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Astros pitching prospect Mark Appel tossed five scoreless innings Wednesday in his Double-A debut.

Appel was promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi this week despite posting a hideous 9.74 ERA in 44 1/3 innings at High-A Lancaster. And it was clearly the right move. The 23-year-old right-hander walked four in his debut but also struck out four and gave up only two hits. He is likely to finish out the 2014 season at the Double-A level but could move to Triple-A at the start of 2015. Appel was the first overall pick (out of Stanford) in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 08:25:00 AM

Lance McCullers (shoulder) threw 62 pitches over 4 2/3 innings Monday in an extended spring training game.

McCullers will still have to make it through a bullpen session, but the expectation is that he'll resume a minor league rehab assignment on Saturday. It's unclear how many starts he'll need before joining the Astros. His rehab from shoulder discomfort already had to be put on hold once.
May 2 - 5:23 PM

Mike Moustakas is not in Monday's lineup against the Nationals.

He's just getting the day off. Christian Colon will cover third base and bat eighth versus left-hander Gio Gonzalez.
May 2 - 4:58 PM

Ervin Santana (back) is scheduled to throw 30 pitches in a simulated game on Tuesday.

Santana landed on the disabled list late last month with a lower back strain, but he made it through a bullpen session on Sunday with no issues. If all goes well on Tuesday, the plan calls for him to be activated this Saturday versus the White Sox.
May 2 - 4:53 PM

Ender Inciarte (hamstring) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment in the next day or two.

Inciarte, who injured his left hamstring last month, ramped up his running last week and appears ready for game action. If all goes according to plan, he could rejoin the Braves this weekend.
May 2 - 4:34 PM

Devin Mesoraco had an MRI on his ailing left shoulder.

Mesoraco has now missed four straight starts. That he needed an MRI isn't exactly the best sign. It appears that a trip to the disabled list is very possible.
May 2 - 4:22 PM

Zack Cozart (knee) is not expected to miss much time.

Cozart gave the Reds a bit of a scare when he was forced to exit Sunday's game against the Pirates with an injury to his surgically-repaired right knee, but he's merely dealing with some tendinitis and should be fine. He could play on Monday, but the Reds are understandably being cautious with him. Consider him day-to-day.
May 2 - 4:11 PM

Homer Bailey (elbow) said Monday that he expects to be shut down for 5-7 days.

Bailey got roughed up in his most recent minor league rehab start last Tuesday and it was revealed on Sunday that he suffered a slight setback. It's not believed to be serious, so the Reds are hoping that a few days of rest will get him back on track. Bailey was previously expected to rejoin the Reds by mid-May, but his timetable is up in the air right now.
May 2 - 4:03 PM

Braves optioned INF Jace Peterson to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Peterson was batting .182/.260/.205 in 50 plate appearances this season at the major league level. The former supplemental first-round draft pick has posted good numbers in the minors, but it just hasn't translated.
May 2 - 3:55 PM

Yu Darvish (elbow) will make his next rehab start Friday with Triple-A Round Rock.

He'll go three innings, or around 45 pitches. Darvish was excellent in his rehab debut this weekend with Double-A Frisco, striking out two batters over two hitless innings. He's on track to join the Rangers' starting rotation around the end of May. The ace right-hander is 14 months removed from Tommy John surgery.
May 2 - 3:40 PM

Randal Grichuk is out of the Cardinals' starting lineup on Monday night against the Phillies.

Grichuk was able to emerge from his brutal early-season slump, but he's back to flailing again so the Cardinals will give him a night of mental and physical rest. Stephen Piscotty is in center field, Brandon Moss is in right, and Matt Adams is at first base versus Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson.
May 2 - 3:18 PM

Jason Heyward is not in the Cubs' starting lineup Monday night against the Pirates.

It's just a day of rest for the $184 million right fielder, who went 0-for-5 on Sunday and is batting .211/.317/.256 over his first 104 plate appearances with the Cubs.
May 2 - 3:05 PM




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