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Taijuan Walker (shoulder) struck out 10 hitters over five scoreless innings in a rehab start with Double-A Jackson on Wednesday.

Walker needed 84 pitches to get through five, giving up just three hits and a walk. With James Paxton hitting the shelf due to a strained left lat, it may have been Walker's last rehab start before rejoining the Mariners. The right-hander needed a few extra weeks after shoulder inflammation sidelined him in spring, but he appears to be right and should be owned in all leagues in advance of his 2014 debut.
Wed, Apr 9, 2014 10:24:00 PM

Jung Ho Kang (hand) is back in Tuesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

Kang missed back-to-back starts after leaving Saturday's game with a jammed left hand, but he's feeling better now. He'll bat cleanup against right-hander Shelby Miller.
May 24 - 2:07 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said during a radio appearance that Jason Heyward (ribs) is expected to return to the starting lineup Tuesday against the Cardinals.

Heyward hasn't played since he suffered a contusion on his right side while making a fantastic catch on Friday against the Giants. However, he took batting practice without any issues on Monday and has apparently convinced the Cubs that he's ready to go.
May 24 - 1:46 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that James Loney's representatives plan to contact the Mets to gauge interest.

Lucas Duda is out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his back, so it could be a natural fit. Sherman hears that the Mets at least have "some curiosity" about the possibility. Loney, 32, is batting .333/.368/.417 with two home runs and 23 RBI over 39 games with the Padres' Triple-A affiliate. He has the ability to opt of his minor league deal if he finds an opportunity in the majors.
May 24 - 11:57 AM

Alex Rodriguez (hamstring) will play a minor league rehab game with Double-A Trenton on Tuesday.

Rodriguez wasn't originally expected to require a minor league rehab assignment as he makes his way back from a hamstring strain, but there has been a change of plans. Assuming he feels good, the Yankees could bring him back on Wednesday.
May 24 - 10:54 AM

Carson Smith (elbow) will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery on Tuesday.

Smith missed the first month of the season while recovering from a flexor tendon strain and made just three appearances before hitting the DL again earlier this month. Now he'll be sidelined through the early part of next season. It's a brutal blow for the Red Sox, who acquired Smith from the Mariners over the winter in hopes that he would be one of their most valuable late-inning arms. They could be in the market for a reliever as the summer moves along.
May 24 - 10:21 AM

Christian Yelich (back) is out of the Marlins' lineup again Tuesday against the Rays.

Yelich has missed three straight starts with back spasms. He was announced as a pinch-hitter Monday, but Cole Gillespie ultimately took the at-bat. He remains day-to-day. The hot-hitting Ichiro Suzuki will continue to play left field. He's batting leadoff Tuesday against right-hander Jake Odorizzi.
May 24 - 10:13 AM

Angel Pagan will undergo an MRI on his left hamstring on Tuesday.

Pagan aggravated the hamstring during Monday's game against the Padres. He managed to avoid the disabled list the first time around, but the Giants could be forced to make a move to add another outfielder to the mix.
May 24 - 8:46 AM

Clayton Kershaw's third shutout of the month was a two-hitter Monday in the Dodgers' 1-0 win over the Reds.

Three shutouts in a year is really impressive these days. Kershaw has that many this month alone. Only two other teams in baseball have as many complete games this year (the Giants and White Sox) as Kershaw has shutouts this month. Overall, Kershaw is 7-1 with a 1.48 ERA, and if anything, that underestimates how well he's pitched.
May 24 - 12:49 AM

Salvador Perez went 5-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored in Monday's victory over the Twins.

It was the first five-hit game of the All-Star catcher's career, and the slow-footed Perez even managed to mix in a triple among his five base knocks. Perez has a modest nine-game hitting streak going, and he's lifted his average from .226 to .270 over that stretch.
May 24 - 12:34 AM

Randal Grichuk smacked a walk-off, solo home run in the ninth inning against the Cubs on Monday.

Grichuk's opposite-field shot off of Adam Warren with two outs landed in the Cards' bullpen and sent the fans in St. Louis home happy. He had two of the team's five hits on the night and scored two of their runs. Grichuk has been moved down in the order and is hitting only .228/.307/.419 on the year after the big night, but he's capable of providing big power in spurts if he can get hot.
May 23 - 11:58 PM

Nick Tropeano held the Rangers off the scoreboard for 6 2/3 innings in Monday's 2-0 victory.

Derek Holland pitched well, but Tropeano was better in this one. The young right-hander gave up just four hits -- three singles -- on the night while striking out six and issuing just one walk. Tropeano has yielded just one run over his last two starts to lower his ERA on the season to 2.86. He's also struck out a batter per frame, although his WHIP sits at 1.47 thanks to 23 walks. Tropeano will try to keep it going this weekend versus the Astros.
May 23 - 11:51 PM




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