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Blue Jays INF Steve Tolleson (groin) likely headed to 15-day DL
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5:20 pm ET) Blue Jays infielder Steve Tolleson was not available for Saturday's game against the Twins. Tolleson, who has been bothered by a groin injury over the last few games, is reportedly heading to the disabled list. The team is expected to call up infielder Munenori Kawasaki, according to SportsNet.

Tolleson is batting .268/.333/.439 in 41 at-bats this season.


Twins SP Kyle Gibson gets no-decision in victory on Saturday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5:14 pm ET) Twins starter Kyle Gibson finished one out shy of posting his second consecutive quality start in Saturday's win over the Blue Jays. Gibson pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on eight hits, including a solo home run to Kevin Pillar in the fourth inning. Gibson struggled with his command a bit, as he walked four and struck out three, throwing just 58 of his 103 pitches for strikes.

His defense didn't do him any favors either, as an error in the sixth inning led to an unearned run. Gibson (4-3) took a no-decision on Satuday, as the Twins took the lead in the bottom of the seventh.

He'll look to get back in the win column when he makes his next start Thursday in Boston.


Rockies prospect Kyle Freeland sidelined with shoulder issue
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5:13 pm ET) The Rockies' first-round pick in last season's draft, pitcher Kyle Freeland , has been sidelined all season with arm issues. 

Freeland was the eighth overall pick in the 2014 draft. He had a procedure to have bone chips removed from his arm, and more recently, he's been sidelined with shoulder fatigue. 

Freeland began playing catch this week, director of player development Zach Wilson said. 

"He’s doing very well. He’s making strides every day,” Wilson said, per the Denver Post. “He’s steadily improving. Nothing got worse. It wasn’t a major issue, we just want to make sure he gets right


Blue Jays SP Aaron Sanchez allows two runs in no-decision
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5:07 pm ET) Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez took a no-decision in Saturday's loss to the Twins. The young right-hander pitched well, limiting the Twins to just two runs on seven hits over six innings. He walked three and struck out five, as his ERA dropped to 3.88.

Sanchez served up a solo home run to Chris Herrmann in the third inning, and then gave up a run-scoring double to Trevor Plouffe in the fourth. 

After a rough beginning to the season, Sanchez has now tossed three straight quality starts for the Blue Jays. He'll look to get back in the win column in his next start, scheduled for Friday at home against the Astros.


Brewers OF Khris Davis leaves Saturday with undisclosed injury
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:06 pm ET) Brewers left fielder Khris Davis was forced to leave Saturday's game against the Diamondbacks with an undisclosed injury, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Davis left after an awkward final swing in the first inning and was replaced by Gerardo Parra in left. Davis is hitting .250 with 16 RBI in 148 at-bats this season.


Juan Lagares playing through pain for Mets
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5:01 pm ET) Mets center fielder Juan Lagares is playing through two different injuries, but he remains in the team's lineup.

Lagares has a rib injury that is causing him pain, but it shouldn't get aggravated by him staying in the lineup. He also has an elbow injury that has bothered him since spring training. 

"He's not going to get worse," manager Terry Collins said, per NJ.com. "That's the one thing we know. This rib issue is not going to get worse. They said it's going to gradually get better as you move into the season. If you can play through the discomfort and the symptoms of it all, you'll be OK. He's tried to. The biggest issue is more the elbow than anything else. Because he's made some throws, some big throws lately. That's what we're trying to monitor."


Rockies pitching prospect Joel Freeland dealing with injuries
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:59 pm ET) Rockies pitching prospect and 2014 first-round pick Kyle Freeland has been sidelined this season with shoulder fatigue and minor surgery to remove bone chips in his arm, per the Denver Post.

He began throwing and playing catch this week.

Freeland signed last year for $2.3 million, a bit under his slot in part due to rumors of past elbow issues.


Report: Giants to grant release Saturday to SP Kevin Correia
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:53 pm ET) Veteran pitcher Kevin Correia, who has a June 1 opt-out with the Giants, is expected to be granted his release Saturday, per ESPN.

He had been dispatched to Triple-A Sacramento on May 1.

The 13-year veteran has not pitched in the majors this season. He had four solid years as a starter from 2009 to 2012.


Blue Jays veteran Maicer Izturis had tear in right shoulder
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:40 pm ET) Second baseman Maicer Izturis has a tear in his right shoulder that will be examined again before the Blue Jays determine the extent of the injury and how long he will be sidelined, per MLB.com.

Izturis sustained the injury while diving after a ball in a May 23 rehab game.

He has had 11 stints on the disabled list in 11 years. He appeared in just 11 games last year because of a torn ligament in his left knee.

Izturis appeared destined to earn the second base job with the Jays in spring training this season, but he strained a groin. He was on a rehab assignment for that when he suffered the latest setback.


Astros pitching prospect Vincent Velasquez on manager's radar
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:30 pm ET) A.J. Hinch has mentioned fireballing prospect Vincent Velasquez as a possibility to start if the Astros need to bolster their rotation this season.

Injuries have proven costly as the team has used nine starters already.

"Velasquez is throwing the ball very well," Hinch told the Houston Chronicle.

He is 2-0 with a 1.40 ERA at Double-A Corpus Christi and has allowed just 14 hits in 19 1/3 innings with seven walks and 28 strikeouts.


 
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