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Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) expects to return Tuesday.

Cabrera is out of the Rays' starting lineup on Monday night against the Mariners after leaving Sunday's game with a groin strain. The strain is of the minor variety.
May 25 - 4:01 PM

J.J. Hardy made an early departure from Monday's game against the Astros due to back tightness.

Hardy looked uncomfortable for much of the afternoon and was finally replaced in the eighth inning by Everth Cabrera. Baltimore is calling Hardy day-to-day for now.
May 25 - 3:47 PM

Jose Bautista (shoulder) is out of the Blue Jays' starting lineup again on Monday.

Bautista also sat out Sunday after getting a cortisone injection in his ailing right shoulder. He's been bothered by shoulder discomfort for over a month, but the Blue Jays are expected to keep the slugger active and continue using him as their primary designated hitter. Edwin Encarnacion is at DH on Monday against the White Sox and Justin Smoak is at first base.
May 25 - 3:37 PM

Jung Ho Kang is not in the Pirates' lineup Monday.

Josh Harrison is starting at third base and Jordy Mercer is starting at shortstop against Marlins right-hander David Phelps. Kang will be available off the bench. He's batting .304/.369/.435 in his first 31 major league games.
May 25 - 3:34 PM

Pirates activated RHP Charlie Morton from the 15-day disabled list.

Morton will make his 2015 debut for the Pirates on Monday night against the Marlins. He posted very good numbers on his lengthy minor league rehab assignment and could be worth a shot in some standard mixed fantasy leagues.
May 25 - 3:16 PM

Pirates designated RHP Radhames Liz for assignment.

Liz had walked 10 batters and allowed 20 hits in 17 1/3 innings this season out of the Pirates' bullpen, but the 31-year-old right-hander may draw interest on waivers.
May 25 - 3:14 PM

Royals first base prospect Ryan O'Hearn upped his league-leading home run total to 11 Sunday in a win for Low-A Lexington.

O'Hearn finished the afternoon with two hits and three RBI. He's been one of the South Atlantic League's top power hitters this year, leading the league in slugging percentage (.519) and total bases (80). His contact rate is still a work in progress (.266 average, 42 strikeouts), but the 21-year-old has plenty of time to iron that out.
May 25 - 3:02 PM

Astros first base prospect Jon Singleton blasted his 14th home run Sunday in a win for Triple-A Fresno.

Singleton owns a .379 average over his last nine games. He's plated 12 runs over that span, stretching his season RBI total to 47. The 23-year-old now leads the Pacific Coast League in homers, RBI, walks (29) and runs scored (35). He's second in total bases (102), OPS (1.045) and slugging (.646). The Astros have Chris Carter at first base and Evan Gattis at DH, so it appears Singleton will continue to see regular at-bats at Fresno until a spot opens up for him.
May 25 - 2:51 PM

Asdrubal Cabrera (groin) is not in the Rays' starting lineup on Monday night versus the Mariners.

Cabrera was forced from Sunday's series finale against the A's with a mild groin strain. He's considered day-to-day. Tim Beckham is at shortstop on Monday.
May 25 - 2:51 PM

Steven Souza (wrist) is not in the Rays' starting lineup on Monday evening against the Mariners.

Souza suffered a sprained left wrist Sunday in a nasty collision at home plate with A's catcher Stephen Vogt and is considered day-to-day for now. Brandon Guyer is starting in right field and Jake Elmore is in left field in Monday's series opener versus Seattle.
May 25 - 2:49 PM

Rays recalled INF/OF Jake Elmore from Triple-A Durham.

Elmore is starting in left field and batting sixth in his return to the Rays on Monday. The 27-year-old is a .226/.292/.311 career hitter at the big league level.
May 25 - 2:43 PM

Rays recalled INF Tim Beckham from Triple-A Durham.

Beckham was just optioned to the minors last week, but the Rays need him to provide infield depth with first baseman James Loney ruled out indefinitely after suffering a broken finger. Beckham was batting just .224/.266/.459 at the time of his May 22 demotion. He's doubtful to hold mixed-league fantasy value.
May 25 - 2:41 PM

Rays placed 1B James Loney on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left middle finger.

It was initially called a sprain, but further testing revealed the fracture. Loney expects to miss 4-6 weeks, and Tampa Bay will use a mix of players at first base. Logan Forsythe is starting there Monday night.
May 25 - 2:39 PM

Orioles third base prospect Drew Dosch contributed a career-high six RBI Sunday in a win for High-A Frederick.

He won the game with a walk-off three-run homer, his second of the season. His six runs driven in were the most by a Frederick hitter since Chris Vinyard delivered seven RBI during a game in 2008. Dosch needed a double to hit for the cycle. The 22-year-old leads the Carolina League with 32 RBI and is tied for seventh with 19 walks.
Source: MILB.com
May 25 - 2:31 PM

Pirates outfield prospect Josh Bell delivered four hits in Sunday's win for Double-A Altoona

All of his hits were singles. The 22-year-old is now second in the Eastern League in batting average (.338), fourth in RBI (29), seventh in walks (21) and third in on base percentage (.412). Bell has shown remarkable consistency all season, batting .325 in May after hitting an even more robust .352 in April. He's struck out just 14 times in 151 at-bats. Altoona fans should get to the park soon because Bell won't be in Double-A for much longer.
Source: MILB.com
May 25 - 2:14 PM



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