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David Wright (thumb) is not in Friday's lineup against the Brewers.

Wright left Thursday's game after he was hit in the helmet with a pitch, but he passed all concussion tests. However, he hurt his thumb while attempting to get out of the way of the pitch, so he'll take the day off. It's possible he'll play Saturday.
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 04:42:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports expects Yadier Molina's extension with the Cardinals to be for three years and around $45-55 million.

The two sides have been making "progress" on a new deal and it looks like this could come together quickly. Per Rosenthal, Molina is reluctant to uproot his family and prefers to finish out his career in St. Louis. The implication is that Molina would take less than his market value to remain a Cardinal. He's due $14 million this year and $15 million in 2018 if the Cardinals pick up his club option.
Mar 28 - 3:04 PM

Ervin Santana has been announced as the Twins' Opening Day starter.

As expected. Santana will get the ball at home against Kansas City on April 3. He'll be followed in the rotation by Hector Santiago and Kyle Gibson. Last year Santana was a bright spot in an otherwise dreary season for the Twins, contributing a 3.38 ERA over 30 starts.
Mar 28 - 2:47 PM

A.J. Pierzynski is joining Fox Sports as a full-time analyst.

That means Pierzynski's 19-year career in the big leagues is officially over. The 40-year-old had a tendency to rub people the wrong way with his brash personality (a fact he readily admits) but was a productive hitter throughout his career, batting .280 with 188 homers over 7,290 major league at-bats for seven different clubs. Pierzynski made two All-Star appearances and won a World Series with the White Sox in 2005. He's been a part of Fox's postseason coverage for several years.
Mar 28 - 2:09 PM

Julio Urias will not be on the Dodgers' Opening Day roster.

Urias is starting on Tuesday and will remain with the Dodgers for their upcoming freeway series against the Angeles. The young left-hander will bide his time in the minors until a spot opens up for him in the starting rotation. It's possible he could open the year in extended spring training after logging just 5 2/3 innings in the Cactus League this spring.
Mar 28 - 1:55 PM

Reds claimed 2B Scooter Gennett off waivers from the Brewers.

The Brewers decided they didn't need Gennett anymore with Jonathan Villar moving to second base full time this year. The 26-year-old will give the Reds some infield depth behind starters Zack Cozart, Eugenio Suarez and Jose Peraza and could see time in the outfield as well. Gennett set career-highs with 14 homers, 56 RBI and eight steals last season.
Mar 28 - 1:50 PM

Jhoulys Chacin will start Opening Day for the Padres.

Well, that is something. The Padres could have one of the worst rotations we've seen in a long time, so Chacin is the best option on the board. He'll be followed by Clayton Richard and Jered Weaver. The Padres have yet to make a final decision beyond that, but we will likely see plenty of names shuffled in and out all year.
Mar 28 - 12:45 PM

Carlos Rodon (biceps) was diagnosed with bursitis after an MRI showed no structural damage.

The initial MRI on Rodon's left biceps showed no structural damage, so this test confirms the original diagnosis. The plan calls for him to go on a throwing program for the next two weeks before being re-evaluated. He'll go on the disabled list, but it's possible he could be ready at some point in the early part of the year.
Mar 28 - 12:38 PM

Indians signed INF/OF Jose Ramirez to a five-year, $26 million extension.

The agreement was reported late last week and it's now official. The extension includes two club options at $11 million (2022) and $13 million (2023), so the deal could max out at $50 million. Ramirez is coming off a breakout 2016 where he batted .312/.363/.462 with 11 homers, 76 RBI and 22 stolen bases over 152 games.
Mar 28 - 12:24 PM

Carlos Gomez (shoulder) expects to return to Cactus League action on Wednesday.

Gomez jammed his left shoulder a week ago, but he resumed swinging bat on Sunday and is feeling closer to normal. Barring any setbacks, he should be good to go for Opening Day.
Mar 28 - 11:59 AM

Addison Russell (back) hopes to return to Cactus League action on Wednesday.

Russell has been out of action since last Wednesday due to back soreness. He doesn't expect to require a stint on the disabled list, but the situation will warrant monitoring if he isn't ready Wednesday.
Mar 28 - 11:17 AM

Rays acquired OF Peter Bourjos from the White Sox for cash considerations or a player to be named later.

The deal was reported on Monday night and is now official. Bourjos batted just .251/.292/.389 over 123 games with the Phillies last season, but he's a right-handed bat with experience at all three outfield positions. He'll begin the year with a spot on the Rays' bench.
Mar 28 - 10:52 AM




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