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Matt Albers will make a spot start Saturday night against the Tigers.

Chris Sale had to be scratched because of a cold. This will be Albers' first start since 2008. He probably won't go more than three or maybe four innings.
Jul 23 - 6:04 PM

Chris Sale was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday due to a cold.

The initial report didn't include the reason for the scratch, so trade speculation flew for a few minutes. But it's just a minor illness. Matt Albers will start against the Tigers in Sale's place.
Jul 23 - 6:02 PM

Chris Sale has been scratched from his scheduled start Saturday against the Tigers.

With trade rumors swirling, it's very possible the 27-year-old left-hander is headed to a new team. Matt Albers is going to take the start versus the visiting Tigers.
Jul 23 - 5:55 PM

Cameron Rupp is showing no concussion symptoms.

That's great news. Rupp was pulled from Saturday's game against the Pirates after taking a 91 mph fastball from Tyler Glasnow off the side of his batting helmet. The 27-year-old catcher entered the day with an impressive .810 OPS and 10 home runs in 62 games.
Jul 23 - 5:50 PM

Tyler Glasnow left his start Saturday against the Phillies with an apparent injury.

Glasnow had hit two Phillies batters and gave up a run in both the first and second. He exited with zero outs in the top of the fourth. This was the 22-year-old top prospect's second start in the major leagues.
Jul 23 - 5:46 PM

Julio Teheran (lat) performed well in strength tests Saturday.

The hope is that Teheran -- a possible trade chip for the rebuilding Braves -- won't have to miss a rotation turn. He left his start Friday against the Rockies because of a minor lat strain. Look for a decision on Monday or Tuesday, after he throws a bullpen session.
Jul 23 - 5:41 PM

Joe Nathan will join the Cubs' bullpen Sunday.

Nathan walked three batters while recording only one out in his last appearance at Triple-A Iowa, but he had been very good before that outing and the Cubs feel the 41-year-old right-hander can offer an instant upgrade in middle relief. Nathan just finished rehabbing from his second Tommy John surgery. He hasn't pitched in a major league game since April 6, 2015.
Jul 23 - 5:39 PM

Nationals sent LHP Nick Lee outright to Double-A Harrisburg.

Lee was designated for assignment by the Nats earlier this week and passed through waivers unclaimed. He owns a 4.54 ERA in 35 2/3 innings this season in the minors.
Jul 23 - 5:35 PM

Lucas Giolito will return to the majors to start Sunday at home against the Padres.

It's a nice matchup for a talented pitcher, but it will likely be a spot start with Joe Ross (shoulder) nearing his return. Giolito allowed four earned runs in 7 2/3 innings (two starts) three weeks ago with Washington. Those were his first two MLB outings. Maybe he can force the Nationals to keep him on the major league roster if he dominates on Sunday.
Source: MASN
Jul 23 - 5:33 PM

Cameron Rupp was pulled from Saturday's game against the Pirates after taking a pitch off his helmet.

The 91 mph fastball from Pirates rookie Tyler Glasnow caught Rupp right in the ear hole. He'll probably be put through MLB's concussion protocol. Look for an update Saturday night or Sunday morning. Rupp was 0-for-1 in the game, after going 2-for-4 with a homer, a walk, and three RBI on Friday night.
Jul 23 - 5:15 PM

Juan Uribe (head) is out of the Indians' lineup Saturday.

Uribe took a pitch off his helmet on Friday night but thankfully avoided any type of serious injury. Indians manager Terry Francona said Uribe woke up with a minor headache but "dodged a big bullet."
Jul 23 - 5:12 PM

Craig Kimbrel (knee) could begin a minor league rehab assignment late next week.

Kimbrel is set to throw a bullpen session Sunday or Monday and he'll do the same on Wednesday. If that all goes well, the next step may be a minor league game. "That could be done at (Triple-A) Pawtucket," Red Sox manager John Farrell said Saturday. "We could be looking at an appearance at Pawtucket. We're not scripting it out past Wednesday, because we could go one of two ways here." Brad Ziegler is filling in at closer for the Red Sox with Koji Uehara (pectoral) possibly done for the year.
Jul 23 - 5:10 PM

Rockies recalled RHP Scott Oberg from Triple-A Albuquerque.

He'll take over for Chad Qualls, who was placed on the disabled list in a corresponding move due to an illness. Oberg has a 4.05 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 13 1/3 innings this season at the MLB level.
Jul 23 - 4:59 PM

Rockies placed RHP Chad Qualls on the 15-day disabled list with an illness.

There aren't any details available yet, but it's obviously more than just a cold or flu. Qualls, 37, holds a 5.61 ERA in 36 appearances this season with Colorado.
Jul 23 - 4:58 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Saturday that he is "hopeful" Koji Uehara (pectoral) can return this season.

Which of course means it's possible he will not return this season. Uehara was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with a strained pectoral, a unique injury for a pitcher. He got platelet-rich plasma treatment on Friday to try to expedite the healing. "There is no number of days that says Koji's going to put a ball back in his hand," Farrell told reporters Saturday. "He’s just getting past the soreness." Brad Ziegler is now serving as the primary closer in Boston with Craig Kimbrel (knee) also on the shelf.
Jul 23 - 4:49 PM



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