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First Baseman

1B | Jason Giambi | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 1B Jason Giambi cracked a solo home run Wednesday, April 17, against the Boston Red Sox. He became the third-oldest players in franchise history to hit a home run. Only Sam Rice (44) in 1934, and Hall of Famer Dave Winfield (43) in 1995 were older.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) has taken some swings in a pool as part of his rehab, and he is still hoping to return within his initial prognosis of eight to 10 weeks. He took swings in a pool Tuesday, April 16, and was cleared to take swings in the cages Wednesday, April 17, without facing pitchers. Teixeira is encouraged by his progress so far.

1B | Matthew Skole | Washington Nationals | Injury
Washington Nationals 1B Matthew Skole (elbow) had Tommy John surgery on to fix the ulnar collateral ligament in his non-throwing arm Wednesday, April 17. He'll be out for three to four months.

1B | Freddie Freeman | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman (oblique) will work out with Triple-A Gwinnett Thursday, April 18, and then play three games this weekend. If he doesn't have any setbacks, he could be activated from the disabled list Monday, April 22.

1B | Yonder Alonso | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 1B Yonder Alonso went 3-for-4 with two RBIs Tuesday, April 16, for his first three-hit game of the year. He's in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak (13-for-31) to raise his average from .191 to .327. He has three doubles, a home run and seven RBIs during the stretch.

1B | Joe Mahoney | Miami Marlins | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Miami Marlins activated 1B Joe Mahoney (oblique) from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, April 17, and optioned C Kyle Skipworth to the minors in a corresponding move.

1B | Brandon Moss | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics placed 1B Brandon Moss on the paternity list Tuesday, April 16, and recalled OF Shane Peterson from the minors in a corresponding move.


Second Baseman

2B | Dustin Pedroia | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia struck out three times Wednesday, April 17, against the Cleveland Indians. He didn't strike out three times in a game in 2007, 2008, 2009 or 2010.

2B | Jose Altuve | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros 2B Jose Altuve had three more hits Wednesday, April 17, against the Oakland Athletics, and he finished with a run scored, RBI and stolen base.

2B | Jerry Hairston Jr. | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers INF/OF Jerry Hairston Jr. dropped the appeal of his one-game suspension, and he'll serve the suspension Wednesday, April 17.

2B | Jason Kipnis | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 2B Jason Kipnis (elbow) will not play Wednesday, April 17, or Thursday, April 18. He last played April 12 while dealing with a sore left elbow.

2B | Danny Espinosa | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said 2B Danny Espinosa (wrist) is 50-50 to return Friday, April 19.


Shortstop

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) took grounders and batting practice at the team's spring training complex Wednesday, April 17, in Tampa yet again. However, he is still not close to returning to game action.

SS | Adeiny Hechavarria | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins SS Adeiny Hechavarria (elbow) was scratched from the lineup with a sore right elbow Wednesday, April 17. SS Chris Valaika is taking over at shortstop and batting eighth.

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (thumb) has been taking batting practice and fielding ground balls, and he's using a special splint that allows him to throw while also protecting his right thumb. "It's awesome. No pain, nothing," Ramirez said. "Definitely it's going to happen way sooner than it's supposed to."

SS | Justin Sellers | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly won't pin any blame for the club's lack of run production in the early going on SS Justin Sellers. The shortstop has batted .176 (6-for-34) with a home run and a .263 OBP in his 11 games. Mattingly said defensively the club has gotten what it wanted from Sellers. The manager said he doesn't expect more from the middle infielder's bat, but he believes Sellers can improve. The Dodgers have hit .268 as a team (fifth in the NL) and are third in team OBP (.343). They haven't turned base runners into runs, however; they have scored 37 runs in 13 games, putting them third from last in the National League and last in the NL West.


Third Baseman

3B | Taylor Green | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Taylor Green (hip) will have his lingering hip issue examined Thursday, April 18, and surgery may be needed.

3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The San Diego Padres activated 3B Chase Headley (thumb) from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, April 17, and placed OF Cameron Maybin (wrist) on the DL in a corresponding move with a right wrist injury.

3B | Mike Olt | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 1B Mike Olt is hitting .102 with 24 strikeouts in 49 at-bats at Triple-A Round Rock.


Catcher

C | Francisco Cervelli | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees C Francisco Cervelli has been playing regularly behind the plate, although manager Joe Girardi has stopped short of calling Cervelli the everyday catcher. "His at-bats have been good," Girardi said. "He's been patient, he's hit the ball with some authority and I saw that in spring training. We had a lot of opportunities to watch him play. He's gotten his pitch, and he hasn't missed it."

C | Derek Norris | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics C Derek Norris (jaw) was hit in the left side of his jaw by a foul tip Wednesday, April 17, against the Houston Astros. Norris said he expects to be ready Friday, April 19, against the Tampa Bay Rays. "Nothing's broken. I'll be ready," Norris said.

C | Jesus Montero | Seattle Mariners | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Wednesday, April 17, that he is going to "mix and match" the playing time behind the plate with Cs Jesus Montero and Kelly Shoppach. Montero is back in the lineup Wednesday after sitting three of the past four days.

C | Tyler Flowers | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox C Tyler Flowers was in a 1-for-28 slump entering Wednesday, April 17, and decided to make a change to his stance after working with manager Robin Ventura. "I'll have a little open stance, stand a little taller, and it feels great," the catcher said. "We'll have to see if it reacts and everything is the same in a game. It's one reaction from one set of BP and flips. You get in game, the adrenaline and situation might change a bit." He has 16 strikeouts in 37 at-bats to start the year.

C | Tim Federowicz | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers placed Chris Capuano (calf) on the 15-day disabled list and recalled C Tim Federowicz from Class AAA Albuquerque.

C | Brian McCann | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann (shoulder, wrist) will have his preparation for a rehab assignment delayed a day or two due to a sore right wrist, which is unrelated to his surgery last year. McCann has been hitting but not running or catching in extended spring games. No structural problems were detected after he was examined by a specialist. If McCann doesn't have any more setbacks, he could start playing in extended spring training by the end of the week. There is no timetable for when he will rejoin the major league team.


Outfielder

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (illness) had four hits Wednesday, April 17, despite battling through an illness throughout the game.

OF | Nolan Reimold | Baltimore Orioles | Draft, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nolan Reimold was hitless in four at-bats Wednesday, April 17, against the Tampa Bay Rays. He was serving as the designated hitter. The DH spot is a combined 3-for-47 (.064) for manager Buck Showalter this season.

OF | Jeff Francoeur | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Jeff Francoeur delivered an RBI single in the top of the fourth inning Wednesday, April 17, in a 1-0 win against the Atlanta Braves, his former team. He was born and raised in Atlanta, and started his career with his hometown team before being traded in 2009. "It means a little bit more personally," Francoeur said. "You want to say you're focused all the time but there's definitely some extra motivation coming home here for me."

OF | Domonic Brown | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Domonic Brown (back) left the game Wednesday, April 17, against the Cincinnati Reds due to a mid-back injury. Brown will visit with the team doctor Thursday, April 18.

OF | Henry Urrutia | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles might assign OF Henry Urrutia to Double-A Bowie as early as Thursday, April 18.

OF | Coco Crisp | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (rest) was given the day off Wednesday, April 17, against the Houston Astros. He has been dealing with a sore groin lately, but he has still managed an 11-game hitting streak, his longest since joining the Athletics.

OF | Michael Saunders | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Wednesday, April 17, that OF Michael Saunders (shoulder) had a good workout, and he might be back when he is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list April 26. Saunders has resumed swinging the bat.

OF | Darin Mastroianni | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins OF Darin Mastroianni (ankle) will be out three weeks with a stress reaction in his left ankle, and he was walking with a boot on Wednesday, April 17. Mastroianni will wear the walking boot for 10 to 14 days.

OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (rest) is getting a day off Wednesday, April 17. 2B/OF Skip Schumaker draws into the lineup, and he starts in center field.

OF | Julio Borbon | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles were interested in Texas Rangers OF Julio Borbon, but they weren't willing to trade for him. Baltimore didn't see him as enough of an upgrade over OF Chris Dickerson.

OF | Wilkin Ramirez | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said OF Wilkin Ramirez is the backup to OF Aaron Hicks in center field, but Gardenhire won't be afraid to use 2B Eduardo Escobar in center field, either.

OF | Denard Span | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (illness) is back in the lineup Wednesday, April 17, but 2B Danny Espinosa (hand) and OF Denard Span (illness) remain out.

OF | Mike Trout | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Mike Trout, who was 10-for-44 with 12 strikeouts in his first 10 games, entered the game Tuesday, April 16, with three straight multi-hit games, and he said he's more relaxed at the plate. "First couple games," Trout added, "I've just been anxious to get out there." Trout has been staying back more lately and letting the ball travel instead of going out to get it.

OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton (shoulder) said the plan is for him to return to the lineup Thursday, April 18.

OF | Jose Bautista | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista (back) is still sore, and he's unlikely to be available to pinch hit Wednesday, April 17.

OF | Michael Bourn | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians officially placed OF Michael Bourn (finger) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, April 17, and recalled P Corey Kluber from the minors in a corresponding move. Kluber will pitch out of the bullpen this time around.

OF | Scott Cousins | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Scott Cousins cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake Wednesday, April 17.

OF | Kyle Blanks | San Diego Padres | Injury
San Diego Padres OF Cameron Maybin (wrist) may be the likeliest candidate to be replaced on the roster when the Padres activate 3B Chase Headley (thumb) from the disabled list sometime in the next few days, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune's Bill Center. OF Carlos Quentin is serving an eight-game suspension, forcing the club to play with only 24 players. 2B/3B Jedd Gyorko is expected to move to second base. INF/OF Alexi Amarista is unlikely to be demoted because he'd be the team's only backup infielder, and he's hot. 1B/OF Mark Kotsay (hamstring) has a mild hamstring strain but can play through it. Maybin is hitting .091 and was a late scratch from the Friars' game on Tuesday, April 16, because of pain in his right wrist, an injury that has bothered him for parts of the last two campaigns.

OF | Carl Crawford | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Carl Crawford is continuing to build arm strength in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last fall. Trainers have cleared him to bypass the cutoff man to throw to a base when the situation calls for it. Opponents haven't been afraid to test the outfielder on balls hit to him this season.

OF | Billy Hamilton | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Billy Hamilton is hitting .256 with seven steals in 43 at-bats at Triple-A Louisville.


Starting Pitcher

SP | Lance Lynn | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said the team isn't looking to make a trade to help the bullpen. He also said if things were not working out in June, they would look to internal options in June - such as SP Lance Lynn.

SP | Mike Leake | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Mike Leake allowed just three hits with no walks and seven strikeouts over seven innings in a win against the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday, April 17. He also went 3-for-4 with a triple, three runs scored and an RBI. He is the first Cincinnati pitcher to score three runs in a single game since former P Danny Jackson did it Sept. 4, 1988.

SP | John Lannan | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP John Lannan (knee) experienced discomfort in his left knee during his start Wednesday, April 17, against the Cincinnati Reds. He will see a team doctor Thursday, April 18.

SP | Tsuyoshi Wada | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles SP Tsuyoshi Wada (elbow) will work three innings in an extended spring training game Thursday, April 18. He is likely to need at least one more outing before the team sends him on a minor-league rehab assignment.

SP | Steven Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Orioles RP Steven Johnson (lat) will pitch four innings Thursday, April 18, at extended spring training. After that, he is likely to begin a minor-league rehab assignment with one of the organization's affiliates.

SP | Bartolo Colon | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Bartolo Colon allowed one earned run, four hits and no walks over six innings in a win Wednesday, April 17, against the Houston Astros. He also struck out three batters in the 97-pitch quality start.

SP | Michael Pineda | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda (elbow) threw a live batting practice session of 35 pitches, split into two session Tuesday, April 16. It was his third batting practice session, and a return to the big leagues in late May or early June remains possible.

SP | Andy Pettitte | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP Andy Pettitte (back) threw another bullpen session Wednesday, April 17, and he said he expects to have no problem making his scheduled start Friday, April 19, against the Toronto Blue Jays.

SP | Chris Capuano | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chris Capuano (calf) said Wednesday, April 17, that he felt tightness in his left calf before the game April 11 against the San Diego Padres. That was the day of the infamous brawl, and he said he felt the calf became tighter while he sprinted in from the bullpen during the fracas. However, after four days of treatment, he felt well enough to start Tuesday, April 16, only to partially tear the muscle when he sprinted off the mound to cover first base.

SP | Mike Pelfrey | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
The Minnesota Twins pushed back their rotation one day following the rainout Wednesday, April 17, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. As a result, SP Mike Pelfrey will not start Sunday, April 21, and he will now pitch Monday, April 22, against the Miami Marlins.

SP | Vance Worley | Minnesota Twins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Vance Worley was scheduled to start Wednesday, April 17, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but the game was postponed due to inclement weather. Worley will now start Friday, April 19, in the series opener against the Chicago White Sox, with SPs Scott Diamond and Kevin Correia pitching the other two weekend games.

SP | Ted Lilly | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday, April 17, that the team will insert SP Ted Lilly (back) into the rotation next week in place of SP Chris Capuano (calf). "I'm not sure where else I would go," Mattingly said.

SP | Travis Wood | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Travis Wood has been pushed back one day in the rotation, meaning he will not make his scheduled start Sunday, April 21, against the Milwaukee Brewers, but he will pitch Monday, April 22, against the Cincinnati Reds instead.

SP | Carlos Villanueva | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Carlos Villanueva was expected to start Wednesday, April 17, against the Texas Rangers, but that game was postponed due to rain. Rather than skipping his turn, everyone has been pushed back a day. Villanueva will now start the series finale against the Texas Rangers Thursday, April 18, with SP Jeff Samardzija pushed back one day to Friday, April 19, for the series opener against the Milwaukee Brewers.

SP | Alexi Ogando | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Alexi Ogando will make his scheduled start Thursday, April 18, against the Chicago Cubs despite the rainout Wednesday, April 17. The pitching rotation will not be juggled, and fifth starter SP Justin Grimm will simply have his turn skipped.

SP | John Lackey | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey (biceps) is expected to throw off a mound Thursday, April 18, and in the bullpen this weekend. He could see "game activity" next week if he doesn't have any setbacks, but it's unknown if that will come in a minor league game or in a simulated game.

SP | Danny Hultzen | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SP Danny Hultzen appears to be the top candidate for a promotion to the big leagues if the Mariners suffer an injury or ineffectiveness in their current rotation. Hultzen is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 16 1/3 innings pitched with Triple-A Tacoma this year, and he's struck out 20 and walked only four. It's encouraging, since he had some bad command problems after being called up to Tacoma last year.

SP | Tony Cingrani | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Tony Cingrani will be recalled from Triple-A Louisville to start against the Miami Marlins Thursday, April 18, taking the rotation spot of SP Johnny Cueto (lat). Cingrani has 14 1/3 scoreless innings to start the year at Louisville in three starts while giving up three hits and two walks.

SP | Wade Davis | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Wade Davis gave up five hits in seven shutout innings to beat the Atlanta Braves Wednesday, April 17. He didn't allow a walk and fanned seven hitters.

SP | Wandy Rodriguez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Wandy Rodriguez (hamstring) is scheduled to make his next start Friday, April 19.

SP | Jason Marquis | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres SP Jason Marquis is 7-4 with a 2.53 ERA in 17 games (16 starts) against the Los Angeles Dodgers, lifetime, following his superb outing against them on Tuesday, April 16. The ERA is his second-best against any MLB team, with his 1.77 ERA against the Seattle Mariners being the best. In his career at Dodger Stadium, the right-hander is 5-3 with a 2.43 ERA. "I like the mound here," explained Marquis. "I like the atmosphere here."

SP | Jeff Niemann | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Tampa Bay Rays moved SP Jeff Niemann (shoulder) to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday, April 16.

SP | Ubaldo Jimenez | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians SP Ubaldo Jimenez allowed seven runs in the second inning en route to losing to the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, April 16. He walked five, including two with the bases loaded. Jimenez is just 1-12 since the second half of last season. He gave up two hits and seven earned runs while striking out one in only 1 2/3 innings in the outing.


Relief Pitcher

RP | Eduardo Sanchez | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said he's happy RP Keith Butler is at Triple-A Memphis because RPs Maikel Cleto, Victor Marte and Eduardo Sanchez are struggling.

RP | Brian Wilson | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said the team isn't confident free-agent RP Brian Wilson (Giants) is closer to being healthy, but they're willing to explore anything.

RP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Aroldis Chapman picked up the win Wednesday, April 17, without even warming up. He had retired the last three batters before the rain came the previous night in a 0-0 tie in the eighth inning. The Reds took the lead Wednesday when play resumed, making him the winning pitcher.

RP | Cesar Cabral | New York Yankees | Injury,
New York Yankees P Cesar Cabral (elbow) threw a scoreless inning in his second extended spring training outing Tuesday, April 16.

RP | Tom Wilhelmsen | Seattle Mariners | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Wednesday, April 17, that RP Carter Capps will be the setup man to RP Tom Wilhelmsen, with RP Oliver Perez likely the late-inning guy when the team is ahead.

RP | Francisco Rodriguez | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Milwaukee Brewers re-signed RP Francisco Rodriguez to a minor league deal Wednesday, April 17.

RP | Kelvin Herrera | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
There is a belief that Kansas City Royals RP Kelvin Herrera may have been tipping his pitches during his outing against the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, April 16, in which he surrendered three home runs. Herrera's hand placement appeared to have changed drastically from last night to his outing Wednesday, April 17, in which he had a clean inning.

RP | Joel Hanrahan | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Joel Hanrahan (hamstring) has just resumed his throwing program, but he won't be eligible to return from the disabled list until at least April 29. However, when he returns, he isn't guaranteed to be given the closing role back. "I don't think we're sitting here today ready to make that claim," manager John Farrell said. "I think we've got to get through some things first, particularly how he responds with the hamstring. He's going to need a couple of (minor league) rehab appearances, just to get himself going again. This is a bigger-bodied guy that is a power pitcher, and we want to be sure that he feels comfortable physically before we bring him back to us and then we'll work through that at that time." Hanrahan threw from 75 feet Tuesday, April 16, and 90 feet Wednesday, April 17, and showed "no symptoms."

RP | Craig Breslow | Boston Red Sox | Injury,
Boston Red Sox RP Craig Breslow (shoulder) threw an inning in extended spring training Tuesday, April 16, and will need at least five to seven outings before rejoining the team. He will pitch in extended spring training again Friday, April 19, before throwing a bullpen Sunday, April 21. If he doesn't have any setbacks, he could start a rehab assignment Tuesday, April 23, with Double-A Portland.

RP | Ryan Madson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ryan Madson (elbow) is very confident that he should be able to join the team's bullpen before next month. He threw all three of his pitches with conviction during his bullpen session Tuesday, April 16, and didn't have any pain or setbacks. Manager Mike Scioscia said he'll give Madson a couple of outings to get his feet wet when he returns before moving him to the later innings and a more prominent role.

RP | Frank Francisco | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets RP Frank Francisco (elbow) will pitch an inning with Single-A St. Lucie Wednesday, April 17, beginning his official rehab assignment.

RP | Sean Marshall | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds RP Sean Marshall (shoulder) is on scheduled to come off the disabled list when eligible Tuesday, April 23. Marshall threw long toss the past two days and said his arm strength is where it needs to be. Marshall is willing to go on a short rehab assignment this weekend if the team feels he needs it.

RP | Jeurys Familia | New York Mets | Transaction,
The New York Mets are recalling RP Jeurys Familia from the minors Wednesday, April 17, and sending RP Greg Burke down in a corresponding move.

RP | Kevin Jepsen | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Kevin Jepsen's (lat) MRI exam showed a strained lat, and he'll be shut down for a week. The team doesn't think it'll be a long-term injury.

RP | Jeremy Affeldt | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants placed RP Jeremy Affeldt (oblique) on the 15-day disabled list. RP Jean Machi was recalled in his place.

RP | Shawn Tolleson | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Shawn Tolleson (back) received an epidural injection Tuesday April 16 for the bulging disc in his lower back and hopes to resume throwing within two weeks. His back had already been bothering him when he made his first and only appearance for the club on Friday, April 12, after being called up to replace SP Zack Greinke (broken collarbone) on the roster. Tolleson said it's an aggravation of an injury he suffered in January and believes it flared up during travel between his last appearance for Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday, April 11, and Friday.



 


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