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Will Middlebrooks is absent from the Padres' lineup Sunday.

It looks like just a day of rest. Yangervis Solarte is at third base in Middlebrooks' place, while Cory Spangenberg is at second.
May 3 - 1:26 PM

Charlie Morton (hip) isn't expected to be activated until late May/early June.

Morton threw six innings and 93 pitches in an extended spring training game Saturday and will next have a bullpen session Tuesday. He's expected to begin a rehab assignment after that and could use his entire 30-day allotment before rejoining the Pirates' rotation.
May 3 - 1:08 PM

Rays manager Kevin Cash said Sunday that he plans to play the recently promoted Joey Butler "a lot."

Butler will play regularly versus lefties while Desmond Jennings (knee) is out but is also expected to see some starts against righties, as well. He's in the designated hitter spot and hitting fifth on Sunday. The 29-year-old is worth a flier in AL-only leagues.
May 3 - 1:06 PM

Tyler Lyons will be recalled to start on Tuesday versus the Cubs.

Tim Cooney flopped in his chance at the No. 5 starter spot last week, so now Lyons will get a chance. The southpaw was off to a great start at Memphis, posting a 2.91 ERA and 26/6 K/BB ratio over 21 2/3 innings. He could receive 2-3 starts while Marco Gonzales (pectoral) works his way back.
May 3 - 1:03 PM

Cardinals recalled RHP Sam Tuivailala from Triple-A Memphis.

Tuivailala earned the promotion after allowing just one unearned run with 12 strikeouts over nine frames at Memphis, although he also walked six. He has the upside to be a late-inning relief arm, but the Cards figure to use him in the middle of games for now.
May 3 - 1:01 PM

Cardinals placed RHP Jordan Walden on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 30, with right biceps inflammation.

Walden had complained of stiffness in his shoulder, but it's apparently his biceps that's the concern. It's not clear at this point how long he might be sidelined, but that it's being diagnosed as merely inflammation suggests that he's not dealing with any structural damage. Sam Tuivailala has taken Walden's spot in the bullpen.
May 3 - 12:59 PM

Yasmani Grandal is not in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.

It's merely a day of rest for Grandal. A.J. Ellis is catching Brett Anderson.
May 3 - 12:37 PM

Ryan Rua will undergo a scan on Friday to see how his injured right foot is healing.

Rua is working his way back from a broken bone in his heel and severe ankle sprain. The Rangers are hoping he's ready to as soon as late May, although he no longer has a starting job following the acquisition of Josh Hamilton.
May 3 - 12:12 PM

Josh Hamilton (shoulder) is expected to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Round Rock later this week.

Hamilton's surgically-repaired shoulder is no longer an issue, but he's being worked back into playing shape. He's been training at the Rangers' spring training complex and faced live pitching Saturday for the first time. The big club expects Hamilton to join them towards the end of the month.
May 3 - 12:09 PM

Robinson Chirinos is not in the Rangers' lineup Sunday.

He's just receiving a breather. Carlos Corporan is behind the plate Sunday in Chirinos' place.
May 3 - 12:04 PM

Billy Butler is not in the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

It's simply a day of rest. Mark Canha is in the designated hitter spot Sunday in Butler's place.
May 3 - 12:02 PM

Wesley Wright (shoulder) will appear in an extended spring training game on May 19.

He should be ready for a rehab assignment shortly after that. Out since mid-April with inflammation in his left shoulder, Wright could rejoin the Orioles' bullpen before the end of the month.
May 3 - 12:00 PM

Justin Grimm (forearm) is ready to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa.

It's not clear how many rehab appearances he'll require before being activated. Grimm has been on the shelf all season with right forearm inflammation.
May 3 - 11:58 AM

Athletics recalled RHP Chad Smith from Triple-A Nashville.

Smith earned the promotion after posting a 2.31 ERA over eight relief appearances at Nashville. He'll be used in the middle innings.
May 3 - 11:56 AM

Athletics optioned RHP Ryan Cook to Triple-A Nashville.

Cook was hammered for five runs over 4 1/3 innings during his week up with the big club. Chad Smith has taken his spot in the bullpen.
May 3 - 11:54 AM


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