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Rockies' Hawkins getting close to restarting rehab assignment


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:04 pm ET) Rockies reliever LaTroy Hawkins (biceps) threw a bullpen session Tuesday withou pain, according to MLB.com. Hawkins, who reported feeling well Wednesday, will throw another bullpen session this weekend in Philadelphia.

If all goes well this weekend, Hawkins will then restart his rehab assignment. He had to stop his previous rehab assignment due to a minor setback.


Tigers RP Alex Wilson gets first big-league start on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(1:59 pm ET) The Tigers have named Alex Wilson as the starter for Wednesday's matchup with the A's. Wilson is starting for Alfredo Simon, who was placed on the bereavement list. This will be Wilson's first career start after making 56 relief appearances in his career, including 12 this season.

Left-hander Kyle Ryan was expected to make the start after being recalled from Triple-A, but it seems Ryan will not be ready in time for first pitch on Wednesday, according to MLive.com.


Reds' Raisel Iglesias to start Saturday vs. Nationals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:43 pm ET) Reds pitcher Raisel Iglesias will start Saturday against the Nationals with Johnny Cueto still recovering from an elbow injury, according to MLB.com.

The rookie right-hander is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in three starts.


Tigers C Alex Avila (knee) close to starting baseball activities


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(1:41 pm ET) Tigers catcher Alex Avila seems close to being cleared for baseball activities. Avila has been on the disabled list since May 9 with a knee injury.

Avila will see the doctor on Wednesday and get treatment on his knee, which should lead to him being able to resume baseball activities, according to MLive.com. The team has not provided an updated timetable for his return.


A's SP Sonny Gray still sore in ankle but should start Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(1:37 pm ET) Athletics starter Sonny Gray threw a bullpen session on Tuesday after he left his last start with an ankle injury. On Wednesday, Gray indicated that he still had some soreness in his right ankle when he threw off the mound, but he is still expected to make his next start on Friday.

Indians' Callaway: Danny Salazar should be fine for next start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:35 pm ET) Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar's finger was tender Wednesday morning after sustaining a small cut near one of his fingernails Tuesday against the Rangers, pitching coach Mickey Callaway said, per MLB.com.

However, it doesn't appear the injury will keep Salazar from making his next start.

"We're going to take a day off from throwing today, get back to his bullpen [on Thursday]," Callaway said. "[We'll] probably do something like all fastballs. It really bothers him on his offspeed pitches. He really kind of yanks on that part of the finger. He should be fine for his next start."

Salazar is slated to make his next start Sunday at Seattle.


Tigers SP Justin Verlander (triceps) will make rehab start Sunday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(1:31 pm ET) Justin Verlander will make his first rehab start on Sunday with Triple-A Toledo, according to MLive.com. The Tigers' right-hander threw a simulated game on Tuesday and seems to have come out of it with no issues, leading to his rehab start.

Manager Brad Ausmus said Verlander would be limited to 80-85 pitches on Sunday. He wasn't sure if Verlander would need to make more than one rehab start. 

"It’s all going to depend on how the first one goes. Then we’ll make a decision," Ausmus said, per the Detroit Free Press.

Verlander is working his way back from a triceps injury that has kept him out of action all season so far.


Indians' Francona surprised Carlos Santana (wrist) started Wed.


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:30 pm ET) Indians first baseman Carlos Santana made it into the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rangers, despite getting hit on the left wrist by a pitch in the ninth inning Tuesday. While X-rays came back negative, manager Terry Francona was still surprised Santana was healthy enough to play.

"I was happily shocked," Francona said on Wednesday morning, per MLB.com. "I checked on him this morning ... and he said, 'I'm good to go.' I try never to be pessimistic -- I don't think that's my nature -- but I just didn't think that's how he was going to feel this morning."

Santana proved in the third inning his wrist is fine, as he hit a three-run homer off Colby Lewis. It was his sixth home run of the season.


Orioles OF Travis Snider starts in left field on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(1:21 pm ET) Following a three-game absence from the lineup, Orioles outfielder Travis Snider is starting in left field on Wednesday against the Astros. For the first time this season, Snider will bat in the No. 2 hole in the lineup. 

Snider has been mostly a part-time player this season, splitting time in the outfield with David Lough, Delmon Young and Steve Pearce, who is starting in right field on Wednesday. 

This season, Snider is hitting .270/.356/.371 this season with four doubles, and one home run. 


Orioles INF Ryan Flaherty activated from DL, starting Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(1:13 pm ET) Orioles infielder Ryan Flaherty is back off the disabled list and is in the lineup Wednesday against the Astros. Flaherty has been out since May 12 with a groin strain.

On Wednesday, he is playing second base and batting eighth on Wednesday. The team has not announced a corresponding move for Flaherty's activation. 


Tigers SS Jose Iglesias (knee) still can't start on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(1:03 pm ET) Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias remains out of the starting lineup Wednesday against the A's. Iglesias will miss his fourth straight game while nursing a sore knee. The Tigers maintain he is day-to-day, but they have not indicated when they expect Iglesias to return to the lineup.

Iglesias did take batting practice and fielded groundballs on Tuesday, but he still bothered by the knee when he runs. Iglesias says he does plan to run on Wednesday, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Dixon Machado gets the start at shortstop and will bat eighth on Wednesday. 


Mets planning to use six-man rotation into August


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:59 pm ET) Once Dillon Gee joins the Mets rotation after his last rehab start Wednesday for Double-A Binghamton, the team plans to go to a six-man rotation through at least early August, pitching coach Dan Warthen said Wednesday.

Warthen said the goal is to have the starters make roughly 30 starts instead of the usual 33 during the regular season. The team also wants to be conservative with some of the younger arms -- Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. The other two pitchers in the rotation are veterans Bartolo Colon and Jonathon Niese.

"It is better for the player. It's better for the organization, at least, until we get to where we feel like we have plenty of innings left in September and still have the possibility of innings left in October," Warthen said, per ESPN.

"Our No. 1 concern is our pitchers, and our pitchers staying healthy. We have some other [young] ones -- [prospect Steven] Matz is coming along. We're going to have Syndergaard here, deGrom here, Harvey here. Those are the guys who are the big concerns. As for the other guys, they have to go along with it. It's going to only prolong their careers. From the organization's standpoint, from my standpoint, I think it's a smart thing to do."


Mets trade outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis to Angels


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(12:55 pm ET) The Mets have traded outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis to the Angels. New York will receive cash considerations.

Mets assistant general manager John Rico previously made it known that the team was actively shopping Nieuwenhuis. If the team would have failed to find a suitor for Nieuwenhuis, it would have passed him through waivers.

Nieuwenhuis has three hits in 38 at-bats this season.


A's SS Marcus Semien gets day off Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:09 pm ET) Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien is getting the day off and is being held out of the lineup Wednesday against the Tigers. Semien is mired in a 7-for-38 slump over his last 10 games, and has played in every game this season.

Eric Sogard will spell Semien at shortstop and bat ninth on Wednesday afternoon. 


Royals' Rios to play two more Triple-A games before possible return


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(12:02 pm ET) Royals right fielder Alex Rios will play for the club's Triple-A affiliate for the next two days before the team decides whether to activate him for Friday's game against the Cubs, per The Kansas City Star.

Rios is working his way back into form after fracturing his left hand. Before the injury, he was 9 for 28 with a home run, eight RBI and two stolen bases.


Rangers option 1B/OF Jake Smolinski to Triple-A


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:02 pm ET) The Rangers have optioned first baseman/outfielder Jake Smolinski to Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday. Smolinski has been up and down with the team this year, and has had limited playing time due to the returns of Mitch Moreland and Josh Hamilton and the emergence of Delino DeShields.

Smolinski is 8 for 53 with a home run and six RBI for the Rangers in 2015. The team recalled pitcher Jon Edwards from Triple-A to take his place on the roster.


Red Sox using six-man rotation to give starters rest


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:58 am ET) Without an off-day on Thursday, Red Sox manager John Farrell wanted to give his starters an extra day's rest heading into the weekend. So, the team will call up prospect Eduardo Rodriguez to start Thursday's game against the Rangers, with the rest of the rotation being pushed back a day.

Steven Wright, who was originally scheduled to go on Thursday, will now pitch Friday. He will be followed by Wade Miley and Joe Kelly. Clay Buchholz will open the three-game set with the Twins at home on Monday. 

The Red Sox don't have a scheduled off-day until June 8.


Red Sox manager: Eduardo Rodriguez will start Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:49 am ET) In order to give his pitchers an extra day of rest, Red Sox manager John Farrell said prospect Eduardo Rodriguez will get the start on Thursday against the Rangers. 

Rodriguez is being called up from Triple-A to start Thursday, and Farrell said he will get the one start for now, according to the Boston Herald. Though it remains to be seen if the team in fact sends him down after Thursday. 


Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo sits Wednesday with sore shoulder


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:41 am ET) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Twins due to a sore right shoulder. Castillo jammed the shoulder while diving to make a catch in Tuesday's game. At this point, there are no talks of a possible trip to the disabled list, but there is no timetable for his return to the lineup.

Castillo is hitting .200 (3 for 15) in four games since being recalled from Triple-A. 


Rangers to recall RP Jon Edwards on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:38 am ET) The Rangers are recalling right-hander Jon Edwards from Triple-A on Wednesday. Edwards had a brief stint with the big club this season, making one relief appearance without recording an out. In 2014, he appeared in nine games for the Rangers, allowing four earned runs in 8 1/3 innings.

He's made 18 relief outings with Round Rock this season, owning a 1.15 ERA in 15 2/3 innings. 


Phillies SP Chad Billingsley to have shoulder examined


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(11:38 am ET) Phillies starter Chad Billingsley will visit doctors on Friday to have his shoulder examined, per The News Journal.

Billingsley -- diagnosed with a Grade 2 right lat strain -- is also expected to start playing catch as his rehab continues to progress. He will need at least one rehab start before rejoining the rotation.

Billingsley is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA and 7:3 K:BB ratio in 16 innings.


Brewers RP Will Smith will have appeal heard next week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:34 am ET) Brewers reliever Will Smith's appeal of an eight-game suspension has been pushed to next week and will be done in person, he said Wednesday, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. An MLB rep will come to Milwaukee to conduct the hearing.

Smith was handed an eight-game suspension last week after he was ejected from a May 21 outing against the Braves for having a foreign substance on his arm.


Report: Red Sox SP Eduardo Rodriguez to join the club


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:31 am ET) Red Sox left-handed pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez is reportedly on his way to join the team for a what could be just a spot start in the coming days, a source told the Providence Journal.

Rodriguez, the No. 59 prospect in baseball according to Baseball America, has been pitching at Triple-A Pawtucket this season and holds a 4-3 record and a 2.98 ERA. In 48 1/3 innings, he has ratios of 8.2 K/9 and 1.3 BB/9 over his eight starts.

It is not known who will be sent down, and the team has not officially announced the move. 


Royals SP Danny Duffy (shoulder) to throw bullpen session


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(11:27 am ET) Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy will throw a bullpen session on Friday as he recovers from shoulder tendinitis, per The Kansas City Star.

Duffy (2-3) is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on June 1. In 38 1/3 innings this season, Duffy has a 5.87 ERA with 30 strikeouts and 19 walks.


Reds' Price: Johnny Cueto might be back in rotation Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:20 am ET) Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto played catch for about 20 minutes and up to distances about 100 feet on Wednesday. The right-hander underwent an MRI on Tuesday, which indicated no structural damage in his elbow.

"He felt fine. He threw comfortably," Reds head trainer Paul Lessard said. "He's still a little sore from the MRI injection, but other than that, he felt very good. He wasn't really holding back and was throwing pretty firm."

If all goes well Wednesday, Cueto could throw in the bullpen Friday, per MLB.com. If he has no setbacks by Saturday, then Cueto could rejoin the rotation Sunday against the Nationals, manager Bryan Price said.

"He typically throws [in the bullpen] two days before a start. So if he were to start on Sunday, he would throw a bullpen on Friday," Price said. "He would have to get through the bullpen and see how he felt on Saturday before we consider Sunday as an option."

Cueto was scratched from his start Sunday against the Indians due to right elbow stiffness. He is 1-2 with a 4.45 ERA in four May starts.