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Marwin Gonzalez returns to starting lineup Saturday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3:36 pm ET) Astros shortstop Marwin Gonzalez returned to the lineup and will bat second Saturday against the Marlins, the Houston Chronicle reports. Gonzalez left Wednesday's game due to a hamstring injury, returned Thursday but sat again on Friday due to lingering soreness. He is hitting .271 with four homers and 14 RBI in 155 at-bats this season.

Indians announce roster changes Saturday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3:33 pm ET) The Indians announced a pair of roster moves prior to Saturday's game against the Royals in Kansas City. The team recalled starter Zach McAllister from Triple-A Columbus, as the right-hander will start vs. Kansas City. In a corresponding move, they have optioned pitcher Josh Tomlin down to Columbus.

Juan Carlos Oviedo DFA'd by Rays
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3:29 pm ET) The Rays have designated pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo for assignment Saturday, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Oviedo has not pitched since July 19. He posted a 3.69 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP over 31 2/3 innings of relief this season.

Ryan Howard returns to starting lineup
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:17 pm ET) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is back in the starting lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks for the first time since Tuesday.

The Phillies have been giving Howard time off recently due to his struggles, and have discussed the possibility of using him in a platoon moving forward. 


Jeremy Hellickson set to start Saturday vs. Boston
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3:11 pm ET) The Rays recalled pitcher Jeremy Hellickson from Double-A Montgomery prior to Saturday's game at home against the Red Sox, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Hellickson will make the start against Boston, his first since the All-Star break. He made his season debut on July 8, allowing one earned run over 4 1/3 innings.

James Paxton expected to accompany Mariners on six-game road trip
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3:06 pm ET) Mariners pitcher James Paxton (lat) is expected to throw 75-80 pitches Sunday at Triple-A Tacoma. Once he's done with his rehab start, he'll accompany the Mariners on their six-game road trip, the Tacoma News Tribune reports Saturday.


Phil Gosselin called back up Saturday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3:01 pm ET) The Braves recalled pitcher Phil Gosselin from Triple-A Gwinnett Saturday, less than two weeks after he was last sent down.

Gosselin has yet to appear in a major-league gab this season, and has just two hits in six career at-bats.  


Report: Ryan Zimmerman could be out until September
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:57 pm ET) Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman's hamstring strain is likely to cost him an extended period of time, as FOXSports.com reports Saturday the team worries he could miss up to two months.

Zimmerman suffered the injury in Tuesday's game, and might be out until late September if this timeline holds up. The report indicates the team is looking at a six-to-eight week absence, due to what is considered a serious hamstring strain. 


Scooter Gennett sits out Saturday's game
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:52 pm ET) Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett is out of the lineup for the fourth game in a row Saturday against the Mets, as expected, as he continues to deal with a quad injury. He has been targeting a return during Sunday's series finale. 

Yonder Alonso returns from DL Saturday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:34 pm ET) The Padres activated first baseman Yonder Alonso from the 15-day disabled Saturday as expected, after his recovery from a wrist injury.

Alonso was hitting just .210/.250/.341 in 69 games prior to the injury. 


 
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