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Jake Westbrook (back) threw a bullpen session Friday.

Westbrook hasn't had any issues with his lower back strain and hopes to be activated when first eligible. He'll likely be used in long relief when he returns.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 08:38:00 AM

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg indicated Monday that it's possible Domonic Brown (Achilles) could be sent to Triple-A Lehigh Valley once activated from the disabled list on Wednesday.

"I don't know that he's ready (to face major league pitching)," Sandberg said of Brown, who is hitting just .188/.298/.292 on his rehab assignment. The Phillies must do something with the outfielder, as his rehab clock runs out after Tuesday. It's hard to believe they wouldn't think Brown is a better option than Jeff Francoeur in right field, but it wouldn't be the first time Philly has made an odd decision.
Apr 27 - 5:53 PM

Adam Wainwright will undergo season-ending surgery on Thursday after an MRI confirmed that he suffered a torn left Achilles tendon on Saturday.

The operation carries a 9-12 month rehab schedule, so it sounds like it's possible he might not be ready for the start of the 2016 season. Wainwright, who will turn 34 in August, has three years remaining on his contract after 2015. The Cardinals will go with either Tyler Lyons or Tim Cooney as his replacement in the rotation for now, but Marco Gonzales (shoulder/pectoral) is expected back soon.
Apr 27 - 5:39 PM

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are having internal discussions about whether to pursue Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says a total of five teams have expressed interest in Salty and that Marlins general manager Dan Jennings expects to trade the catcher. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick adds that, in addition to the D'Backs, the Red Sox, Indians and Mariners are also possible landing spots for Salty. Arizona would be an ideal landing spot for him, as he'd be in line to play regularly and would be in a hitter's park.
Apr 27 - 5:37 PM

Max Scherzer (thumb) will not make his scheduled start on Tuesday against the Braves.

That had been the presumption but only now has been made official. Nationals manager Matt Williams said that Scherzer probably only needs to be pushed back a couple days instead of missing a full turn through the rotation. Either Tanner Roark or A.J. Cole will start Tuesday in his place.
Apr 27 - 5:26 PM

Jose Bautista (shoulder) is back in the Blue Jays' lineup Monday.

He's in the designated hitter spot and batting cleanup. Bautista admitted that he still has some soreness and tightness in his right shoulder, but he plans to play through it going forward after missing the previous five games. The slugger sports a .149/.322/.426 batting line with four home runs this season.
Apr 27 - 5:06 PM

Jason Heyward (hamstring) is not in the Cardinals' lineup Monday.

Heyward revealed that he actually tweaked his left hamstring -- not left groin as previously reported -- on Sunday. The good news is that he expects to go through full workouts Monday and there would seem to be a good chance he'll be back out there Tuesday.. Mark Reynolds is getting a start in right field in Heyward's place Monday.
Apr 27 - 4:49 PM

Yadier Molina (knee) is back in the Cardinals' lineup Monday.

Molina sat out the previous two games after taking a foul tip off his right knee. The All-Star catcher sports a .294/.345/.373 batting line in the early going this season.
Apr 27 - 4:44 PM

Alex Colome (illness) will rejoin the Rays' rotation this weekend in Baltimore.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times suggests that Friday would be the most likely day. Colome got a late start to spring training due to a visa issue and then went down with pneumonia, but he's healthy now and spun six innings of one-run ball Sunday at Triple-A Durham. The young right-hander is worth a look in deeper mixed leagues.
Apr 27 - 4:18 PM

Trevor Bauer (illness) will return to the Indians' rotation Tuesday against the Royals.

Bauer had to be scratched Saturday due to food poisoning, but he felt well enough to play catch on Sunday. The 24-year-old boasts a 0.95 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 26/11 K/BB ratio in 19 innings this season and showed improved control in his most recent outing. He's a must-own in all mixed fantasy leagues.
Apr 27 - 3:57 PM

Rangers acquired OF Josh Hamilton from the Angels for cash considerations.

The deal was officially announced by the Angels' Twitter account on Monday afternoon. Anaheim is expected to eat $68 million of the $80 million still owed to Hamilton from his original five-year, $125 million agreement with the club. He'll get a fresh restart in Texas after a falling out with the Angels brought on by his offseason alcohol and cocaine relapse. Hamilton is expected to be recovered from shoulder surgery in mid- to late-May and carries considerably more fantasy value with the Rangers than he would have with the Halos.
Apr 27 - 3:35 PM

Alex Rodriguez is starting at third base for the Yankees on Monday night versus the Rays.

It's his second start of the season at the hot corner. A-Rod has been among the most productive players in baseball in the early going this year, boasting a .989 OPS with five home runs, 13 RBI, and 13 runs scored in 18 games for the Yankees. He's one home run away from tying Willie Mays on the all-time leaderboard.
Apr 27 - 3:33 PM




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