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Angel Pagan yet to take swings in rehab
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2:50 pm ET) Giants outfielder Angel Pagan has yet to take swings while rehabbing at the team's spring-training facility, the Mercury News reports.

Pagan remains without a timetable for return. He has been sidelined since June 14 while dealing with a back injury. Pagan has hit .307/.356/.411 with three home runs, 19 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 241 at-bats.


Vidal Nuno replacing Chase Anderson as Sunday starter
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2:23 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Vidal Nuno will replace Chase Anderson as the scheduled starter for Sunday's game in San Francisco, the Arizona Republic reports.

Anderson will be skipped in the rotation in an attempt to keep his innings down for the remainder of the season. Nuno tosses seven scoreless innings in his first start with the Diamondbacks Tuesday after coming over from the Yankees in a trade.


Emilio Bonifacio begins rookie-league rehab assignment
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:58 pm ET) Cubs outfielder Emilio Bonifacio began a rehab assigment with the organization's Mesa Rookie League team Friday, going 3 for 4 at the plate.

Bonifacio has been sidelined sicne June 12 while recovering from an oblique strain. He has hit .261/.307/.340 with 13 stolen bases in 241 at-bats.


Brett Anderson set to return Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:54 pm ET) Rockies pitcher Brett Anderson will be activated from the disabled list in time to start Sunday's game against the Twins, the Denver Post reports.

Anderson has been sidelined since mid-April while recovering from a broken finger, and with Yohan Flande returning to the minors earlier this week, the team appears ready to bring Anderson back into the fold. He owns a 3.60 ERA and 5:5 K:BB ratio in 15 innings.


Wrist, ankle soreness sideline Adam Eaton
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:46 pm ET) White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton is likely to take the last two games before the All-Star break off, as he deals with a variety of maladies, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Eaton is out of the lineup Saturday against the Indians due to soreness in his left wrist and right ankle, and manager Robin Ventura said he is likely to sit out Sunday's game as well. He will take the week off to rest during the All-Star break, before attempting to return to the lineup. 


Henderson Alvarez named All-Star replacement
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:35 pm ET) Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez has been named a replacement for the National League All-Star team, the Sun Sentinel reports.

Alvarez was hammered in his last start, surrendering six earned runs in five innings, but he had only given up seven earned runs in his previous nine starts combined before the poor outing. He owns a 2.63 ERA and 73:22 K:BB ratio in 120 innings.


Hamstring injury keeps Munenori Kawasaki out Saturday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:27 pm ET) Blue Jays infielder Munenori Kawasaki is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Rays, after leaving the team's previous game due to a hamstring injury. He is day to day moving forward. 

Astros set second-half rotation
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:21 pm ET) The Astros have set their rotation following the All-Star break, at least through the first two series.

Manager Bo Porter announced that Scott Feldman, Dallas Keuchel and Jarred Cosart will open the second half in a weekend series against the White Sox, and will be followed by Collin McHugh and Brad Peacock to open a series in Oakland beginning Tuesday. 


Matt Lindstrom completes first bullpen session
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:18 pm ET) White Sox pitcher Matt Lindstrom threw a bullpen session Saturday, the team announced.

Lindstrom, who is working his way back from a tendon injury in his ankle, tossed 30 pitches in the bullpen without issue. He also took some fielding practice, including covering first base, and the team reports it went well.

Lindstrom has been out since May 19 and is targeting a return in late August. 


Jonathon Niese to throw Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:18 pm ET) Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese will throw Sunday, and if all goes well, he could still make his return the following Sunday against the Padres, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

Niese was removed from his start on July 4 after just 12 pitches when a line drive struck him in his side before being placed on the disabled list with a shoulder strain. He owns a 2.96 ERA and 74:28 K:BB ratio in 103 1/3 innings.


 
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