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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.'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 tweets out an obvious move:

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'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.'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 Beltran said he suffered a sore left shoulder and right wrist in the fall.

Bryan Hoch of 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.

Cardinals' Jaime Garcia (shoulder) to throw bullpen Saturday

St. Louis Cardinals lefty starting pitcher Jaime Garcia acknowledged in spring training that his surgically repaired shoulder will never be what it was before, and he will have to learn to adjust, reported Derrick Gould of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Although a visit to Dr. James Andrews revealed no structural damage in the shoulder, he was held back in Florida to recover from from left shoulder bursitis. According to Jenifer Langosch of, manager Mike Matheny said Garcia is expected to throw about 35 pitches from a mound on Saturday. There is no timetable for Garcia's return.

Yankees expect Mark Teixeira back Sunday

The A.L. East-leading New York Yankees will soon get one of their injured players back, one who can help ramp up their run production.'s Bryan Hoch reported Friday morning that first baseman Mark Teixeira will likely return to the lineup on Easter Sunday, April 20.

Twins' Jason Bartlett begins rehab assignment

The Minnesota Twins enter a weekend series against the Kansas City Royals at 8-7, a half game behind the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central. They received some promising news on the injury front, as utility infielder Jason Bartlett began a Minor League rehab assignment and could be ready to rejoin the Twins soon.

Phillies' Cole Hamels pitches seven innings in rehab start

The Philadelphia Phillies enter the weekend series against the Colorado Rockies coming off back to back stellar performances out of the top of their rotation. A.J. Burnett and Cliff Lee allowed a combined one run in 16 innings. The Phillies are set to add a the final piece of what they hope to be a dominant trio, as Cole Hamels looks ready to return after his latest rehab start.

Dodgers' Chad Billingsley (elbow) - MRI shows only tendonitis

The Los Angeles Dodgers, leading the NL West at 10-6, had a scare yesterday when Chad Billingsley—who is recovering from April 2013 Tommy John surgery—felt something happen during a bullpen session on Tuesday.

Padres Injury Updates: Chase Headley, Josh Johnson, Ryan Jackson, Max Fried

The San Diego Padres are 7-9 to start the season but they've done it despite injuries to some key players.  They also have some top prospects battling injuries.  The Padres host the division leading San Francisco Giants tonight to kick off a three-game set.  They'll hand the ball to Tyson Ross (1-2) as he takes on Matt Cain (0-2) at 7:10pm Pacific.  Let's go over the injuries they have.

Orioles' Manny Machado to slide for first time since surgery

Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has been rehabbing his surgically repaired knee much longer than he would have liked. He obviously wants to get back out on the field as soon as possible to help his team. Machado will take two big steps this weekend in his rehab to bring his season debut closer to reality.

Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw throws another bullpen; not ready for rehab start yet

The best pitcher in baseball, Los Angeles Dodgers left hander Clayton Kershaw, threw an "aggressive" bullpen session on Thursday, reports Ken Gurnick of

Red Sox injury notes: Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino

The Boston Red Sox have struggled offensively so far this season, but they received a boost last night with the return of Mike Napoli to the lineup. The first baseman dislocated his left ring finger on Wednesday night against the Chicago White Sox. Outfielder Shane Victorino should be back soon, as well.

Pirates' José Tabata (concussion-like symptoms) hits double off the bench

The evening after he experienced "mild concussion-like symptoms" in a collision with the left-field wall, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata came off the bench as a pinch hitter, aiding the Pirates' cause with an RBI double (video).

Rockies' Michael Cuddyer (hamstring) is day-to-day

Michael Cuddyer, who got right back into action after colliding with a wall in San Diego on Tuesday, left Thursday afternoon's game in the 7th inning with a cramp in his left hamstring, reports Thomas Harding of (Video here). Cuddyer was replaced in right field by Brandon Barnes, as the Colorado Rockies defeated the San Diego Padres 3-1. He expects to be out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies, but does not anticipate a DL stint.