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- A look at Thursday's matchups (all times Eastern)
Athletics (Bartolo Colon
- R) at Indians (Scott Kazmir
- L), 12:05
Yankees (CC Sabathia
- L) at Rockies (Jeff Francis
- L), 3:10
Tigers (Doug Fister
- R) at Nationals (Dan Haren
- R), 4:05
Royals (Jeremy Guthrie
- R) at Orioles (Freddy Garcia
- R), 7:05
Twins (Kevin Correia
- R) at Red Sox (John Lackey
- R), 7:10
Pirates (Jeff Locke
- L) at Mets (Dillon Gee
- R), 7:10
Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey
- R) at Rays (David Price
- L), 7:10
Angels (Jason Vargas
- L) at Astros (Lucas Harrell
- R), 8:10
Phillies (Cole Hamels
- L) at Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin
- L), 9:40
Braves (Julio Teheran
- R) at Giants (Ryan Vogelsong
- R), 10:15
Day Game After Night Game:
OAK, CLE, NYY, COL, DET, WAS
, P, SF (Leg) - Left Wednesday's game due to an apparent leg injury.
, OF, LAD (Hamstring) - Did not start Wednesday due to minor tightness in his hamstring.
, P, BAL (Thumb) - Expected to start Saturday, though his status is up in the air.
, C, PIT (Neck) - Sat out Wednesday for the second consecutive outing.
, 3B, BOS (Ribs) - Underwent an MRI on Wednesday, which was returned negative.
, SS, NYY (Ribs) - Felt better following treatment Tuesday but did not play Wednesday.
, OF, SF (Groin) - Did not play Wednesday, as he has a strained abductor in his groin.
, P, OAK (Neck) - In line to make his next start Saturday.
, C, TEX (Oblique) - Was not a part of the starting lineup Wednesday.
, C, BOS (Quadriceps) - Did not start Wednesday but had clearance to be used in an emergency.
, P, MIA (Groin) - Expected to make his next start, despite his removal from Tuesday's game due to right groin tightness.
, OF, PIT (Hamstring) - Lined out in a pinch-hit appearance Wednesday, his first at-bat since May 1.
, SS, COL (Leg) - Sidelined Wednesday as a precaution due to cold and wet conditions.
, OF, WAS (Hamstring) - Missed Wednesday's contest due to the potential for rain.
Players on the DL
, P, OAK (Ankle) - Threw 30 pitches in a side session Wednesday and experienced no setbacks.
, P, BOS (Biceps) - Scheduled to begin a throwing program Thursday.
, 3B, BAL (Knee) - Has not received clearance to start baseball activities.
, OF, CLE (Finger) - Had an examination following Wednesday's game at Triple-A Columbus.
, P, CIN (Oblique) - Will toss another bullpen session Thursday.
, P, CHW (Shoulder) - Threw 92 pitches across five innings at Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday.
, P, DET (Elbow) - Slated to embark upon a rehab assignment in the near future.
, P, TOR (Elbow) - Will start throwing bullpen sessions in three weeks.
, P, LAD (Elbow) - Will begin a rehab assignment Friday and could return to the Dodgers' bullpen within 7-to-10 days.
, P, CHW (Elbow) - Underwent successful surgery Wednesday.
, 2B, SD (Foot) - Began jogging Wednesday, as he gradually increases his baseball activities.
, P, NYY (Elbow) - Logged another scoreless inning in a rehab outing Wednesday.
, P, CHC (Forearm) - Expected to slot into a setup role in front of closer Kevin Gregg
upon his activation from the DL.
, OF, NYY (Forearm) - Moving rehab assignment to Triple-A Scranton on Thursday.
, P, LAD (Collarbone) - Looked impressive during Tuesday's bullpen session but is not yet ready for game situations.
, P, PHI (Shoulder) - Will have surgery to repair bone spurs, a partially torn rotator cuff, and a frayed labrum.
, C, CIN (Oblique) - Started a rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday.
, P, BOS (Forearm) - Shut down indefinitely following an exam Tuesday.
, OF, ATL (Abdomen) - Will start a rehab assignment Thursday and be evaluated Monday.
, P, TOR (Elbow) - Will begin tossing bullpen sessions in three weeks.
, P, LAA (Elbow) - Scheduled to face batters in extended spring training Thursday and Saturday before starting a rehab assignment.
, OF, SD (Wrist) - Working in the outfield and weight room, but he remains 7-to-10 days away from a return to the lineup.
, P, PIT (Shoulder) - A recent MRI revealed inflammation but no structural damage.
, P, BOS (Chest) - Resumed his rehab assignment at Double-A Portland on Wednesday.
, P, PIT (Elbow) - Played catch on flat ground Tuesday and slated to throw a bullpen session this weekend.
, P, CLE (Elbow) - Tossed a bullpen session Wednesday.
, P, TEX (Wrist) - Gave up five hits and one run in four innings during a rehab start Monday.
, SS, LAD (Hamstring) - Sidelined for the next 4-to-6 weeks.
, 2B, BAL (Hamstring) - Will undergo surgery Thursday and miss six additional weeks.
, P, MIL (Shoulder) - Removed from his rehab appearance Tuesday after only nine pitches.
, P, TOR (Triceps) - Expected to pitch in extended spring training outings on Thursday and Saturday.
, 1B, NYY (Wrist) - Fielded groundballs Tuesday and is scheduled to hit on the field Friday.
, P, ATL (Elbow) - Slated to throw off a mound Thursday.
, OF, CHW (Oblique) - Played both ends of a doubleheader at Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday.
- 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)
, P, TOR
, 1B, MIA (transferred to 60-day DL)
, P, ARI
, OF, OAK
, 2B, MIA
, 1B, OAK
, 2B, MIA
, C, LAD
, P, TOR
, P, ARI
, P, PIT
(to Triple-A, unless otherwise noted)
, 3B, PIT
, 1B, CHW
, SS, LAD
, P, PHI
Brohiglyn Rivero, P, CHC
Humberto Garcia, 2B, CHC
Andres Pena, P, SEA
, P, OAK
, P, PIT
Cubs - Over the past few weeks, Kevin Gregg
has been the Cubs' acting closer, a role which was officially handed to him Wednesday by manager Dale Sveum. During his last seven appearances, five have resulted in saves, as he has held the opposition scoreless with a 10:2 K:BB ratio across 7.1 innings. In actuality, the decision was a simple one, as his fellow relievers have fallen by the wayside -- Kyuji Fujikawa
(forearm), literally -- with all of Carlos Marmol
, James Russell
, Shawn Camp
, and even Hector Rondon
blowing a save since April 22. The upcoming return of Fujikawa from the disabled list ultimately shouldn't threaten Gregg's standing in the short term nor the foreseeable future, unless of course he falters.
, 1B, TB - Loney will never be mistaken for a power hitter, as he has belted just one home run in 96 at-bats this season. Nonetheless, his bat has been doing work following a tortoise-like start, tallying seven multi-hit outings over his past 15 games. During that stretch, he has boosted his average from .313 to an MLB-leading .385 with five doubles, six RBI, and eight runs scored. His first base gig is secure, despite Rays manager Joe Maddon's constant lineup changes, though he has batted in six different spots in the order in 2013, with the majority coming in the fifth and seventh slots. Plate appearances for Loney should continue unabated as the season wears on.
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