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Dustin Pedroia said Friday that he expects to have left thumb surgery "in a couple of weeks."

Pedroia tore a ligament in his thumb on Opening Day but played through the ailment for the rest of the season. It's not clear how long his rehab would be, but the fact that he's waiting a few weeks to have the procedure suggests that there would be no worry about his availability for the start of spring training.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 04:01:00 PM

Jose Fernandez was almost unhittable in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Padres, striking out 10 and throwing six innings of shutout baseball.

Fernandez allowed just four hits. The only one that went for extra bases was an Alexi Amarista triple. Amarista would not come around to score, as Fernandez was having none of that. The 10 strikeouts were one off of his season high, which he set two starts ago against the Diamondbacks. Despite Sunday's brilliance, he came away with a no-decision, as the Marlins wouldn't seal the win until the bottom of the ninth inning. Since returning from the disabled list in early July, Fernandez is 5-0 with a 2.13 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 47/9 K/BB ratio across 38 innings. He'll take to the road against the Braves as he tries to keep this run going.
Aug 2 - 4:29 PM

Kris Bryant left Sunday's game against the Brewers with an apparent injury to his head/neck area.

Bryant injured himself on a head-first slide into second base. He was able to walk off the field under his own power and looked to be OK, so perhaps the Cubs were just being cautious here. They should offer more on the third baseman's status later Sunday.
Aug 2 - 3:55 PM

The Indians are considering placing Jason Kipnis (shoulder) on the disabled list.

Kipnis is not playing Sunday after being limited to designated hitter duty of late because of soreness in his right shoulder. The results of an MRI he had Sunday haven't been revealed, but it's evidently bad enough that the club thinks the second baseman could need at least a couple weeks off. Manager Terry Francona said he would talk things over with the medical staff and general manager Chris Antonetti before a decision is made.
Aug 2 - 2:08 PM

Joe Panik is not in Sunday's lineup due to nagging back stiffness.

Panik played the last two days after missing two games with a stiff back, but now he's on the bench again. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that the infielder should be available off the bench, but he doesn't expect to start him for a few days. Ehire Adrianza will get another start at second base Sunday.
Aug 2 - 1:53 PM

Chase Utley (ankle) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday.

Utley has been ramping up baseball activities since the All-Star break and is now ready to test things out in game action. He's hitting just .179/.257/.275 this season but reportedly discovered a mechanical flaw in his swing that he thinks was caused by his nagging ankle injury. Utley could be an August trade candidate if he turns things around at the plate.
Aug 2 - 12:53 PM

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that it's possible Jesse Hahn (forearm) "will remain shut down."

The A's said in mid-July that Hahn, who is battling right forearm inflammation, would be shut down for at least a month. Given that they're out of playoff contention, it's possible they'll play it safe and just shut the righty down for the rest of the season. Forearm injuries often wind up leading to Tommy John surgery, and Hahn has already had the operation once.
Aug 2 - 12:13 PM

Giancarlo Stanton admitted Saturday that his recovery from hamate bone surgery is "definitely slower" than expected.

Stanton resumed hitting off a tee recently but conceded that he's still feeling some pain in his left hand. "Getting decent -- the ball's coming off OK," Stanton said. "It's just the pain level of it." The Marlins had been hoping to get the outfielder back sometime in early August, but it sounds like it will be a bit longer. "I have to swing off the tee with no pain first, then we'll go from there," Stanton said. "I don't know when that will be. I'm just doing what I'm supposed to every day."
Aug 2 - 12:00 PM

A.J. Burnett (elbow) will undergo an MRI on Monday.

Burnett admitted that he's had elbow pain off and on for a while and during his last start on Thursday it was "a little more than I expected, a little more than I could tolerate." The right-hander will not have surgery and conceded that it's possible he's thrown his last pitch. "I don't expect it to go away and I don't expect it to get better," he said. J.A. Happ has taken Burnett's spot in the Pirates' rotation.
Aug 2 - 11:52 AM

Twins placed LHP Tommy Milone on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 1, with a mild left flexor strain.

Milone began feeling soreness after Friday's outing. That the Twins are calling the soreness mild is good news, but it's unclear how long the left-hander might be sidelined. Tyler Duffey will take Milone's spot in the rotation.
Aug 2 - 11:43 AM

Red Sox placed RHP Rick Porcello on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 30, with right triceps inflammation.

Porcello began feeling soreness a day after he was ripped for six runs -- five earned -- and 10 hits in two-plus innings on Wednesday versus the White Sox. The Red Sox don't think it's a long-term issue, so he should rejoin the rotation later this month. Brian Johnson and Henry Owens are options to take his spot in the rotation.
Aug 2 - 11:35 AM

Andrelton Simmons has been diagnosed with a sprained right thumb.

Simmons was injured on Saturday when he jammed the thumb on a play in left field. It looks like he'll avoid the disabled list for now, as the Braves are hopeful he'll only miss a few games. Daniel Castro is filling in at shortstop Sunday.
Aug 2 - 11:08 AM




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