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Robbie Grossman sent down Tuesday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:19 am ET) The Astros optioned outfielder Robbie Grossman to Triple-A Oklahoma City Tuesday, in anticipation of the expected callup of top prospect George Springer Wednesday.

Grossman was hitting just .125/.236/.313 prior to his demotion, with two home runs and six RBI in 14 games. 


Report: George Springer getting the call Wednesday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:15 am ET) A hot start at Triple-A has forced the Astros' hand, as the Houston Chronicle reports the team is set to call up top prospect George Springer Wednesday.

Springer, Baseball America's No. 18 overall prospect entering the season, was hitting .353/.459/.647 through his first 13 games in Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, after he went 3 for 4 with a home run and four RBI Tuesday.

Springer is likely being called up to play everyday with the hopes of boosting an Astros offense that ranks just third in the majors in runs scored. Astros outfielders entered play Tuesday collectively hitting .171/.247/.357 on the season.


Mike Napoli suffers dislocated finger
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:04 am ET) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli jammed his finger while sliding into second base Tuesday against the White Sox, but appears to have suffered a serious injury. Napoli left the game in the top of the ninth after suffering the injury, but X-rays taken after the game revealed he suffered a dislocation, not a break or fracture to his ring finger.

Though the injury is not as severe as it might have been, Napoli might still end up missing some time. He went 1 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base prior to suffering the injury, and will likely be considered day to day moving forward.  


Scott Cousins latches on with Rangers
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) Outfielder Scott Cousins will report to Triple-A Round Rock after latching on with the Rangers, MLBDailyDish.com reports.

Cousins had planned to pitch in the independent Atlantic League after failing to make the Red Sox in spring training. Instead, he'll serve as outfield depth for the Rangers. He hit .233/.310/.306 in 193 at-bats with Triple-A Salt Lake last season.


No set timetable for Oswaldo Arcia yet
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia may not require a rehab assignment before returning from a wrist injury, though the team has yet to officially set out a plan of action for his return. According to MLB.com, the next step in his recovery will come after the team sees how he responds to a cortisone shot received Tuesday.

"We'll let that settle in for the next couple days and then test it out," Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony told MLB.com. "It's still a little inflamed and a little sore. So hopefully that'll take care of that."

Arcia will rest the wrist over the next few days before determining a timeline, but the injury seems fairly minor at this point. 


Bartolo Colon dealing with back stiffness
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon was dealing with back stiffness going into his start Sunday, in which he gave up nine runs and four home runs in five innings, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

Colon has been undergoing hot and cold treatment for his ailing back. He doesn't expect the issue to prevent him from starting Saturday against the Braves. "I feel good," Colon told ESPNDeportes.com. "Before it felt pretty tight, but I am better and it will not be a problem. It does not excuse what happened [in Anaheim]. It was just a bad day."

Colon is 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA and 12:2 K:BB ratio in 18 innings this season.


Greg Holland fans the side for fourth save
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) Royals closer Greg Holland bounced back from a pair of subpar outings to make quick work of the Astros in a 4-2 win Tuesday.

Holland struck out the side en route to his fourth save of the season, the first time he has fanned each batter faced. He now has a 3.60 ERA in five innings of work, with nine strikeouts and just one walk, while saving all four of his chances. 


Jenrry Mejia leaves excellent performance with blister issue
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia was removed from Tuesday's start against the Diamondbacks after completing five innings due to a torn blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand, MLB.com reports.

Mejia had thrown 77 pitches before being removed, giving up just two hits and two walks while striking out three. He's in line for the win with his team up 9-0. Mejia owns a 2.81 ERA and 18:11 K:BB ratio through 16 innings. His status for his next scheduled start Monday against the Cardinals remains to be seen.


Lucas Harrell rocked for third loss
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) Astros starting pitcher Lucas Harrell dropped his third straight decision to open the season Tuesday, in a 4-2 loss to the Royals.  

Harrell pitched five innings and was rarely not in trouble throughout. He allowed four runs, with the Royals tagging him for at least one in three of five innings. He was charged with those four runs on five hits and three walks, while also striking out four batters and throwing 56 of 101 pitches for strikes.

Harrell's record fell to 0-3 with the start, though he actually saw his ERA drop -- to 9.49. He will try to get on track in his next start, set for Sunday in Oakland.


Report: Padres worried Josh Johnson needs Tommy John surgery
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) The Padres have grown increasingly worried that pitcher Josh Johnson will need to undergo Tommy John surgery, Yahoo! Sports reports.

Johnson is going to see Dr. James Andrews within the next seven days. He had surgery to remove bone spurs in his elbow this past offseason, and he has also had Tommy John surgery one other time in his career. Twenty-one other players have had the UCL reconstruction surgery already this season.


 
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