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Mat Latos threw for 10 minutes from 45 feet Wednesday, five days after having surgery on his left knee.

The minor surgery to repair a tear in the meniscus of his left knee wasn't supposed to keep him down long, but Latos has exceeded even optimistic expectations in the first few days after the operation. He didn't do any strenuous work, granted, but it's a good sign that he's already feeling well enough to do baseball activities. It's unclear what and when the next step in his recovery will be.
Wed, Feb 19, 2014 10:50:00 PM

Troy Tulowitzki is out of the starting lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Dodgers.

Daniel Descalso will start at shortstop. Look for Tulo to play in the nightcap.
Jun 2 - 12:00 PM

Edwin Encarnacion is not in the starting lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Nationals.

In other words, the Blue Jays are going with the same lineup they planned to use on Monday, with Justin Smoak making the start at first base. Encarnacion is likely to be in the lineup for Game 2.
Jun 2 - 11:18 AM

Jose Bautista (shoulder) will start in right field for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Nationals.

Bautista was slated to play right field Monday before the game was postponed due to rain. He has been limited to DH duties since April 21 due to right shoulder inflammation, but has felt some improvement since a cortisone shot last week. We still wouldn't count on seeing him in right field on an everyday basis, but this is a good sign for the Blue Jays.
Jun 2 - 11:11 AM

Denard Span (knee) is out of the starting lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays.

It's not a big surprise, as he was set to sit out Monday's game before it was postponed due to rain. Span left Sunday's game with renewed discomfort in his right knee and Nationals manager Matt Williams said Tuesday that an MRI revealed swelling. He'll continue to get treatment on the knee and could potentially play in the second half of the doubleheader, but fantasy owners should have a backup plan in place. Michael Taylor will play center field in the first game of the doubleheader.
Jun 2 - 10:38 AM

Tests confirmed that Stephen Strasburg is dealing with a left trapezius strain.

This matches the initial diagnosis from the Nationals. Strasburg won't throw until he's healed, but it's possible that will only take a matter of days. Taylor Jordan is the most likely option to replace him in the rotation on Wednesday.
Jun 2 - 10:33 AM

Rangers placed 3B Adrian Beltre on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 1, with a sprained left thumb.

Beltre suffered a lacerated and dislocated left thumb when he attempted to break up a double play during Sunday's game. He's expected to miss 2-3 weeks. Top prospect Joey Gallo is being called up from Double-A and will fill in at third base.
Jun 2 - 9:45 AM

Mark Teixeira walked and hit a grand slam in four plate appearances Monday, leading the Yankees past the Mariners.

Teixeira knocked ace Felix Hernandez out of the game with his fifth-inning grand slam. At the rate he's going, he'll reach 30 home runs in a season for the first time since 2011. He's at 15 now along with 39 RBI and a .241/.358/.566 batting line.
Jun 2 - 1:28 AM

Albert Pujols crushed a pair of home runs, going 3-for-5 as the Angels topped the Rays on Monday.

Pujols gave the Angels plenty of insurance with his homers. His first, in the fifth inning, extended the lead to 5-3. His second, in the eighth inning, made it 7-3. Pujols -- now with five home runs in his last five games -- has 533 round-trippers in his career, leaving him one short of tying Jimmie Foxx for 17th on the all-time leaderboard. Pujols also has 13 homers on the season along with 26 RBI and a .254/.304/.497 triple-slash line.
Jun 2 - 1:10 AM

Gerrit Cole allowed only a pair of unearned runs over seven innings to pick up his eighth win of the season against the Giants on Monday.

Jung Ho Kang's fielding error and a wild pitch contributed to the Giants scoring twice in the first inning. Cole settled down from there, limiting the Giants to five hits and a pair of walks while striking out nine. The 24-year-old has been among baseball's best, now 8-2 with a 1.90 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP, and a 79/16 K/BB ratio over 71 innings. Cole will take the hill against the Braves in Atlanta next.
Jun 2 - 12:55 AM

Jacob deGrom was excellent in a winning effort on Monday, shutting the Padres out over eight innings of work.

DeGrom was flirting with a perfect game until Clint Barmes singled to right field to lead off the sixth inning. It was one of only two hits the right-hander gave up on the evening. He also struck out eight without issuing a walk. A few mediocre outings earlier in the season had deGrom's ERA as high as 3.46, but it's all the way down to 2.41 now along with a terrific 0.99 WHIP and a 71/13 K/BB ratio in 71 innings. He'll try to win his fourth straight decision in a weekend road start against the Diamondbacks.
Jun 2 - 12:39 AM

Freddie Freeman homered and drove in three runs in a 3-for-5 effort as the Braves defeated the Diamondbacks on Monday.

Freeman pushed the Braves' lead to 5-0 in the fifth inning with a two-run home run. He added an RBI single in the sixth. The first baseman has predictably solid numbers, batting .297/.363/.503 with eight home runs and 29 RBI on the year.
Jun 2 - 12:28 AM




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