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Brett Oberholtzer (blister) could begin a rehab assignment this week.

He'll either be assigned to a minor league affiliate or appear in another extended spring training game. The left-hander tossed three innings in extended spring on Saturday. Oberholtzer needs to be stretched out a bit, but his blister is healed and he's tracking toward an early- to mid-May return to the Astros' rotation.
Apr 26 - 10:06 AM

Jake Marisnick (quad) is expected to sit out again on Sunday.

Marisnick is dealing with some soreness in his right quad area. He was able to do some running prior to Saturday's game with no issues, but the Astros are expected to rest him one more day. "Jake, we’ll well monitor him day to day," manager A.J. Hinch said. "He’s available but I’m going to try not to use him unless I have to. He’s bouncing around fine. I’m hopeful for (Sunday), but if it’s not (Sunday) and he needs another day we’re going to still be cautious with him."
Apr 26 - 10:02 AM

Michael Bourn is batting ninth in Sunday's game versus the Tigers.

It's the first time this season he's batted anywhere other than leadoff. Bourn is hitting an ugly .180/.254/.213 in the early going, so the move doesn't come as a shocker. Jason Kipnis is in the leadoff spot Sunday, while Mike Aviles is getting a start at shortstop over Jose Ramirez.
Apr 26 - 9:52 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

Jay Bruce is not in the Reds' lineup Sunday.

He had been slated to sit before Saturday's game was rained out and remains out of the lineup the next day. Brennan Boesch is in right field Sunday in Bruce's place.
Apr 26 - 9:26 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the "expectation" is that Adam Wainwright will miss the rest of the season with a left Achilles injury.

He's yet to undergo an MRI (that comes Monday), but the Cardinals don't appear to be optimistic about a diagnosis. It's obviously a massive blow for St. Louis, as Wainwright had allayed some concerns about his elbow with a strong start (1.44 ERA) to the season. The club does at least have some depth to fall back on with Marco Gonzales at Triple-A, although he's currently out with a shoulder/pectoral issue. Gonzales and Jaime Garcia (shoulder) are the likely long-term options to replace Waino in the rotation, but for now the club is likely to go with Tyler Lyons or Tim Cooney. They could also consider moving Carlos Villanueva from the bullpen to the rotation.
Apr 26 - 9:14 AM

Matt Stites (elbow) will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday.

It's his first since being shut down late in spring training with an elbow issue. There remains no timetable for Stites' return, but it appears he's finally making some progress.
Apr 26 - 8:46 AM

Mariners recalled LHP Roenis Elias from Triple-A Tacoma.

He'll start on Sunday against the Twins in place of the injured Hisashi Iwakuma (lat). Iwakuma could be sidelined for up to a month, so Elias might be in line to make a handful of starts for the big club. The left-hander had struggled in the early going at Tacoma with an 8.04 ERA, but he had a nice 3.85 ERA and 7.9 K/9 rate in his rookie season last year.
Apr 26 - 8:33 AM

Mariners optioned LHP Lucas Luetge to Triple-A Tacoma.

He tossed 2 1/3 scoreless frames in his lone appearance on Saturday. Luetge is being sent out to clear room for Roenis Elias, who will start Sunday.
Apr 26 - 8:29 AM

Initial tests for possible ligament damage in Brandon McCarthy's right elbow came back negative.

It doesn't mean he definitely doesn't have a ligament issues -- we'll know for sure after his MRI -- but it's certainly a good sign. The hope is that McCarthy is "only" dealing with tendinitis. He's looking at a stint on the disabled list either way, but surgery won't be required if it's a tendinitis issue. McCarthy admitted that he's been dealing with tightness in his elbow since his last start but it finally became too much on Saturday.
Apr 26 - 8:27 AM

Moved up to the leadoff spot, Brian Dozier went 2-for-5 with a double, a walk, a steal and two runs scored in the Twins' 8-5 victory over the Mariners on Saturday.

That's more like it. Dozier obviously belongs at or very near the top of the Twins lineup, not in the cleanup spot that he had occupied recently. He raised his average to .215 tonight, and the steal was his first of the year.
Apr 26 - 1:02 AM

James Paxton yielded four runs -- one earned -- in 4 2/3 innings Saturday against the Twins.

Paxton struck out seven. His velocity, while still down some from last year, was slightly better than it's been previously this season. He's not nearly out of the woods yet, but his fortunes seem a little better tonight than they did six days ago, when he got lit up by the hapless Rangers.
Apr 26 - 1:01 AM

While the rest of the Twins were combining for eight runs, Kennys Vargas went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts Saturday against the Mariners.

The Twins would certainly prefer that Vargas start hitting, but they could really improve their outfield defense by sending Vargas to Triple-A and installing Oswaldo Arcia as their DH. It's something they'll have to weigh if Vargas doesn't figure it out over the next week or two.
Apr 26 - 12:58 AM

Austin Jackson went 2-for-5 and hit his second homer Saturday against the Twins.

Jackson was homerless in his first 65 games in Seattle before hitting two in the last six. We still harbor serious doubts that he'll prove to be a quality leadoff man for the Mariners this year, but at least things are looking up from last year's dreadful results.
Apr 26 - 12:56 AM

C.J. Wilson pitched 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball in the Angels' 4-1 victory over the Rangers on Saturday.

Unfortunately, Wilson needed one more out in order put himself in position for the victory; the Angels were down 1-0 when he left, but then scored three times in the bottom of the sixth. Wilson has pitched well in three of his four starts, albeit not against the toughest of competition. We want to see more strikeouts before we consider recommending him in mixed leagues.
Apr 26 - 12:50 AM

Making his first start since being called up Friday, Grant Green went 2-for-3 with two runs scored Saturday against the Rangers.

The Angels were pretty much grooming Green as an outfielder this spring, but he played second tonight. Even in Triple-A, he had played there just once this year. Second base is certainly where his bat plays best and probably the only position at which he has a chance of becoming a regular. The Angels, though, probably won't keep him up for long.
Apr 26 - 12:48 AM

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