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Start & Sit Hitters
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Have your hitters been letting you down? Scott White breaks down five of the best borderline starts (i.e. Josh Harrison, Denard Span) and sits for Week 8. Full Story
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Williams: Nationals SP Doug Fister might miss another start
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:06 pm ET) Matt Williams has declared that Nationals shelved right-hander Doug Fister might be sidelined a bit longer than expected with continued tightness in his right forearm.

"They're working that out," he told the Washington Post. "At some point this week, he'll start the program, and go from there. The longer he's out, the longer it's gonna take [to get back]. So we have to keep on top of that."

Tanner Roark is set to start in his place Monday, but Williams indicated that Fister might also miss another starter after his eligibility to come off the DL.


Orioles' Wei-Yin Chen strikes out six in no-decision vs. Astros
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3:59 pm ET) Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen didn't factor into the decision on Monday, allowing three earned runs on 11 hits in five innings while striking out six and walking none in his team's 4-3 win over the Astros.

Chen was staked to a 2-0 lead after the second inning, but he served up a solo home run in the third inning and followed it up by giving up two runs on a bloop single in the fifth. It was the first time in six starts that the starter failed to complete six innings.

Chen owns a 3.13 ERA and 44:14 K:BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Rays on Saturday.


Orioles' J.J. Hardy exits game with back tightness
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3:53 pm ET) Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy was removed from Monday's game aganist the Astros due to back tightness, the team announced.

Hardy was out of the lineup Sunday but returned to action on Monday. However, he was replaced in the top of the eighth inning on defense after recording a single in the previous inning. The shortstop finished the game 1 for 3, giving him a .190/.217/.310 line with two home runs and four RBI in 58 at-bats.


White Sox sit 3B Conor Gillaspie, 2B Carlos Sanchez on Monday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:46 pm ET) The White Sox have benched half their infield for their Monday night game in Toronto. Both second baseman Carlos Sanchez and third baseman Conor Gillaspie are set to sit.

That also shakes up their lineup, which features third baseman Gordon Beckham batting second. Emilio Bonifacio, who is replacing Sanchez, will bat ninth.


Blue Jays' Jose Bautista remains sidelined Monday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3:38 pm ET) Blue Jays designated hitter Jose Bautista is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the White Sox.

Bautista's absence was expected after receiving a cortisone shot in his injured shoulder this weekend. He's just 1 for 15 in his last five games but has hit .215/.364/.454 with seven home runs and 25 RBI in 130 at-bats this season.

The Blue Jays are heavy favorites (-160) at home on Monday, per VegasInsider.com.


Brewers set tentative plan for catcher Jonathan Lucroy
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3:37 pm ET) The Brewers have set a temporary plan for catcher Jonathan Lucroy to return to action, according to MLB.com.

Lucroy, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a toe injury, received good news on his injury on Monday after undergoing a second X-ray. Manager Craig Counsell has a plan in place to get Lucroy some minor league at-bats this week to help him be ready for the team's upcoming road trip, starting June 1. 

Counsell doesn't have a specific timetable in place, however.

"I don't want to say for sure. He's making big progress every day now. I'm just going to let him make that progress. It has a chance to be pretty soon," Counsell said.


Pirates OF Gregory Polanco gets rare start in second hole
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:33 pm ET) Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco has batted in four different spots in the lineup this season, but has not filled the No. 2 hole since April 26.

That is, until Monday.

Polanco provided some encouragement by managing his first two-hit in two weeks Sunday. He came off the bench to smack those two hits.


Reds pitcher Sean Marshall may return this season
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3:32 pm ET) Reds pitcher Sean Marshall was expecting to miss the entire season just a week ago. Now, Marshall is breathing a sigh of relief after his latest doctor's appointment, according to MLB.com.

Marshall was scheduled for season-ending shoulder surgery last Wednesday, but the doctor only found scar tissue when he began the procedure. 

"It's nearly a miracle," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "What a difference a day makes. He's fired up."

Marshall said the volume and thickness of the scar tissue in his shoulder led to a misdiagnosis. He is currently on the 60-day DL with the injury but is hoping to throw again this season. He posted a 7.71 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 14 innings of work in 2014. 


Pirates SS Jung Ho Kang grabbing some pine Monday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:29 pm ET) Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang is on a seven-game hitting streak that will not reach eight Monday unless he emerges from the bench to hit safely. He is out of the lineup against Miami.

Kang is 11-for-29 on his recent tear and owns a fine slash line of .304/.369/.435.


Pirates SP Charlie Morton back; RP Radhames Liz designated
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:19 pm ET) The Pirates had already announced that right-hander Charlie Morton was set to start Monday against Miami, but they had to take care of some business first.

That was accomplished when they reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list. His start will be his first since he underwent labrum surgery in September.

The team designated fellow righty Radhames Liz for assignment to make room for Morton.


 
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