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Twins SP Phil Hughes days away from throwing simulated game
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:03 pm ET) Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes (back) threw a bullpen session Thursday without any issues, according to MLB.com. He will throw another bullpen session Sunday before throwing a simulated game during a three-game series in Kansas City, which starts Monday.

Twins 3B Miguel Sano gets chance to rest hamstring injury
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:11 am ET) Twins third baseman Miguel Sano was held out of the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the White Sox. Sano is trying to play through a hamstring injury, and he was likely rested Thursday since it was a day game after a night game.

The hamstring injury didn't seem to bother Sano on Wednesday, as he homered for a third straight game. The rookie third baseman has been on a nice power surge, homering eight times in his last 14 games and slugging .833 in that span.

Since Aug. 5, Sano has a .323/.402/.742/1.144 slash line in his last 25 games. He has six doubles, 11 home runs and 28 RBI in that span.


Twins closer Glen Perkins is day to day again due to back injury
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:53 am ET) Twins closer Glen Perkins' back problems flared up again Wednesday, which is why manager Paul Molitor turned to Kevin Jepsen to finish off a 3-0 win against the White Sox.

Perkins, who has been dealing with the back issue for a few weeks, picked up his first save Tuesday since Aug. 16. But after throwing 19 pitches, Perkins felt sore Wednesday. When he went to play catch, his back started to spasm and the left-hander was sent for an MRI.

"There's no bulging disc, no serious issue that we have to look at other than the fact that we've got to keep this thing from continuing to flare up," Molitor said, per MLB.com. "I think right now there's a good chance he might stay back and spend some time here with our guys. [We'll] try to get him back and see if we can get him out on the trip at some point."


Dodgers' Bolsinger starting Friday to give rotation an extra day of rest
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:46 am ET) Dodgers pitcher Mike Bolsinger will start Friday's game against the Padres, manager Don Mattingly announced after Wednesday's game against the Giants.

"We've been wanting to slip him into the rotation to either move somebody forward or to give someone an extra day," Mattingly said, per MLB.com. "Just if somebody needs a blow, kind of looking at all our guys individually and what's best for them."

Mattingly said they don't plan to skip anyone in the rotation, so all the starters (Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Brett Anderson, Alex Wood and Mat Latos) will get an extra day of rest moving forward.

Bolsinger's last MLB start was July 29. He is 5-3 with a 2.83 ERA in 16 starts this season.

"You can anticipate he's going to be in this rotation for at least a turn," Mattingly said.


Dodgers 3B Justin Turner plays through hand injury, X-rays clean
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:19 am ET) Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner played through a hand injury Wednesday against the Giants after getting hit by a pitch in the sixth inning.

“It got the tip of my pinkie and didn’t have feeling in it for a couple of innings, but I took some X-rays right away and everything’s good,” Turner said, per the Los Angeles Times.

Turner remained confident after the game he would be able to play Thursday against the Padres.

“It was numb but I knew right away there wasn’t anything broken,” he said.


Dodgers calling up top prospect Corey Seager
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:07 am ET) The Dodgers are calling up top prospect Corey Seager, according to CBS Sports Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

The top-10 prospect arrives at the majors with a career .306/.368/.523/.891 slash line over four seasons in the minors. 

The 21-year-old shortstop prospect and former first-round pick has spent most of the 2015 season with Triple-A Oklahoma City. In 104 games at Triple-A, he hit .276 with a .331 on-base percentage, .450 slugging percentage and .781 OPS. He also had 13 home runs, 29 doubles and 59 RBI.


Phillies might shut down Maikel Franco for rest of season
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:52 am ET) Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco might be shut down for the rest of the season after his 20-pitch soft toss session did not go as planned Wednesday, according to Philly.com.

Franco experienced discomfort when he swung through the baseball Wednesday. His season could be over, if his wrist doesn't improve in the next week.

"Unless he's 100 percent, we're just going to be careful," interim manager Pete Mackanin said.

Franco swung a bat for the first time Wednesday since he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken wrist Aug. 18.

Mackanin said the chances of Franco playing again this season are "probably 50-50."


Rangers to lean on Kela, Dyson when Tolleson needs a rest
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:44 am ET) Rangers manager Jeff Bannister said Wednesday he will use Keone Kela and Sam Dyson in save situations when closer Shawn Tolleson needs a break, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

“We can use a different bridge guy now,” Banister said. “We can back up those four [Kela, Dyson, Jake Diekman and Sam Freeman]. And give Tolleson a day down, if needed.”


Padres SP Ian Kennedy strikes out 12 in no-decision
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(1:50 am ET) Padres starting pitcher Ian Kennedy struck out a season-high 12 batters during his start against the Rangers on Wednesday.

Kennedy gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings of a no-decision. He now has a 3.88 ERA this season.


Rangers SP Cole Hamels strikes out eight in no-decision
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(1:45 am ET) Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels was impressive during his start against the Padres on Wednesday.

Hamels limited San Diego to three runs on eight hits in seven strong innings of work. He struck out eight batters while only giving up one walk in the no-decision.

Hamels (8-8) has a 3.70 ERA in 170 1/3 innings this season.


 
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