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Phillies top prospect J.P. Crawford off DL Monday, to be sent to high-A
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3:51 pm ET) Phillies top prospect J.P. Crawford is scheduled to come off the disabled list Monday and begin playing with the organization's high-A team in Clearwater, FL, according to Philly.com. 

The Phillies' first-round draft pick in 2013, Crawford strained his left oblique March 24 while during a strong spring training.

Over his final 63 games last year with Clearwater, Crawford hit .275 with eight home runs, seven doubles and 29 RBI.


Cubs 3B Kris Bryant not concerned with lack of homers
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(3:39 pm ET) Although he hit nine home runs in spring training and led the minors with 43 last year, Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is not too concerned that he has yet to connect this season, reports MLB.com.

"I could go the whole season without hitting a home run as long as we're winning games, and right now we're doing pretty good," Bryant said. "I know the type of player I am."

Bryant is hitting .280 with four doubles and 10 RBI this year.

"I'm sure that monkey coming off his back will help," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.

Steve Pearce leaves Orioles' game due to illness
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3:31 pm ET) Orioles second baseman Steve Pearce was forced to leave Sunday's game in the sixth inning. According to a report by MLB.com, Pearce left due to a stomach illness. 

Dodgers reliever Brandon League (shoulder) throws first bullpen
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(3:28 pm ET) On the disabled list since late March, Dodgers pitcher Brandon League (shoulder) threw his first bullpen session Sunday, reports MLB.com.

League is working his way back from right posterior shoulder inflammation, and is expected to return near midseason.

League went 2-3 with a 2.53 ERA in 63 appearances last season.

Brewers 2B Scooter Gennett (hand) must prove he's ready before return
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(3:16 pm ET) Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett (hand) will be eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, but manager Ron Roenicke said he'll have to prove he's healthy and ready to play before he'll see action with the big club, reports JSOnline.com.

Gennett, who was placed on the DL after suffering a deep laceration to his left hand, is currently on a Class-A rehab assignment.

“He still needs to play well before we decide what we want to do,” Roenicke said. “I told him when he went down, ‘This isn’t going through the motions. This is going down to make sure you work to when we bring you back, you’re ready.’"


Mariners' Austin Jackson leaves game after rolling ankle
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3:06 pm ET) Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson left Sunday's game after rolling his ankle on a play at first base. 

Jackson was trying to beat out an infield grounder in the top of the third and stepped on the foot of pitcher Roberto Hernandez, who was covering first. 

Jackson was called out, and he was replaced when the Mariners' defense took the field in the bottom of the third. 

The team announced that Jackson suffered a sprained right ankle and would be reevaluated on Monday. 


Reds SS Zack Cozart (finger) leaves Sunday's game, X-rays negative
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(3:03 pm ET) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart left Sunday's game in Atlanta with an injured finger on his right hand but X-rays were negative, the team has announced. 

Cozart injured the finger while misplaying a ground ball and committing an error.

Kris Negron replaced Cozart at shortstop, his first appearance at that position this season. 

Cozart has started every game for the Reds this season at shortstop.


RF Matt Kemp producing every day for Padres
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(2:51 pm ET) Right fielder Matt Kemp has started every game for the Padres this season despite questions early on about the 30-year old's durability, per UTSandiego.com.

Although he has just one home run this year, Kemp is second in the National League with a .327 batting average and is tied for fifth with 17 RBI.

He has also produced 10 multiple hit games in his 26 games played.


Red Sox claim Luis Jimenez, place Ryan Hanigan on 60-day DL
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2:49 pm ET) The Red Sox claimed infielder Luis Jimenez off waivers from the Brewers, the team announced on Sunday. 

Jimenez was designated for assignment by Milwaukee after opening the season with a .067 average. 

To make room for Jimenez on the 40-man roster, the Red Sox moved catcher Ryan Hanigan from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. Hanigan is sidelined with a hand injury. 


Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit's (dead arm) availability uncertain
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(2:42 pm ET) Padres manager Bud Black said reliever Joaquin Benoit's availability is uncertain and that he could be headed to the disabled list, according to U-T San Diego.

Black added that Benoit is dealing with a dead arm that is similar is the shoulder problems he experienced last season. 

Benoit has made 12 appearances this season, allowing five runs in 11 innings (4.09 ERA) with one save.


 
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