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Rays' C.J. Riefenhauser to begin injury rehab on Sunday
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4:48 pm ET) Rays pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser will begin a minor league injury rehab assignment on Sunday. 

Riefenhauser has been on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury since April 23. He will begin the rehab assignment at Class A Port Charlotte. 


Travis d'Arnaud takes batting practice for Mets
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4:45 pm ET) Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud took batting practice on Friday, for the first time since going on the disabled list, per ESPN. .

d'Arnaud has been on the 15-day disabled list since mid April with a hand injury., as he nears a return from the disabled list.

Assuming no setbacks, the plan is for d'Arnaud to begin a minor league rehab assignment next week. 


Hurdle: Pirates RHP Vance Worley now full-time reliever
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:45 pm ET) Clint Hurdle has announced that the impending return to the mound of Charlie Morton has Pirates right-hander Vance Worley banished to the bullpen "for now."

Worley did not earn his rotation spot, giving up 49 hits in 41 innings and compiling a 4.17 ERA. He has allowed 11 runs on 30 hits in his last 20 innings pitched.


David Wright takes batting practice for Mets
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4:44 pm ET) Mets third baseman David Wright took batting practice on Friday, as he nears a return from the disabled list, per ESPN

Wright has been on the 15-day disabled list with a back issue. Friday was his first time hitting off live pitching in his rehab. 

Assuming no setbacks, the plan is for Wright to begin a minor league rehab assignment next week. 


Red Sox manager: Castillo, Betts, Victorino to rotate in CF and RF
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(4:41 pm ET) Red Sox manager John Farrell says Rusney Castillo will be used in a rotation between right field and center field. Castillo, who was promoted from Triple-A on Friday, will share playing time with both Shane Victorino and Mookie Betts, according to the Boston Globe

Victorino, who is not in Friday's lineup against the Angels, is considered day-to-day with soreness in his left calf. He was a late scratch from Thursday's lineup and has not gotten much playing time since returning from the disabled list on May 11. Though, he has hit well in the seven games since his return, with eight hits in just 19 at-bats, including a double and a home run.

Betts, meanwhile, has been struggling mightely at the plate in his sophomore season. He's batting .205 (8 for 39) with just one extra-base hit over his last 10 games. 


A's SP Kendall Graveman improves FB location after demotion
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:40 pm ET) Athletics starting pitcher Kendall Graveman is returning to the major-league rotation Saturday against the Rays to fill in for the injured Drew Pomeranz, who is on the disabled list due to a shoulder injury.

Graveman struggled in his first stint in the rotation before being demoted to the minors, but he said his time at Triple-A Nashville helped him with his fastball location, per InsideBayArea.com. He added he was able to increase the miles per hour between his fastball and changeup.

The right-hander went 2-1 with a 1.85 ERA in four starts for Nashville. He had 14 strikeouts and nine walks in 24 1/3 innings.


Pirates SP Charlie Morton set to return to mound on Monday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:39 pm ET) Pirates right-hander Charlie Morton has been named the starter for Monday against Miami, MLB.com has reported

Morton has been sidelined since last September and has been rehabbing from labrum surgery.

He was tearing it up at Triple-A Indianapolis to the tune of a 2-1 record and 1.33 ERA. He walked just six and fanned 22 in 20 1/3 innings.


Nationals' Matt Williams: Tanner Roark will start Monday or Tuesday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4:36 pm ET) Nationals relief pitcher Tanner Roark faced live hitters prior to Friday's game against the Phillies at Nationals Park. Roark, who has not pitched in five days, appears on track to start Monday or Tuesday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, manager Matt Williams said, per MASN Sports. He's expected to go 70 pitches, Williams added.

Roark owns a 2.66 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP with a 7:5 K:BB ratio over 20 1/3 innings.


Struggling Marlins first baseman Michael Morse sits again Friday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(4:31 pm ET) For the second straight game, Marlins first baseman Michael Morse will be out of the starting lineup. Morse will be on the bench for Friday's game against the Orioles, while Justin Bour gets another start at first.

Morse's struggles this season have been well-documented, and they will earn him another night on the bench for the Marlins.


Ausmus: Tigers DH Victor Martinez began rehab Friday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:30 pm ET) Brad Ausmus has announced that Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez began his rehab Friday in Orlando, per the Detroit Free Press.

Martinez was placed in the disabled list with a lingering knee ailment that prevented him from hitting against right-handers to his usual standards.

Ausmus has stated that he has no clear idea as to when Martinez will return to the team.


 
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