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Jacoby Ellsbury's ankle keeps him out


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10:59 am ET) Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Blue Jays, after he suffered an ankle injury in Friday's game.

Ellsbury had the ankle wrapped and was limping in the clubhouse prior to the game, but it is not clear if this is expected to be a lingering issue. He is day to day at this point. 


Coco Crisp exits game after outfield collision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:12 am ET) Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp left Friday's game against the Angels after crashing into the outfield wall.

Crisp ran full speed while chasing after Chris Iannetta’s two-run homer in the fifth inning. The ball bounced over his glove and went over the fence, while Crisp had to be helped back to his feet and escorted out of the game.

Crisp was diagnosed with a neck strain, an issue he has had in the past. He finished 0 for 2 before leaving the game. He owns a .254/.346/.397 slash line with nine homers and 45 RBI over 370 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Saturday's game.

Miles Mikolas dealing with shoulder fatigue; Robbie Ross to start in his place


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Rangers pitcher Miles Mikolas has been scratched from Saturday's start against Houston because of right shoulder fatigue, the team announced.  The team will recall left-hander Robbie Ross from Triple-A Round Rock for the start.

Jacoby Ellsbury homers, injures left ankle Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury homered but injured his ankle in Friday's win over the Blue Jays.

Ellsbury launched a two-run home run in the seventh inning. He suffered the injury while sliding at home plate in the ninth inning. After the game, he had a fluoroscope on his left ankle, which came back "OK," per YES Network.

Ellsbury went 2 for 5 with a run scored and two RBI in a 6-3 victory. He owns a .286/.347/.431 with 14 homers and 64 RBI over 503 at-bats.

Eric Hosmer to begin rehab stint Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer will begin a minor-league rehab assignment on Saturday with Triple-A Omaha, MLB.com reports. Hosmer has been sidelined since July 31 with a hand issue. 

Steve Pearce exits with abdominal strain


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce was forced out of Friday's game against the Twins with a right abdominal strain, the team announced. He left the game in the third inning and was replaced by Jimmy Paredes. Pearce is hitting .289 with 16 homers and 37 RBI over 284 at-bats.

Desmond Jennings dealing with left knee soreness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings was a late scratch Friday night against the Red Sox due to left knee soreness, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Jennings is hitting .244 with 10 homers and 36 RBI over 479 at-bats.

Jed Lowrie ready for rehab stint


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie (finger) will start a minor-league rehab assignment Saturday with Triple-A Sacramento, the Bay Area News Group reports. Lowrie could return from the disabled list as early as Tuesday, per the paper.

Masahiro Tanaka won't throw a bullpen for one week


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will play catch but will not be able to throw a bullpen for a week, the Bergen Record reports. Tanaka was shut down after suffering a setback in his recovery from a partially torn UCL.

"He wants time to physically catch up...let's just see where we're at," manager Joe Girardi said, via the paper.

Chris Denorfia still out Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Mariners outfielder Chris Denorfia is not in the lineup Friday against the Nationals, as he continues to deal with a neck injury. He has not played since Sunday, though it is not clear how serious the injury is at this point, since Denorfia is not an everyday player anyways. 

Derek Holland to make first start Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Rangers pitcher Derek Holland will make his season debut Tuesday against the Royals, MLB.com reports Friday.

Holland, who has yet to pitch in the majors while recovering from knee surgery, made his final rehab start Thursday. He will make his debut Tuesday, though it is not clear whether he is expected to remain in the rotation through the end of the season or not.

Holland had a 4.43 ERA in 20 1/3 innings during his six rehab starts. He put together his best major-league season a year ago, recording a career-low 3.42 ERA in 213 innings, while striking out 189 batters, also a career-best mark. 


Masahiro Tanaka slowed down with "general soreness" in arm


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has suffered a setback in his recovery from a partially torn UCL, though there is currently no indication it is related to the ligament, the team announced Friday.

Tanaka, who has been throwing off a mound recently, will travel back to New York to continue strengthening his right arm. At this point, he does not have a visit with a doctor scheduled, as this issue is just considered general soreness in his right arm.


Jim Adduci hits concussion DL following collision


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) The Rangers placed outfielder Jim Adduci on the 7-day concussion disabled list Friday, the team announced.

Adduci suffered the injury during Thursday's game,w hen he collided with a teammate on a foul ball. He will be monitored moving forward to determine when he can pass the league's concussion protocol and be cleared to return.  


Robbie Grossman sidelined by ankle Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Astros outfielder Robbie Grossman is not in the starting lineup Friday against the Rangers, as he continues to deal with an ankle injury suffered Wednesday.

Grossman remains day to day moving forward, and Thursday's off-day apparently did not give him enough time to get back to full health. His status for the rest of the weekend series is not yet known. 


Omar Infante still not in Friday's lineup


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Royals infielder Omar Infante is out of the starting lineup for the fourth straight game Friday against the Indians, as he continues to deal with a shoulder injury. At this point, it is not clear when he is expected back from the injury, which has kept him out since Monday.

Derek Holland ready after final rehab start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Rangers pitcher Derek Holland's rehab start at Triple-A Round Rock Thursday should be his last one, according to ESPN.com.

Holland, who is recovering from knee surgery which has cost him his entire season so far, had his last start scratched due to a back injury. However, he said he did not feel the back was an issue Thursday, and feels ready to pitch in the majors.

"I felt good," Holland said. "I think the big thing was to just test my back and make sure everything was OK with that from there. I felt good and continue to pound the zone and just getting myself ready, that's the main thing. Just to get back to make sure I'm ready to go." 

The team currently does not have a plan for getting Holland into the rotation in the majors, but the report indicates it could happen at some time in the next week. 


Joe Thatcher's mound session 'didn't go well'


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Angels reliever Joe Thatcher tried to throw off a mound recently, but his sprained ankle continues to bother him, and he told the Orange Country Register Thursday the session went poorly.

Thatcher is still aiming to return in mid-September, but it is not clear if he has a timetable to throw off a mound again at this point. Once his ankle is healed, however, Thatcher expects to return quickly.

"My arm is in shape," he said. "So as soon as my ankle is ready, I'll be ready to go. There's no build-up process."


Steve Pearce goes deep again


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce went deep for the third time in five games Thursday, in a 5-4 win over the Rays.

Pearce got the Orioles on the board with his solo home run in the first inning, his lone hit of the game. Though he went 1 for 4, he scored twice, the second time following a walk later in the game.

Pearce has homered five times in the month of August, bringing his season total to 16. He is hitting .290/.355/.534 in 283 at-bats overall. 


Derek Holland throws 98 pitches during rehab start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Rangers pitcher Derek Holland tossed 98 pitches during a rehab start Thursday.

Holland allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked two during the outing. He gave up two home runs during the appearance. Despite the performance, Holland managed to pick up a win. He was scratched from his previous start due to back spasms. 


Luke Putkonen knocked around during rehab game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Tigers pitcher Luke Putkonen was knocked around in his first rehab appearance.

Putkonen gave up four runs in just 2/3 of an inning. He allowed two hits, including a home run, and walked two batters. Putkonen is attempting to come back after June elbow surgery. 


Jim Adduci pulled with head injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Rangers outfielder Jim Adduci was pulled from Thursday's game due to a head injury, according to MLB.com.

Adduci hit his head while making a catch on the warning track. The team removed Adduci from the game as a precautionary measure. He will be evaluated for a concussion.


Alex Presley hoping to take batting practice Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Astros outfielder Alex Presley is hoping to take batting practice Friday, according to MLB.com.

Presley has been sidelined due to an oblique injury. He's considered day-to-day. He's nearing a point where he's ready to return, though manager Bo Porter did not provide any specific timetable for the injury.


Robbie Grossman day-to-day with ankle injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Astros outfielder Robbie Grossman is day-to-day with an ankle injury, according to MLB.com.

Grossman injured his ankle during Wednesday's game. He was able to play through the game, but was fairly sore Thursday. Grossman is hitting .215/.330/.325 over 265 at-bats. 


Sean Doolittle yet to begin baseball activity


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle has yet to begin baseball activity, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Doolittle has been sidelined since August 23 due to an intercostal injury. Manager Bob Melvin did say Doolittle is feeling much better despite his lack of activity. Doolittle has a 2.28 ERA over 55 1/3 innings. 


Eric Hosmer could start rehab assignment soon


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer could begin playing rehab games soon, according to FoxSports.

Hosmer was able to take batting practice Thursday. There's a chance he could begin a rehab assignment as soon as this weekend. Hosmer has been sidelined since July 31 with a hand issue. 


 
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Fan Poll

Which of these third basemen would you want on your teams for the second half?

Nolan Arenado, Rockies
17%
Manny Machado, Orioles
25%
Todd Frazier, Reds
33%
Martin Prado, Diamondbacks
4%
Kyle Seager, Mariners
17%
Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
4%

Total Votes: 3,689