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Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) did some light walking on an underwater treadmill Monday.

It's the first step in what is expected to be a lengthy recovery from a Grade 3 hamstring strain. The Nationals are hoping to get Zimmerman back by the end of the regular season, but that's not guaranteed to happen. He'll soon progress to an anti-gravity treadmill.
Tue, Aug 5, 2014 04:33:00 PM

Odubel Herrera homered for the third day in a row in the Phillies' loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Herrera mysteriously tried to bunt for a hit in the first inning with two on and nobody out. He had a better plan of attack in his second plate appearance when he took Luke Weaver over the right-field wall. Herrera had been in a horrible slump but has now gone deep four times over his last five contests and has 10 hits over his last six games.
Jun 19 - 10:32 PM

Trea Turner had a monster night at the plate Tuesday, going 4-for-4 with a solo home run in the Nationals' win over the Orioles.

Turner's solo shot was the only hit the Nats had through the first four innings. The shortstop led off the fifth with a single and Washington's offense got to work after that, ultimately totaling 14 hits and nine runs. Turner's home run was his eighth on the season and first in 12 tilts.
Jun 19 - 10:20 PM

Mike Clevinger fanned 10 while limiting the White Sox to one run in 7 2/3 innings in a victory Tuesday.

Half of Clevinger's six wins have come against the White Sox; he's allowed three earned runs and fanned 28 over 22 1/3 innings in his three starts against the team. His control still rates as uneven, but he's been so much better at avoiding walks than he was last year, making it quite possible that he'll maintain the strong results.
Jun 19 - 10:19 PM

Domingo German limited the Mariners to two runs – one earned – across seven innings Tuesday in the Yankees’ 7-2 win.

He gave up a solo home run to Nelson Cruz, but it was one of just two base knocks he permitted. German had his swing-and-miss stuff again in this one, whiffing nine over his seven frames while not issuing a walk. He boasts a 28/2 K/BB ratio over 19 innings across his last three starts, rebounding nicely from a rough four-start stretch. German will try to keep the momentum going Sunday in Tampa.
Jun 19 - 9:56 PM

Aaron Hicks went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's victory over the Mariners.

It was one of four longballs the Yankees had on the night, as Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres also went deep. Hicks -- who also added a pair of singles -- has now homered in three straight games and four of his last six contests, pushing his season total up to an even 10. He has seven hits over those three games.
Jun 19 - 9:49 PM

Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Rougned Odor was "out late" with teammate Yohander Mendez on Monday night in Kansas City.

That might help explain why Odor was scratched from the Rangers' starting lineup on Tuesday night, as Yohander Mendez got demoted to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday afternoon for what was called a "violation of team rules." Stevenson writes that "the night on the town got out of hand for Mendez," though there are no other details available at this time. Jurickson Profar is starting at second base Tuesday over Odor, who holds a disappointing .217/.292/.309 batting line with just one home run and one stolen base in 45 games this year. Perhaps he too should be sent to the minor leagues.
Jun 19 - 8:20 PM

Hunter Strickland broke his right (pitching) hand when he punched a door after leaving Monday's game against the Marlins.

Strickland had just blown a save versus Miami, yielding three runs on three hits and two walks, but he made an ugly night even uglier. The 29-year-old right-hander will undergo surgery and is expected to miss the next 6-8 weeks. Giants manager Bruce Bochy mentioned Tony Watson and Sam Dyson as possible fill-ins at closer during a chat with the media on Tuesday. Watson, who holds a stingy 1.87 ERA and 40/6 K/BB ratio in 33 2/3 innings this season, would be our pick right now. Mark Melancon could eventually work his way into the mix too.
Jun 19 - 7:33 PM

Jose Altuve is out of the Astros' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Rays.

It looks to be a routine day of rest for the star second baseman, who went 3-for-4 with a double, a stolen base, and two runs scored in Monday's series opener versus Tampa Bay. Alex Bregman is at second base and Yuli Gurriel is playing third base on Tuesday, with Tyler White drawing a start at first base.
Jun 19 - 6:02 PM

Javier Baez (elbow) is starting at second base and batting second in the nightcap of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Dodgers.

Baez was a late sub into the early game, so it's no surprise that he is back in the starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Dodgers and left-hander Rich Hill. Baez took a pitch off his left elbow Sunday in the Cubs' series finale at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, but only suffered some minor bruising and swelling.
Jun 19 - 5:39 PM

Rangers optioned RHP Yohander Mendez to Triple-A Round Rock.

Rangers GM Jon Daniels told reporters on a conference call Tuesday that Mendez violated team rules and that this demotion will serve as his punishment. Daniels noted that other players were involved to a lesser degree, but he wouldn't get into any specifics, only noting that it's not something that would need to involve the police or MLB's commissioner's office. Austin Bibens-Dirkx will take Mendez's spot in the Rangers' rotation on Wednesday.
Jun 19 - 5:28 PM

Mike Foltynewicz (triceps) is tentatively scheduled to come off the disabled list Sunday.

Atlanta is lining up Sean Newcomb and Julio Teheran to pitch the first two games of this weekend's series against the Orioles, and the hope is that Foltynewicz will be ready to pitch the finale on Sunday. The 26-year-old right-hander first has to make it through a couple more side sessions. He had a 2.16 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 94/33 K/BB ratio through 79 innings this season with the Braves when he landed on the disabled list June 16, retroactive to June 13, with right triceps tightness.
Jun 19 - 5:24 PM




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