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Rockies P Jorge De La Rosa looks to rebound after disastrous first star
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(9:27 pm ET) Rockies starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa got knock around in his first start of the season Monday but says it was just a matter of adjusting his pitch location, reports the Denver Post.

"I left the ball up. I got hit hard. I have to do better," De La Rosa said.

The left hander, who began the season on the disabled list with a groin injury, was tagged for nine runs (seven earned) on nine hits in just two innings in his 2015 debut.

"He was almost too strong," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "The velocity was up. He was trying to go harder and harder and the ball kept getting elevated."

Mets P Jon Niese tossed from game while sitting in dugout
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(9:25 pm ET) Mets pitcher Jon Niese was ejected in Friday night's game against the Yankees despite not even being in the game. 

Niese apparently said something in the fifth inning that umpire Doug Eddings wasn't OK with. Eddings then motioned toward the dugout that Niese was ejected from the game. This happened during Juan Lagares' at-bat. 

NJ.com posted a vine of the ejection, with Eddings apparently saying, "Hey, I don't wanna hear anymore from you. That's it. You're gone."


Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez still planning to retire after season
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:24 pm ET) Even with the Brewers slow start to the season, veteran third baseman Aramis Ramirez is not rethinking his plans to retire after the season, per MLB.com.

"This is going to be my last year, regardless of what happens," Ramirez said. "Regardless of what happens to me and regardless of what happens to the team. That has nothing to do with my decision. I've already made my decision, and this will be my last year."

Ramirez hit his first home run of the season Thursday against the Reds, but he is still batting just .167 through 15 games. 

"It's not working right now," he said, "but all I can do is show up and keep trying."


Blue Jays P Marcus Stroman is going back to school
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(9:20 pm ET) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman likes to keep himself busy. 

As if rehabbing a torn ACL wasn't going to take up enough time, Stroman has decided to head back to Duke to work on finishing his degree. On May 4, he'll return to campus to rehab his knee and further his studies. 

"My parents pushed me from a very early age to make sure that it was all academics first," Stroman said, via MLB.com. "I was a kid who wasn't allowed out if I wasn't going to work, or I was the kid studying when everyone else was partying. That's something I always try to preach to everyone I'm around, even high school students now, I always try to gear them towards college."

Stroman played three seasons from 2010-2012 with the Blue Devils before entering the draft. The Blue Jays selected him with the 22nd overall pick, giving Duke its first-ever first-round pick in school history.

Stroman tore his ACL during spring training and decided to go back to Duke shortly after. He said he feels ahead of schedule in his recovery right now. 

Stroman went 11-6 with a 3.65 ERA last season. 


Mariners recall pitcher Lucas Luetge
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:20 pm ET) The Mariners recalled pitcher Lucas Luetge from Triple-A Tacoma on Friday after placing starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma on the 15-day disabled list due to a lat strain. Luetge is 3-5 with a 4.47 ERA in 110 career relief appearances.

Mariners place Hisashi Iwakuma on 15-day DL due to lat strain
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:14 pm ET) Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday due to a right lat strain. Iwakuma was scheduled to pitch Sunday against the Twins, but the team has yet to name a replacement.

The veteran right-hander has struggled through his first three starts, going 0-1 with a 6.61 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. He has allowed five home runs and three walks, while recording 11 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings.


Phillies don't appear to be in rush to promote Maikel Franco
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:02 pm ET) Phillies third base prospect Maikel Franco is certainly on the radar for a promotion to the majors, as he has begun the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley with a .355/.403/.565/.968 slash line through 14 games.

However, it doesn't appear the Phillies are in a rush to promote the 22-year-old infielder, per MLB.com.

"We'll see," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Friday, when asked if he could see Franco sooner rather than later. "There hasn't been much talk about him."


Reds waiting for Sam LeCure to find fastball command
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8:58 pm ET) When the Reds sent reliever Sam LeCure to Triple-A Louisville at the end of spring training, they were looking for him to get better command of his fastball. 

LeCure has a 3.68 ERA in five appearances for Louisville this season. It's a positive sign, but the Reds are still waiting to see a change in his fastball. 

"I think he’s doing a nice job of managing the games he’s getting into,” Reds manager Bryan Price said, per MLB.com. “Our primary focus with Sam when he went to Triple-A was to get the fastball command back. in the second half of last year, it was more challenging for him. It’s such a big pitch – that two-seam sinker, comebacker that he throws. He was able to lean a bit more on the curveball and changeup last year. I think for him to be the impact pitcher he was for us in the past, the fastball command will need to come back in force. And I have not lost any optimism that he’ll be a part of this bullpen here over the course of the season. We certainly miss his influence."


Twins' Tim Stauffer struggling with changeup
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8:28 pm ET) Twins reliever Tim Stauffer admits that he's not "where I'd like to be at this point in the year," per TwinCities.com.

Through five appearances, Stauffer has a 9.00 ERA.

"I’ve always been a little bit of a slow starter," he said. "Obviously, I don’t want to make any excuses. I’d like to be able to go out there and get in a groove. I really don’t feel like I’ve hit that groove quite yet." 

Stauffer said that his changeup "is still not where I want it to be".


Dodgers P Daniel Corcino clears waivers, sent to Double-A
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(8:16 pm ET) After designating him for assignment on Wednesday, pitcher Daniel Corcino cleared waivers on Friday and was sent outright to the Dodgers' Double-A team in Tulsa, per TrueBlueLA.com.

Corcino was selected off waivers by Dodgers from the Reds on April 17.

Corcino appeared in five games for the Reds, starting three, in 2014, where he went 0-2 with a 4.34 ERA.

 
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