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Jake Arrieta said at his introductory press conference with the Phillies on Tuesday that he intends to be ready for the season.

Arrieta obviously signed a lot later than he would he would have liked, but he's been throwing 50-65 pitch bullpen sessions every two or three days in an anticipation of latching on with a team. The Phillies might hold him back a few days rather than have him start in the opening series, but it sounds like he'll be ready.
Mar 13 - 9:22 AM

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

Rougned Odor was scratched from the Rangers' starting lineup Tuesday night against the Royals.

No reason has been given. Odor also sat out of Monday's series opener against the Royals, so something may be up here. Jurickson Profar will play second base and hit fifth versus Kansas City right-hander Jason Hammel.
Jun 19 - 5:53 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

Ronald Acuna (knee) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment "sooner than later."

Those are the words of Atlanta Journal Constitution beat writer David O'Brien, who notes that Acuna has gone through two days of intense workouts this week at the Braves' spring training complex in Florida. The 20-year-old future star has been on the disabled list since May 28 because of a mild ACL sprain in his left knee. He had a .779 OPS with five home runs and two stolen bases through his first 29 major league games.
Jun 19 - 5:18 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Diamondbacks "have been in contact" with the Orioles about a possible Manny Machado trade.

Morosi notes, however, that "this is viewed as due diligence on Arizona’s part" for the time being. You can bet that just about every contending team will reach out to the O's about Machado, who's batting .310/.377/.567 with 18 home runs and 53 RBI in 69 games this season for a Baltimore team that will carry a 20-50 record into play Tuesday. The 25-year-old superstar is scheduled to become a free agent this winter.
Jun 19 - 5:15 PM

Brandon Morrow was unavailable Tuesday afternoon against the Dodgers due to back tightness.

And he also won't be available for the nightcap of Tuesday's doubleheader. Justin Wilson blew a save in Morrow's place in the early game as the Cubs fell 4-3. This doesn't sound like it will be a DL situation for Morrow, who boasts a 1.59 ERA and 16 saves this season.
Jun 19 - 5:10 PM

Kyle Farmer hit a pinch-hit go-ahead two-run double in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday as the Dodgers beat the Cubs 4-3 in the first game of a doubleheader.

Cubs closer Brandon Morrow was apparently unavailable for this one and the Dodgers took advantage of a weaker crop of relievers to earn a big comeback victory at Wrigley Field. Farmer hit the double off left-hander Justin Wilson, after Austin Barnes drew a leadoff walk and Justin Turner roped a one-out single.
Jun 19 - 4:59 PM

Mets placed OF Jay Bruce on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to June 18, with a hip injury.

Bruce had missed four of the Mets' last five games due to back and hip issues, and he'll now be sidelined for at least the next nine days. The 31-year-old outfielder has batted just .212/.292/.321 with three home runs and 17 RBI in 236 plate appearances this season for New York. He's in the first year of a three-year, $39 million free agent deal.
Jun 19 - 4:54 PM

Stephen Strasburg (shoulder) still hasn't resumed throwing.

Nationals manager Davey Martinez told reporters Tuesday that Strasburg is still in the strength-building phase of his rehab. The 29-year-old right-hander has been on the disabled list since June 10 with shoulder inflammation and there is currently no timetable for his return to the Nats' starting rotation. He seems unlikely to be ready before the All-Star break, unless he can ramp things up soon.
Jun 19 - 4:47 PM




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