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  • Neil Ramirez (shoulder) nearing mound work
    Neil Ramirez (shoulder) is close to resuming throwing off a mound.

    Advice: Ramirez has been throwing on flat ground for a little while now and is almost ready to take the next step. There's no timetable for his return, but he would seem to have a shot to be back sometime this month if he keeps progressing.
    48 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
  • A.J. Griffin (elbow) nears rehab assignment
    A.J. Griffin (elbow) is close to beginning a rehab assignment.

    Advice: Griffin is a tad behind fellow Tommy John rehabber Jarrod Parker, but his recovery is also moving along nicely. The righty threw another simulated game over the weekend and is nearly ready to test things out in real game action. He'll likely need all 30 of his allotted rehab days.
    Today, 3:40 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Alex Cobb (forearm) shut down after setback
    Alex Cobb (forearm) has been shut down from throwing after experiencing "a little bit of a setback," according to Rays manager Kevin Cash.

    Advice: Cobb will be examined by the team's doctor, although it's unclear if an MRI is planned. More should be known about how big of a setback this could be after the doctor's visit, but obviously we don't figure to see Cobb for a while now. The right-hander had resumed throwing off a mound a little over a week ago as he worked his way back from right forearm tendinitis.
    Today, 2:21 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Chris Owings sitting out on Monday
    Chris Owings is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It appears to simply be a day off. Aaron Hill is at second base in Owings' place.
    Today, 1:59 pm
    5:40 pm x @Col
  • Ben Lively putting up huge strikeout numbers
    Phillies prospect Ben Lively had an excellent week for Double-A Reading, delivering 16 strikeouts in 13 innings of work.

    Advice: Lively has exhibited impeccable control, allowing just two walks during that span. He hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of his starts this season. Lively is prone to allowing home runs (he's given up 16 long balls since the start of 2014), but that's something he should be able to iron out with more experience.
    Today, 1:58 pm
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  • Reed Johnson (foot) could be out for season
    Reed Johnson could miss the rest of the season after having surgery to repair a torn tendon in his left foot/lower leg.

    Advice: The Nationals had indicated that the operation was minor, but that's not the case. They're not ruling out him returning at some point, but it doesn't sound like they're counting on it. Johnson is 4-for-18 this season for Washington.
    Today, 1:52 pm
    15-Day DL
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  • Mets calling up Johnny Monell
    The Mets are expected to promote Johnny Monell from Triple-A Las Vegas prior to Tuesday's game.

    Advice: It's not clear at this point who he'll replace on the roster, as neither Kevin Plawecki nor Anthony Recker are dealing with any known injuries. Monell is batting .397/.455/.638 with four homers at Las Vegas this season.
    Today, 1:47 pm
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  • Colby Rasmus absent from Monday's lineup
    Colby Rasmus is not in the Astros' lineup Monday.

    Advice: He's sitting with the Rangers throwing lefty Ross Detwiler. Robbie Grossman is in left field in Rasmus' place.
    Today, 1:40 pm
  • Jose Bautista won't play OF this week
    Jose Bautista (shoulder) won't return to playing the outfield until at least next week.

    Advice: Bautista won't start throwing until later this week as he tries to manage a sore right shoulder. The good news is that he'll keep playing, remaining in the designated hitter spot.
    Today, 1:38 pm
  • Soler not in Cubs' lineup Monday vs. Cards
    Jorge Soler is not in the Cubs' starting lineup on Monday night against the Cardinals.

    Advice: It's a day of mental and physical rest for Soler, who's sporting an underwhelming .269/.337/.409 batting line with 38 strikeouts in 23 games this season. Chris Denorfia is starting in right field and Chris Coghlan is batting second Monday against Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez.
    Today, 12:29 pm
  • Reed Johnson undergoes surgery on left foot
    Reed Johnson underwent minor surgery over the weekend to repair a damaged tendon in his left foot.

    Advice: Johnson was placed on the disabled list last Wednesday after feeling a pop in his left foot while running the bases on a pinch-hit RBI double. It's not clear how long he'll be out, but it probably won't be a short absence. The 38-year-old outfielder was 4-for-18 this season for Washington.
    Today, 8:02 am
    15-Day DL
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  • Cobb (forearm) working in offspeed pitches
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Sunday that Alex Cobb (forearm) will work on his offspeed pitches in his next throwing session, which will be on flat ground.

    Advice: Cobb is being eased along slowly in his recovery from right forearm tendinitis and no longer seems certain to debut by the end of May. He began throwing bullpen sessions on April 22 and would typically progressing toward a rehab assignment at this point. But the Rays don't want to rush the 27-year-old right-hander, who posted a 2.87 ERA, 1.136 WHIP, and 149/47 K/BB ratio over 166 1/3 innings last season.
    Today, 6:10 am
    15-Day DL
  • McGee (elbow) set for third rehab appearance
    Jake McGee (elbow) is set to make his third rehab appearance Tuesday with Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: McGee has logged two scoreless appearances so far for Durham, but he did walk two batters in his latest outing. Rays manager Kevin Cash said this weekend that McGee will have to work multiple innings and on back-to-back days before the team considers activating him, so it could be another week or longer before we see the left-hander in the bigs. McGee posted a 1.89 ERA in 71 1/3 innings last season but needed elbow surgery in December. He should be saving games for Tampa Bay by mid-to-late May.
    Today, 6:01 am
    15-Day DL
  • Matt Moore (elbow) faced live hitters Sunday
    Matt Moore (elbow) threw 26 pitches of live batting practice Sunday morning at Tropicana Field.

    Advice: It was his first time facing live hitters since tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow last April. "It felt really good to be back out there," said Moore, who is hoping to be fully recovered from Tommy John surgery by the end of June. The 25-year-old boasts a 3.53 ERA and 8.8 K/9 in 347 career major league innings.
    Today, 5:53 am
    60-Day DL
  • Gardner homers, plates three to lead Yankees
    Brett Gardner went 2-for-6 with a homer and three RBI, powering the Yankees to an 8-5 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday.

    Advice: Gardner also scored a pair of runs and swiped two bases in the impressive evening. His three-run shot off Craig Breslow in the sixth inning put the Bombers ahead 8-0 at the time and proved to be the difference in the ballgame. Gardner has been very impressive in the early going, slashing .320/.400/.453 with two homers, 13 RBI and eight swipes.
    Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Adam Warren struggles, still defeats Red Sox
    Adam Warren picked up his second victory of the season on Sunday despite allowing four runs on four hits over his 5 2/3 innings of work.

    Advice: Warren fanned two and walked two on the evening. After being staked to an early lead, Warren cruised through four innings unscathed before running into a buzzsaw in the sixth. Two of the four runs charged to him scored on a Mike Napoli home run after he left the game. Warren will bring a 4.78 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 14/10 K/BB ratio into his next start against the Orioles on Friday.
    Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Joe Kelly hit hard in loss to Yankees Sunday
    Joe Kelly was hit hard in a losing effort against the Yankees on Sunday, surrendering five runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 frames.

    Advice: Kelly struck out three and didn't issue a walk in the ballgame. The Yankees got to him early, with Mark Teixeira blasting a two-run homer in the first inning. They would tack on another three runs in the third to jump out to a commanding lead. Kelly has struggled during his time in the Red Sox rotation, compiling a 5.72 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 31/8 K/BB ratio over 28 1/3 innings. He'll look to right the ship when he does battle against the Blue Jays in Toronto on Saturday.
    Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Jorge Soler hitting leadoff for Cubs Saturday
    Jorge Soler is hitting atop the Cubs lineup for the first time in his career on Saturday.

    Advice: Soler has functioned primarily as the second hitter in Joe Maddon's lineup this season, but he's opted to flip him with Dexter Fowler on Saturday. Perhaps it's being done as an effort to get him to be more patient, as Soler has struck out a league-leading 35 times against eight walks in his first 95 plate appearances.
    Saturday, 7:30 am
  • Matt Moore will face live hitters on Sunday
    Matt Moore (elbow) is expected to face live hitters on Sunday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery.

    Advice: If all goes well, he could then be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. Moore is hopeful that he would need no more than four minor league starts before being ready to rejoin the Rays rotation in June.
    Saturday, 5:55 am
    60-Day DL
  • Chris Owings goes 0-for-4
    Chris Owings went 0-for-4 as the Diamondbacks' No. 2 hitter Friday night.

    Advice: The Diamondbacks knew they were carrying two offensive zeroes in Tuffy Gosewisch and Nick Ahmed; they can hardly afford for Owings to be a third. However, here he is with a .215 average and a 24/2 K/BB ratio through 79 at-bats. He needs to improve quickly or risk losing his job to Aaron Hill.
    Friday, 11:26 pm
    5:40 pm x @Col
  • Jake McGee (elbow) has rehab extended
    Rays manager Kevin Cash indicated Friday that Jake McGee isn't expected to return to the Rays bullpen until late-May.

    Advice: McGee has already made two minor league rehab appearances with High-A Charlotte and had been expecting to rejoin the Rays at some point next week. Cash however, said that he'll need to have several more appearances first, working in multiple innings and on back-to-back days. That puts his return closer to the end of the month than the beginning. Brad Boxberger will continue to see the bulk of save chances in his absence.
    Friday, 9:03 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Griffin (elbow) to throw next sim game Sat.
    A.J. Griffin (elbow) will throw another simulated game Saturday.

    Advice: Griffin will throw three innings in the sim game, after which he'll start a rehab assignment. Griffin can spend up to 30 days on the rehab assignment, so early June is a likely return date for the right-hander.
    Wednesday, 5:30 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Rasmus hits fourth homer, Astros top Padres
    Colby Rasmus hit his fourth home run of the season in Wednesday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Rasmus hit a two-run shot off Andrew Cashner in the top of the fourth inning that proved to be the game-winning run. He finished with one hit in four at-bats. The embattled outfielder has four homers and nine RBI this year, and he's sporting a positively Rasmus-like .254/.319/.524 line while playing mainly in left field for the Astros.
    Wednesday, 3:27 pm
  • Ramirez (shoulder) limited to playing catch
    Neil Ramirez (shoulder) has been playing catch in Arizona but has yet to throw off a mound.

    Advice: The Cubs are taking it slow with their right-hander, who hit the shelf on April 17 with right shoulder inflammation. Ramirez doesn't have any structural damage so he should be back at some point. When that will be remains unclear.
    Wednesday, 3:15 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Reed Johnson (calf) lands on DL
    Nationals placed OF Reed Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with a left calf strain.

    Advice: Johnson injured the calf during an RBI double in Tuesday's game. He's expected to be sidelined for a while.
    Wednesday, 11:15 am
    15-Day DL
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  • Brett Gardner getting a day off Wednesday
    Brett Gardner is not in the Yankees' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He's getting a breather against lefty Drew Smyly. Fellow left-handed swingers Brian McCann and Stephen Drew are also sitting, as the Yanks are going with Chris Young in left field, John Ryan Murphy at catcher and Gregorio Petit at second base.
    Wednesday, 7:16 am
  • Reed Johnson suffers serious foot/leg injury
    Reed Johnson suffered a serious foot/leg injury during Tuesday's win over the Braves.

    Advice: Johnson was hurt while notching an RBI double in the seventh inning. The specifics of the injury aren't available at this time, but he's expected to be sidelined for a while. He has four hits in 18 at-bats for the Nationals this season.
    Tuesday, 8:21 pm
    15-Day DL
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  • A.J. Griffin (elbow) throws simulated game
    A.J. Griffin (elbow) threw 2 1/3 innings in a simulated game on Monday.

    Advice: Griffin will pitch in front of Oakland's front office and training staff on Wednesday before heading back to extended spring training. He remains on pace for a return sometime in June. "We're just taking it one day at a time right now, barring any setbacks," Griffin said.
    Tuesday, 7:41 pm
    60-Day DL
  • Bautista swats a solo home run in Jays' win
    Jose Bautista went 2-for-4 with a walk, a sacrifice fly, an RBI single, and a solo home run to help the Blue Jays win on Tuesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Bautista contributed a sacrifice fly to the Jays' five-run third inning, then helped kickstart a three-run fourth with an RBI single. In the eighth inning, he belted a solo home run off of Craig Breslow. Bautista returned to the lineup on Monday after battling a shoulder issue and went hitless, so it was good to see him swing well on Tuesday. He's batting .167/.333/.463 with five home runs and 13 RBI as the month of April nears its end.
    Tuesday, 7:33 pm
  • Reed Johnson exits game with injury
    Reed Johnson left Tuesday's game versus the Braves with an apparent leg injury.

    Advice: Johnson evidently hurt himself while notching an RBI double in the seventh inning. The Nationals should provide an update on his status shortly.
    Tuesday, 6:45 pm
    15-Day DL
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  • Lively throws seven scoreless frames
    Phillies prospect RHP Ben Lively fired seven shutout innings on Monday for Double-A Reading, striking out seven batters.

    Advice: Lively allowed six hits and one walk in the outing, throwing 66 of 98 pitches for strikes. The 23-year-old owns a 1.42 ERA and 1.05 WHIP through three starts this season, and he’s held opposing hitters to a .212 average while registering a 15/6 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 19 innings. Lively has posted outstanding numbers during his three-year career in the minors, with a 2.47 ERA, 10.3 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 in 211 innings. However, the quality of the right-hander’s stuff as well as his pitchability suggests the upside of a fourth or fifth starter at maturity. Given the state of the Phillies’ rotation, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Lively reach the major leagues later this season.
    Tuesday, 12:11 pm
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  • Rasmus homers, knocks in three runs in win
    Colby Rasmus went 2-for-5 with an RBI single and a two-run home run to help the Astros take down the Padres on Monday.

    Advice: Rasmus got both of his hits late, singling in a run and scoring in the eighth inning, then slugging a two-run homer in the ninth. Rasmus, who has seen a majority of his plate appearances come against right-handed pitching, is batting .273/.333/.527 with three home runs and seven RBI in 60 plate appearances.
    Monday, 10:43 pm
  • Warren tosses 5 2/3 effective innings vs Rays
    Adam Warren held the Rays to just one run in 5 2/3 innings of work in a no-decision as the Yankees won on Monday.

    Advice: Warren blanked the Rays through five frames before relenting in the sixth. He threw 81 pitches, 56 of which were strikes. In total, he yielded five hits, walked none, and struck out six. He'll head into a Sunday start in Boston with a 4.35 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, and a 12/8 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings.
    Monday, 7:16 pm
  • Kelly K's 10 but struggles vs. the Blue Jays
    Joe Kelly struggled in Monday's no-decision against the Blue Jays despite striking out 10 batters, as he allowed five runs in six innings of work.

    Advice: The Jays jumped on Kelly immediately, scoring three times in the first inning before adding one run in the third and fourth innings. Overall, Kelly yielded five hits and walked three along with the 10 strikeouts. The right-hander, now with two decent starts and two mediocre starts under his belt, has a 4.94 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP, and a 28/8 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings. Kelly matches up with the Yankees at home in his next outing.
    Monday, 6:39 pm
  • Jose Bautista (shoulder) returns to lineup
    Jose Bautista (shoulder) is back in the Blue Jays' lineup Monday.

    Advice: He's in the designated hitter spot and batting cleanup. Bautista admitted that he still has some soreness and tightness in his right shoulder, but he plans to play through it going forward after missing the previous five games. The slugger sports a .149/.322/.426 batting line with four home runs this season.
    Apr 27, 2:06 pm
  • McGee (elbow) cleared for rehab assignment
    Jake McGee (elbow) is due to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: McGee was originally slated to join Charlotte on Monday, but the Rays wanted to see a couple more bullpen sessions from the left-hander, who's coming off December elbow surgery. He's now trending toward an early-May debut, and the talented 28-year-old should move back into Tampa Bay's ninth-inning gig rather quickly. McGee posted a 1.89 ERA in 71 1/3 innings last season.
    Apr 27, 12:08 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Bautista (shoulder) will take BP on Monday
    Jose Bautista (shoulder) is planning to take batting practice before Monday's game in Boston.

    Advice: He won't be in the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Monday night, but Bautista does expect to return at some point during this three-game series at Fenway Park. The 34-year-old slugger has been out since last Tuesday with a right shoulder strain. He had four home runs and 10 RBI in 14 games before the injury.
    Apr 27, 9:42 am
  • Jose Bautista hopes to return early this week
    Jose Bautista (shoulder) is hoping to return to the lineup during the series versus the Red Sox early this week.

    Advice: Bautista hasn't played since Tuesday due to a sore right shoulder, although he reported continued improvement on Sunday. The club will ease the outfielder back into things in the designated hitter spot initially before eventually returning him to the field. Michael Saunders is in right field Sunday.
    Apr 26, 7:58 am
  • McGee (elbow) to throw bullpen on Saturday
    Jake McGee (elbow) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday.

    Advice: McGee had his minor league rehab assignment pushed back after he experienced general soreness after an appearance in extended spring training last week. If all goes well, he should begin that rehab assignment at some point during the week, with a return to the Rays bullpen not long after.
    Apr 25, 5:46 am
    15-Day DL
  • Bautista (shoulder) likely back this weekend
    Jose Bautista (shoulder) is likely to return to the lineup at some point over the weekend.

    Advice: Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said that Bautista's sore right shoulder is improving rapidly to the point that he's ruled out the possibility of a disabled list stint. The club will ease the outfielder back into things in the designated hitter spot initially before eventually returning him to the field.
    Apr 24, 1:54 pm
  • Alex Cobb (forearm) has good 'pen session
    Alex Cobb (forearm) said he felt good during a bullpen session Friday.

    Advice: It was his first time throwing off a mound since being diagnosed with right forearm tendinitis over five weeks ago. "You can see the light at the end of the tunnel," Cobb said. The right-hander will throw another bullpen session on Monday and go from there. He should rejoin the Rays' rotation at some point next month if all goes well.
    Apr 24, 1:01 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Jose Bautista (shoulder) out again on Friday
    Jose Bautista (shoulder) remained out of the Blue Jays' lineup Friday.

    Advice: The Jays are still confident that Joey Bats will be able to avoid the disabled list, but he'll miss a third straight contest with a right shoulder strain. Kevin Pillar is in right field Friday, with Steve Tolleson in left.
    Apr 24, 12:43 pm
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