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Tyler Matzek allowed four earned runs in two innings Wednesday as the Rockies dropped the first half of a doubleheader against the Diamondbacks.

Matzek was originally expected to pitch Monday, but back-to-back rainouts pushed him into an odd Wednesday afternoon start. And he did not look sharp, yielding six walks and three hits en route to his first loss of the 2015 season. The 24-year-old left-hander is now 2-1 with a 4.09 ERA and 1.82 WHIP in 22 innings.
May 6 - 6:50 PM

Yasiel Puig (hamstring) will serve as the designated hitter for High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday.

Puig still hadn't resumed running the bases as of Wednesday morning, so it will be interesting to find out how he fares on the basepaths should he reach base. Even so, it's a definite step in the right direction for the outfielder, who is on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain. There's still a chance Puig comes off the DL after his 15 days are up.
May 6 - 6:42 PM

Stephen Strasburg (shoulder) played catch Wednesday after leaving Tuesday's start with an apparent injury.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal heard Strasburg left Tuesday with a "cramp" and that a chiropractor adjusted him Wednesday. Whatever the issue, it's promising that he was feeling good enough to throw a day after exiting. The Nationals are still trying to assess the issue, and his status for his next scheduled start is still very much up in the air.
May 6 - 6:34 PM

Jake McGee (elbow) is scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Durham on Friday.

The southpaw will likely have at least two more appearances with the Rays' Triple-A affiliate before being activated. McGee hasn't thrown a pitch for the Rays yet this season after offseason elbow surgery. Still, the expectation is that he'll eventually regain the closer job once healthy.
May 6 - 6:23 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) will face live hitters Friday.

That's three days earlier than previously scheduled, a good sign for the lefty's recovery from a rotator cuff injury. Doolittle should be back sometime in May, barring any setbacks.
May 6 - 6:13 PM

J.D. Martinez has been dropped to the sixth spot in the Tigers' lineup on Wednesday.

Martinez had hit fourth or fifth in all 26 of his previous starts this year, but he's in a deep slump and batting just .231/.259/.462 for the season. Yoenis Cespedes is batting fifth for the Tigers on Wednesday night.
Source: MLive.com
May 6 - 5:53 PM

Jose Iglesias (groin) is back in the Tigers' starting lineup on Wednesday night versus the White Sox.

Iglesias was unavailable Tuesday after leaving Sunday's game with tightness in his left groin. The dynamic young shortstop is batting ninth in his return to action Wednesday against White Sox ace Chris Sale.
May 6 - 5:46 PM

Steve Pearce (illness) is available off the Orioles' bench on Wednesday night against the Mets.

O's manager Buck Showalter said Pearce would have drawn the start at DH if the game was in an American League park. Pearce was unavailable Tuesday due to the flu.
May 6 - 5:40 PM

J.J. Hardy (shoulder) could join the Orioles on Thursday.

Hardy has been out all season with a left shoulder strain. He began a minor league rehab assignment Monday at Double-A Bowie and is 3-for-8 through two games. The 32-year-old shortstop had a disappointing offensive season in 2014, but he's still a pretty valuable fantasy commodity. Hardy tallied 25 homers and 76 RBI in 2013.
May 6 - 5:38 PM

Carlos Rodon will start Saturday against the Reds.

Jeff Samardzija has dropped the appeal of his five-game suspension, opening a spot temporarily for the 22-year-old Rondon. He has registered a 2.84 ERA in 6 1/3 innings of relief so far for Chicago, but his control hasn't been very good. It might be best to keep Rondon stashed in fantasy leagues until he has a permanent place in the White Sox rotation. Cincinnati isn't the easiest opponent for a stream.
May 6 - 5:26 PM

Brett Gardner is out Wednesday with a stiff neck.

It doesn't sound like it will be a lingering thing. Gardner doubled and scored a run on Tuesday night and is batting .309/.404/.444 with 18 runs scored in 23 games this season. Chris Young is in left field and batting second Wednesday night against the Blue Jays.
May 6 - 5:22 PM

Jordan Walden will be sidelined for the next 6-10 weeks with a right shoulder strain.

The good news is that he doesn't need surgery. Walden was used heavily during the first month of the season and began reporting stiffness in his right shoulder in early May. The hard-throwing setup man will be missed. He had registered a 0.87 ERA and 12 strikeouts over his first 10 1/3 innings (12 appearances) with the Cardinals.
May 6 - 5:15 PM

Alcides Escobar (head) took infield and batting practice Wednesday afternoon without issue.

Escobar was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list retroactive to April 29. He could return Thursday, but the Royals aren't revealing their plans for him quite yet. The speedy shortstop was batting .291/.329/.367 with two steals and 10 runs scored in 19 games.
May 6 - 5:11 PM

Carlos Perez is getting his second consecutive start at catcher Wednesday against the Mariners.

Perez made his major league debut on Tuesday night and went 2-for-4 with a walkoff solo home run to lift Anaheim over Seattle. He was tearing the cover off the ball at Triple-A and could continue to draw regular playing time with the Halos if his bat stays hot at the major league level. Chris Iannetta is hitting just .094/.192/.109 in 73 plate appearances this season.
May 6 - 5:04 PM

Bruce Chen will make a spot start for the Indians this Saturday against the Twins.

It was either going to be him or Shaun Marcum. Chen is off to a terrific start this season at Triple-A Columbus and could be worth streaming against a weak Twins lineup. The 37-year-old left-hander signed a minor league contract with the Tribe in February.
May 6 - 5:01 PM



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