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  • Will Smith suspended for eight games
    Will Smith has been suspended eight games by Major League Baseball for having a foreign substance on his arm during Thursday's game in Atlanta.

    Advice: It seems like a pretty harsh ruling. Smith has officially appealed the suspension and might be able to get it reduced a bit. He will be allowed to continue pitching in the meantime. Rotoworld.com
    7 minutes ago
  • Jays haven't asked about Hamels 'in months'
    Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays haven't asked the Phillies about Cole Hamels "in months."

    Advice: The report comes on the heels of a revelation from CBS Sports' Jon Heyman which stated that Hamels would not waive his no-trade clause to go to Toronto. Davidi, though, hears that their inquiry came all the way back during the GM meetings in November. Regardless of when it took place, it appears clear that Hamels isn't going to the Blue Jays. Rotoworld.com
    12 minutes ago
  • Andy Parrino called up from Triple-A
    Athletics purchased the contract of INF Andy Parrino from Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Parrino was batting .273/.369/.432 with four homers for Nashville. He'll serve as a utility infielder for the A's. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:18 am
  • Edward Mujica (thumb) placed on DL
    Athletics placed RHP Edward Mujica on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right thumb.

    Advice: Mujica suffered the injury Thursday when he was hit by a comebacker off the bat of the Rays' Bobby Wilson. It's unclear at this point how long he's expected to be sidelined. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:17 am
     
    15-Day DL
  • Henderson Alvarez pitching through UCL tear
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Henderson Alvarez has been pitching through a "90 percent tear" of his right ulnar collateral ligament "for years."

    Advice: This is the first we've heard about a UCL issue for Alvarez, although he had a brief elbow problem last season and there were whispers when he went on the disabled list last month that he had an elbow injury in addition to a shoulder ailment. There have been some that have pitched through ligament damage in the past, although it's hard to imagine anyone pitching with as much of a tear that Alvarez apparently has. It certainly makes him a medical red flag moving forward. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:07 am
  • Braves inquired on catcher Jonathan Lucroy
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Braves inquired on Jonathan Lucroy but were told he was not available.

    Advice: The Brewers are going to be sellers prior to the trade deadline, but one guy they appear intent on keeping is Lucroy, who is under team control cheaply through 2017. Heyman adds that the Braves have been "disappointed" by the play of Christian Bethancourt, who is batting just .190/.215/.286 and hasn't been as good as expected defensively. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:54 am
     
    15-Day DL
    4:35 pm @Atl
  • Hamels won't waive no-trade for Blue Jays
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Blue Jays inquired on Cole Hamels but were told the lefty would not waive his no-trade clause to go to Toronto.

    Advice: It's not clear whether talks ever really got going, but it's a moot point with Hamels apparently not willing to play in Canada. The Blue Jays are one of 20 clubs on the left-hander's limited no-trade list. Although Toronto can be crossed off as a potential landing spot for Hamels, the southpaw remains a good bet to be dealt prior to the July 31 deadline. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:48 am
  • Norris not far away from return to majors
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons indicated Thursday that Daniel Norris could rejoin the club's rotation before long.

    Advice: Norris is slated to make his fourth start for Triple-A Buffalo on Friday after posting a 2.50 ERA with 20 strikeouts over 18 innings in his first three outings. "His last outing was pretty good, we just want to see that a couple of times, a few times maybe, for his own benefit. He needs that," Gibbons said. "We’re looking to get him back. He got here so quick, he started to struggle, you want to make sure what you did by sending him down was worthwhile, that he’s regrouped enough, instead of rushing him back. If he’s not quite ready yet, then you’re back to square one again." Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:11 am
     
    Not Active
    4:07 pm vs Sea
  • Joe Paterson released by Royals
    Royals released LHP Joe Paterson.

    Advice: Paterson posted a 5.68 ERA over 12 relief appearances at Triple-A Omaha this season. The 29-year-old has spent time in the majors in each of the last four seasons and shouldn't be out of a job long. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:53 am
     
    Not Active
    5:10 pm vs StL
  • Jackson (ankle) won't be back this weekend
    Austin Jackson (ankle) will remain on his rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma through at least the weekend.

    Advice: The Blue Jays have received a lot of flak for the condition of the artificial turf at Rogers Centre, and the Mariners understandably don't want Jackson to make his return on the sketchy playing surface. The M's will play on artificial turf in Tampa early next week, as well, but Jackson is a good bet to be activated then because the Rays' turf is in better shape. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:44 am
     
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Yusmeiro Petit to make spot start Saturday
    Yusmeiro Petit will start the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Rockies.

    Advice: That's assuming he isn't needed in relief on Friday. Petit hasn't thrown more than three innings in any appearance this season as the Giants' long reliever, so the club would probably be thrilled to get five frames out of him on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:38 am
  • Fernandez three weeks away from ext. spring
    Jose Fernandez (elbow) is aiming to pitch in extended spring training games around the second week of June.

    Advice: Fernandez threw approximately 30 pitches in his latest live batting practice session on Wednesday. Working his way back from Tommy John surgery, the young ace is on track to rejoin the Marlins' rotation around July 1. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:34 am
     
    60-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Bal
  • Tanaka (arm) needs two more rehab start
    Masahiro Tanaka (forearm, wrist) is expected to require at least two more rehab starts before being activated from the disabled list.

    Advice: Tanaka threw just 41 pitches over three scoreless innings on Thursday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in his first rehab outing. He could throw 60 pitches in his next start and 75 in his one after that before being activated, or the Yankees might choose to give him an additional 90-pitch outing. Tanaka will meet with team medical staff and manager Joe Girardi on Friday and a plan will be laid out at that time. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:36 am
     
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Tex
  • Yan Gomes (knee) to be activated Sunday
    Yan Gomes (knee) will be activated from the disabled list on Sunday.

    Advice: He will start the series finale versus the Reds. Gomes will be catching a full nine innings for the first time on his rehab assignment on Friday, and the Indians will be careful with him initially upon his return, not playing him in back-to-back games. Brett Hayes had been filling in as the club's backup catch and will be sent down on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:56 am
     
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Cin
  • Russell smacks a homer in win over Padres
    Addison Russell went 2-for-4 with a solo homer on Thursday in a win against the Padres.

    Advice: The seventh inning blast off Dale Thayer provided an insurance run in the 3-0 triumph. Slowly but surely, Russell is getting up to speed. The 21-year-old rookie slashed .179/.207/.286 in 28 April at-bats (14/1 K/BB rate) after his promotion, but now boasts a May OPS over .800. He has drawn four walks in the past six games after taking only three in his first 21. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:49 pm
  • Mujica heading to DL with fractured thumb
    Edward Mujica suffered a fractured right thumb in Thursday's loss to the Rays and will head to the disabled list.

    Advice: Mujica sustained the injury when he was hit by a comebacker off the bat of Bobby Wilson. He left the game with his hand wrapped in a towel and did require stitches. It's unclear at this point how much time the right-hander may stand to miss. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:24 pm
     
    15-Day DL
  • Will Smith tossed for using foreign substance
    Will Smith was ejected from Thursday's game against the Braves for having a foreign substance on his right forearm.

    Advice: Braves skipper Fredi Gonzalez asked the umpires to check the left-handed reliever and it appears that they found something illegal on his arm that he was using to doctor the baseball. It's unclear what that substance may have been and what/if any punishment he may face from the league. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:13 pm
  • Tanaka goes three scoreless in rehab start
    Masahiro Tanaka (forearm, wrist) allowed just two hits over three scoreless innings of work in his first minor league rehab start with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday.

    Advice: Tanaka struck out two on the day and didn't issue a walk, throwing 41 pitches in his three frames. Going only three innings in this one, he's likely to need another rehab start before being ready to rejoin the Yankees rotation. Before hitting the disabled list, he posted a 3.22 ERA and 24/7 K/BB ratio over his 22 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:03 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Tex
  • Utley has two hits Thursday vs. Rockies
    Chase Utley went 2-for-4 with a run scored against the Rockies on Thursday.

    Advice: Utley had a triple and a single. He's now 9-for-20 (.450) with five extra-base hits over his last six games, pulling his batting average up from .118 to .169 in the process. He dug a pretty big hole for himself with his incredible slump at the start of the season, but he's coming around. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:36 pm
  • Utley back in three-hole on Wednesday night
    Chase Utley is back in the three-hole Wednesday.

    Advice: Utley had five hits (four doubles) in his 12 at-bats batting sixth for the Phillies. Hopefully that'll serve as a jumpstart for the veteran second baseman, who's still slashing just .148/.230/.262 overall in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:59 pm
  • A-Jax might not rejoin Mariners this weekend
    According to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune, it's looking "less likely" that Austin Jackson (ankle) will join the Mariners this weekend.

    Advice: Jackson is set to accompany Triple-A Tacoma on their upcoming road trip. He is already eligible to return from the disabled list and has been playing in rehab games since Saturday, but the M's want to make sure he's 100 percent and has his timing right before they activate him. Jackson was batting just .242/.294/.326 in 25 games before spraining his right ankle. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:09 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Yan Gomes (knee) could return on Sunday
    Yan Gomes (knee) could be activated from the disabled list on Sunday.

    Advice: Gomes will catch his first full game on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus on Friday. The likelihood is that he'll then join the Indians Saturday before being activated and playing on Sunday. Gomes is not expected to play in back-to-back games right away, as the Indians want to ease him back into things after he missed over a month with a right MCL sprain. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:41 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Cin
  • Masahiro Tanaka to make rehab start Thursday
    Masahiro Tanaka (forearm, wrist) will make a minor league rehab start Thursday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre.

    Advice: Tanaka was cleared for game action after throwing 29 pitches in a bullpen session Monday without discomfort in his forearm or wrist. It's unclear if he'll need more than one outing before being activated from the disabled list. Tanaka had a 3.22 ERA and 24/7 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings over four starts before landing on the DL last month. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:50 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Tex
  • Tanaka could begin rehab assignment Thursday
    Masahiro Tanaka (forearm, wrist) could begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday.

    Advice: Tanaka threw 29 pitches in a bullpen session Monday at Nationals Park, his third since going on the disabled list about a month ago with a right forearm strain and right wrist tendinitis. It's unclear whether he'll require more than one rehab start, but he appears on track for a return around the end of the month if all goes well. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:39 am
     
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Tex
  • Hamels pitches Phillies to sixth win in a row
    Cole Hamels was stellar again on Monday, allowing the Rockies to score only once in 7 1/3 innings in Monday's win.

    Advice: The Phillies have now won six games in a row for the first time since 2012. Hamels worked around six hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. The Rockies plated their only run against him with a second-inning D.J. LeMahieu RBI single. Despite Hamels' April struggles, his ERA is now down to 3.24 with a 1.18 WHIP and a 62/23 K/BB ratio in 58 1/3 innings. The lefty will try his hand against the Nationals in a weekend road start next. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:00 pm
  • Yan Gomes (knee) could return soon
    Yan Gomes (knee) will catch seven innings on Wednesday during his rehab assignment at Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: That's after he catches five frames on Monday. Obviously the Indians will want him to go nine innings before considering activating him, but manager Terry Francona said it won't be necessary for Gomes to catch back-to-back games. He's expected back pretty soon. "We understand that especially being a catcher, he's not going to be built up to where you can start playing him back-to-back," Francona said. "As long as he's healthy, we can activate him. Having him catch three times a week is better than not. We have to make sure he's completely healthy, so he can play the game." Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:18 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Cin
  • Tanaka threw 29-pitch bullpen session Mon.
    Masahiro Tanaka (forearm, wrist) threw a 29-pitch bullpen session Monday morning at Nationals Park.

    Advice: There's talk that he might be cleared to make a minor league rehab start later this week at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Tanaka has been out since April 23 because of a right forearm strain and right wrist tendinitis. And he's also still got a partially-torn ligament in his right elbow. It's tough to know what to expect from the 26-year-old going forward. He had a 3.22 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 24/7 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings (four starts) this season before landing on the disabled list. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:44 am
     
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Tex
  • Austin Jackson won't be ready on Tuesday
    Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon indicated Sunday that Austin Jackson (ankle) won't be ready to rejoin the Mariners on Tuesday.

    Advice: That's the day that he's first eligible to return from the disabled list. He went 2-for-4 as the designated hitter in a minor league rehab game with Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday, then 0-for-3 with a walk on Sunday while manning center field. While he won't be ready Tuesday, he should return to the Mariners lineup at some point during the week. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:01 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Alvarez struggles in return to mound vs. ATL
    Henderson Alvarez, making his first start since April 12, struggled against the Braves and took the loss after allowing six runs in 5 1/3 innings on Sunday.

    Advice: To be fair, there was nothing Alvarez could have done to outduel opposing starter Shelby Miller besides actually throwing a no-hitter. Nevertheless, the Marlins were hoping for a better performance in his first start back after a stint on the DL due to right shoulder inflammation. He allowed nine hits and walked two while striking out only two. Five of the six runs scored in a long second inning. Alvarez, with a 6.23 ERA, will look to improve in his next start, which comes at home against the Orioles. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:33 pm
  • Chase Utley absent from Sunday's lineup
    Chase Utley is absent from the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest. Andres Blanco is handling second base in Utley's place. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:10 am
  • Marlins activate Henderson Alvarez from DL
    Marlins activated RHP Henderson Alvarez from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He'll make his return to the rotation on Sunday against the Braves. Alvarez needed just one rehab start even though he missed over a month of action with inflammation in his pitching shoulder, but the Fish thought he was ready after tossing six shutout frames on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:25 am
  • Masahiro Tanaka nearing rehab assignment
    Masahiro Tanaka (forearm, wrist) could begin a rehab assignment Thursday at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Tanaka will throw a bullpen session Monday and if all goes well, he'll get the green light to begin rehabbing. The 26-year-old hasn't started a game since April 23 due to a right forearm strain. Since starting last season 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA, Tanaka has gone 3-2 with a 3.99 ERA over his last six outings. He still has that partially-torn ligament in his right elbow. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:12 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Tex
  • Austin Jackson (ankle) cleared for rehab
    Austin Jackson (ankle) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Saturday with Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Jackson has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 4 with a right ankle sprain. It appears that the center fielder will be ready for activation when first eligible on May 19. He was batting .242/.294/.326 with two homers and five steals in 25 games before the injury. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:15 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Henderson Alvarez to be activated Sunday
    Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) will be activated from the disabled list to start for the Marlins on Sunday.

    Advice: He has been sidelined since mid-April due to right shoulder inflammation. While it has yet to be confirmed, it sounds as though Tom Koehler will be shifted to the bullpen to make room in the Marlins rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:27 am
  • Yan Gomes to catch three innings Friday
    Yan Gomes (knee) will catch three innings on Friday for Class-A Lake County and will DH on Saturday.

    Advice: Gomes is recovering from a right MCL sprain. He's been rehabbing well and assuming there are no hiccups in the minors, he could be activated next week. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:21 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Cin
  • Lucroy (toe) cleared to catch bullpens
    Jonathan Lucroy (toe) has been cleared to catch bullpen sessions.

    Advice: The next and final step after that will be a clearance to begin running. The Brewers haven't set a firm timetable from Lucroy's return from a fractured left big toe, but he seems to be tracking towards an activation before the end of the month. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:51 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    4:35 pm @Atl
  • Yan Gomes (knee) set for rehab assignment
    Yan Gomes (knee) will begin a rehab assignment at Low-A Lake County on Friday.

    Advice: He'll either serve as the designated hitter or catcher on Friday and then be used at the other position Saturday. Gomes has recovered ahead of schedule from a right MCL sprain and it would seem likely that he'll be activated at some point next week if all goes well. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 5:41 am
     
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Cin
  • Hamels tosses seven strong innings for a win
    Cole Hamels picked up his third win on Wednesday, giving up two runs in seven innings of work as the Phillies edged out the Pirates 3-2.

    Advice: Hamels allowed two singles to start off the fifth inning, then hit a batter to load the bases. He appeared to be seeing his way out of trouble with a strikeout of Sean Rodriguez for out number two, but Andrew McCutchen laced a single to center to plate two runs. They were three of only five hits the lefty gave up on the evening while walking one and striking out nine. Hamels has battled inconsistency but has been outstanding in four out of his last five starts and now has a 3.53 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP, and a 54/22 K/BB ratio in 51 innings. He'll look to keep it going in his next start, when he will kick off a road trip at Coors Field against the Rockies. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:56 pm
  • Tanaka to throw another bullpen Friday
    Masahiro Tanaka (forearm, wrist) is set to throw another bullpen session Friday.

    Advice: Tanaka threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session Tuesday without issue, a good sign for the right-hander. If Friday's session goes equally as well, Tanaka could be looking at a rehab assignment next week. On that timetable, the 26-year-old could be back with the club by the end of the month. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:03 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Tex
  • Gomes (knee) could begin rehab on Friday
    Yan Gomes (knee) could begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Lake County as soon as Friday.

    Advice: Gomes has recovered ahead of schedule from a right MCL sprain. It's not clear at this point how many rehab games he might need, but it sounds like it's possible he could be activated from the disabled list before the end of the month. The Tribe initially thought he could be out until as late as mid-June. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:03 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Cin
  • Jackson (ankle) poised for rehab assignment
    Austin Jackson (ankle) will begin a rehab assignment later this week.

    Advice: Jackson was given clearance to return to game action after running the bases on Tuesday with no issues. He's expected to only need a couple rehab contests before being activated when first eligible early next week if all goes well. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:14 am
     
    15-Day DL
    4:07 pm @Tor
  • Henderson Alvarez terrific in rehab start
    Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) struck out five over six scoreless innings in a rehab start with High-A Jupiter on Tuesday.

    Advice: He allowed just four hits and didn't walk anyone. The Marlins haven't officially committed to it yet, but there would seem to be a good chance that Alvarez will be ready to rejoin the rotation on Sunday versus the Braves. He's been out since mid-April with right shoulder inflammation. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:00 am
  • Tanaka (forearm, wrist) throws 'pen session
    Masahiro Tanaka (forearm, wrist) threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: It was his first time throwing off a mound since being diagnosed with a forearm forearm strain and right wrist tendinitis late last month. The Yankees will likely see how he feels Wednesday before deciding on the next step. We wouldn't expect to see him return until late May at the earliest. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:47 pm
     
    15-Day DL
    4:05 pm vs Tex
  • Gomes (knee) ramping up baseball activity
    Yan Gomes (knee) did agility drills in the outfield and ran the bases Tuesday.

    Advice: It's another encouraging step for Gomes, who suffered a moderate right MCL sprain on April 11. He's making progress, but it's unclear when he'll go out on a minor league rehab assignment. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:49 am
     
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs Cin
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