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  • Reds release veteran Dan Johnson from minors
    Reds released 1B Dan Johnson.

    Advice: The 35-year-old failed to earn a spot on the Astros Opening Day bench, then hit .069 (2-for-29) in his nine games at Triple-A Louisville. It's unclear if he'll explore opportunities elsewhere or decide to hang up his spikes.
    51 minutes ago
    Not Active
    10:10 am vs x ChC
  • C.J. Cron goes 3-for-4
    C.J. Cron went 3-for-4 with a double Friday against the Rangers.

    Advice: With Josh Hamilton departing, this sure would be a good time for Cron to step up his game. He's currently batting .209 with one homer and just two walks in 43 at-bats. The Angels want Cron to be their DH and Matt Joyce to be their primary left fielder going forward, but they might need to end up replacing one of the two before the trade deadline.
    Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Loney homers in return from disabled list
    James Loney hit a two-run home run off of R.A. Dickey in the fourth inning of Friday's blowout win over the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Loney had not played since April 6th, as the first baseman's been recovering from a right oblique strain. He came back in style, swatting the big fly in the fourth inning of a game in which the Rays would score 12 runs on 13 hits. Loney hit .290/.386/.380 in 2014. He has a bit of pop in his bat, but he isn't worth owning in mixed leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Logan Morrison hits first homer
    Logan Morrison hit his first homer Friday off the Twins' Phil Hughes.

    Advice: Morrison hadn't had an extra-base hit or an RBI in 51 at-bats entering this one. On the other hand, he's struck out just six times, so one would think the hits would start coming soon. The Mariners don't really have another first baseman, so they'll be slow to pull the plug on Morrison if his slump lingers. They could put Seth Smith there if necessary.
    Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Swisher collects three hits in rehab game
    Nick Swisher (knees) went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI in his first rehab game with Triple-A Columbus on Friday.

    Advice: Swisher will play another on Saturday before the Indians determine when he'll be able to return to the active roster. He's expected to serve as the Indians everyday right fielder upon his return.
    Yesterday, 9:14 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Moreland returns to Rangers lineup on Friday
    Mitch Moreland (elbow) has returned to the Rangers starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Moreland has been battling elbow discomfort in recent weeks, but is finally ready to return to the lineup. He's batting second and starting at first base while Prince Fielder serves as the team's designated hitter.
    Yesterday, 4:29 pm
  • Nick Swisher (knees) to be re-evaluated Mon.
    Nick Swisher (knees) will be re-evaluated by the Indians on Monday after playing two rehab games with Triple-A Columbus over the weekend.

    Advice: Assuming he doesn't have a setback, he should be activated from the disabled list at that point. Swisher will play right field once back with the Tribe, as he believes that will put less stress on his surgically-repaired knees.
    Yesterday, 2:31 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Bird tallies two doubles for Trenton
    Yankees prospect 1B Greg Bird went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI on Thursday for Double-A Trenton.

    Advice: He also drew a walk and scored a run in the game. Bird, 22, is batting just .224 through 14 games to begin the season, but he has a .765 OPS, six extra-base hits and more walks (nine) than strikeouts (seven). The left-handed hitting first baseman opened eyes late last year by capturing MVP honors in the prestigious Arizona Fall League, where he batted .313 with six home runs and 21 RBI. There will always be tremendous pressure on Bird’s bat due to his limited defensive profile, but a strong showing between the Double- and Triple-A levels could get him to the major leagues by the end of the season.
    Yesterday, 12:37 pm
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    1:05 pm vs NYM
  • Justin Bour recalled from Triple-A
    Marlins recalled 1B Justin Bour from Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: Bour was off to a .275/.403/.353 start for New Orleans, hitting one homer. He could see some time at first base if the Marlins decide to use Mike Morse on occasion in left field with Christian Yelich (back) out.
    Yesterday, 11:57 am
  • James Loney returns from disabled list
    Rays activated 1B James Loney from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Loney needed just one rehab game to show that he was over his right oblique strain. The first baseman wound up missing just over a week of action. Allan Dykstra, who had been filling in at first in Loney's absence, has been sent down in a corresponding move.
    Yesterday, 5:05 am
  • Rays option Allan Dykstra to Triple-A
    Rays optioned 1B Allan Dykstra to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Dykstra's brief stay with the Rays comes to an end as James Loney is slated to return from the disabled list on Friday. He managed to hit just .129/.289/.226 in 38 plate appearances with the big league club.
    Thursday, 7:39 pm
    Not Active
    3:10 pm vs Tor
  • Alonso reaches base four times in a loss
    Yonder Alonso reached base all four times he came to the plate in Thursday's loss to the Padres, batting 3-for-3 with a walk and an RBI single.

    Advice: Alonso provided the Padres their only run with his RBI single in the fourth inning off of Jordan Lyles, tying the game at 1-1. The Padres were unable to bring him home in any of their four opportunities. Alonso is on a six-game hitting streak, four of which have been of the multi-hit variety. The first baseman is hitting a terrific .400/.485/.491 with eight RBI on the year.
    Thursday, 3:07 pm
  • Loney (oblique) ready for rehab assignment
    James Loney (oblique) is set to begin a rehab assignment Thursday with High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Loney suffered a mild right oblique strain while taking batting practice before the Rays' second regular-season game. The first baseman will probably be activated from the 15-day disabled list over the weekend.
    Thursday, 8:41 am
  • Smoak homers, aiding in Jays' win vs. Orioles
    Justin Smoak hit a two-run home run to help the Blue Jays overcome the Orioles on Wednesday.

    Advice: Smoak finished 1-for-4 on the evening. His fourth-inning round-tripper -- his first of the season -- off of Ubaldo Jimenez tied the game at 2-2 at the time. The first baseman has gotten starts when a right-handed pitcher is on the hill, explaining why he has only 30 plate appearances on the season.
    Wednesday, 6:53 pm
  • Ishikawa (back) has setback during rehab
    Travis Ishikawa (back) suffered a setback during his rehab assignment.

    Advice: He's in San Francisco to receive treatment on the back, and no new timetable has been established for his return. It was expected to be a short stay on the disabled list for Ishikawa, but this obviously throws a wrench in those plans.
    Wednesday, 5:10 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @Col
  • Dan Vogelbach keeps raking for Tennessee
    Cubs prospect Dan Vogelbach has been among the top hitters in the minor leagues this season, slugging his way to a .444 average in 11 games for Double-A Tennessee.

    Advice: We keep waiting for the 22-year-old to slow down but it hasn't happened yet. Vogelbach's plate discipline has been outstanding with seven walks and only three strikeouts. The Cubs' system is stacked from top to bottom and Vogelbach is a big part of that movement. A promotion to Iowa should be in the near future.
    Wednesday, 1:14 pm
    Not Active
    10:10 am x @Cin
  • Yuniesky Betancourt playing in Mexican League
    Yuniesky Betancourt has signed a contract with los Toros de Tijuana in the Mexican League.

    Advice: Betancourt played with Japan’s Orix Buffaloes last season but hit .141/.139/.155 in 74 plate appearances before being released due to injury. The 33-year-old last was in the majors in 2013 with the Brewers, batting .212/.240/.355 in 409 plate appearances.
    Wednesday, 7:56 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs StL
  • Ike Davis pitches 1-2-3 inning in an A's loss
    Ike Davis pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth inning as the Athletics were blown out by the Angels on Tuesday.

    Advice: With left-handed starter Hector Santiago on the mound for the Angels, Davis wasn't in the lineup. He was called upon to pitch when the Athletics stared at a 14-1 deficit in the bottom of the eighth inning. Davis got Collin Cowgill, C.J. Cron, and Chris Ianetta to ground out consecutively for a perfect frame. We don't expect to see Davis back out on the mound anytime soon. At the plate, he has performed well, hitting .317/.396/.488 with four doubles, a home run, and seven RBI in 48 plate appearances.
    Tuesday, 10:27 pm
    1:05 pm vs Hou
  • Swisher (knee) begins rehab assignment Fri.
    Nick Swisher (knees) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Columbus on Friday.

    Advice: It's not clear at this point how many games Swisher will need before the Indians activate him, but he's already played in a bunch of extended spring training contests. Swisher will play right field for the Tribe once he's back with the big club.
    Tuesday, 3:20 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Loney (oblique) expects weekend return
    James Loney (oblique) expects to be activated from the disabled list this weekend.

    Advice: Loney suffered a mild right oblique strain prior to the second game of the season, but he took batting practice Tuesday without incident. He expects to play one minor league rehab game before returning.
    Tuesday, 1:12 pm
  • Alonso plates three runs in rout of Rockies
    Yonder Alonso plated three runs in a 2-for-4 effort as the Padres ran roughshod over the Rockies 14-3 on Monday.

    Advice: Alonso singled in two runs in the first inning and added a sacrifice fly in the second. The first baseman entered the season as one of the weaker-hitting players at his position but has been on fire in his first 52 plate appearances, carrying a .364/.453/.477 triple-slash line with one home run and seven RBI.
    Monday, 9:08 pm
  • Swisher (knees) close to rehab assignment
    Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said Monday that Nick Swisher (knees) will begin a rehab assignment in the next couple days.

    Advice: Also noteworthy is that Swisher will return to the Tribe as a right fielder, as he believes that will put less stress on his surgically-repaired knees. Swisher has been playing games in extended spring training for a couple weeks, so he shouldn't need too many rehab contests before being activated. A return before the end of the month seems possible.
    Monday, 3:46 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Mitch Moreland (elbow) may be out until Fri.
    Mitch Moreland (elbow) might not start another game for the Rangers until Friday.

    Advice: Moreland is battling some elbow discomfort and the Rangers have a three-game series Tuesday-Thursday in Arizona, a National League park. Prince Fielder figures to start all three of those games at first base. Moreland should be available off the bench.
    Monday, 7:50 am
  • Moreland (elbow) drives in run in loss to SEA
    Mitch Moreland (elbow) went 1-for-2 with an RBI on Sunday afternoon against the Mariners.

    Advice: Moreland was held out of the starting lineup due to an elbow injury and because the M's were starting a left-hander, but he entered the game late and made an impact in the extra-innings loss for Texas. Moreland, who's sporting a decent .837 OPS, should be in the Rangers' starting lineup on Tuesday night in Arizona.
    Monday, 6:45 am
  • James Loney (oblique) set for rehab games
    James Loney (oblique) will play a rehab game or two this week for High-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Loney is eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday, and it sounds like he'll be ready. "It's been hard, just sitting there and watching games," Loney said of the first DL stint of his career. "It goes by. It's just one of those things." He suffered a strained oblique during batting practice before the Rays' second game of the season.
    Monday, 5:45 am
  • Mitch Moreland (elbow) remains out
    Mitch Moreland (elbow) remained out of the Rangers' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Moreland is dealing with a minor elbow injury that could require surgery, although a decision has not yet been made. Prince Fielder is in the designated hitter spot in his place, with Adam Rosales covering first base.
    Sunday, 10:09 am
  • Moreland (elbow) not in Rangers' lineup Sat.
    Mitch Moreland (elbow) is not in the Rangers' starting lineup on Saturday night.

    Advice: But he was able to take pregame batting practice, so that's a good early indication that he will be able to avoid minor elbow surgery. Shin-Soo Choo is serving as the designated hitter for Texas on Saturday against the Mariners and Carlos Peguero is in right field. Moreland can be considered day-to-day.
    Saturday, 2:01 pm
  • Moreland could need minor elbow surgery
    Mitch Moreland could require minor elbow surgery which would sideline him for 2-to-3 weeks.

    Advice: Moreland was scratched from Friday's lineup due to a sore elbow and went for further examination. The Rangers won't make a decision on his status for a few days while they gather additional information, but it's safe to say that Moreland won't return to the lineup any time soon.
    Saturday, 6:24 am
  • Dykstra hits first major league home run
    Allen Dykstra connected for his first major league home run Friday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Dykstra hit a go-ahead three-run shot off Adam Warren in the fourth inning, but Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees battled back to get the win. Called up after James Loney's recent oblique strain, the 27-year-old is just 2-for-17 in the majors thus far, but he has drawn six walks.
    Friday, 8:31 pm
    Not Active
    3:10 pm vs Tor
  • Mitch Moreland scratched with sore elbow
    Mitch Moreland was scratched from the Rangers starting lineup on Friday due to a sore elbow.

    Advice: It's likely that he'll head for an MRI to see what's going on, but the Rangers don't believe that it's a major concern just yet. The team should have an update on his status after any exams.
    Friday, 4:55 pm
  • Loney (oblique) could be ready April 22
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday that James Loney (oblique) might be ready when eligible.

    Advice: Loney was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 7, so the first day he can be activated is April 22. The first baseman is working his way back from a right oblique strain. It was called mild from the jump.
    Thursday, 6:06 am
  • C.J. Cron not in Wednesday's lineup
    C.J. Cron is not in the Angels' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: Albert Pujols is in the designated hitter spot, but the Halos decided to put Efren Navarro at first base instead of Cron. Collin Cowgill is getting another start in right field with Kole Calhoun (calf) still out as expected.
    Wednesday, 8:02 am
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