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Matt Cain has scheduled a visit with Dr. James Andrews.

That's usually not good news. Cain has failed to make any progress in his rehabilitation from right elbow inflammation and may now be facing surgery. The right-hander could be done for the year no matter what.
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 05:15:00 PM

Nelson Cruz is out of the Mariners' lineup Tuesday due to a nerve issue in his left hand.

Cruz felt discomfort on swings Sunday and Monday and will take at least one day of rest, possibly two. He's batting .154 (4-for-26) over his last seven games.
Aug 30 - 4:53 PM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, former NFL player Tim Tebow "struggled against live pitching and received mixed reviews for his physical tools in a two-hour workout" Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Tebow put on a power show during batting practice, slugging eight balls over the wall at USC's Dedeaux Field, but he did not handle live pitching well and his throwing arm from the outfield rated as below average. "I thought he was OK. Better than I expected, to be honest," said one major league scout. "For not having played as long as he had, I thought he did OK." From another scout: "He looked like an actor trying to portray a baseball player." If he truly wants to see this through, Tebow might be best served to accept that winter league contract from Águilas del Zulia in Venezuela. It's not clear if any of the 20 or so MLB teams that attended Tuesday's workout plan to make him such an offer.
Source: USA Today
Aug 30 - 4:42 PM

Nationals pitching coach Mike Maddux said he expects Stephen Strasburg (elbow) to be ready to come off the 15-day disabled list when first eligible next week.

Strasburg made it through an intensive bullpen session Monday without issue and will be allowed to skip a minor league rehab assignment. The ace right-hander landed on the disabled list August 22 with inflammation in his right elbow. He has a concerning 14.66 ERA over his last three starts with Washington.
Aug 30 - 4:31 PM

Shelby Miller will return to the Diamondbacks' rotation Wednesday afternoon in San Francisco.

Miller allowed four earned runs on nine hits and a walk over 4 2/3 innings in his final start with Triple-A Reno. He returns to a brutal 7.14 season ERA and can go on being ignored in standard fantasy leagues.
Aug 30 - 4:26 PM

Dustin Pedroia (personal) is back in the Red Sox starting lineup on Tuesday night.

Pedroia was excused from the club for two days to deal with a private family matter. The veteran is starting at second base and batting leadoff on Tuesday against Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi.
Aug 30 - 4:23 PM

Adam Jones (hamstring) is out of the Orioles' starting lineup again on Tuesday.

Jones tweaked his left hamstring late last week and remains day-to-day. Nolan Reimold is starting in center field and batting ninth Tuesday versus the Blue Jays.
Aug 30 - 4:21 PM

Yulieski Gurriel is out of the Astros' starting lineup on Tuesday against the Athletics.

Gurriel went 2-for-4 with a run scored on Monday and is batting .389/.450/.500 over his first seven major league games, but the 32-year-old Cuban may still be dealing with some hamstring tightness. Alex Bregman is at third base and Evan Gattis is at DH on Tuesday night against A's right-hander Kendall Graveman.
Aug 30 - 4:19 PM

Steven Matz had a setback with his left shoulder and will no longer start Thursday versus the Marlins.

Matz landed on the disabled list August 22, retroactive to August 15, with a mild left shoulder strain and hasn't been able to get past the injury. Jacob deGrom will slide up a spot in the rotation and start Thursday against Miami. Mets manager Terry Collins said Tuesday that he's hopeful Matz will be ready sometime next week, but there are obviously no guarantees with any type of shoulder injury.
Aug 30 - 4:09 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins acknowledged Tuesday that "there's a lot of concern" about Neil Walker's injured back.

Walker is missing his third straight start Tuesday against the Marlins with a back injury that has bothered him since August. Collins suggested that the second baseman might not be able to operate as an everyday player down the stretch. Wilmer Flores is at second base and batting sixth Tuesday versus Miami righty Tom Koehler.
Aug 30 - 4:05 PM

Astros activated OF Colby Rasmus from the 15-day disabled list.

Rasmus required surgery earlier this month to remove a cyst from his right ear, but he's feeling better now and didn't require a minor league rehab assignment. The 30-year-old has struggled to the tune of a .211/.286/.352 batting line over 90 games this season and figures to see part-time duty for the final month of the season. He is starting in left field on Tuesday night.
Aug 30 - 3:50 PM

Braves placed RHP Arodys Vizcaino on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 25, with right shoulder inflammation.

Vizcaino has struggled since coming back from an oblique injury and now we have context about why. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined, but Jim Johnson should have a clear path to keep the closer role down the stretch.
Aug 30 - 3:41 PM




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