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Giants to go with Ryan Vogelsong or Yusmeiro Petit Thursday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:39 pm ET) Giants manager Bruce Bochy remains on the fence about naming his starting pitcher for Thursday, according to CSN Bay Area.

Bochy wants to see how Tuesday and Wednesday play out before naming his starter, but is expected to choose either Ryan Vogelsong or Yusmeiro Petit for the job. Jake Peavy was the scheduled starter, but has since been placed on the 15-day DL with a back strain.

Vogelsong has made one start this season with a 10.45 ERA in three appearances. Petit has made five appearances this season with a 4.91 ERA in 7 1/3 innings.


Giants C Buster Posey breaks out of normal routine with early BP
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8:32 pm ET) Giants catcher Buster Posey broke out of his normal daily routine with an early round of batting practice prior to Tuesday's game against the Dodgers, reports Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Posey, who is hitting only .229 to start the season, worked on hitting the opposite field.

"He did some work off a tee today to get a couple things figured out," manager Bruce Bochy said. "You don't see it a lot, but I know Buster is trying. These guys are really trying. That goes with the territory."

Posey has only four hits over his last 24 at-bats. Two of Posey's four hits over that seven-game span are home runs. He has driven in six runs over first 14 games.


Twins pitcher Brian Duensing to begin soft tossing Wednesday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:23 pm ET) Twins pitcher Brian Duensing is on track with recovery and scheduled to begin soft tossing Wednesday, assistant general manager Rob Antony said per the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Duensing, who is dealing with an intercostal or abdominal strain, has yet to have a setback with his recovery. He is currently on the 15-day DL with the injury, but is not expected to be back with the team until mid-May. Duensing has one save this year in 3 2/3 innings with a 7.36 ERA.


Rays 2B Ryan Brett leaves Tuesday's game with shoulder injury
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(8:16 pm ET) Rays second baseman Ryan Brett left Tuesday's game against the Red Sox with a partially dislocated left shoulder injury, according to the Tampa Tribune.

The injury, officially diagnosed as a subluxation, occurred while Brett was in the process of getting picked off as a runner at first base. 

Allan Dykstra has replaced Brett, going into play first base while Logan Forsythe moves from first base to second.


Giants' Hunter Pence hitting off tee, won't return by May 1
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8:09 pm ET) Giants outfielder Hunter Pence began hitting off a tee with a regulation bat on Tuesday, but he still has a long way to go before he'll be able to return. 

"He's got to go through hitting off a tee, soft toss, all the boxes he's got to check off," manager Bruce Bochy said, per the San Francisco Chronicle.

Pence was initially expected to be back by May 1, but it appears that he'll miss that date. "I'd say it's fair to say," Bochy said. 


Catcher Kevin Plawecki ready to start for Mets
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8:05 pm ET) Catcher Kevin Plawecki joined the Mets sooner than expected, but the 2012 first-round draft pick is ready to contribute.

Travis d'Arnaud went on the disabled list with a fractured finger, and the call went out to Plawecki.

"Given Travis' injury, it's not an ideal situation, not the way I really expected to come up," Plawecki said, per NJ.com. "But I'm here, I'm happy to be here, and I'm happy to be part of this team."

Manager Terry Collins told Plawecki not to put too much pressure on himself for his debut.

"I talked to him earlier, and I told him the one thing is there's a lot on his plate today, and the main thing is just to be himself," Collins said. "Just go out there and have some fun. We'll help him get through certain situations .. because there's an awful lot to learn in your first day."


Brock Holt gets another chance to prove himself as SS for Red Sox
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(7:54 pm ET) Red Sox utility man Brock Holt makes his second start of the season at shortstop on Tuesday, a position he primarilty played throughout the minors until he was shifted around in the big leagues, according to the Providence Journal.

"The Pirates (his original MLB team) didn't think I could play short. When I came over here, and I didn't really get an opportunity to play short until last year," Holt said. "I always thought I could play short. But when you don't get the chance or the opportunity, it creeps into your mind, like, 'Maybe I can't.'"

Holt will get his second chance in a week Tuesday to showcase his skills for the Red Sox at shortstop.

"You get limited looks at a guy because there are other people playing there," Brian Butterfield, Boston's infield instructor, said. "But once you get a chance to see more and more of it, you start to say, 'Wow, he can do everything.' He can go in the hole and stick his foot in the ground and throw a strike."

Angels left fielder Collin Cowgill back in the lineup Tuesday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(7:18 pm ET) Angels left fieder Collin Cowgill is back in the starting lineup Tuesday against Athletics, with Matt Joyce heading to the bench, the team announced.

Cowgill has replaced Joyce in the lineup against left-handed pitchers and is hitting .192 with one home run in 26 at-bats. The Angels are currently the favorites (-120) against Oakland.


OF Chris Heisey says he'll be recalled by Dodgers on Wednesday
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(7:16 pm ET) Outfielder Chris Heisey said he expects to be called up by the Dodgers on Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Heisey was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on April 5 where in 10 games he hit .257 with four home runs and seven RBI.

The Dodgers have had recent injury and health issues with outfielders Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford.

Rangers' Mitch Moreland out of the lineup Tuesday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(7:07 pm ET) Rangers first baseman/designated hitter Mitch Moreland is out of the starting lineup Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, the team announced.

Moreland, who is dealing with a knee injury, is expected to be on the bench until Friday, with the team playing in National League stadiums until this weekend. Moreland is hitting .276 with one home run in 29 at-bats this season.


 
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