bullpen session Tuesday in Los Angeles without experiencing any sort of abnormal discomfort in his back. He'll take the next few days off before trying a more intensive workout. Kershaw said Tuesday that he expects to rejoin the Dodgers after just one minor league rehab start, but it's not exactly clear when that start will happen. He's been on the disabled list since late June because of a herniated disc in his lower back.
Aug 23 - 7:29 PM

Tyson Ross (shoulder, ankle) is set to begin a rehab assignment Thursday with High-A Lake Elsinore.

Ross won't be allowed to go beyond 45 pitches in that outing. He landed on the disabled list the second week of April with a shoulder injury and then sprained his ankle while exercising in his hotel room on July 6. If everything goes smoothly from here, the right-hander could rejoin the Padres' rotation around mid-September.
Aug 23 - 7:05 PM

Steven Wright (shoulder) threw a 60-pitch bullpen session Tuesday at Tropicana Field.

"Obviously see how [Wednesday] goes, but today, to get through that, it’s big," he said after the workout. "It’s still a little achy, but when I get out on the mound it doesn’t really bother me. I think it’s just something from not throwing consistently like I have been." Wright has been cleared to return to the Red Sox rotation this Friday against the Royals. The knuckleballer holds an impressive 3.01 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 123/51 K/BB ratio in 146 2/3 innings this season with Boston.
Source: WEEI.com
Aug 23 - 6:56 PM

John Lackey (shoulder) is aiming to throw a bullpen session this weekend in Los Angeles.

Lackey had a good game of catch Tuesday in San Diego and will go through a similar workout Wednesday. The veteran right-hander has been on the disabled list since August 19, retroactive to August 15, with a shoulder strain. The first-place Cubs can play it safe with Lackey and probably will do just that.
Aug 23 - 6:49 PM

Junior Guerra (elbow) is scheduled to make a rehab start Saturday with Triple-A Colorado Springs.

If it goes smoothly, he should be cleared to return to the Brewers' rotation late next week. Guerra has been on the disabled list since August 8, retroactive to August 4, with right elbow inflammation. He owns a sharp 2.93 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 107 1/3 innings this season with Milwaukee.
Aug 23 - 6:20 PM

Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said A.J. Pollock (elbow) will likely be activated Friday.

There was talk of a Wednesday or Thursday return, but the out-of-contention Diamondbacks don't want to be too aggressive with their prized center fielder. Pollock, out all season due to a fractured elbow, has batted .433/.541/.733 with two home runs and two stolen bases on his 10-game minor league rehab assignment.
Aug 23 - 6:13 PM

Angel Pagan (groin) is back in the Giants' starting lineup Tuesday versus the Dodgers.

Pagan tweaked his groin while making a catch in the outfield Saturday against the Mets, but he escaped a serious injury. He'll start in left field and bat second on Tuesday night against righty Kenta Maeda.
Aug 23 - 6:10 PM




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