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  • 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.
    Today, 1:12 pm
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs x Bos
  • Olt (wrist) transferred to 60-day DL
    Cubs transferred 3B Mike Olt from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The move clears the way for Addison Russell to be added to the 40-man roster. Olt recently suffered a hairline fracture in his right wrist and will need 3-4 weeks of rest before beginning his rehab.
    Today, 12:51 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:05 pm x @Pit
  • Juan Francisco signs with Japanese team
    Juan Francisco has signed with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League.

    Advice: The deal is reportedly worth $1.2 million. Francisco opted out of his deal with the Rays after failing to make the team out of spring training. The 27-year-old hit 16 homers in 106 games with the Blue Jays last season.
    Today, 9:22 am
    Not Active
    4:10 pm vs x Bos
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Teixeira provides Yanks' only run with homer
    Mark Teixeira homered in a losing effort versus the Tigers on Monday.

    Advice: Teixeira, who finished 1-for-3, took Alfredo Simon out to right field in the second inning to put the Yankees up 1-0, but it would turn out to be his team's only run on the evening. Teixeira had entered the game hitless in his last three games. He's batting .195 with four home runs and nine RBI so far this season.
    Yesterday, 6:29 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.
    Yesterday, 3:46 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Kennys Vargas not in Monday's lineup
    Kennys Vargas is not in the Twins' lineup Monday.

    Advice: It appears to just be a day of rest. The Twins have the light-hitting Eduardo Escobar in the designated hitter spot against righty Edinson Volquez.
    Yesterday, 1:25 pm
  • Adam Duvall hits for the cycle in Triple-A
    Giants prospect Adam Duvall blasted five hits Sunday for Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: He hit for the first cycle in River Cats' history. Duvall is quickly outgrowing Triple-A. The 26-year-old ranks second in the Pacific League in both RBI (14) and batting average (.457). Duvall hit .192 in 28 games for the Giants in 2014 and should get another chance with the big club this year. He's listed as San Francisco's 19th-best prospect on
    Yesterday, 11:22 am
    Not Active
    7:15 pm vs LAD
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 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.
    Yesterday, 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.
    Yesterday, 5:45 am
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs x Bos
  • Van Slyke homers, doubles twice against COL
    Scott Van Slyke went 3-for-4 with three RBI, including a two-run home run, in Sunday's 7-0 win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Van Slyke hit an RBI double in the second inning and a two-run home run (his first of the season) in the sixth. His other hit was a double, non-RBI variety. Van Slyke only has 11 at-bats on the season, but he has five hits in those at-bats, four of which have gone for extra bases. The 28-year-old is a legitimate weapon off the bench when the Dodgers face left-handed pitchers.
    Sunday, 5:42 pm
  • 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
  • Mike Olt (wrist) needs 3-4 weeks of rest
    Mike Olt (wrist) said Saturday that he expects to need 3-4 weeks of rest before beginning rehab work.

    Advice: Olt is sporting a cast after suffering a hairline fracture in his right wrist. Considering that it might be a month before he's allowed to begin rehabbing the wrist, it sounds like the chances are good that he'll be out until June. With Kris Bryant now up, Olt no longer has a clear path to playing time.
    Sunday, 5:59 am
    60-Day DL
    4:05 pm x @Pit
  • 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
    4:10 pm vs x Bos
  • 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
  • Mike Olt (wrist) placed on disabled list
    Cubs placed 3B Mike Olt on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 15, with a hairline fracture in his right wrist.

    Advice: Olt initially hurt the wrist last Saturday, but he was allowed to take a few at-bats after that because initial tests didn't reveal the hairline fracture. It's not clear how long he'll be sidelined, but with Kris Bryant up now, Olt doesn't have a path to playing time.
    Friday, 7:51 am
    60-Day DL
    4:05 pm x @Pit
  • Jason Rogers recalled from Triple-A
    Brewers recalled 1B/OF Jason Rogers from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: He's taking the roster spot of the injured Carlos Gomez (hamstring). Rogers was off to a .360/.429/.640 start at Colorado Springs and could see a little playing time against left-handers.
    Friday, 7:22 am
  • Mike Olt heading to disabed list for Cubs
    According to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago, Mike Olt (wrist) will be placed on the disabled list to create room on the big league roster for Kris Bryant.

    Advice: It was only a matter of time before Bryant staked his claim to the hot corner in Chicago, and would've happened even if Olt hadn't suffered the wrist injury. He can safely be cut in NL-only formats.
    Thursday, 6:45 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:05 pm x @Pit
  • Mauer knocks in three runs in win over Royals
    Joe Mauer knocked in three runs in Thursday's win over the Royals.

    Advice: Mauer finished the day 1-for-4, but he drove in a run with a groundout in the third before adding an RBI single in the fourth and a sacrifice fly in the eighth. He came into Thursday's action with just one RBI over his first eight games, but some of that is obviously a function of the lineup around him. He's batting .281 (9-for-32) with a .351 on-base percentage thus far, but he's still in search of his first extra-base hit.
    Thursday, 1:54 pm
  • Vargas launches two-run homer vs. Royals
    Kennys Vargas went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in a win over the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: His first home run of the season, it was an absolute laser shot which bounced off the facing of the second deck in the left field seats. The 24-year-old switch-hitter is batting .250/.300/.393 through eight games and has 20-homer potential if the at-bats are there this season.
    Thursday, 1:53 pm
  • Rays sign Arencibia to minor league contract
    Rays signed C J.P. Arencibia to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Arencibia was released by the Orioles earlier this month after suffering a flexor mass strain in his right arm at the end of spring training. The 29-year-old has hit .189/.231/.366 over his last 201 major league games and he's an awful defensive player.
    Thursday, 12:45 pm
    Not Active
    4:07 pm x @Tor
  • Howard seventh, Francoeur cleanup on Thurs.
    Ryan Howard is batting seventh for the Phillies on Thursday night against the Nationals.

    Advice: Howard has only been seventh in the Phillies' order 16 times in his 1,338 career major league games, but he batted just .223/.310/.380 last season and he's off to an even worse start in 2015. Jeff Francoeur is in the cleanup spot for the second game in a row.
    Thursday, 12:42 pm
    4:05 pm vs ^ Mia
  • 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
    15-Day DL
    4:10 pm vs x Bos
  • Van Slyke plates a pair in win over Mariners
    Scott Van Slyke went 2-for-4 with a double and a pair of RBI in Wednesday's 5-2 win against the Mariners.

    Advice: Employing a career .259/.351/.472 hitter as your fifth outfielder must make GM Farhan Zaidi and President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman, formerly of the penny-pinching A's and Rays, respectively, giggle behind closed doors. Van Slyke, who hit .317/.396/.537 this spring, is an underrated platoon weapon, slashing 315/.415/.630 with eight bombs against lefties in 108 at-bats last year. He's not exactly helpless against righties either, hitting .279/.354/.413 against them in 2014 (right-hander Taijuan Walker was on the hill tonight in Van Slyke's first 2015 start). Van Slyke would garner 400-plus plate appearances on a handful of teams, but Zaidi and Friedman are content to continue letting him chew bubblegum and murder southpaws as matchups dictate.
    Wednesday, 10:52 pm
  • Olt (wrist) out of Cubs' lineup on Wednesday
    Mike Olt (wrist) is out of the Cubs' starting lineup again on Wednesday against the Reds.

    Advice: Olt was able to enter Tuesday's game as a late sub, but he is still apparently battling some lingering discomfort in his right wrist. Jonathan Herrera is starting at third base and batting ninth.
    Wednesday, 1:19 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:05 pm x @Pit
  • Ryan Howard not in lineup Wednesday
    Ryan Howard is not in the Phillies' lineup Wednesday.

    Advice: He's sitting in favor of Darin Ruf against left-hander Jon Niese. Howard isn't the only regular on the bench, as Cameron Rupp is at catcher over Carlos Ruiz and Cesar Hernandez is at shortstop over Freddy Galvis.
    Wednesday, 12:32 pm
    4:05 pm vs ^ Mia
  • Adam Duvall putting on a clinic in Triple-A
    Giants prospect Adam Duvall has dominated the Pacific League this season, hitting .478 through his first six games.

    Advice: It's more of the same for Duvall, who hit .298 with 27 HR and 90 RBI for Triple-A Fresno last season. He's ready to play in the big leagues but Brandon Belt is blocking his path at first base. Through frustrating, having Duvall see everyday at bats in Triple-A is better than having him waste away on San Francisco's bench.
    Wednesday, 11:52 am
    Not Active
    7:15 pm vs LAD
  • Mike Olt pinch-hits in Tuesday's game
    Mike Olt (wrist) appeared as a pinch-hitter in Tuesday's loss to the Reds.

    Advice: Olt flew out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth, stayed in the game for defense and then struck out to end the game in the ninth. He hadn't played since Saturday after being hit in the wrist by a pitch, but he'll be fine.
    Wednesday, 5:17 am
    60-Day DL
    4:05 pm x @Pit
  • Swisher (knees) nearing rehab assignment
    Nick Swisher (knees) could begin a rehab assignment early next week.

    Advice: Working his way back from arthroscopic surgery on both knees, Swisher has been playing games in extended spring training since last week. It's not clear how many rehab games he'd need. "He could start a rehab assignment potentially sometime as early as next week," Indians general manager Chris Antonetti. "It doesn't mean he's that close (to playing for the Indians). He still has to work through playing back-to-back nine-inning games, playing in the outfield and seeing how he recovers."
    Tuesday, 5:40 pm
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Olt (wrist) out of Cubs' lineup again Tuesday
    Mike Olt (wrist) is out of the Cubs' starting lineup again on Tuesday against the Reds.

    Advice: Jonathan Herrera is playing third base and batting ninth. Olt was able to go through a pregame workout Tuesday at Wrigley Field but he still has some discomfort in his right wrist, which was struck by a pitch on Saturday night in Colorado.
    Tuesday, 1:34 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:05 pm x @Pit
  • Alonso homers in a losing effort vs. D'Backs
    Yonder Alonso homered in a losing effort against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: Alonso went 1-for-4 on the evening and his second-inning solo home run off of Rubby De La Rosa barely made a dent as the D'Backs were leading 4-0 at the time. Alonso has cooled off since back-to-back three-hit games in games two and three of the regular season, but is still batting a cool .360 (9-for-25).
    Monday, 10:34 pm
  • Teixeira homers, helps Yankees past the O's
    Mark Teixeira walked and hit a solo home in four plate appearances Monday as the Yankees narrowly beat the Orioles.

    Advice: Teixeira tied the game at 2-2 with a fourth-inning solo shot off of Wei-Yin Chen. He now has three home runs on the season, all occurring in his last four games. Teixeira, 35, is no longer the power hitter he used to be, but can still be relied on for 20-25 home runs if he can stay healthy for a full season.
    Monday, 7:27 pm
  • Vargas has two hits, RBI in loss
    Kennys Vargas went 2-for-4 with an RBI single Monday against the Royals.

    Advice: Vargas got the Twins on the board first in the home opener, but the good vibes quickly fizzled in what turned out to be a lopsided loss. The 24-year-old switch-hitter impressed in a small sample as a rookie last season and appears capable of 20-plus homers. He's hitting .238 (5-for-21) with a double through six games.
    Monday, 4:28 pm
  • Mike Olt (wrist) scratched from lineup
    Mike Olt (wrist) was scratched from Monday's lineup.

    Advice: It sounds like Olt's right wrist was still a bit sore in pre-game workouts, so the Cubs will give him another day. Jonathan Herrera has taken his spot at third base.
    Monday, 3:42 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:05 pm x @Pit
  • Mike Olt (wrist) returns to lineup Monday
    Mike Olt (wrist) is back in the Cubs' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Olt didn't start Sunday after being hit by a pitch in the wrist Saturday, although he was able to pinch-hit. He has just two hits in his first 13 at-bats this season, although one of them was a homer.
    Monday, 2:46 pm
    60-Day DL
    4:05 pm x @Pit
  • Howard wears golden sombrero in loss to Nats
    Ryan Howard wore a golden sombrero in Sunday's loss versus the Nationals, finishing 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.

    Advice: All four strikeouts ended innings with runners on base, and three of those strikeout came with runners in scoring position. Howard is batting a meager .150 (3-for-20). To his credit, those three hits are doubles and he entered the afternoon having struck out only three times. Howard led the league in strikeouts with 190 last season.
    Apr 12, 2:08 pm
    4:05 pm vs ^ Mia
  • Mike Olt (wrist) sitting out Sunday
    Mike Olt (wrist) is not in Sunday's lineup.

    Advice: X-rays on Olt's right wrist came back negative after he was hit by a pitch, but he's likely still sore. He might not have been in the lineup against a righty, anyway. Jonathan Herrera is handling third base.
    Apr 12, 9:55 am
    60-Day DL
    4:05 pm x @Pit
  • Nick Swisher (knees) plays some OF
    Nick Swisher (knees) has played some in the outfield recently in extended spring training.

    Advice: The Tribe wants to have him available as a corner outfield option even though he's coming off of dual knee surgeries. Swisher is coming along in his recovery but there's no timetable for his return.
    Apr 12, 8:37 am
    15-Day DL
    5:10 pm @CWS
  • Kennys Vargas getting the day off
    Kennys Vargas is not in the Twins' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Also sitting against lefty Chris Sale are Oswaldo Arcia and Jordan Schafer, as the Twins are going with Eduardo Nunez in left field, Shane Robinson in center field and Eduardo Escobar at third base. Joe Mauer is in the designated hitter spot, with Trevor Plouffe sliding across the diamond to first base.
    Apr 12, 8:27 am
  • Mark Teixeira not in Yanks lineup on Saturday
    Mark Teixeira is not in the Yankees starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for the veteran slugger after Friday night's marathon loss to the Red Sox. Expect Teixeira to return to the lineup on Sunday.
    Apr 11, 7:33 am
  • Mark Teixeira hits second homer
    Mark Teixeira hit his second homer of the year Friday in the 16th inning off knuckleballer Steven Wright.

    Advice: Being that Teixeira sometimes hits righty against knuckleballers, the homer tonight was his second ever right-handed versus a right-hander, the other coming in 2004 versus Tim Wakefield.
    Apr 10, 11:51 pm
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