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Dodgers | Clayton Kershaw set for rehab start

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:32:22 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw (back) will make a minor-league rehab start for Class A Rancho Cucamonga Friday, April 25. Manager Don Mattingly said Kershaw would likely make 55 to 60 pitches. "He'll be making more than one, for sure," Mattingly said Wednesday, April 23. Kershaw might be able to re-join the team May 5.

Dodgers | Ill players each feeling better

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:31:40 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Josh Beckett (illness), OF Andre Ethier (illness) and RP J.P. Howell (illness) all reported feeling better Wednesday, April 23, after battling cold and flu symptoms for the past week.

Dodgers | Chad Billingsley slowed in rehab

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:09:58 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) received a platelet-rich-plasma injection Tuesday, April 22, for elbow tendinitis. He is returning from Tommy John surgery April 2013, but he had a setback in his first minor-league rehab start that originally was attributed to scar tissue. Billingsley said he will be shut down five to seven days and then resume a throwing program, but he was uncertain how much longer his recovery is now expected to take.

Reds | Skip Schumaker to play in extended spring

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:09:32 -0700

Cincinnati Reds INF/OF Skip Schumaker (shoulder) is scheduled to travel to Arizona Thursday, April 24, to begin playing in extended spring training games at the team's complex. He will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville once he has advanced through extended spring. "It would initially be five or six inning and then move incrementally to get his stamina up," manager Bryan Price said Wednesday, April 23.

Reds | Aroldis Chapman pleased with BP session

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:08:57 -0700

Cincinnati Reds SP Aroldis Chapman (head) faced hitters Wednesday, April 23, for the first time since he was struck in the head by a line drive last month, suffering fractures above the left eye and nose. He threw 27 pitches of live batting practice. "I felt very good. I didn't feel anything out of the ordinary," Chapman said through an interpreter. Manager Bryan Price said Chapman threw all of his pitches. The next step is for Chapman to throw another live BP session without the assistance of a protective screen this weekend in Atlanta. Then, he is likely to head out on a minor-league rehab assignment.

Nationals | Gio Gonzalez leaves game

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:08:17 -0700

Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez (shoulder) was removed from his start Wednesday, April 23, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim due to some shoulder tightness. Manager Matt Williams said the tightness was due to a cold night, and he doesn't consider it a big deal.

FANTASY TIP: It sounds like the removal of Gonzalez was simply a precaution, and Gonzalez isn't in danger of missing his next scheduled start which is set for Tuesday, April 29, on the road against the Houston Astros. Barring any unexpected setbacks, start him in all fantasy leagues as you normally would.

Mariners | Cole Gillespie likely headed up

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:07:52 -0700

The Seattle Mariners have not announced a corresponding move after optioning SS Nick Franklin to Triple-A Tacoma Wednesday, April 23, but a source indicated OF Cole Gillespie will likely get the call.

Mariners | Nick Franklin optioned

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:07:25 -0700

The Seattle Mariners optioned SS Nick Franklin to Triple-A Tacoma Wednesday, April 23.

Yankees | More on Michael Pineda

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:45:42 -0700

Updating a previous report, New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda is not subject to a mandatory suspension for his ejection for using a foreign substance Wednesday, April 23, against the Boston Red Sox.

FANTASY TIP: The situation will certainly be reviewed by the major league offices, however, and a suspension could be coming. His suspension has had one huge impact already, and that was in the Twitterverse, as #PINEda was among the Top 10 trends.

Marlins | Christian Yelich extends hitting streak

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:45:12 -0700

Miami Marlins OF Christian Yelich had a single in four at-bats Wednesday, April 23, against the Atlanta Braves, pushing his career-high hitting streak to 17 games. He struck out in his other three at-bats.

FANTASY TIP: Yelich has had an interesting hitting streak. He is hitting .366 during the impressive hitting streak, but he has also struck out 21 times in 71 at-bats during the run. He has emerged as a must-start in all NL-only fantasy leagues, and has been a solid mid-level pick-up in daily formats, especially with providers which do not penalize strikeouts.

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Diamondbacks | A.J. Pollock out again

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:44:54 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks OF A.J. Pollock (neck) did not start Wednesday, April 23, against the Chicago Cubs due to neck stiffness, but he was able to make a pinch-running appearance in the ninth inning.

Cubs | Pedro Strop blows save on Wrigley anniversary

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:42:59 -0700

Chicago Cubs RP Pedro Strop allowed four runs - one earned - and two walks with one hit while retiring just two batters in a relief appearance loss Wednesday, April 23, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was another gut-wrenching loss for the Cubs on the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field.

FANTASY TIP: It was a non-save situation, but an ugly performance nonetheless. He needed 31 pitches to record two outs, and could be unavailable Thursday. He might be skating on thin ice, but there isn't really a sure fire closer waiting in the wings, either.

Cubs | Justin Ruggiano to get MRI

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:26:41 -0700

Updating a previous report, Chicago Cubs OF Justin Ruggiano (hamstring) will have an MRI on his left hamstring after suffering an injury Wednesday, April 23, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. "Ruggiano is going to get an MRI," manager Rick Renteria said. "We won't know the extent of it until he gets seen."

Yankees | Michael Pineda ejected

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:02:12 -0700

New York Yankees SP Michael Pineda was ejected Wednesday, April 23, against the Boston Red Sox in the second inning for having a foreign substance on his neck that he was applying to the baseball. Pineda was suspected of having pine tar on the palm of his pitching hand, and Red Sox manager John Farrell asked the home plate umpire to check Pineda. After examination, he was ejected from the game.

Pirates | Travis Ishikawa becomes free agent

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:49:28 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Travis Ishikawa cleared waivers and has elected to become a free agent.

Rangers | Kevin Kouzmanoff held out

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:43:20 -0700

Texas Rangers 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff (back) was held out of the lineup with a sore back Wednesday, April 23.

FANTASY TIP: Kouz's injury doesn't seem to be very serious, so he should be back any day now.

Cardinals | Adam Wainwright works out

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:40:55 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright (knee) worked out as he normally would Wednesday, April 23, and even did one-legged squats. "I'd be lying if I said there was a little tenderness with complete extension," Wainwright said. "I'm already significantly better than I was last night." He expects to make his next start Sunday, April 27.

FANTASY TIP: All signs point to Waino being fine for his next start. Plan to keep him in your starting lineups this weekend.

Rangers | Martin Perez with nice encore performance

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:38:22 -0700

Texas Rangers SP Martin Perez allowed just three hits in a shutout effort against the Oakland Athletics Wednesday, April 23, after coming off his first career shutout and complete game in his last outing. Perez struck out three and walked two in 108 pitches and didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning.

Phillies | Cody Asche continues to sit

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:31:47 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies 3B Cody Asche was benched for the third straight game Wednesday, April 23, after manager Ryne Sandberg said he had faith in the youngster Monday, April 21. The team faced lefties both Monday and Tuesday, April 22, but they are facing a right-hander Wednesday. SS Freddy Galvis is starting at third. Asche hasn't started in six of the team's last 11 games. "He's not playing as well as we'd like," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "But we have to give him chances to play."

FANTASY TIP: Ache's slow start has found him riding pine more often than his owners would like to see. Sandberg is apparently very fond of Galvis and what he can offer the squad in a utility role. Asche isn't worth owning in most mixed leagues if his playing time continues to be spotty.

Dodgers | Four regulars not starting

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:30:01 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez, OF Carl Crawford, 2B Dee Gordon and C Tim Federowicz are not in the starting lineup Wednesday, April 23.

FANTASY TIP: Remove all of these players from your starting lineups this evening.

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