A.J. Pollock CF ARI 3 days ago
Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock is likely to be held out of Saturday's game against the Houston Astros after being removed from Friday's game with a sore hamstring, according to the Arizona Republic. He has reportedly been nursing a sore hamstring for a few days, and Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale will likely rest him Saturday rather than risk aggravating it further. Pollock is having his best season in the majors this year, hitting .305 with a 11 home runs, 45 RBI, 67 runs scored and 23 stolen bases, all of which are career-highs, in 100 games, and he was named to his first-career All-Star Game. The current hamstring injury is not considered overly serious, but Pollock is questionable to play Sunday, and it remains unclear if he will even be available off the bench for Saturday's game. The Diamondbacks are seven games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the National League West.
C.J. Wilson SP LAA 3 days ago
Los Angeles Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson is expected to require season-ending elbow surgery, according to the Orange County Register. A recent MRI showed an elbow impingement secondary to arthritis, issues seemingly related to the bone spurs revealed in an earlier exam. Wilson, who has an 8-8 record and 3.89 earned-run averaged this season, was placed on the 15-day disabled Friday because of left elbow inflammation, and it appears likely that Jered Weaver will replace him in the rotation. Despite numerous injuries in the rotation this season, the Angles did not add any pitchers before Friday's non-waiver trade deadline. ''The things that we decided not to do, we think (those trades) would have left us worse off, and we had the discipline not to do it," general manger Bill Stoneman told MLB.com. "I know the media, and therefore the fans, are really looking with excitement about the trade deadline, but it doesn't mean you do something crazy just to make a headline. That's not what it's about."
Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 4 days ago
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has been confirmed as the starter for Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Angels. Kershaw was previously scheduled to pitch Wednesday against the Oakland Athletics, but he was scratched because of a hip issue and then scratched again Friday due to the ailment. Zack Greinke started in place of Kershaw on Friday, allowing two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts in a 5-3 win. Kershaw is having another excellent season, posting a 2.51 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 185 strikeouts in 140 innings, though he is only 8-6 after 20 starts. He dealt with a hip injury during the 2012 season, though it is unclear if the latest issue is directly related. Backed by Kershaw and Greinke's solid pitching this season, the Dodgers head into Saturday's game atop the National League West division, a half-game ahead of the San Francisco Giants.
Michael Cuddyer 1B/LF/RF/DH NYM 4 days ago
New York Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer is expected to begin a rehab assignment in the next few days as he continues to recover from a knee injury, according to ESPN.com. Cuddyer could move from the outfield to first base when he returns, after the team called up top prospect Michael Conforto and acquired Yoenis Cespedes from the Detroit Tigers before Friday's non-waiver trade deadline. "I've done all baseball stuff. The next step is running," Cuddyer said. "I haven't tried that yet. Just casually walking and things like that. The last couple of days have been the best it's been in a month, since it's happened." Cuddyer is hitting only .250/.303./.380 with eight home runs and 30 RBI in 82 games this season, his first with the Mets after signing a two-year, $21 million contract last November, which followed back-to-back seasons of hitting over .330 for the Colorado Rockies.
Hanley Ramirez SS/LF/DH BOS 4 days ago
Boston Red Sox outfielder Hanley Ramirez is in the lineup Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays after missing Friday's game with a shin injury, according to the team's official website. Ramirez, who signed a four-year, $88 million contract in November, was rumored to be moved before Friday's non-waiver trade deadline, but the Red Sox apparently were unable to find an acceptable deal. He started off the season very well, hitting 10 home runs in April, but he has hit only nine since, adding 49 RBI and 54 runs scored. The Red Sox were expected to be contenders for the American League East this season thanks to the addition of Ramirez and third baseman Pablo Sandoval, but both have struggled for the most part and they head into Saturday's game with a 46-58 record, which puts them in last place in the division, 13 games behind the first-place New York Yankees.
John Axford RP COL 4 days ago
Colorado Rockies pitcher John Axford has been removed from the closer role, according to the Denver Post. Axford blew his fourth straight save Thursday, and the team appears set to use a committee in the ninth inning.
Justin Turner IF LAD 4 days ago
The Los Angeles Dodgers placed infielder Justin Turner on the 15-day disabled list on Friday due to a leg infection, according to MLB.com. A skin infection forced Turner to be hospitalized earlier in the week, leaving Alberto Callaspo, Alex Guerrero and Enrique Hernandez to fill in as he recovers.
Clayton Kershaw SP LAD 4 days ago
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was scratched from his scheduled start Friday against the Los Angeles Angeles because of a hip injury, according to the team's official site. Kershaw was previously scheduled to pitch Wednesday but had it delayed due to the issue, though he is tentatively expected to start Saturday. Zack Greinke will start in place of Kershaw, who reportedly worked out Friday at Dodger Stadium, including running in the outfield and playing catch on flat ground. Kershaw is having another excellent season, posting a 2.51 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 185 strikeouts in 140 innings, though he is only 8-6 after 20 starts. He dealt with a hip injury during the 2012 season, though it is unclear if the latest issue is directly related. Backed by Kershaw and Greinke's solid pitching this season, the Dodgers head into Friday's game atop the National League West.
Zack Greinke SP LAD 4 days ago
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke started Friday's game against the Los Angeles Angels in place of Clayton Kershaw, whose start was pushed back to Saturday as a result of a sore hip, according to MLB.com. Greinke last started on Sunday, so he is pitching on a normal five days of rest, while Kershaw, who was also scratched from a Wednesday start due to the hip injury, is tentatively slated to start on Saturday.
Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 4 days ago
New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury returned to the lineup Friday against the Chicago White Sox after leaving Thursday's game due to an ankle injury, according to MLB.com. Ellsbury rolled his ankle in the last inning of Thursday's contest but the injury proved to be minor.