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Pirates | Chris Stewart nearing return

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:48:09 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates C Chris Stewart (knee) caught seven innings for Triple-A Indianapolis Saturday, April 12, and all of a four-hours plus game Sunday, April 13. Manager Clint Hurdle said Stewart felt good Monday, April 14, and he could return soon. "We're finalizing the last bit of Chris' return-to-play program," Hurdle said, "and just have to run it by (general manager Neal Huntington)."

Orioles | Manny Machado runs

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:47:36 -0700

Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado (knee) ran six sprints up to 90 feet at the team's spring training facility Monday, April 14, and he took four at-bats in a simulated game. Machado will go at full speed at 180 feet Tuesday, April 15. Machado has not been cutting the bases and that's the most important test before he's cleared for extended spring training games. He could be cleared for cutting the bases later this week.

Nationals | No MRI scheduled for Nate McLouth

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:47:03 -0700

Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals OF Nate McLouth (knee) is "extremely sore," according to manager Matt Williams. "Structurally, it seems fine. There's no cause for concern in that regard. He just tweaked it. And it could be sore for a couple of days," Williams said Monday, April 14. So far, McLouth is not scheduled for an MRI.

Nationals | Jordan Zimmermann ties franchise record

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:46:36 -0700

Washington Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann became the first Nationals pitcher to go seven innings this season, allowing just two runs with seven strikeouts in a win Monday, April 14, against the Miami Marlins. With the win, he ties SP Livan Hernandez (44) with the most wins in franchise history.

Nationals | Adam LaRoche sits against lefty

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:46:04 -0700

Washington Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche (rest) was out of the starting lineup Monday, April 14, against the Miami Marlins for the first time this season.

FANTASY TIP: There is nothing wrong with LaRoche, as it was just a day off against a left-handed starter. Daily fantasy owners can plug him back in the active lineup Tuesday.

Marlins | Brad Hand slapped around

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:45:36 -0700

Miami Marlins SP Brad Hand allowed five earned runs, eight hits and a walk in just three innings in a loss Monday, April 14, against the Washington Nationals. He is now 1-11 in his career as a starter.

Cardinals | Matt Carpenter ejected

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:59:14 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals 2B-3B Matt Carpenter was ejected from the game Monday, April 14, against the Milwaukee Brewers for arguing balls and strikes.

Mariners | Corey Hart to remain at cleanup

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:57:48 -0700

Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Monday, April 14, that 1B-OF Corey Hart will likely serve as the club's primary cleanup hitter for now.

FANTASY TIP: Hart has struggled average-wise so far this season, so fantasy owners in rotisserie formats might want to keep him reserved until he starts hitting.

Mariners | Justin Smoak dropped in lineup

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:57:20 -0700

Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon shook up his lineup by dropping 1B Justin Smoak to seventh in the order. Smoak had batted cleaned up for the first 10 games, and dropped to fifth Sunday, April 13. "We got shutout (Sunday) and scored one run two days ago. Just trying to shake it up a little bit," McClendon said Monday, April 14.

Mariners | Tom Wilhelmsen available

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:50:21 -0700

Updating a previous report, Seattle Mariners RP Tom Wilhelmsen (back) is available again for duty Monday, April 14, after being slowed over the weekend by tightness in his back.

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Red Sox | Dustin Pedroia to re-join team in Chicago

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:49:01 -0700

Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia (wrist) has inflammation, but no structure damage, in his left wrist. He is expected to re-join the club in Chicago Tuesday, April 15.

FANTASY TIP: It is still uncertain if Pedroia will play when he re-joins the team, as the reports mentioned swelling. However, the good news is fantasy owners appear to have dodged a major bullet, as the threat of a stint on the 15-day disabled list appears to have passed.

Mariners | Taijuan Walker to make rehab start Tuesday

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:48:28 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Taijuan Walker (shoulder) will make his third minor-league rehab start for a third different club Tuesday, April 15, when he pitches for Triple-A Tacoma. Minor-league rehab assignments can last a maximum of 30 days for pitchers. He is recovering from a sore shoulder that surfaced in spring training and forced a one-week shutdown from all throwing in early March.

Mariners | Hisashi Iwakuma to throw Tuesday

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:18:00 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) will throw a 55-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, April 15, that should include some split-finger fastballs. The split-finger fastball is Iwakuma's signature pitch, and throwing it from a mound should provide one of the final tests in his recovery from a strained ligament in his middle finger.

FANTASY TIP: It's uncertain when Iwakuma will officially make his regular season debut, but the timetable has always been late April. Fantasy owners will want to wait until he is officially activated from the 15-day disabled list and able to make one full start to prove his health before plugging him into the active lineup.

Rays | Enny Romero scratched

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:17:33 -0700

Tampa Bay Rays P Enny Romero was scratched from his start Monday, April 14, with Triple-A Durham in case he is needed with the big club. SP Jake Odorizzi (illness) is under the weather and uncertain for Tuesday, April 15.

Phillies | Ben Revere still sidelined

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:17:12 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies OF Ben Revere (ribs) is not in the starting lineup Monday, April 14, for a third consecutive game due to an injury to his ribs. OF Tony Gwynn Jr. made another start in his absence.

Cubs | Kyuji Fujikawa leaves extended spring start

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:16:45 -0700

According to reports, Chicago Cubs RP Kyuji Fujikawa (elbow) called the trainer to the mound and left his extended spring training outing Monday, April 14. It was his first game action since undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Athletics | Scott Kazmir takes day off

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:16:20 -0700

Updating a previous report, Oakland Athletics SP Scott Kazmir (triceps) said Monday, April 14, that he feels great, but he took off from throwing. He still very much anticipates making his next scheduled start Saturday, April 19, against the Houston Astros.

Mariners | Logan Morrison removed from game

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:05:20 -0700

Seattle Mariners OF Logan Morrison (hamstring) was removed from the game with a tight right hamstring Monday, April 14.

Athletics | Scott Kazmir expects to start this weekend

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:03:49 -0700

Oakland Athletics SP Scott Kazmir (triceps) said his left triceps feels fine, and he is expecting to start Saturday, April 19.

Red Sox | No structural damage for Koji Uehara

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:51:10 -0700

Boston Red Sox RP Koji Uehara's (shoulder) MRI exam showed no structural damage in his arm.

FANTASY TIP: Uehara is expected to rejoin the team Tuesday, and he could be available to pitch.