Mookie Betts 2B/CF/RF BOS 2 days ago

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday that outfielder Mookie Betts has shown improvement in his recovery from a concussion over the past few days, according to the Providence Journal. Farrell noted that Betts is no longer experiencing any headaches or dizziness after he took a head-first tumble over the bullpen fence at Fenway Park on Tuesday while attempting to make a catch. While he is showing improvement, Betts has not been cleared for baseball activities. "Treadmill, bike," Farrell said about what work Betts has been doing in his recovery. "But even when he says he runs up stairs there's no dizziness, there's no pressure in the head. That wasn't the case two days ago. So like I said, seemingly he's turned a corner." Betts is expected to begin baseball activities next weekend if he does not suffer any setbacks.

A.J. Burnett SP PIT 2 days ago

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett will be examined by team doctors Monday and will likely require an MRI on his injured forearm, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "The soreness and stiffness [in the elbow area] are a lot better now," Burnett said. "But I don't expect it to go away and I don't expect it to get better." Burnett, who considered retirement after last season before signing a one-year contract to return, said he will not consider surgery regardless of the severity of the injury. If the test Monday shows that Burnett is dealing with any structural damage to a tendon or ligament, it is possible he could retire. His velocity dropped to the mid 80s in his last start, which prompted the team to place him on the 15-day disabled list in order to determine the cause of the decline.

Rick Porcello SP BOS 2 days ago

The Boston Red Sox placed starting pitcher Rick Porcello on the 15-day disabled list Sunday due to soreness and inflammation in his right triceps, according to the Boston Herald. Porcello lasted just two innings in his last start Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox, allowing six runs on 10 hits and one walk. Reliever Ryan Cook, who was acquired in a trade with the Oakland A's on Friday, was added to the 25-man roster in a corresponding move. "We feel like it’s a short-term thing, but at the same time we need to back him out of there,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “He wasn’t going to be able to throw a bullpen today. While the symptoms are improving there is still soreness there, so he goes on the disabled list.” The Red Sox have yet to name a replacement for Porcello's next scheduled start, which comes Tuesday against the New York Yankees.

Andrelton Simmons SS ATL 2 days ago

Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons was diagnosed with a sprained thumb Sunday, and he is expected to miss at least a few games, according to MLB.com. X-rays on Simmons' thumb showed no fractures after he had the digit examined following Saturday's loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, and it is still possible that he could be placed on the 15-day disabled list. He will be evaluated again in Atlanta on Monday, which will help determine the need for the DL placement. Simmons suffered the injury during an at-bat in the seventh inning Saturday, as he was replaced by Daniel Castro for the eighth inning. He was still experiencing some soreness and swelling with his thumb Sunday, which is why he was held out of the lineup. Castro is expected to get a majority of the playing time while Simmons is sidelined, though Pedro Ciriaco could also fill in.

Steven Souza Jr. CF/RF TB 2 days ago

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Steven Souza is expected to miss up to six weeks because of a left hand fracture, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Souza was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday after suffering the injury Saturday against the Boston Red Sox. It was initially feared that the injury could sideline Souza for the remainder of the season, so the updated timeline is certainly good news. Grady Sizemore, Brandon Guyer and Joey Butler are all expected to see additional playing time in right field. Souza was recently activated from the disabled list after recovering from a hand injury, and it is unclear if the recent issue complicated the previous one. He is hitting just .212 this season but has hit 15 home runs and stolen 10 bases in 88 games, his first year in the majors playing more than 21, which he did last season with the Washington Nationals.

J.D. Martinez LF/RF DET 2 days ago

Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez is in the lineup Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles after leaving Saturday's game with a knee injury, according to the team's official website. Martinez fouled a ball off his left knee, and while he was able to stay in the game, he had to later be removed due to discomfort.

Matt Moore SP TB 2 days ago

The Tampa Bay Rays announced after Saturday's 11-7 loss to the Boston Red Sox that pitcher Matt Moore would be demoted to Triple-A Durham, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Moore allowed six runs on nine hits in just three innings Saturday, and he has struggled considerably since returning from Tommy John surgery.

J.D. Martinez LF/RF DET 2 days ago

Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez suffered a left knee injury during Saturday's game against the Baltimore Orioles, but X-rays returned negative and he was diagnosed with a contusion, according to the team's official website. Martinez initially stayed in the game after fouling a ball off his knee, but he was eventually removed due to discomfort. Tyler Collins replaced Martinez on Saturday, and he would likely be in line to start Sunday if Martinez is unable to play. Martinez is having another solid season, hitting .287 with 28 home runs and 68 RBI in 101 games, though the Tigers have struggled for the most part, as they are 50-53, which puts them 12 games behind the Kansas City Royals for first place in the American League Central division. If Martinez is unable to play Sunday, his next opportunity would come Tuesday against the Royals.

Tim Lincecum SP SF 2 days ago

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Linceum threw from 60 feet up to 115 feet in left field Saturday, and he also threw some pitches from 45 feet off flat ground as he continues to recover from a forearm injury, according to MLB.com. Lincecum has received two cortisone shots for hip issues, and he continues to experience soreness during his rehab for the forearm injury.

Michael Conforto LF NYM 2 days ago

The New York Mets optioned outfielder Michael Conforto to Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday. Conforto is being sent down to continue to get playing time, as he was likely heading for a reserve role after the team acquired outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before the non-waiver trade deadline on Friday.