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Allen Craig is batting cleanup for the Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series against the Red Sox.

Craig is still recovering from a Lisfranc injury, so he'll DH while Matt Adams plays first base. Shane Robinson is starting over Jon Jay in center field. The full lineup for St. Louis: Matt Carpenter 2B, Carlos Beltran RF, Matt Holliday LF, Allen Craig DH, Yadier Molina C, David Freese 3B, Matt Adams 1B, Shane Robinson CF, Pete Kozma SS.
Wed, Oct 23, 2013 04:31:00 PM

Chase Headley left Thursday's game against the Nationals with a right calf strain.

It's the same injury he dealt with for nearly a month during spring training. The severity of the strain isn't known yet, but it sure seems like something that will probably send him to the disabled list. Alexi Amarista took over at third base for Headley on Thursday.
Apr 24 - 7:51 PM

Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are eyeing next weekend as the return date for Manny Machado (knee).

Machado will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Frederick on Friday and the O's are expecting him to only need a week's worth of rehab games if all goes well. That would make May 2 as the target date for the third baseman. The Orioles figure to ease Machado in initially with a handful of off days early on, but he's someone fantasy owners are going to want to put back in their lineup immediately.
Apr 24 - 7:13 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Thursday that Jim Johnson could be back in the ninth inning mix along with Luke Gregerson and Sean Doolittle.

Johnson was stripped of his closer duties two weeks ago but has responded with 6 2/3 scoreless innings since then. Gregerson and Doolittle, meanwhile, have allowed a combined six runs over their last six appearances. Melvin also noted that while he likes the way Ryan Cook has pitched lately, Cook is expected to remain in a setup role for now.
Apr 24 - 6:45 PM

A.J. Griffin will receive a second opinion on his ailing right elbow from Dr. Thomas L. Mehlhoff on Tuesday.

Griffin resumed throwing recently but is still feeling pain. He was diagnosed last month with a flexor tendinitis, but the injury is sometimes a precursor to Tommy John surgery. Obviously, it's an ominous sign, but more will be known next week after Griffin is examined.
Apr 24 - 6:41 PM

Doug Fister (lat) is scheduled to make his first minor league rehab start Sunday with High-A Potomac.

Fister, out since spring training with a lat strain, threw a bullpen session Thursday with no issues. He's expected to toss four innings in his first rehab outing and will likely need at least one more start before joining Washington's rotation. If all goes well, he should be activated around May 7.
Apr 24 - 4:30 PM

Ivan Nova will undergo Tommy John surgery next Tuesday.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews. It was considered inevitable after Nova was diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, but he wanted to get a second opinion before going ahead with the procedure. He'll now be sidelined until the early part of 2015. Vidal Nuno will take his place in the starting rotation for now.
Apr 24 - 4:29 PM

The Rangers are hopeful that Shin-Soo Choo (ankle) can avoid the disabled list.

Choo hasn't played since he injured his left ankle while awkwardly stepping on the first base bag on Monday, but X-rays came back negative an an MRI ruled out a high ankle sprain. He has reported some improvement since, so things are looking up. Still, it's unclear when he'll be able to return to the starting lineup.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Apr 24 - 4:08 PM

Russell Martin expects to return to the Pirates' starting lineup on Friday in St. Louis.

Martin has been out the past two games with lower body soreness -- the result of a hard slide into home plate on Monday. He is still appealing the one-game suspension that he was given for his role in Sunday's brawl with the Brewers.
Apr 24 - 3:48 PM

Red Sox activated OF Shane Victorino from the 15-day disabled list.

Victorino is in the Red Sox starting lineup on Thursday night for the first time this season, batting second and playing right field against the rival Yankees. He had been on the shelf since the end of spring training because of a Grade 1 right hamstring strain.
Apr 24 - 3:32 PM

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Michael Pineda has been suspended 10 games for using pine tar in his start Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Pineda had a big streak of pine tar on his neck on a blistery night at Fenway Park and was ejected by home plate umpire Gerry Davis with two outs in the second inning. His turn only comes up one time in the next 17 games due to conveniently-scheduled off days, so it's not a major hit to the Yankees. Pineda admitted after his start Wednesday that he was using pine tar and will not appeal the suspension. The 25-year-old boasts a 1.83 ERA in 19 2/3 frames this year.
Apr 24 - 3:01 PM

Corey Kluber righted the ship in a big way on Thursday, going the distance and striking out 11 in the Indians' 5-1 win over the Royals.

Even with all of the strikeouts, Kluber needed just 101 pitches to finish off the Royals. 75 of them were strikes. The one run he allowed was unearned, courtesy of a Nick Swisher error. Kluber lowered his ERA from 5.40 to 3.90 with the performance. We wouldn't necessarily expect more starts like this one, but he's never stopped looking like a fair bet in mixed leagues.
Apr 24 - 2:54 PM




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