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Yan Gomes (knee) made throws from home to second base from a crouch on Tuesday afternoon.

It's a big step in the right direction for the rehabbing catcher, who was diagnosed April 12 with a moderate right MCL sprain. Gomes should be ready to join the Indians at some point in early-to-mid June. Roberto Perez has been getting the majority of starts behind the plate for the Indians.
May 5 - 4:48 PM

Chase Utley is expected to sit out until Friday.

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg wants to give the struggling second baseman three full days of rest. Utley, 36, is batting just .103/.182/.207 in 25 games this season.
May 5 - 4:45 PM

Alex Guerrero is starting in left field and batting eighth on Tuesday night against the Brewers.

Justin Turner will start at third base and Juan Uribe will be on the bench. Guerrero, 28, is batting .364/.389/.879 with five home runs and 13 RBI in 16 games (only four starts) this season. He was named the National League Rookie of the Month for April.
May 5 - 4:43 PM

Michael Saunders (knee) is out again Tuesday.

Saunders had fluid drained from his surgically-repaired knee on Monday and the Jays intend to rest him for much of this week. The 28-year-old left fielder is batting just .222 with a .566 OPS since his debut.
May 5 - 4:38 PM

An MRI came up clean on Hanley Ramirez's shoulder.

Ramirez was lifted from Monday's game against the Rays after banging his left shoulder against the left field wall at Fenway Park while trying to make a catch. He showed improved range of motion on Tuesday and is hoping to avoid the disabled list, but he'll be out for at least a handful of games. The 31-year-old slugger had racked up 10 home runs and 22 RBI through just 92 at-bats.
May 5 - 4:35 PM

Indians activated 1B Nick Swisher from the 15-day disabled list.

Swisher is starting at DH and batting sixth for the Tribe in his 2015 regular-season debut Tuesday night against the Royals. He missed the first month of the season while rehabbing dual knee surgeries. The 34-year-old only has fringe value in standard mixed fantasy leagues after batting .208/.278/.331 with eight home runs and 42 RBI in 97 games last summer.
May 5 - 4:32 PM

Indians optioned OF Tyler Holt to Triple-A Columbus.

Holt was booted off the 25-man roster Tuesday to clear a spot for Nick Swisher, who is returning from dual knee surgeries. Holt should get another shot later this year.
May 5 - 4:29 PM

Braves recalled RHP Brandon Cunniff from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Cunniff had a sharp 2.00 ERA and 0.78 WHIP in 10 relief appearances earlier this season with the Braves. The 26-year-old right-hander should stick around for a while.
May 5 - 4:26 PM

Braves designated LHP Donnie Veal for assignment.

Veal allowed four earned runs in 3 1/3 innings of relief with Atlanta, but he's a left-hander so he will probably draw some interest on waivers. The 30-year-old owns a 5.16 ERA in 68 career major league frames.
May 5 - 4:24 PM

According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Devin Mesoraco still hasn't tried squatting and is trying to avoid surgery for his left hip impingement.

Mesoraco hasn't started a game since April 11 due to the hip impingement, yet the Reds have opted against placing him on the disabled list. He will be able to DH during the Reds' upcoming weekend series against the White Sox, so a decision on a potential surgery will presumably be held off until then. Mesoraco would be out for four months if he does ultimately have to go under the knife.
May 5 - 4:22 PM

Zack Cozart (finger) is available off the bench for Tuesday night's game against the Pirates.

Cozart suffered a bruised right index finger Sunday while trying to field a grounder. He's not in the Reds' starting lineup Tuesday but might be able to return Wednesday. Kristopher Negron is at shortstop versus the Bucs.
May 5 - 4:18 PM

Josh Harrison is not in the Pirates' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Reds.

It's a day of mental and physical rest for Harrison, who's batting just .188/.220/.313 in 23 games this season. Jung Ho Kang is starting at third base and batting seventh for the Pirates on Tuesday night.
May 5 - 4:16 PM

Leonys Martin (wrist) is not in the Rangers' starting lineup on Tuesday against the Astros.

Martin injured his left wrist Monday while trying to make a catch. X-rays turned up negative, but he has some soreness. Delino DeShields Jr. is in center field and batting eighth for the Rangers on Tuesday night.
May 5 - 4:12 PM

Steve Pearce is out Tuesday with a stomach virus.

The illness drove him from Sunday's series finale against the Rays and he's still apparently dealing with some symptoms. Pearce will aim to return on Wednesday.
May 5 - 4:09 PM

David Wright (hamstring) is expected to begin running the bases by Thursday.

And if he looks good doing that, he could start playing in rehab games by the weekend. Wright has been on the disabled list since April 14 because of a right hamstring strain. He's around 10 days from rejoining the Mets.
May 5 - 4:07 PM


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