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Friday, April 18, 2014

Jake Arrieta 'one start away' from return to Cubs


The Chicago Cubs are in last place in the National League Central division as expected, but do not blame the starting pitching. Cubs starters have a very respectable ERA of 3.77 as play ends on April 18, and they soon could get a boost. MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports that pitcher Jake Arrieta "may be one start away from getting back to the big leagues."

Blue Jays' Adam Lind on the DL, Juan Francisco to take his spot


The Toronto Blue Jays have been without Adam Lind since he injured his back in Tuesday's win over the Minnesota Twins.  The entire team had Wednesday off thanks to a rainout and he was held out of both games of a double-header on Thursday.  Before today's game with the Cleveland Indians,  Lind went through some stretching programs to see if his back had recovered.  Apparently, it hasn't.  Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com tweets out an obvious move:

Lakers' Steve Nash hopes to play next season


The Los Angeles Lakers signed Steve Nash prior to the 2012-2013 season in hopes to team up with Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard to make a run at an NBA championship. The Lakers won 45 games and were a seventh seed in the playoffs. Nash was limited to 50 games, but showed signs of his old self, averaging 12.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. But this season was a nightmare to both Nash and the Lakers. As a team, the Lakers won 27 games, sixth worst in the NBA. Nash was injured most of the season and appeared in only 15 games. But Nash, even at age 40, says he hopes to play next season

Tigers closer Joe Nathan feeling better following "dead arm" period


The Detroit Tigers head into a weekend series against the Minnesota Twins with a 7-5 record, first in the American League Central. Closer Joe Nathan, who struggled out of the gate, pitched a one-two-three ninth against the Indians on Thursday to record his second save of the season. He had been going through Nathan had blown two of his first three save opportunities, but doesn't attribute the slow start to an injury.

Reds' Aroldis Chapman cleared for fielding and batting practice


Just two days ago, we at Sports Injury Alert got word that Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman would throw bullpen sessions every three days during the Reds' current road trip that began on Friday. That report from MLB.com's Mark Sheldon said that Chapman may receive clearance to throw live batting practice and take fielding practice near the end of that trip. It turns out, though, that Chapman could begin those drills sooner.

Angels' David Freese scratched due to sore quad


According to Jeff Fletcher the Orange County Register, Angels infielder David Freese has been scratched from Friday’s lineup due to a sore right quad, but is believed to be not serious.

Tanner Scheppers is ninth Texas Ranger on DL


The Texas Rangers' disabled list keeps growing and growing, and that list is now nine players deep. MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports that the Rangers have placed starting pitcher Tanner Scheppers on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow and forearm. The Rangers announced the move late Friday afternoon.

BREAKING: Reds' Brandon Phillips pulled from Friday's game vs Cubs with injury


The Cincinnati Reds are playing the Chicago Cubs this afternoon to kick off their three-game set in the windy city.  Brandon Phillips has left the game with an apparent injury in the bottom of the third inning.  Phillips had started the day going 1-for-2 with a single in the 1st inning.  However, in his first at-bat, the play had to be stopped after Phillips took a violent swing and seemed to hurt his back.  John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer tweets it out:

Yankees Injury Updates: Carlos Beltran, David Robertson


Although Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran stayed in the game after a scary flip over a wall (video here) in the 3rd inning of last night's win against the Tampa Bay Rays, Beltran is not sure if he will be able to play in tonight's tilt against the same team, reports Brendan Kuty of NJ.com. Beltran said he suffered a sore left shoulder and right wrist in the fall.

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com informs us that closer David Robertson (strained left groin) threw a bullpen session on Thursday, is fielding grounders today, and remains on track for his return on Tuesday, April 22.  (Details on Mark Teixeira's expected return are in this SportsInjuryAlert post). 

Mariners' Brandon Maurer to take Blake Beavan's start Sunday


From Paxton to Beavan to Maurer. That is the progression that the Seattle Mariners have endured in their efforts to keep their starting rotation in tact until they get Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker back.

After two very good starts, James Paxton went on the disabled list on April 9 with a strained lat muscle. Blake Beavan came up from Triple-A on April 15. He lasted four innings before experiencing shoulder tendinitis; he hit the DL the next day. Now, as the Seattle Times' Ryan Divish reports, the Mariners have called up Brandon Maurer to take Beavan's start in Miami on Easter Sunday.