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Carlos Ruiz is not in the Phillies' lineup Wednesday.

It's just a day of rest. Cameron Rupp is catching in Ruiz's place.
May 27 - 10:11 AM

Brandon Phillips (toe) remained out of the Reds' lineup Wednesday.

Phillips recently aggravated a turf toe issue that initially cropped up a couple weeks ago. He's day-to-day. Skip Schumaker is filling in at second base.
May 27 - 10:07 AM

Rays released RHP Grant Balfour.

Balfour exercised the opt-out deal in his contract that was agreed upon when he re-signed with the Rays at the beginning of this month. The veteran reliever struck out 11 while posting a 2.79 ERA over 9 2/3 innings for Triple-A Durham. He shouldn't have an issue catching on elsewhere quickly, though it remains to be seen whether he'll be able to land a major league contract.
May 27 - 9:52 AM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday that he expects Ivan Nova (elbow) to begin a rehab assignment "pretty soon."

Nova is expected to throw about 70 pitches Wednesday or Thursday in an extended spring training game. His rehab assignment would figure to be pretty lengthy, so Nova is still multiple weeks away from a return. Still, the Yanks will be happy to have him as a rotation option relatively soon.
May 27 - 9:37 AM

Yan Gomes is not in the Indians' lineup Wednesday.

As expected, he hasn't been catching back-to-back games as he eased back into things in his return from the disabled list. Roberto Perez is behind the dish in Gomes' place.
May 27 - 9:32 AM

Brandon Moss is not in the Indians' lineup Wednesday.

It's a rare day off versus a righty for Moss. David Murphy is starting in right field, while Nick Swisher is handling designated hitter duties.
May 27 - 9:31 AM

Carlos Santana (wrist) is back in the Indians' lineup Wednesday.

Santana was hit on the left wrist by a pitch in Tuesday's game, but X-rays came back clean and he evidently felt fine when he arrived at the park Wednesday morning. The first baseman is batting .219/.368/.363 with five homers and 24 RBI this season.
May 27 - 9:29 AM

Oswaldo Arcia (hip) will remain on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester through at least the end of the week.

Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony has indicated previously that Arcia will have to hit his way back on the active roster, so it would behoove him for his bat to get hot. Arcia was hitless in his first rehab game Tuesday.
May 27 - 9:25 AM

Neil Ramirez is still feeling soreness in his ailing right shoulder.

The update on Ramirez was actually revealed by Justin Grimm, who had been rehabbing with him. "His shoulder is still barking," Grimm said. "They're just going to more slow play it and wait for it to go away. Hopefully we'll get him back soon and take off." Ramirez has been out since mid-April with shoulder inflammation.
May 27 - 9:17 AM

Cubs released LHP Phil Coke.

Coke is now free to sign elsewhere after the Cubs designated him for assignment last week. He's reportedly already received interest from multiple clubs.
May 27 - 8:53 AM

Kirby Yates (pectoral) will appear in an extended spring training game on Thursday.

It will be his first game action since going down with a right pectoral strain at the end of last month. Yates could rejoin the Rays' bullpen in a couple weeks if all goes well.
May 27 - 8:51 AM

In addition to Alberto Callaspo, the Dodgers will acquire Eric Stults, Ian Thomas, and Juan Jaime from the Braves in the trade that sends Juan Uribe and Chris Withrow to Atlanta.

The deal just needs to be approved by the commissioner's office before it's finalized, which should occur at some point on Wednesday. Stults gives the Dodgers a bit more rotation depth while they deal with injuries, but it's a trade that, as a whole, doesn't seem to make a whole lot of sense for L.A.
May 27 - 8:29 AM

Brett Lawrie (back) went 0-for-4 at the plate in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

Lawrie had missed the last three games with back tightness. The third baseman sports a pedestrian .272/.303/.355 batting line this season.
May 27 - 8:15 AM

Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) drew an intentional walk as a pinch-hitter in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

Cabrera hasn't started the last two games due to a minor groin strain. He expects to be back in the lineup on Friday.
May 27 - 8:13 AM

Matt Shoemaker hurled seven scoreless innings but got a no-decision as the Angels lost 4-0 in 10 innings on Tuesday.

Shoemaker was locked in a pitcher's duel with opposing starter Odrisamer Despaigne. The right-hander allowed only four hits -- all singles -- along with a walk and six strikeouts. He's had a forgettable 2015 campaign, carrying a 5.44 ERA with a 1.17 WHIP and a 48/10 K/BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings, but he has plenty of time to turn things around. He has allowed 13 home runs, a rate of more than two per nine innings, which is not something he is likely to sustain over the long haul. Shoemaker will take on the Tigers in a home start next.
May 27 - 1:43 AM

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