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Michael Morse (oblique) is unlikely to return Friday as initially anticipated.

Morse just hasn't progressed as hoped in his recovery from a strained left oblique, as he's still not swinging a bat at 100 percent. It's not clear what the next step is with the veteran, but his timetable is up in the air.
Sep 17 - 2:39 PM

Angel Pagan is set to undergo an MRI on his back.

The Giants had been hoping Pagan could return to action after Thursday's off day, but thing are up in the air now. It's possible he could receive another cortisone shot before attempting to play through the ailment. Pagan could undergo back surgery over the offseason.
Sep 17 - 2:36 PM

Steve Johnson will undergo surgery later this month to have a bone spur removed from the back of his right shoulder.

Johnson has battled the shoulder issue for a good chunk of the season. He spent all of this season in the minors, posting a 7.11 ERA in 13 Triple-A starts. Johnson is expected to be ready to go for spring training.
Sep 17 - 2:31 PM

Orioles purchased the contract of 1B Christian Walker from Triple-A Norfolk.

Ranked by Baseball America prior to the season as the team's 18th-best prospect, Walker had a great year between Double- and Triple-A, batting .288/.357/.489 with 26 homers and 96 RBI. He'll provide depth at first base following Chris Davis' suspension.
Sep 17 - 2:11 PM

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday that Hanley Ramirez (elbow) is feeling better.

Ramirez is missing his second straight start Wednesday with a strained right elbow, but the hope is that he'll be ready for the four-game series in Chicago that begins Thursday. The shortstop was able to pinch-hit in Tuesday's contest.
Sep 17 - 1:32 PM

Red Sox recalled LHP Edwin Escobar from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Esocobar tossed a scoreless relief inning last month in his major league debut before being sent back down. He'll give the Red Sox some bullpen length down the stretch.
Sep 17 - 1:28 PM

Red Sox recalled RHP Heath Hembree from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Hembree has been up for a couple brief stints with the big club previously but has spent most of the year at Triple-A, putting up a 3.72 ERA with 55 strikeouts over 46 frames. He'll be used in middle relief.
Sep 17 - 1:27 PM

Red Sox recalled 3B Garin Cecchini from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Cecchini was up briefly with the big club earlier this season but spent almost all of the year at Pawtucket, batting just .263/.341/.371 with seven homers and 11 steals over 114 games. He'll be used off the bench for the rest of the month.
Sep 17 - 1:26 PM

Red Sox recalled OF Bryce Brentz from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Brentz batted .243/.341/.465 with 12 homers over 63 games at Pawtucket this season. The former sandwich round pick figures to only see a few token at-bats in the final weeks.
Sep 17 - 1:24 PM

Red Sox recalled 1B Ryan Lavarnway from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Lavarnway has had an injury-shortened season at Pawtucket, hitting .283/.389/.370 with three homers over 62 contests. He doesn't figure to see much playing time down the stretch.
Sep 17 - 1:22 PM

Red Sox recalled OF Rusney Castillo from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Castillo batted .282 with one homer and two stolen bases over 39 at-bats in the minors and will now get a look with the big club. He hasn't played regularly in a while, but Castillo will see the bulk of the at-bats in center field down the stretch and his power/speed combo makes him worth a shot in all formats.
Sep 17 - 1:19 PM

Angel Pagan (back) remained out of the Giants' lineup Wednesday.

It's the third straight game he's missed due to his nagging back issue. The Giants are off Thursday, so Pagan will shoot for a return for the weekend series in San Diego. Juan Perez is in center field again Wednesday.
Sep 17 - 1:16 PM

WEEI.com's Rob Bradford reports that Rusney Castillo will play in both the Arizona Fall League and the Puerto Rican Winter League this offseason.

The Red Sox want him to knock some rust off, as it's been a while since he played regularly in Cuba. Castillo got in nearly 50 at-bats in the minors for the Red Sox and will be promoted to the big club Wednesday. The 27-year-old will be given a chance next spring training to win an Opening Day roster spot.
Source: WEEI.com
Sep 17 - 12:18 PM

Dee Gordon is not in the Dodgers' lineup Wednesday.

It's just a routine day of rest. Darwin Barney is filling in at second base in Gordon's place.
Sep 17 - 12:06 PM

Hanley Ramirez (elbow) remained out of the Dodgers' lineup Wednesday.

Ramirez was able to pinch-hit Tuesday but will miss a second straight start, suggesting that his elbow is more of an issue in the field. The Dodgers are considering the shortstop day-to-day. Miguel Rojas is filling in Wednesday.
Sep 17 - 12:05 PM



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