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Giants | Dontrelle Willis released

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:03:25 -0700

The San Francisco Giants released P Dontrelle Willis Wednesday, April 16.

Athletics | Alberto Callaspo improving defensively

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:02:58 -0700

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin was hitting INF Alberto Callaspo balls at first base and Melvin said Callaspo is getting better at the position. Callaspo just needs to learn a few of the intricacies of the position, like bunt plays and cutoffs, but he is reportedly improving.

Athletics | Unclear when Jim Johnson will close

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:02:35 -0700

Oakland Athletics RP Jim Johnson has been making progress since being bumped from the closer's role. He worked an inning in a tie game, got a lot of groundballs, which was a good indication for his sinkerball. And when he missed the zone, he missed down, which is also seen as a big improvement. However, it's uncertain if and when Johnson will re-gain his closer's role.

Athletics | Struggling Josh Reddick held out

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:02:11 -0700

Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick was out of the starting lineup Wednesday, April 16. He has been struggling, but manager Bob Melvin said Reddick is recognizing pitches better. However, he decided with a tough lefty on the mound, it wasn't a good scenario to get Reddick back on track.

Athletics | Coco Crisp available off bench

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:01:42 -0700

Updating a previous report, Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp (hamstring) was out of the starting lineup for a third straight game Wednesday, April 16, due to his hamstring issue. However, he was available as a pinch hitter.

Royals | Jason Vargas to work Friday

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:41:09 -0700

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost has moved SP Jason Vargas up to work Friday, April 18, against the Minnesota Twins due to the injury to SP Bruce Chen (gluteus).

Royals | James Shields moves up a day

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:40:40 -0700

Kansas City Royals SP James Shields will move up a day to pitch Thursday, April 17, against the Houston Astros rather than Friday, April 18, against the Minnesota Twins. It's because SP Bruce Chen (gluteus) was scratched for Thursday.

Royals | Bruce Chen scratched for Thursday

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:32:32 -0700

Kansas City Royals SP Bruce Chen (gluteus) has been nursing a right left gluteus muscle, and manager Ned Yost has scratched him from his scheduled start Thursday, April 17, against the Houston Astros. SP James Shields moves up a day to start Thursday, with SP James Shields working Friday, April 18. Chen will attempt to make his next scheduled start Saturday, April 19, against the Minnesota Twins.

Padres | Carlos Quentin takes live BP

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:31:21 -0700

San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) took batting practice for a third straight day Wednesday, April 16. However, he has yet to run due to the bone bruise in his left knee. Manager Bud Black has ruled out the possibility that Quentin will be ready for a minor-league rehab assignment this weekend.

FANTASY TIP: Fantasy owners of Quentin wait and wait and wait. If you've had him before, you should be used to this. Quentin has so much talent, but he also has a propensity for injury which makes fantasy owners pull their hair out. It appears Quentin will not be back in San Diego until at least May now, so be patient.

Padres | Casey Kelly looks good in sim game

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:30:34 -0700

San Diego Padres P Casey Kelly (elbow) threw a simulated game in Arizona Wednesday, April 16, and he looked good. He might make one more simulated start before beginning a minor-league rehab assignment.

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Padres | Looking at backup options at 3B

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:29:56 -0700

San Diego Padres manager Bud Black said Wednesday, April 16, that the weakest backup position is third base, where INF Alexi Amarista started in place of the injured 3B Chase Headley (biceps). INF Ryan Jackson (wrist) is unavailable at Triple-A El Paso, so the team might look to 1B-OF Yonder Alonso or C Yasmani Grandal to play some third base if Headley is forced out for an extended period.

Padres | Everth Cabrera back in action

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:28:06 -0700

San Diego Padres SS Everth Cabrera (knee) returned to the starting lineup Wednesday, April 16, after sitting Tuesday, April 15, due to a sore right knee.

Giants | Brandon Crawford hopeful for Thursday

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:27:37 -0700

San Francisco Giants SS Brandon Crawford (leg) is dealing with some tightness in his right leg, and he is out of the starting lineup Wednesday, April 16. He said he is available off the bench, and he hopes to be ready to return to the starting lineup Thursday, April 17.

Dodgers | Chad Billingsley has tendinitis

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:26:25 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Chad Billingsley (elbow) is dealing with some tendinitis, and he will be slowed down as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery. There is no problem with Billingsley's surgically repaired ligament.

Dodgers | Yasiel Puig not in lineup

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:59:38 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig was not in the lineup Wednesday, April 16, against the San Francisco Giants. Manager Don Mattingly said it was not because of the ball Puig did not run out Tuesday, April 15, but rather because he has never faced San Francisco Giants SP Ryan Vogelsong.

Giants | Brandon Crawford with tight hammy

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:05:51 -0700

San Francisco Giants SS Brandon Crawford (hamstring) is sitting out due to a tight hamstring Wednesday, April 16. Manager Bruce Bochy said the move is a precaution.

FANTASY TIP: Expect to see Crawford back in the lineup for the team's next game. It makes sense to sit him tonight with the team facing a lefty.

Mets | Jose Valverde still the closer

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:01:00 -0700

New York Mets manager Terry Collins said RP Jose Valverde remains the team's closer after allowing home runs to three of the last eight batters he's faced. Valverde gave up two home runs with a five-run lead in the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, April 16. His ERA has risen to 6.14.

FANTASY TIP: It's way too soon to start looking for a change at the back end of the Mets' bullpen. Valverde will be prone to the long ball, but he's earned a little more rope to start the season. New York doesn't have a wealth of other options with closing experience, either.

Athletics | Scott Kazmir feels good after bullpen

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:37:22 -0700

Oakland Athletics SP Scott Kazmir (triceps) said he was pain-free during his bullpen session Wednesday, April 16, and expects to make his start Saturday, April 19.

Angels | Kole Calhoun out 4-6 weeks

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:29:00 -0700

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Kole Calhoun (ankle) is dealing with a serious ligament sprain and will be out four to six weeks, according to manager Mike Scioscia.

FANTASY TIP: It couldn't be a worse time for the Angels, who just lost Josh Hamilton (thumb) for a similar timetable. Collin Cowgill is the main beneficiary in right field, and he should now be owned in all AL leagues. Brennan Boesch could wind up in a platoon with Cowgill, too.

Mariners | Blake Beavan has shoulder tendonitis

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:15:03 -0700

Seattle Mariners SP Blake Beavan (shoulder) landed on the disabled list with right shoulder tendonitis after he was only able to go four innings against the Texas Rangers. He said he has "dead arm" from a knot in his shoulder. "I just had no life on my ball," he said. "It's just frustrating because I had a great opportunity to help these guys and fill the void of other guys being down. Now I'm in the same situation, but hopefully it's something where in the next 10 days we can get out of there and slide back into the action and help us win some ballgames."

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