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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Orioles' Johan Santana to throw a bullpen session on Thursday


Mastering the art of resiliency, Baltimore Orioles left-hander Johan Santana will continue his road back to big leagues on Thursday, as the 35-year old is scheduled to throw a bullpen session at the team's minor league complex in Sarasota, Florida.

Vikings' Kyle Rudolph says broken foot is fully healed


Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph declared his foot 100 percent healed on Tuesday and says he has been running without any trouble since mid-February, according to Ben Goessling of ESPN.com.

Dodgers activate Brian Wilson from DL


According to Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News, Dodgers Brian Wilson has been activated from the 15-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, Los Angeles will send left handed specialist Paco Rodriguez to Triple-A.

Orioles' Adam Jones and Evan Meek both out with illness


The game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday was postponed due to inclement weather. Normally a postponement isn't at top of a team's want list. In the case of the Orioles where the flu has been sweeping through their clubhouse, an extra day off isn't a bad thing particularly when star outfielder Adam Jones and reliever Evan Meek were send home due to illness.

Knicks' Carmelo Anthony diagnosed with torn labrum in right shoulder


New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony underwent an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury in his right shoulder. According to Al Iannazzone on Twitter, Anthony has a small tear in his right labrum, but will not require surgery. He will be re-evaluated next month.

Red Sox' Dustin Pedroia, Koji Uehara, Shane Victorino all due back this week


The Boston Red Sox find themselves in last place in the American League East at 5-8 as play begins on April 15. While it is still very early, they could use the services of three key players who have missed action or played below expectations due to injury. Dustin Pedroia, Koji Uehara, and Shane Victorino are all due back by the end of this week, and their returns could help boost the defending World Champions back into the race very soon.

Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma throws 55 pitches, near rehab assignment


The Seattle Mariners are getting closer and closer to having their #2 starter back in the rotation. Hisashi Iwakuma threw 55 pitches in a Tuesday bullpen session, and he will pitch a simulated game at the end of the week. The confusion, though, is about which day that game will occur. Two Mariners beat writers, Greg Johns of MLB.com and Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle, tweeted about Iwakuma's progress but have noted different dates for the simulation.

Yankees' Derek Jeter likely would have played Tuesday if not rained out


After sitting out both weekend games with the Boston Red Sox and having an off day Monday, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter would very likely have played again Tuesday night against the Chicago Cubs had the rain not forced a postponement. MLB.com's Yankees beat writer Bryan Hoch announced Sunday via Twitter that manager Joe Girardi felt "really good" about playing his captain Tuesday night.

Braves' Craig Kimbrel plays catch with no issues


The Atlanta Braves' Craig Kimbrel caused some concern for fans of the reigning NL East champs on Monday night when it emerged that the star closer was dealing with shoulder soreness. Manager Fredi Gonzalez downplayed the severity of the problem after Monday's game and Tuesday morning brought further reassurance with the news, as reported by Mark Bowman of MLB.com, that Kimbrel played catch with no problems.

Lakers' Kent Bazemore to undergo surgery Wednesday


After announcing Kent Bazemore would sit out the rest of the season, we are now learning the Lakers guard will undergo surgery on his foot Wednesday.

An MRI revealed the 24-year-old tore the peroneus longs tendon in his right foot in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers last week.

Mike Trudell, beat reporter for Lakers.com reported the surgery, and that the timetable for Bazemore's return depends on the outcome of his surgery.

Bazemore averaged just two points in 4.4 minutes in 61 games with the Warriors last season, and only 2.3 points in 6.1 minutes in the 44 games he played with the Warriors this season. With the Lakers, however, he averaged 13.6 points and 3.4 rebounds in 28.7 minutes.