- A look at Thursday's matchups (all times Eastern)
Braves (Alex Wood
- L) at Mets (Zack Wheeler
- R), 12:10
Pirates (A.J. Burnett
- R) at Nationals (Gio Gonzalez
- L), 12:35
Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda
- R) at Rangers (Derek Holland
- L), 2:05
Tigers (Justin Verlander
- R) at White Sox (Jake Peavy
- R), 2:10
Padres (Edinson Volquez
- R) at Brewers (Yovani Gallardo
- R), 2:10
Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi
- R) at Rockies (Juan Nicasio
- R), 3:10
Astros (Erik Bedard
- L) at Blue Jays (Mark Buehrle
- L), 7:07
Rays (Jeremy Hellickson
- R) at Red Sox (John Lackey
- R), 7:10
Phillies (Kyle Kendrick
- R) at Cardinals (Lance Lynn
- R), 7:15
Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez
- R) at Royals (Jeremy Guthrie
- R), 8:10
Cubs (Carlos Villanueva
- R) at Diamondbacks (Wade Miley
- L), 9:40
Angels (C.J. Wilson
- L) at Athletics (Dan Straily
- R), 10:05
Reds (Mat Latos
- R) at Dodgers (Zack Greinke
- R), 10:10
Twins (Kevin Correia
- R) at Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma
- R), 10:10
Day Game After Night Game:
ATL, NYM, PIT, WAS, NYY, TEX, DET, CWS, SD, MIL, MIA, COL
, OF, HOU (Calf) - Not in the lineup Wednesday due to a mildly strained left calf.
, 2B, CWS (Wrist) - Progressed slightly Wednesday, but another day is required to determine whether a DL stint is on the docket.
, OF, PHI (Concussion) - Will be out of the lineup through at least Friday as a result of concussion-like symptoms sustained during Tuesday's diving attempt at a catch.
, 3B, DET (Hip) - Did not play for a second consecutive game Wednesday due to a sore left hip flexor.
, SS, CIN (Hip) - Out of the lineup Wednesday due to hip stiffness.
, SS, WAS (Hand) - Held out of the lineup Wednesday due to a blister on his left hand.
, OF, LAA (Ankle) - Had a cortisone injection in his ankle Tuesday, which kept him out of the lineup Wednesday; however, he should be able to play Thursday.
, P, MIL (Hand) - Limited to light throws Wednesday and is expected to make his upcoming nod Sunday in Colorado.
, OF, WAS (Knee) - Missed Wednesday's game due to soreness in his right knee.
, P, ATL (Leg) - Will miss the rest of the season after suffering a fractured right ankle during Wednesday's start.
, C, OAK (Head) - Was removed from Wednesday's game as a precaution after he was hit in the mask, and a lingering headache may hold him out Thursday.
, P, CLE (Hip) - Completed a bullpen session without complications Tuesday and is on track to start Friday versus the Rangers.
ez, OF, HOU (Back) - Out of the lineup Wednesday, after hurting his back during a collision with a fellow outfielder Tuesday.
, C, MIN (Personal) - Away from the team Wednesday, as his wife gave birth to twins; he can remain on the paternity list up to three days.
, C, ARI (Back) - Did not start Wednesday due to light back pain.
, OF, MIA (Thumb) - Expected to land on the 15-day DL due to a torn ligament in his left thumb.
, OF, PIT (Forearm) - Was removed from Wednesday's game after he was hit on the left forearm during a pinch-hit appearance.
Players on the DL
, P, SF (Abdomen) - Will embark upon a rehab assignment Wednesday at Triple-A Fresno.
, P, OAK (Foot) - Completed a 40-pitch bullpen session Tuesday and is expected to toss another later this week.
, P, ATL (Elbow) - Could be cleared to return to the rotation Monday.
, P, COL (Abdomen) - Rejoined the team Tuesday but is still feeling weak from Friday's appendectomy.
, OF, SD (Achilles) - Will not come off the disabled list when first eligible Saturday.
, P, CIN (Forearm) - Threw a bullpen session Wednesday, his third without issue to date.
, P, BOS (Shoulder) - Played catch off flat ground from 90 feet, increasing the intensity as the session carried on.
, P, ARI (Hip) - Tossed a bullpen session Tuesday and is slated to throw a simulated game Thursday in Arizona.
, P, CWS (Shoulder) - Playing catch Thursday, and if a setback is avoided, he will again be cleared to throw off a mound.
, P, WAS (Back) - Will miss another month, after receiving an injection in his ailing back Wednesday, thus pushing a potential return to late August at the earliest.
, P, DET (Shoulder) - Started a rehab assignment Wednesday at Low-A West Michigan.
, OF, NYM (Oblique) - Was hitless with a walk in two at-bats during his first rehab outing Wednesday for the Gulf Coast League Mets.
, P, NYM (Forearm) - Started throwing at the team's spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, FL.
, P, TEX (Elbow) - Has a target date of August 2 for a return to the big club.
, P, MIL (Oblique) - Reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and joined the team for Wednesday's game.
, P, STL (Shoulder) - Will have season-ending surgery performed Friday to repair a left lat tear.
, P, TB (Back) - Gave up three runs on four hits in less than an inning during Tuesday's rehab outing at High-A Charlotte.
, OF, NYY (Finger) - Relayed that he will start up a rehab assignment Thursday at High-A Tampa.
, C, CIN (Wrist) - Unlikely to be activated from the DL on Thursday but may return to the lineup as soon as Friday.
, P, BOS (Forearm) - Had a checkup with the team's medical staff Tuesday and will not begin a throwing program for another six weeks.
, P, TEX (Back) - Totaled 25 pitches while throwing live batting practice Wednesday, but his velocity was not up to par.
, OF, STL (Hamstring) - Expected to be ready for activation from the DL when he's first eligible on July 27.
, 2B, DET (Ankle) - Began a rehab assignment Wednesday at Low-A West Michigan and is slated to play there Thursday as well.
, SS, NYY (Quadriceps) - Ran sprints, participated in batting practice, and fielded groundballs Tuesday.
, OF, CIN (Shoulder) - Went 1-for-2 with a walk during his first rehab outing Wednesday at Low-A Dayton.
, P, CIN (Shoulder) - Resumed throwing Wednesday following a setback with his sore left shoulder over the weekend.
, OF, MIN (Ankle) - Experiencing continued soreness in his left Achilles when running the bases.
, P, BOS (Shoulder) - Threw his second bullpen session Wednesday.
, P, TOR (Forearm) - The inflammation in his right forearm will be examined in the next few days.
, P, NYM (Shoulder) - Will embark upon a rehab assignment no later than August 1.
, 3B, NYY (Hamstring) - Took part in a simulated game Tuesday and ran the bases for the first time since sustaining a Grade 2 hamstring strain on July 2.
, OF, BAL (Neck) - Was moved to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday, after undergoing season-ending surgery to fuse two vertebrae in his neck.
, P, ARI (Elbow) - Played catch for the first time Wednesday since June 11 but still faces a lengthy rehabilitation.
, 3B, NYY (Hip) - Will be examined by the Yankees' medical staff Thursday, after an independent doctor declared that he does not have an injured quad.
, C, SF (Shoulder) - Moved his rehab assignment Wednesday to Triple-A Fresno.
, OF, ATL (Ankle) - Has started taking swings and throwing, and may receive clearance to run and take live batting practice this weekend.
, OF, ATL (Leg) - Played catch and participated in batting practice prior to Wednesday's game.
, P, SF (Hand) - Will have his rehab assignment transferred from rookie-level to High-A San Jose on Friday.
- Players who have been demoted, called up, traded, released, you name it. We'll cover it here.
Placed on the DL
(15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
, 3B, NYY
, OF, LAD
, C, MIN (Paternity list)
Activated from the DL
(15-day DL unless otherwise noted)
, OF, CHC
, P, MIL
, P, LAD
(from Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
, 3B, NYY
, C, MIN
, 3B, PHI
, SS, OAK
(to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
, P, CIN
, 2B, OAK
, 1B, CHC
, C, SF
, OF, CHC
, 3B, CIN
, P, SF
Designated for Assignment
, 3B, OAK
, C, PHI
, 3B, BAL
, OF, ARI
- Following Francisco Rodriguez
's departure via Tuesday's trade, Henderson is the unquestioned closer in the land of brews. Since the latter's activation from the DL on June 9, Rodriguez had gathered the vast majority of save opportunities, with Henderson succeeding on just 1-of-3 chances. Henderson's 18 appearances in the interim have been somewhat hit or miss en route to a 1-2 record, 3.71 ERA, and 1.471 WHIP across 17 innings. However, he has allowed runs in just one of his last eight outings -- including Tuesday's scoreless ninth frame -- with a 9:5 K:BB ratio in seven frames, which is a better indicator of his upcoming performances. For now, he'll hold down the fort in Milwaukee, despite the potential lack of late-inning counting stats from the team with MLB's fourth-worst record.
- The venerable Mariano Rivera
picked up a surprise save Tuesday when his teammates rallied from one run down in the top of the ninth inning, tallying two runs on two hits and a walk on Texas' own stellar save artist, Joe Nathan
. While Enter Sandman did not blare in Rangers Ballpark when he trotted out to the mound, Rivera shut down the opposition in short order, utilizing 12 pitches (eight strikes) to notch two strikeouts during a perfect frame, for save No. 32 of the season. Despite a subpar (for him) WHIP of 1.211, his retirement tour can be termed nothing but a success, as the 43-year-old remains the gold standard of firemen across baseball.
, P, MIL - A pedestrian first three months of the season have suddenly turned around for Peralta, who has racked up four quality starts in his last six nods. During that stretch, his control has been honed in, as he has posted a 3-1 record, 0.87 ERA, 0.968 WHIP, and 32:15 K:BB ratio in 41.1 innings. If he can continue to average nearly seven innings per outing -- or even six for that matter -- the Brewers' bullpen has displayed the ability throughout 2013 to secure victories when not overtaxed. While he next pays a visit to the thin air of Colorado on Friday, Peralta's recent run should be used by savvy owners, until the oasis in Wisconsin evaporates.
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