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Luis Valbuena (oblique) went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a walk in his first rehab game with the Cubs' Arizona League affiliate on Tuesday.

If all goes well, Valbuena should be back around when rosters expand on September 1. The 27-year-old has been sidelined since August 3 with a strained right oblique.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 08:50:00 AM

Clayton Kershaw (back) will make his first rehab start Friday at Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.

The left-hander will require more than one rehab start before returning, but Friday's start is a big step in that direction. He'll throw 50-55 pitches in the start as he builds up stamina. Assuming the starts go well, Kershaw should be back with the Dodgers by mid-May as anticipated.
Apr 23 - 7:15 PM

Kyle Seager slugged a walkoff three-run homer Wednesday in the Mariners' 5-3 win over the Astros.

Seager also hit a two-run shot in the seventh inning, finishing the afternoon with five total RBI. The talented third baseman got off to a slow start this season but is capable of turning things around in a hurry. He finished 22 home runs and 69 RBI in 2013.
Apr 23 - 6:49 PM

Martin Perez threw his second straight complete game shutout on Wednesday, limiting the A's to three hits in the Rangers' 3-0 victory.

It was actually Perez' third straight start in which he's gone at least eight shutout innings. On Wednesday, Perez had the sinker working, inducing 17 groundouts while striking out just three. He now owns a 4-0 record, 1.42 ERA and 0.92 WHIP through 38 innings of work this season. He'll look to keep his scoreless streak going against this same Athletics club Tuesday.
Apr 23 - 6:46 PM

Adam Wainwright (knee) completed a normal workout without issue on Wednesday.

Wainwright hyperextended his right knee during the seventh inning of Tuesday's game, leaving after 79 pitches. He said after the game that he expects to make his next start, and he reiterated that again Wednesday. Whether he does is ultimately up to manager Mike Matheny and the Cardinals training staff, but he appears to have avoided anything serious, at the very least.
Apr 23 - 6:30 PM

Justin Ruggiano will have X-rays done on his injured left hamstring.

Ruggiano left Wednesday's game after making a sliding attempt on a fly ball in the ninth inning. He had to be helped off the field, an indication that the injury could be serious. At this point, a trip to the disabled list seems likely.
Apr 23 - 6:07 PM

Mark Trumbo has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left foot.

It was originally called "soreness," but an MRI taken Wednesday revealed a broken bone. Trumbo is headed back to Arizona for further examination. The 28-year-old slugger could be looking at an extended absence.
Apr 23 - 6:01 PM

Aaron Hill finished 4-for-5 with two RBI in the Diamondbacks' 7-5 comeback win over the Cubs on Wednesday in the 100th anniversary game at Wrigley Field.

Hill's two-run blooper to right field in the top of the ninth inning put the D'Backs ahead for good. It was part of a five-run rally against the Chicago bullpen that quickly lifted Arizona out of a 5-2 deficit. Hill is batting just .240/.284/.385 on the season, but he is capable of getting hot in a hurry. The D'Backs are now 6-18 in 2014.
Apr 23 - 5:56 PM

Byron Buxton (wrist) is scheduled to play in his first extended spring training game Monday.

Buxton took on-field batting practice Wednesday at the Twins' spring training complex in Florida and reported no discomfort in his wrist, which he injured in mid-March. The Twins are going to continue to bring their top prospect along slowly. He'll likely report to Double-A New Britain when he is deemed fully healthy.
Apr 23 - 5:08 PM

Josh Johnson is scheduled to undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Thursday.

It's the second Tommy John surgery of Johnson's career, and he can now be ruled out through at least the first month of the 2015 season. He earned National League Cy Young Award votes in 2010 after posting a 2.30 ERA and 186 strikeouts in 183 2/3 innings for the Marlins, but chronic arm injuries have since derailed the talented right-hander. The Padres have a $4 million option on him for next year.
Apr 23 - 4:50 PM

Aaron Harang was fantastic again Wednesday, striking out 11 over six innings of one-run ball in a 3-1 victory over the Marlins.

Harang had to settle for a no-decision, but he yielded just six hits and one walk to go along with his 11 punchouts. Remarkably, the right-hander is the first pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 1997 to start a season with five starts of at least six-plus innings and one or fewer runs allowed. He'll take a microscopic 0.85 ERA into a rematch with the Marlins next week.
Apr 23 - 4:03 PM

Ivan Nova's elbow MRI will be sent to Dr. James Andrews.

Nova wants to get a second opinion before deciding whether to undergo season-ending Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. Yankees doctors recommended the procedure after examining him Tuesday in New York, and it's a near certainty that he'll be out until 2015.
Apr 23 - 4:02 PM




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