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  • Kershaw says he's ready for rehab assignment
    Clayton Kershaw (back) said following a 50-pitch simulated game Sunday that he assumes a rehab start is his next step.

    Advice: Kershaw went three innings Sunday and was throwing at full intensity. The Dodgers have yet to officially announce when the left-hander will begin a rehab assignment, but it certainly sounds like later this week is a reasonable expectation. He'll need at least a couple outings, with a mid-May return to the Dodgers' rotation being the goal.
    Today, 10:40 am
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  • James Paxton (lat) could play catch this week
    James Paxton (lat) could begin playing catch by the end of this week.

    Advice: "Paxton has started to do a lot of exercises in the swimming pool," Mariners trainer Rick Griffin said. "He's doing exercises specifically for his (latissimus dorsi) strain. We're working all of the muscles along his shoulder joint." The left-hander will be examined mid-week, at which point the M's hope he can begin some light throwing.
    Today, 10:30 am
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  • Taijuan Walker could play catch this week
    Taijuan Walker (shoulder) could begin playing catch by the end of this week.

    Advice: Walker is tentatively scheduled to be examined by Dr. Edward Khalfaya on Wednesday and could gain clearance at that time to resume throwing. The righty was diagnosed with a right shoulder impingement after he had to be scratched from his last rehab outing when he couldn't get loose. Walker's stamina is already built up enough to rejoin the M's rotation, so it's all about how he feels at this point.
    Today, 10:28 am
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  • 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
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  • Tyler Lyons to start on Monday for Cards
    Tyler Lyons will start on Monday against the Mets.

    Advice: The writing had been on the wall, and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny made it official Sunday morning. As long as he performs, Lyons will make at least two starts while Joe Kelly (hamstring) is on the DL. If Kelly's absence drags out longer, the club could consider giving Carlos Martinez a shot. Lyons holds a 3.32 ERA with 18 strikeouts over his first 19 Triple-A frames this season.
    Today, 9:08 am
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  • Minor (shoulder) to make season debut Sat.
    The Braves tentatively plan to have Mike Minor (shoulder) rejoin the rotation on Saturday against the Reds.

    Advice: He'd be going on two extra days' rest with Thursday's off day. Minor allowed three runs -- two earned -- on four hits and no walks with four strikeouts in his final rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday. He got his pitch count up to 80 in the outing, so Minor should be able to get up to around 100 against the Reds.
    Today, 8:58 am
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  • 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
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  • Harrison (back) to rejoin Rangers this week
    Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said in an interview Sunday that Matt Harrison's (back) next start is expected to come at the major league level.

    Advice: It's a reverse of what the team said last week, but Harrison convinced the Rangers that he was ready with eight shutout innings in a rehab start with Double-A Frisco Saturday. Harrison can slide into the rotation spot that was vacated by Tanner Scheppers (elbow). The left-hander will be making his first start in the majors since last April.
    Today, 8:20 am
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  • Cobb (oblique) targeting late May/early June
    Alex Cobb (oblique) said Sunday that he's feeling better and is targeting late May or early June for a return.

    Advice: It would be on the long end of the previously projected 4-6 week timetable, but that's no surprise since the Rays are notoriously cautious with injuries. It's not clear when Cobb will be cleared to throw again, but it probably won't happen before the end of the month.
    Today, 8:08 am
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  • 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
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  • Blue Jays LHP Nolin fans seven
    Blue Jays left-handed pitching prospect Sean Nolin struck out seven batters in six shutout innings, allowing three hits (two doubles) and one walk for Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Batters are hitting .175/.257/.270 against Nolin for the season, and he sports a sparkling 2.70 ERA and a 11.3 K/9. He profiles as a #4 starter with the possibility to be a #3 starter, so there's no need to snatch him up until there is an opening in Toronto.
    Today, 6:47 am
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  • Red Sox prospect RHP Ranaudo with six shutout
    Red Sox prospect right-hander Anthony Ranaudo threw sit shutout innings on Saturday, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out five.

    Advice: The line was very good and not spectacular, but it's the first quality start for Ranaudo in 2014. His ERA sits at 4.35 with a 3.88 FIP, so he may be pitching better than his ERA would indicate. He still sports a 9.1 K/9, so if he gets called up he could be a useful pitcher for fantasy purposes.
    Today, 6:37 am
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  • Brandon Maurer recalled from Triple-A
    Mariners recalled RHP Brandon Maurer from Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Maurer will get the start on Sunday versus the Marlins, replacing Blake Beavan (shoulder) in the rotation. The right-hander was pitching mostly as a reliever at Tacoma and will be on a limited pitch count. He can go unowned in fantasy leagues.
    Today, 6:29 am
  • Scott Kazmir returned to action on Saturday April 19.
    Today, 12:32 am
  • 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
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  • Kazmir goes eight strong as A's top Astros
    Scott Kazmir allowed three runs -- two earned -- over eight innings Saturday in no-decision vs. Houston.

    Advice: It was a good outing from the 30-year-old left-hander, who yielded only six hits and struck out five without issuing a walk. Kazmir has an outstanding 1.65 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, and 24/4 K/BB ratio over 27 1/3 innings this season. Oakland is looking like a perfect fit for him in the early going.
    Yesterday, 4:24 pm
  • 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
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  • Scherzer punches out nine Angels in victory
    Max Scherzer picked up his first victory of the 2014 season on Saturday, surrendering one run on three hits over seven strong innings against the Angels.

    Advice: The reigning American League Cy Young winner punched out nine while walking just two in the game. The only damage against him came on a leadoff home run by J.B. Shuck, but he was able to settle in nicely and dominate the rest of the afternoon. He'll carry a 2.33 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 34/7 K/BB ratio into Thursday's home start against the White Sox.
    Yesterday, 1:27 pm
  • White Sox recall Andre Rienzo from AAA
    White Sox recalled RHP Andre Rienzo from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Rienzo had a 4.85 ERA and 9/7 K/BB ratio through three starts this season at the Triple-A level. The 25-year-old Brazilian is doubtful to carry fantasy relevance.
    Yesterday, 1:19 pm
  • Zimmerman goes seven innings in loss
    Jordan Zimmermann took the loss Saturday after giving up four runs -- one earned -- over seven innings against the Cardinals.

    Advice: A throwing error by Anthony Rendon in the third inning opened the door for three runs to score. Zimmerman fanned six and walked a pair in the loss. He now owns a 3.92 ERA through four starts and has worked seven innings in back-to-back outings. The Nationals will send him to the hill against the Angels next week at home in an interleague matchup.
    Yesterday, 1:08 pm
  • Trevor Cahill works 12th inning for save
    Trevor Cahill pitched a perfect 12th inning for his first career save Friday against the Dodgers.

    Advice: The Diamondbacks certainly didn't intend for Cahill's first relief appearance to be in a save situation, but they had little choice but to go to him in the 12th and he got the job done quickly, retiring Andre Ethier, Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner in order. Cahill still doesn't have any fantasy value at the moment.
    Friday, 11:37 pm
  • Sonny Gray gets an easy third win
    Sonny Gray moved to 3-0 after allowing three runs in six innings Friday against the Astros.

    Advice: After pitching a scoreless top of the first, Gray was handed a seven-run lead, giving him plenty of margin for error tonight. He ended up allowing more earned runs than he did in his first three starts combined (two), but that hardly matters.
    Friday, 10:44 pm
  • Chatwood dominates Phillies on Friday
    Tyler Chatwood gave up an unearned run on two hits and a walk over seven innings in a 12-1 blowout win over the Phillies on Friday.

    Advice: Chatwood didn't give up his first hit until Cody Asche singled against him with two outs in the fifth inning. The next batter, Jayson Nix, then drove in the only run of the game against him. He struck out six in the victory. Chatwood's ability to induce grounders comes in handy at Coors Field, but he doesn't miss enough bats to be all that interesting in standard fantasy leagues.
    Friday, 10:27 pm
  • Brandon Maurer will start on Sunday
    Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon confirmed Friday that Brandon Maurer will be recalled to start on Sunday in Miami.

    Advice: Maurer began the season in Triple-A Tacoma's bullpen but was moved into the rotation last week and boasts a 2.16 ERA with a whopping 17 strikeouts over his first 8 1/3 innings. He only went two innings in his lone start for Tacoma, so his pitch count will obviously be limited Sunday.
    Friday, 12:50 pm
  • Brandon Maurer likely to start Sunday
    Brandon Maurer is the most likely candidate to start for the Mariners on Sunday in Miami.

    Advice: Taijuan Walker (shoulder) had a setback and Blake Beavan (shoulder) joined him on the disabled list, so the M's are looking for another starter. Maurer began the season in Triple-A Tacoma's bullpen but was moved into the rotation last week and boasts a 2.16 ERA with a whopping 17 strikeouts over his first 8 1/3 innings. He only went two innings in his lone start for Tacoma, so his pitch count would obviously be limited Sunday.
    Friday, 8:51 am
  • Tyler Lyons likely to start Monday for Cards
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny indicated Thursday that the team is likely to being up a pitcher from Triple-A Memphis to start on Monday in place of the injured Joe Kelly (hamstring).

    Advice: That almost surely means it will be Tyler Lyons that gets the call. Matheny did add that if it looks like Kelly will be sidelined for a while, Carlos Martinez would then become an option. For now, though, they're leaving Martinez in the bullpen. Lyons is a fine stop-gap option, having put up a 4.75 ERA (3.73 FIP) in 12 appearances -- eight starts -- for the Cardinals in 2013, striking out 43 batters in 53 innings.
    Thursday, 3:26 pm
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  • Kershaw (back) throws 35-pitch 'pen session
    Clayton Kershaw (back) threw a successful 35-pitch bullpen session on Thursday afternoon.

    Advice: Kershaw worked in some breaking balls and finished the session with "a couple lively fastballs," according to's Ken Gurnick. The ace left-hander should begin facing live hitters by early next week and is on track to rejoin the Dodgers around mid-May.
    Thursday, 10:28 am
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  • Harrison (back) to make more rehab starts
    Matt Harrison (back) is expected to make a few more minor league rehab starts.

    Advice: Harrison was not happy with himself after allowing three runs on six hits and three walks over 3 1/3 innings Monday at Double-A Frisco. He'll pitch again for Frisco on Saturday and could make one or two more rehab starts after that. The left-hander won't be back until May.
    Thursday, 10:21 am
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  • Cardinals LHP Lyons with another strong start
    Cardinals left-hander Tyler Lyons yielded one run while striking out six Wednesday for Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: He allowed five hits (though three were doubles) and one walk, lowering his season ERA to 3.32. Lyons is likely to take Joe Kelly's (hamstring) rotation spot and could make a few starts for St. Louis. Lyons put up a 4.75 ERA (though a 3.73 FIP) in 12 appearances (eight starts) for the Cardinals in 2013, striking out 43 batters in 53 innings (7.3 K/9), so he could be a good streaming option in deeper fantasy leagues.
    Thursday, 8:05 am
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  • Walker (shoulder) shut down for two weeks
    Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Taijuan Walker will be shut down for two weeks with a right shoulder impingement.

    Advice: Walker was scratched from his scheduled rehab start Tuesday due to the setback. It was supposed to be the final rehab start before he rejoined the big club, but that's gone by the wayside. Even when he does resume throwing, he'll need to build his arm strength back up before being recalled. At this point, his return date is up in the air.
    Wednesday, 3:28 pm
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  • Matt Harrison not pleased with rehab start
    Matt Harrison (back) wasn't pleased with Monday's rehab start at Double-A Frisco in which he allowed three runs -- two earned -- on six hits and three walks over 3 1/3 frames.

    Advice: The left-hander needed 77 pitches to get through the 3 1/3 innings. The good news is that Harrison didn't have a setback physically and remains on track to return around the end of the month. He'll be on a 95-pitch limit for Saturday's start in Frisco.
    Wednesday, 7:36 am
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  • 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
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  • Walker (shoulder) scratched from rehab start
    Taijuan Walker was scratched from Tuesday's rehab start with Triple-A Tacoma due to stiffness in his throwing shoulder.

    Advice: Uh oh. Walker had trouble loosening up in the bullpen prior to the game, which in and of itself doesn't sound too bad, but it is when you consider he's already had numerous starts and stops during his recovery. Tuesday's outing was supposed to be Walker's final rehab start before rejoining the rotation, but obviously that's not going to happen now. He'll be re-evaluated Wednesday.
    Tuesday, 4:56 pm
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  • Kershaw makes progress in bullpen session
    Clayton Kershaw (back) showed his best velocity since getting injured during a bullpen session Tuesday.

    Advice: Kershaw threw 26 pitches, with Dodgers manager Don Mattingly standing in as an imaginary batter at one point. The left-hander said after the session that he was getting close, though he offered no potential timetable. More will be known about his potential return date once he's facing hitters.
    Tuesday, 4:30 pm
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