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Jesse Crain (shoulder) was unable to throw a scheduled bullpen session on Thursday afternoon.

Crain did not feel good after his warmup tosses and canceled the workout. The veteran right-hander was trying to rush back from a shoulder strain before the July 31 trade deadline and now his value is wrecked. He's going to hold off on throwing for a little while.
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 12:42:00 PM

Astros purchased the contract of OF George Springer from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

News broke late Tuesday night that Springer was getting a promotion, and now the move is official. The top prospect has hit .353 with three homers, nine RBI and four stolen bases in his first 13 contests for Oklahoma City this season after batting .303/.411/.600 with 37 longballs and 45 steals last year. He'll play every day -- likely in right field -- and needs to be owned in all fantasy formats.
Apr 16 - 11:12 AM

David Robertson (groin) remains on track to return from the disabled list when first eligible on April 22.

Robertson has been throwing on flat ground and will throw off a mound Thursday for the first time since landing on the DL. Shawn Kelley has been closing for the Yankees in Robertson's absence but will go back to a setup role next week.
Apr 16 - 10:51 AM

Bartolo Colon is questionable for his Saturday's scheduled start due to a back issue.

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News was told by a Mets source that Colon's back "was a factor" in his last outing when was blasted for nine runs on 11 hits over five innings, and "it remains to be seen" if he'll be ready Saturday. Colon has been receiving treatment on his back the past two days and the club will make a determination on his status later this week. They do have an off day Thursday, so Colon could easily be pushed back.
Apr 16 - 9:08 AM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia told the media after Tuesday's game that Kole Calhoun (ankle) is heading for the disabled list.

Calhoun will join Josh Hamilton on the shelf after painfully rolling his ankle running through first base in the 11st inning. "I just rolled it and it hurt real bad," said Calhoun, who was on crutches after the game. "It’s just a freak thing, you know?" We won't know Calhoun's timeline until he's further evaluated. The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser wondered on Twitter whether Los Angeles could target Sam Fuld, who was recently waived by the A's. Unless they bring somebody else in, Collin Cowgill is likely in line for more at-bats in the near future.
Apr 16 - 3:37 AM

Jim Johnson earned the win Tuesday night against the Angels by tossing two scoreless innings of relief in the 11-inning, 10-9 win.

Owners that have held onto Johnson should consider this evening an unmitigated success. To make it possible, Mike Trout had to crush a two-run homer off Sean Doolittle in the ninth to force extras. Once there, Johnson tossed a scoreless 10th and 11th, striking out one, walking one, and giving up a single. He's tossed five straight scoreless innings, earning the victory on consecutive nights, and has to be nearing the ninth inning discussion again.
Apr 16 - 2:34 AM

Bronson Arroyo was lit up by the Mets for nine runs on 10 hits over 3 1/3 innings of a 9-0 loss on Tuesday.

He threw 64 batting practice pitches, basically. It's bad enough that GM Kevin Towers is already feeling buyer's remorse three starts into Arroyo's Arizona career without considering that the rest of the rotation has done their best pitching machine impersonations thus far as well. Arroyo now owns a 9.95 ERA, while the Snakes staff as a whole has posted a 7.71 ERA. This is why Arizona is 4-13 overall, and 1-10 at the launching pad known as Chase Field. This Diamondbacks squad is taking on water, and it'll be interesting to see how Towers decides to go about draining the hull. Either way, even against the Cubs, you want nothing to do with Arroyo even in an All-Bronson league next time out. Make him prove it first.
Apr 16 - 12:33 AM

Brett Lawrie hit a grand slam in the ninth inning to extend the lead, and the Blue Jays finished off the Twins 9-3 on Tuesday.

Lawrie's only hit of the game was a big one, as he sent a Jared Burton fastball deep into the Minnesota night to give the Jays some insurance runs. The homer was his third this season. Lawrie also had an RBI sacrifice fly earlier in the game, giving him five RBI total on the evening, and the five-RBI night was his first ever in the majors.
Apr 16 - 12:18 AM

Burke Badenhop got the loss on Tuesday as the White Sox defeated the Red Sox 2-1 on a walk-off throwing error by Xander Bogaerts.

Badenhop wasn't sharp in the ninth inning, trying to keep a tie game intact. After allowing two singles (lead-off man Alejandro De Aza was caught stealing after his hit) and issuing another walk, Marcus Semien knocked a ball to Bogaerts, who made a low throw which couldn't be dug out by first baseman Mike Carp for the third out of the inning, allowing the White Sox to walk off as 2-1 winners. Badenhop hasn't been reliable in five appearances to start the season, allowing runs in each of his last four appearances.
Apr 16 - 12:04 AM

Mike Napoli has been diagnosed with a dislocated left ring finger.

That much could be seen by looking at the gruesome picture of Napoli's finger after he slid into second base following a ninth-inning wild pitch. However, the good news is that X-rays on the finger came back negative, and the first baseman is being listed as day-to-day. Mike Carp will handle first if Napoli has to sit out a day or two.
Apr 16 - 12:00 AM

Adam Dunn blasted the 443rd home run of his career on Tuesday, the only hit he had in his only official at-bat as the White Sox beat the Red Sox.

Dunn took Jake Peavy deep for a solo shot in the second inning, staking the White Sox to an early 1-0 lead. He broke a tie with Dave Kingman on the career home run leaderboard, moving into 38th place by himself. Dunn also drew three walks, as is typical of the 34-year-old veteran. He has quietly been off to a very productive start to the season.
Apr 15 - 11:47 PM

Yordano Ventura allowed two runs -- one earned -- over seven innings of work Tuesday, striking out seven in the Royals' 4-2 win over the Astros.

Ventura limited the Astros to just four hits while walking three over his seven frames. He wasn't quite as dominant as he was in a no-decision against Tampa his first time out, but the hard-throwing right-hander was effective enough to pick up his first major league victory. He's got a great shot at win No. 2 on Sunday when the Twins come to visit.
Apr 15 - 11:37 PM




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