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  • Pablo Sandoval not in Giants' lineup
    Pablo Sandoval is not in the Giants' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears to just be a day of rest. Joaquin Arias is playing third base Sunday in Sandoval's place.
    45 minutes ago
  • Shaun Marcum up to three innings in rehab
    Shaun Marcum (thoracic outlet surgery) threw three innings in his most recent extended spring training appearance.

    Advice: Marcum is progressing slowly but surely in his recovery from thoracic outlet surgery. The Indians have provided no timetable for the veteran right-hander's return. He has an opt-out clause for May 24 on his minor league contract.
    Today, 10:12 am
    Not Active
    Bot 5, 2-4 vs   Tor
  • A.J. Ellis (knee) ahead of schedule's Ken Gurnick reports that A.J. Ellis (knee) is "well ahead" of his projected 4-6 week timetable.

    Advice: Ellis is already doing workouts in full catcher's gear just 12 days removed from surgery to repair the medial meniscus in his left knee. He wasn't expected back until mid-May at the earliest, but it's sounding like he could beat that timetable.
    Today, 10:07 am
    Disabled List
    1:10 pm vs x Ari
  • Skip Schumaker nearing rehab assignment
    Skip Schumaker (shoulder) is nearing a rehab assignment.

    Advice: Schumaker took batting practice on the field Friday for the first time since dislocating his left shoulder. The one hurdle he has yet to clear is trying out some diving, though he thinks it "might be more mental than physical." Schumaker seems likely to return at the beginning of next month.
    Today, 9:50 am
    Disabled List
    Top 1, 0-0 @ x ChC
  • Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) plays catch
    Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) felt good while playing catch Sunday.

    Advice: Hellickson was shut down for a few days after feeling some soreness in his surgically-repaired right elbow when he threw curveballs. The setback was only a minor one, though it's not clear when he'll try to throw from a mound again.
    Today, 8:27 am
    Disabled List
    Top 4, 0-0 vs   NYY
  • Javier Baez back in lineup at Triple-A
    Cubs infield prospect Javier Baez was activated from Triple-A Iowa's disabled list Sunday.

    Advice: Baez missed a week of action with a left ankle injury, but he's fine now. Iowa is easing him back into things, though, as he's in the DH spot Sunday.
    Today, 7:54 am
    Not Active
    Top 1, 0-0 vs x Cin
  • Angels 1B prospect Cron blasts fourth homer
    Angels first base prospect C.J. Cron blasted his fourth home run of the season on Saturday for Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: He is hitting .324/.370/.632 through his first 17 games of the season, and has nine doubles to go with his four home runs. He has five walks and 16 strikeouts, which represent an increase in both rates. The Angels have Albert Pujols at first base and Raul Ibanez at DH, so Cron is going to have to wait until 2015 for a spot in the 1B/DH rotation to open.
    Today, 7:52 am
    Not Active
    Bot 4, 1-1 @ x Det
  • Brian McCann getting a day off Sunday
    Brian McCann is not in the Yankees' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's simply a day of rest. J.R. Murphy is catching Vidal Nuno.
    Today, 7:52 am
  • Astros prospect SS Correa picks up 3 hits
    Astros shortstop prospect Carlos Correa went 3-for-3 with a double, a triple, and walk on Saturday for High-A Lancaster.

    Advice: After a pair of hitless games, Correa had a big game on Saturday and lifted is season slash line to .281/.338/.469. He has six walks and nine strikeouts on the season, displaying his advanced batting eye and hand control. The Astros are going slowly with the former #1 overall pick, so he may not see time in Double-A until 2015.
    Today, 7:37 am
    Not Active
    1:05 pm @   Oak
  • Indians prospect OF Frazier picks up two hits
    Indians outfield prospect Clint Frazier with 2-for-4 with a strikeout on Saturday for Low-A Lake County.

    Advice: Frazier is hitting .308/.286/.385 with one double and one strikeout through his first three games in 2014. Frazier needs a substantial amount of development, so he will likely move slowly through the minor leagues.
    Today, 7:29 am
    Not Active
    Bot 5, 2-4 vs x Tor
  • Pedro Alvarez getting a day off Sunday
    Pedro Alvarez is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It appears to just be a day of rest. Josh Harrison is taking Alvarez's spot at third base. Russell Martin is also getting a breather, with Chris Stewart handling the catching duties.
    Today, 7:23 am
  • Braves 2B prospect La Stella with three hits
    Braves second base prospect Tommy La Stella went 3-for-4 with a walk for Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday, and is hitting .295/.370/.318 for the season

    Advice: With Dan Uggla hitting .237/.281/.390 for Atlanta, La Stella will remain in Triple-A until Uggla's OPS dips below .650. The 25-year old second baseman is not likely to become an elite player, but he could do much better than Uggla (who still has one year and $13 million left on his contract).
    Today, 7:21 am
    Not Active
    Top 5, 0-2 @ x NYM
  • Ivan Nova diagnosed with partially torn UCL
    Yankees placed RHP Ivan Nova on the 15-day disabled list with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament.

    Advice: Nova hasn't decided whether he'll rest and rehab or undergo Tommy John surgery, but the latter is probably an inevitability. It's a tough blow for the Yankees' rotation, as Nova showed glimpses of a potential breakout last season. The Yankees will likely use Vidal Nuno as his rotation replacement for now.
    Today, 7:17 am
    Disabled List
    Top 4, 0-0 @   TB
  • Red Sox 2B prospect Betts with four-hit day
    Red Sox prospect second baseman Mookie Betts went 4-for-5 with his second home run of the season for Double-A Portland.

    Advice: The 21-year old Betts is hitting .453/.492/.717 for the season, with four stolen bases to go with five walks and seven strikeouts. The slugging percentage is much higher than the 5'9" 160-pound Betts will achieve in the major leagues, but hitting .300 with 30-plus stolen bases is not out of the question. He's still blocked in Boston, but could be a big chip in a trade or be a solid fill-in if there is an injury, such as a recurrence of Dustin Pedroia's wrist injury.
    Today, 7:00 am
    Not Active
    4:05 pm vs   Bal
  • Daniel Nava likely to be optioned
    Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald writes that Daniel Nava is a "prime candidate to be sent down" when Shane Victorino (hamstring) returns from the disabled list.

    Advice: Nava was excellent for the Red Sox last season, but he's hit just .136/.239/.271 this year and has options remaining. With Jackie Bradley stabilizing the team's defense in center field, Grady Sizemore has been pushed to left and Nava apparently to Triple-A. Victorino is expected to be activated on Wednesday or Thursday.
    Today, 5:40 am
    4:05 pm vs   Bal
  • Ivan Nova departs start with sore right elbow
    Ivan Nova left his start Saturday against the Rays after experiencing right elbow soreness.

    Advice: Tests are already in the works. Nova had allowed eight earned runs in four innings at the time of his departure, inflating his season ERA from 5.94 to 8.27.
    Yesterday, 7:07 pm
    Disabled List
    Top 4, 0-0 @   TB
  • Hellickson (elbow) to play catch on Sunday
    Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) will play catch on Sunday.

    Advice: Hellickson was shut down for three days because of light soreness in his surgically-repaired right elbow. The Rays aren't considering it a major setback and are still hoping that he can return around late May.
    Yesterday, 1:52 pm
    Disabled List
    Top 4, 0-0 vs   NYY
  • Nava doubles in loss to Orioles
    Daniel Nava went 1-for-5 with a double and a run scored in Friday's loss to the Orioles.

    Advice: Nava, who started in right field and batted second Friday, is hitting just .136 (8-for-59) through 15 games this season. Jackie Bradley's roster spot appears safe, so Nava or Mike Carp could be the odd man out when Shane Victorino (hamstring) comes off the disabled list. Carp went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored on Friday night.
    Friday, 8:57 pm
    4:05 pm vs   Bal
  • Pedro Alvarez goes 0-for-5 in loss to Brewers
    Pedro Alvarez had a rough day at the office in Friday's loss to the Brewers, going 0-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts.

    Advice: He also left seven runners on base, which isn't what the Pirates are looking for from their biggest run producer. Though he does have six homers and 13 RBI on the season, he's slashing a putrid .175/.297/.476.
    Friday, 7:15 pm
  • Frazier makes season debut
    Indians prospect OF Clint Frazier made his season debut Thursday for Low-A Lake County.

    Advice: The 19-year-old was 1-for-5 in the game with an RBI. Frazier, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2013 draft, was assigned to Lake County after spending his professional debut last summer in the Rookie-level Arizona League, where he batted .297/.362/.506 with 11 doubles, five triples, five home runs and 28 RBI in 44 games. Frazier possesses some of the best pure bat speed in the minor leagues and has the potential to be an All-Star-caliber player in his prime. However, his approach and pitch recognition is understandably raw given his age and lack of experience, and will likely require a few years to refine in the minor leagues.
    Friday, 11:57 am
    Not Active
    Bot 5, 2-4 vs x Tor
  • Pedro Alvarez homers to break slump
    Pedro Alvarez went 2-for-3 and smacked his sixth homer Thursday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Alvarez is now tied with Mark Trumbo and Jose Bautista for the major league lead in homers. He also walked twice tonight. He entered the game 1-for-21 with no RBI in his previous six games.
    Thursday, 7:41 pm
  • Pablo Sandoval could be moved down in order
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated Thursday that he could drop Pablo Sandoval down in the batting order to "try to take some pressure off him."

    Advice: Sandoval went 0-for-4 in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers, dropping his season line down to an ugly .175/.268/.302. Kung Fu Panda has batted third in all but one game this season, and he hit fourth in that one. Michael Morse and Brandon Belt are both off to nice starts and are candidates to move up in the order if Sandoval is moved down.
    Thursday, 4:28 pm
  • Astros prospect SS Correa hits second homer
    Astros prospect SS Carlos Correa hit his second home run of the year Wednesday night at High-A Lancaster.

    Advice: Correa batted .400 with a double and a home run during a three-game series in High Desert, one of the most power-friendly parks in professional baseball. He is hitting .283/.328/.453 despite being more than 3 1/2 years younger than the average player in the California League.
    Thursday, 9:12 am
    Not Active
    1:05 pm @   Oak
  • Pedro Alvarez has another hitless game
    Pedro Alvarez went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Wednesday's loss to the Reds to drop his season batting line to .161/.277/.446.

    Advice: The Pirates had just three hits on the day and struck out 12 times. Alvarez has homered five times and driven in 10 runs to keep his fantasy value afloat, but there's a good chance he'll wind up hitting in the low-.200s again this season.
    Wednesday, 12:08 pm
  • Jeremy Hellickson 'pen session pushed back
    Jeremy Hellickson's first bullpen session since arthroscopic elbow surgery has been pushed back a few days.

    Advice: Hellickson had been slated for his first mound work on Tuesday. It doesn't appear that he's had a setback, so it could just be a weather issue. Hellickson is aiming to rejoin the Rays' rotation in late May or early June.
    Wednesday, 6:56 am
    Disabled List
    Top 4, 0-0 vs   NYY
  • Nava the only source of pop in Red Sox loss
    Daniel Nava went 1-for-3 with a solo home run as the Red Sox were defeated by the White Sox on Tuesday.

    Advice: Nava tied the game at 1-1 with a fourth-inning solo homer off of Erik Johnson, one of only three hits the Red Sox mustered on the night. It was the second homer of the season for Nava, who has otherwise not hit much to begin the season.
    Tuesday, 8:49 pm
    4:05 pm vs   Bal