Tim Collins RP KC 28 Mins
Tim Collins (elbow) has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha.
Collins is expected to make two appearances there before returning to the Royals' bullpen. The left-hander has been out since April 7 with a mild elbow flexor strain.
Aaron Harang SP ATL 34 Mins
Aaron Harang was fantastic again Wednesday, striking out 11 over six innings of one-run ball in a 3-1 victory over the Marlins.
Harang had to settle for a no-decision, but he yielded just six hits and one walk to go along with his 11 punchouts. Remarkably, the right-hander is the first pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 1997 to start a season with five starts of at least six-plus innings and one or fewer runs allowed. He'll take a microscopic 0.85 ERA into a rematch with the Marlins next week.
Ivan Nova SP NYY 35 Mins
Ivan Nova's elbow MRI will be sent to Dr. James Andrews.
Nova wants to get a second opinion before deciding whether to undergo season-ending Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. Yankees doctors recommended the procedure after examining him Tuesday in New York, and it's a near certainty that he'll be out until 2015.
Aroldis Chapman RP CIN 39 Mins
Aroldis Chapman (head) will throw one more live batting practice session over the weekend before beginning a rehab assignment.
Chapman threw one with a screen in front of him Wednesday and said it was "normal, nothing out of the ordinary." His session over the weekend will be without a screen, and he'll then be cleared for game action. Chapman is expected to rejoin the Reds' bullpen in mid-May.
B. J. Rosenberg RP PHI 42 Mins
Phillies optioned RHP B.J. Rosenberg to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
The Phillies elected to keep Jeff Manship and Shawn Camp in the bullpen instead. Rosenberg earned the demotion after allowing six runs -- five earned -- across 6 1/3 relief innings for Philly.
Cole Hamels SP PHI 44 Mins
Phillies activated LHP Cole Hamels from the 15-day disabled list.
Hamels will make his season debut on Wednesday against the Dodgers. While it's not an ideal first matchup, the left-hander held a 2.12 ERA and 12/1 K/BB ratio in 17 innings during his rehab assignment and can be safely penciled into fantasy lineups from the get-go.
Craig Kimbrel RP ATL 47 Mins
Craig Kimbrel struck out two in a perfect inning while notching his sixth save of the season in Wednesday's win over the Marlins.
This was the best Kimbrel looked in three appearances since he was shut down for a few days with shoulder soreness. He sat mostly in the 95-96 mph range but touched 98 mph and featured a nasty slider while getting a flyout and two punchouts to end it. It appears that the shoulder issue will likely just be a minor bump in the road for the closer.
Torii Hunter RF DET 51 Mins
Torii Hunter is not in the Tigers' lineup Wednesday.
It's just a routine day of rest. Don Kelly is handling right field in Hunter's place Wednesday.
Nathan Eovaldi SP MIA 53 Mins
Nathan Eovaldi whiffed seven while allowing just one unearned run over six innings but took a no-decision in Wednesday's loss to the Braves.
Eovaldi needed 104 pitches to complete the six frames but he surrendered just five hits and a walk. The run came home on an RBI single from Ryan Doumit after Chris Johnson had reached base on an Adeiny Hechavarria error. While he has just one win in his first five starts, Eovaldi boasts a 2.87 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 30/4 K/BB ratio over 31 1/3 innings. He'll have a rematch against the Braves next week.
Evan Gattis C/LF ATL 58 Mins
Evan Gattis doubled in the winning runs in the eighth inning with a pinch-hit double in Wednesday's win over the Marlins.
The Marlins removed Mike Dunn after Dan Uggla reached with a two-out, infield single. A.J. Ramos then came on an allowed a booming two-run double down the left field line to Gattis that put the Braves ahead for good. It came after Gattis beat the Marlins with a walk-off homer in the 10th inning of Monday's contest. "El Oso Blanco" is now batting .298/.322/.614 with five homers and 11 RBI on the season.