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Ricky Nolasco will undergo an MRI Tuesday due to soreness in his right elbow.

Nolasco has apparently been pitching through pain all season, which at least partly explains why he's been so awful. The Twins' right-hander has been arguably the worst starter in baseball this season, posting a 5.90 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in the first year of a four-year contract. Especially with the All-Star break coming up, Nolasco seems likely to be placed on the disabled list even if the MRI shows no structural damage.
Jul 7 - 7:32 PM

Asdrubal Cabrera went 0-for-4 on Friday in his first game with the Nationals.

No shame in that for Cabrera, as most of his new teammates weren't doing much better in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Phillies. Cabrera started at second base and batted seventh. With the Indians, he hit to the tune of .246/.305/.386.
Aug 1 - 10:24 PM

Wei-Yin Chen delivered another impressive outing in Friday's victory over the Mariners, allowing just one run on five hits over 7 1/3 innings of work.

The veteran left-hander punched out eight on the night while walking only one. The only blemish on his evening was an RBI double by Kendrys Morales in the fourth inning. Now 12-3 on the season, he'll head into Thursday's start against the Blue Jays in Toronto with a 3.76 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 90/21 K/BB ratio.
Aug 1 - 9:56 PM

Ryan Vogelsong allowed just two hits in a complete game 5-1 win over the Mets on Friday night.

It was the second complete game of his career and his first of the nine-inning variety. Vogelsong needed 102 pitches to go the distance, walking just one batter while striking out five. This was his first win since way back on June 21, which brings him to 6-8 with a 3.74 ERA for the year. He'll try to keep it going next week against the Brewers in Milwaukee.
Aug 1 - 9:44 PM

Carlos Gonzalez was removed from Friday's game against the Tigers after aggravating his right ankle sprain.

Gonzalez made a tremendous sliding catch along the right field wall to end the fifth inning, but paid the price for doing so. Consider him day-to-day for now, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him held out on Saturday for precautionary reasons.
Aug 1 - 9:42 PM

Doug Fister tossed seven innings of two-run ball in a losing effort against the Phillies on Friday.

Fister was fantastic, but ended up the tough luck loser in this one, as Roberto Hernandez was just a little better. The deciding blow was a sixth inning Marlon Byrd solo home run. Fister allowed six hits, walked two and struck out five. This was the sixth start in his last ten in which he's gone at least seven innings. The loss dropped him to 10-3. He'll take his 2.68 ERA out against the Mets next time around.
Aug 1 - 9:41 PM

Lucas Duda clubbed a solo homer in Friday's loss to the Giants.

It was the only offense of the evening for the Mets, who just couldn't get anything going against Ryan Vogelsong. Duda is now up to 20 home runs on the year and has gone deep six times in his last nine games. We've seen some flashes of his potential in the past, but it looks like things are finally coming together for him.
Aug 1 - 9:39 PM

Brett Lawrie (finger) will begin a rehab assignment at High-A Dunedin on Friday.

Lawrie is expected to be there for at least a week and will play both third and second base before the club makes a decision on where to put him once activated. He's been out since late June with a fractured right index finger.
Aug 1 - 5:57 PM

Matt Cain (elbow) is expected to undergo season-ending surgery.

Reports had indicated earlier that he would hold off for now in a long shot hope to pitch later this season, but it sounds like he'll go under the knife soon. Cain has dealt with bone chips in his right elbow for 10 years and it's finally causing enough pain to where he can't pitch. The rehab will last three months, so he'll be fine for spring training next season.
Aug 1 - 5:43 PM

Ricky Nolasco (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment at Low-A Cedar Rapids next week.

It's not clear which day he'll make his first rehab start, but Nolasco will need two outings before rejoining the Twins' rotation. Nolasco has been out since early July with flexor pronator stiffness but has progressed well recently.
Aug 1 - 5:35 PM

Joe Mauer (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment next week at Low-A Cedar Rapids.

It's not clear which day the assignment will begin. Mauer took batting practice on the field without incident Wednesday and is nearly ready for game action. He could be ready for activation by the end of next week if all goes well.
Aug 1 - 5:33 PM

Marlins placed RHP Henderson Alvarez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 30, with right shoulder inflammation.

Alvarez threw seven scoreless innings in his last outing, but he evidently must have been feeling soreness then or during his between-starts bullpen session. It's not clear at this point how long he'll be sidelined. Jacob Turner had been set to be bounced from the rotation follow the Jarred Cosart addition, but he'll now start Sunday in Alvarez's place.
Aug 1 - 5:26 PM




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