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  • Joc Pederson (groin) could return on Friday
    Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said Friday that Joc Pederson (groin) could return from the disabled list as early as next Friday.

    Advice: While that date isn't set in stone, Pederson is making nice progress in his recovery from a strained groin. Cody Bellinger will have at least another week to audition for a full-time gig in the big leagues while Pederson is sidelined. Today, 4:30 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Hunter Renfroe not in Padres lineup on Friday
    Hunter Renfroe is not in the Padres' starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: Just a regular day off for the 25-year-old outfielder. He's off to a slow start at the plate, slashing .239/.255/.435 with five homers, nine RBI and a 24/2 K/BB ratio. Jabari Blash is starting in right field while Cory Spangenberg starts in left against Jeff Samardzija and the Giants on Friday. Today, 4:14 pm
  • Haniger diagnosed with Grade 2 oblique strain
    The Mariners announced Friday that Mitch Haniger has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 oblique strain.

    Advice: That's what was initially suspected and means the outfielder is expected to miss 3-4 weeks of action. The hard-hitting rookie was sizzling at the plate to start the season, hitting .338/.442/.600 with four homers and 16 RBI. Today, 3:24 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Cozart replaces Peraza as Reds' No. 2 hitter
    Zack Cozart has replaced Jose Peraza as the Reds' No. 2 hitter.

    Advice: Peraza isn't starting on Friday, but when he's back in there Saturday it sounds like he'll probably be at the bottom of the order. Manager Bryan Price stuck with Peraza in the two hole for nearly a month but has decided to move him down after he batted only .227/.261/.261 in his first 92 plate appearances. It hasn't been a total loss for Peraza's fantasy owners since he's stolen six bases, but he's obviously going to see his runs total dip now. Meanwhile, it's good news for the owners of Cozart, who's off to a scorching .393/.493/.689 start. Today, 2:49 pm
    New Player Note
    José Peraza Cin - 2B,SS,OF
  • Eric Thames (hamstring) in Brewers' lineup
    Eric Thames (hamstring) is back in the Brewers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Thames departed Wednesday's game with some left hamstring tightness, but it was a precautionary exit and he's ready to go. He's at first base and batting second against Bartolo Colon and the Braves. Today, 2:20 pm
  • JaCoby Jones (lip) nears rehab games
    JaCoby Jones (lip) is expected to begin a rehab assignment in the next couple days.

    Advice: Jones had the stitches removed from his lacerated lip and has also gone through outfield drills. He's eligible to return Tuesday and should be ready shortly after that. Today, 2:08 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Springer, Altuve return to Astros lineup Fri.
    George Springer (hamstring) is back in the Astros' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Jose Altuve (head, shoulder) is back in there, as well, as the Astros are at full strength versus Jharel Cotton and the A's. Evan Gattis is catching over Brian McCann in this one. Today, 1:40 pm
  • Desmond (hand) homers in extended spring
    Ian Desmond (hand) homered in his first plate appearance in extended spring training on Friday.

    Advice: Desmond got seven at-bats and played seven innings overall, splitting time between left field (five innings) and first base (two innings). With Mark Reynolds hitting so well, Desmond is expected to see playing time in left field in addition to first base after he's activated. Today, 1:15 pm
    10-Day DL
  • Shin-Soo Choo not in Friday's lineup
    Shin-Soo Choo is absent from the Rangers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Choo hit a three-run homer Wednesday but finds himself on the bench with the Angels throwing left Tyler Skaggs. Mike Napoli is in the designated hitter spot, Ryan Rua is at first base and Delino DeShields is in left field. The Rangers' lineup also features the struggling Jonathan Lucroy all the way down in the No. 9 spot. Today, 12:59 pm
  • Nelson Cruz scratched with hamstring cramp
    Nelson Cruz was scratched from Friday's lineup with a cramp in his hamstring.

    Advice: He should be back in there in a day or two as long as it's indeed merely a cramp. Taylor Motter has taken Cruz's spot in the lineup. Today, 12:44 pm
  • Michael Brantley getting a day off Friday
    Michael Brantley is not in the Indians' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's a scheduled day off. Lonnie Chisenhall is also sitting out, as the Indians are going with an outfield of Brandon Guyer, Austin Jackson and Abraham Almonte. Today, 12:36 pm
  • Ben Gamel hitting second for Mariners
    Ben Gamel is starting in right field and batting second for the Mariners on Friday.

    Advice: It's the third straight start he's made in right since Mitch Haniger (oblique) went down but the first time he's been in the No. 2 spot. He'll square off against Carlos Carrasco and the Indians. Today, 12:29 pm
  • Jim Adduci (calf) returns to lineup
    Jim Adduci (calf) is back in the Tigers' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Adduci exited Thursday's contest with calf tightness, but apparently he's fine. He's in right field and batting seventh. The Tigers also have Alex Avila catching Friday. Today, 12:23 pm
  • Mets place OF Cespedes (hamstring) on DL
    Mets placed OF Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

    Advice: It's no surprise, of course, as Cespedes had to exit the field with assistance after aggravating his left hamstring injury. Cespedes was slated to undergo an MRI on Friday, but the Mets have yet to reveal how long they think the slugger might be sidelined. Michael Conforto will play every day with Cespedes on the shelf. Today, 11:37 am
    10-Day DL
  • Albert Almora starting in center field Friday
    Albert Almora is starting in center field and batting ninth for the Cubs on Friday in Boston.

    Advice: With the designated hitter spot available, the Cubs are able to fit another one of their position player pieces into the puzzle. Kyle Schwarber will be the DH Friday. Today, 10:55 am
  • Colby Rasmus (hip) to be activated Monday
    Colby Rasmus (hip) isn't expected to be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

    Advice: He had been pegged for a return this weekend, but Rasmus is just 1-for-19 so far on his rehab assignment so the Rays will give him a little more time to get his swing in order. Rasmus will see time in left field and the designated hitter spot once he's activated. Today, 8:47 am
    10-Day DL
  • Jorge Soler (oblique) won't be activated soon
    The Royals plan to keep Jorge Soler (oblique) on his rehab assignment through May 10.

    Advice: That's when the allotted 20-day period runs out. "His rehab assignment runs through May 10," general manager Dayton Moore said Thursday. "And at this point in time, we fully expect to utilize that period of time for him to get some at-bats and get caught up." It had been looking like Soler could be activated as soon as this weekend, but apparently his fantasy owners will have to wait a while longer. Soler is batting .250/.348/.550 with two homers in his first six rehab contests. Today, 7:53 am
    10-Day DL
  • Joey Rickard activated from disabled list
    Orioles activated OF Joey Rickard from the 10-day disabled list.

    Advice: Rickard sprained his left middle finger shortly after Opening Day but played in a few rehab games and is ready to go. He'll get some starts versus lefties. Today, 6:00 am
  • Owings' two-homer night leads Diamondbacks
    Chris Owings did it all Thursday, homering twice and stealing a base to help the Diamondbacks down the Padres 6-2.

    Advice: Owings hit a pair of solo jacks off batting practice fastba-- er, Padres starter Jered Weaver, popping one in the third inning before doing it again an inning later. He's now among the league leaders in RBI (19) and stolen bases (6), a testament to the kind of all-around month the 25-year-old is having. Owings is batting .325/.365/.550 with four homers and 12 runs to boot. Add him where you can. Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Tomas has double, homer in win over Padres
    Yasmany Tomas went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a two-run homer in a win over the Padres on Thursday.

    Advice: Tomas hit the two-run shot off Padres starter Jered Weaver in the fourth inning before knocking the RBI double in the sixth. The homer was his fifth of the season, giving Tomas 18 RBI and 12 runs scored in 21 games. The bat-first left fielder is hitting .308/.337/.615 overall. Yesterday, 9:24 pm
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