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Gerrit Cole (lat) is likely to rejoin the Pirates' rotation next week after making one final rehab start for Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday.

Cole will get his pitch count up to around 90 and hopefully go seven innings on Saturday. It figures to be the final step before he's activated, though manager Clint Hurdle isn't offering any guarantees. "We don’t have the urgency to even map that out," Hurdle said. "I think he’s in a spot now, at six [innings] and 74 [pitches], which we believe the next time he’s going to go seven and close to 90. I think it’s going to put him in a very good position to come back here and help this club. We’ll see though. I don’t know. He hasn’t pitched." Cole has been out since July 5 with a strained right lat.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 10:38:00 AM

Chris Heston is expected to start on Sunday versus the Cardinals.

It had been the struggling Matt Cain's spot. Heston won't have spent the required 10 days in the minors by Sunday, so the Giants will have to create a phantom injury for someone (likely Cain). The righty was sent down a week ago as a means to cut down his workload, as he didn't make any appearances in the minors.
Aug 28 - 6:03 PM

George Springer (wrist) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Corpus Christi on Saturday.

"George is ready to go," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Friday of Springer. "Today was one of the best days he's had." Springer is hoping to be activated by the Astros sometime next week if all goes well. He's been sidelined since early July with a fractured right wrist.
Aug 28 - 6:00 PM

Josh Hamilton (knee) took batting practice on Friday.

Hamilton has been on the shelf for the last couple weeks with a nagging left knee ailment but finally appears to be making some progress. He could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Monday, although the Rangers could easily wait until Tuesday when rosters expand.
Aug 28 - 5:50 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said that Glen Perkins (back) is expected to be available Friday but won't return to his closer role immediately.

Molitor wants Perkins to show that he can be healthy and effective until he puts him back in the ninth inning. It will probably only take an appearance or two, but until then Kevin Jepsen will continue to handle the closing duties.
Aug 28 - 5:38 PM

Miguel Sano is not playing Friday due to a minor right hamstring injury.

Sano had been slated to play third base, but Twins manager Paul Molitor has decided to play it safe and sit him out. The hope is that he'll be ready to return to the designated hitter spot Saturday.
Aug 28 - 5:35 PM

Hanley Ramirez was scratched from the Red Sox' lineup Friday due to right shoulder fatigue.

It's yet another new ailment for Ramirez, who has somehow managed to avoid the disabled list this season despite a host of different maladies. Jackie Bradley took his spot in left field.
Aug 28 - 5:18 PM

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski on Friday officially ruled out Clay Buchholz (elbow) for the rest of the season.

Buchholz is slated to resume a throwing program next week as he works his way back from a right flexor strain, but his possible return in September never looked likely. Dombrowski added that the righty's $13 million option for 2016 will be picked up as long as he's healthy, but that's no sure thing at the moment.
Aug 28 - 5:10 PM

Carlos Correa is missing a second straight start Friday due to what he describes as "just a little soreness" in his left hamstring.

He'll have three days off when you add in Thursday's off day. It doesn't sound like a major concern, as Correa should have a shot to return to action by the end of the weekend. Marwin Gonzalez is again getting the call at shortstop Friday.
Aug 28 - 5:07 PM

Alex Rodriguez is not in the Yankees' lineup Friday.

He's not going to be in there on Saturday and Sunday, either, with the Yankees not having the designated hitter spot available in Atlanta. A-Rod will serve as a pinch-hitter this weekend before returning to action Monday in Boston.
Aug 28 - 5:02 PM

Jacoby Ellsbury (hip) is back in the Yankees' lineup Friday.

Ellsbury still has some swelling in his right hip, but he's feeling better and is ready to give it a go. He injured the hip on a dive Tuesday and then sat out Wednesday's game prior to the club's off day Thursday.
Aug 28 - 5:00 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Friday that Marcus Stroman (knee) "might come up and start for us" with as well as his rehab is progressing.

The conventional wisdom is that Stroman would likely return in a relief role since he's missed so much time. That might still wind up being the case, but him joining the rotation isn't being ruled out. Making his way back from ACL surgery, Stroman has thrown a couple simulated games and is slated to begin a rehab assignment next week.
Aug 28 - 4:42 PM




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