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David Phelps (forearm) will make at least one more rehab start before being activated from the disabled list.

Phelps allowed two runs and two hits -- including a homer -- in 3 2/3 innings in a rehab start with Double-A Trenton Tuesday. "He felt OK," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Probably not as sharp as we've seen him during the course of the season, but I kind of expect that when you haven't been on the mound and you haven't faced hitters in a while." Phelps will likely be sent to the bullpen once activated.
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 11:25:00 PM

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, top prospect Alex Reyes was lifted from his start Tuesday night at Triple-A Memphis as "insurance" in case he's needed Saturday in Miami.

That would be his major league debut. Tyler Lyons is also a possibility for that turn, but he might have to be used in relief at some point over the next three days. Reyes struck out seven batters over three innings on Tuesday night against the Triple-A affiliate of the Dodgers and he has 79 strikeouts in 55 total innings this season with the Memphis Redbirds. But those big swing-and-miss totals have come with a 5.07 ERA.
Jul 26 - 9:47 PM

Nelson Cruz made an early exit from Tuesday's game against the Pirates with an apparent leg injury.

Cruz was moving gingerly as he went from first to third on a Kyle Seager double in the top of the seventh inning and Franklin Gutierrez took over in right field in the bottom of the seventh. There should be an update from the Mariners within the hour.
Jul 26 - 9:31 PM

Luis Valbuena suffered a right hamstring strain on Tuesday night against the Yankees.

Valbuena pulled up lame while running to first base in the bottom of the second inning. Houston is calling him day-to-day, but a 15-day disabled list stint seems possible. That would open more playing time at third base for top prospect Alex Bregman, who served as the Astros' designated hitter on Tuesday after starting at the hot corner in his MLB debut on Monday.
Jul 26 - 9:27 PM

Rays manager Kevin Cash said he expects Logan Morrison (wrist) to return Wednesday.

LoMo had been aiming to return Tuesday, but the decision was made to give his ailing forearm and wrist a little bit more rest. Steve Pearce is starting at first base for the Rays on Tuesday night against the Dodgers.
Jul 26 - 8:22 PM

Homer Bailey (elbow) is set to make his 2016 debut on Sunday afternoon in San Diego.

It will be his first start at the major league level since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in May 2015. Bailey has posted a concerning 5.14 ERA and 1.71 WHIP in eight minor league rehab appearances, but he went 98 pitches Monday at Triple-A Louisville (while lasting just 4 1/3 innings) and the Reds will let him try to find himself against big league competition.
Jul 26 - 8:11 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that he will stick with Ryan Madson at closer.

Madson blew his sixth save of the season in Monday's loss to the Rangers and has watched his ERA rise every month -- from 1.42 at the end of April, to 2.42 at the end of May, to 3.00 at the end of June, to the 3.77 mark where it sits now. Ryan Dull probably deserves a shot, but it's not going to happen yet. "At this point, we still have confidence in him," Melvin said of Madson. "He’s throwing as hard as he has all year here the last couple times out, he’s performed really well the last couple of times before (Monday)."
Jul 26 - 7:50 PM

Carlos Martinez earned his 10th victory of the season as the Cardinals beat the Mets 3-2 in the first half of a doubleheader Tuesday at Citi Field.

Martinez wasn't at his sharpest, yielding four walks, five hits, and two earned runs over just five innings, but he was able to out-duel Mets ace Noah Syndergaard in the late-afternoon makeup for Monday night's rainout. The two runs Martinez allowed both came on a two-run shot by Mets catcher Rene Rivera in the bottom of the fourth. Martinez, 24, now stands 10-6 with a 2.87 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 99/41 K/BB ratio in 119 1/3 innings (19 starts) this season. Next up is a road start against the Marlins.
Jul 26 - 7:44 PM

Clayton Kershaw (back) has not been cleared for throwing.

Kershaw had a checkup with Dr. Robert Watkins last week but was apparently told to remain idle as he attempts to rehab a disc herniation in his lower back. There is no timetable for the ace left-hander's return to the Dodgers' rotation and it is possible he will wind up needing season-ending surgery.
Jul 26 - 7:26 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Yasiel Puig (hamstring) is available off the bench Tuesday.

But that might only be in the event of an emergency. Puig tweaked his right hamstring last Thursday and has made just one pinch-hitting appearance since. "To me it's not to the point where I want him in [the starting lineup]," Roberts told reporters on Tuesday after watching Puig run the bases.
Jul 26 - 7:13 PM

Zack Greinke (oblique) is expected to make an appearance in an Arizona League game on Friday.

Greinke made it through a 40-pitch simulated appearance on Tuesday and should be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment if he wakes up Wednesday feeling fine. He could return to the Diamondbacks after just one minor league outing. The ace right-hander has been sidelined since June 29 because of a left oblique strain.
Jul 26 - 6:22 PM

Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said he's hopeful Jake Lamb (hand) can return Friday.

Lamb has been dealing with a bruised left hand. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Monday night against the Brewers and is hitless over his last five games. The hope is the 25-year-old third baseman can get back to cranking homers with a bit of rest and rehab.
Jul 26 - 6:18 PM




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