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Raisel Iglesias was scheduled to have his right elbow and back examined on Monday.

It's unclear when the right-hander's elbow and back started bothering him, but the Reds don't seem to be concerned at this point. "He should be OK," manager Bryan Price said. "We're going to do a bit more of a thorough once-over today with both the elbow and back. There's no reason to slow him down completely." It doesn't look like this is anything serious, but it's worth noting that the reason Iglesias was made into a full-time reliever is because the Reds doubted his ability to hold up physically as a starter. The club isn't expected to name a regular closer going into 2017, but Iglesias will get the first crack if he's healthy.
Mon, Mar 20, 2017 08:10:00 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said he thinks Max Kepler (knee) is "going to be OK."

Kepler was pulled from Wednesday's series finale against the Indians with some discomfort in his right knee, but Molitor says that move was mostly precautionary. The Twins have an off day Thursday as they make their way back from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Kepler will be reevaluated ahead of Friday night's series opener at Tampa Bay. Ryan LaMarre replaced him in the outfield Wednesday and went on to hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 16th inning.
Apr 19 - 11:41 AM

Tommy Pham told Jim Hayes of Fox Sports Midwest on Thursday that his right groin is fine.

Pham felt some discomfort in the groin toward the end of Tuesday night's win over the Cubs, but he finished out that game in center field and could be available in Thursday afternoon's makeup (for Wednesday's rainout) at Wrigley Field. St. Louis will instead play it safe, starting Harrison Bader in center and batting him second Thursday against Cubs left-hander Jon Lester. Pham should be back in there for Friday's series opener versus the Reds.
Apr 19 - 11:24 AM

Javier Baez has been bumped up to the No. 2 spot in the Cubs' lineup for Thursday's game against the Cardinals.

Baez boasts a 1.402 OPS with five home runs and 12 RBI over his last six games, though he's always been a streaky hitter. Kris Bryant is batting third and Anthony Rizzo will bat cleanup versus right-hander Luke Weaver.
Apr 19 - 10:30 AM

Cardinals recalled OF Tyler O'Neill from Triple-A Memphis.

O'Neill was batting .388 with a 1.221 OPS through 52 plate appearances this season at Memphis while leading the Pacific Coast League in RBI (18), total bases (41), and home runs (6). He probably won't get a whole lot of playing time in the Cardinals' outfield behind Marcell Ozuna, Tommy Pham, and Dexter Fowler, but the 22-year-old slugger is a nice addition to the St. Louis bench.
Apr 19 - 10:26 AM

Reds fired manager Bryan Price.

And pitching coach Mack Jenkins will follow him out the door. Price takes the fall for a Reds team that has opened the season with a dreadful 3-15 record and -46 run differential, both worst in the major leagues. Price didn't have a winning season in his four-plus years in Cincinnati, though he also never had a very good roster. Jim Riggleman will take over as interim manager, Louisville manager Pat Kelly has been promoted to be the Reds' bench coach, and Pensacola pitching coach Danny Darwin is now on the major league staff.
Apr 19 - 8:41 AM

Jose Berrios allowed zero runs on three hits in seven innings against the Indians on Wednesday in his native Puerto Rico.

The spotlight was squarely on Berrios coming into this game at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in Puerto Rico. Berrios grew up just a few miles away and pitched one of the best games of his career tonight. He struck out five, didn't walk anyone and allowed just three harmless singles. He matched opposing starter Carlos Carrasco zero-for-zero on the scoreboard through seven innings and both teams' bullpens were just as good as the starters. Neither team scored until the 14th inning. Berrios has a spectacular 1.63 ERA with 29 strikeouts and one walk after four starts.
Apr 19 - 1:01 AM

Yoenis Cespedes went 2-for-5 and buried the Nationals with a grand slam in Wednesday's 11-5 victory.

He got two hits and scored twice in the same inning as the Mets put nine runs on the board in the eighth frame. Cespedes' grand slam off reliever A.J. Cole capped off the inning and put the game out of reach. The Mets have one of the best records in baseball even though Cespedes hasn't hit much prior to today. He has a .217 batting average and a .280 on-base percentage. He has found a way to be useful though by generating 17 RBI already.
Apr 18 - 10:59 PM

Freddie Freeman exited Wednesday's game with the Phillies after being hit in the left wrist by a pitch.

It's the same left wrist that caused Freeman to miss significant time in 2017. He was replaced by pinch-runner Charlie Culberson. We'll certainly update you when we know more about the severity of the injury.
Apr 18 - 10:29 PM

Ryan Zimmerman went 3-for-4 with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored in Wednesday's loss to the Mets.

He clubbed a three-run bomb in the first inning, then popped a solo shot in the final frame. Unfortunately many of Zimmerman's fantasy owners had him on their benches for this game due to his brutally bad first three weeks of the season. Even after tonight's outburst he still has a paltry .161/.235/.371 triple slash with three homers and 10 RBI. Hopefully this excellent game marks the end of his slump.
Apr 18 - 10:26 PM

Matt Olson delivered a walk-off single Wednesday as the Athletics defeated the White Sox 12-11 in extra innings.

Olson had a great day at the plate, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, two walks and three RBI. The A’s were down by as many as five early in the game but overcame that deficit to win in extras. Olson’s game-winner came against James Shields with the bases loaded and two outs in the 14th inning. The 24-year-old is hitting a respectable .274 with three homers this year, though he’s also struck out an astounding 32 times in only 73 at-bats.
Apr 18 - 9:45 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters that Kenley Jansen is in no danger of losing his closing job.

"I think we’re a ways from that," Roberts said. "I think he’s earned that. Sometimes with a guy like that with his track record, you’ve got to let him work things out." Jansen has not looked like himself to begin 2018, and he's given up six runs in his eight appearances after allowing just 10 in 2017. Period. Jansen should be fine in the long-term, but you can't help but wonder if the 30-year-old closer is completely healthy. It's a situation worth monitoring, at the very least.
Apr 18 - 9:21 PM




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