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Mariners' McClendon: Hisashi Iwakuma still not close to return


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:39 pm ET) Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma continues to receive treatment for his strained right lat muscle. However, he has yet to resume throwing, per MLB.com.

“I would imagine when we get back he’ll start throwing again and then start his process all over again,” McClendon said. “He’s going to be out awhile.”


Austin Jackson's struggles in minors delaying return to Mariners


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:37 pm ET) Mariners outfielder Austin Jackson played in his sixth rehab game for Triple-A Tacoma on Friday. He went 1 for 5 with three strikeouts.

Jackson is batting .250 (6 for 24) with four walks and seven strikeouts on his rehab assignment. Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, however, gave no indication Saturday of a specific date for Jackson's return.

“The ankle is feeling good, but the bat isn’t,” McClendon said, per MLB.com. “As of right now, it’s still open.”


Yankees RP Chris Martin could return to game action next week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:08 pm ET) Yankees reliever Chris Martin (elbow) had thrown one bullpen session and is expected to throw another one Saturday, manager Joe Girardi told reporters. Martin could be pitching in a game by next week.

Rangers SP Derek Holland to begin throwing program next week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:56 am ET) Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland (shoulder) will begin a throwing program late next week, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He will have an MRI in three weeks before getting cleared to throw off a mound.

Rays SP Matt Moore throws 36 pitches in extended spring game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:02 am ET) Rays starting pitcher Matt Moore (elbow) threw 36 pitches in two innings during an extended spring game Saturday. He allowed two runs on five hits -- which included one triple and two doubles -- while striking out one.

Moore has not pitched this season as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery last year.


A's place OF Coco Crisp (neck) on 15-day DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:50 am ET) The Athletics placed outfielder Coco Crisp on the 15-day disabled list Saturday due to a neck injury. Starting pitcher Kendall Graveman was recalled from Triple-A Nashville to take Crisp's spot on the roster.

Crisp, who has not played since May 19, will not have surgery because the operation could potentially end his career. The veteran outfielder has struggled in 2015, batting just .044 (2 for 45) in 13 games.


X-rays negative on Red Sox LF Hanley Ramirez's left hand


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:20 am ET) X-rays came back negative on Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez's left hand after he left the game Friday in the top of the sixth inning due to soreness, per MLB.com. Ramirez was hit in the hand by a pitch in the fourth inning.

"We'll check on him when he comes in [Saturday], but after the hit by pitch, he had a difficult time gripping the bat and we had to get him out of there," Red Sox manager John Farrell said after Friday's 12-5 loss to the Angels.

The injuries are piling up for Ramirez, who has struggled since suffering a left shoulder sprain May 4. Since hurting his shoulder, Ramirez has a .212/.241/.269/.510 slash line in his last 13 games. Prior to getting hurt, he had a .283/.340/.609/.949 slash line in 25 games.


A's to place Coco Crisp (neck) on disabled list Saturday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Athletics manager Bob Melvin said the team will place outfielder Coco Crisp on the disabled list Saturday, reports The San Francisco Chronicle.

Crisp has not played since May 19 because of a neck injury, but it will not require surgery.


Red Sox OF Hanley Ramirez leaves game due to hand soreness


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Red Sox outfielder Hanley Ramirez was forced to exit Friday night's game against the Angels due to left hand soreness, according to The Boston Globe

The injury was likely sustained when Ramirez was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning. 

Ramirez's day finished 0 for 1 with a run scored. He's now hitting .257/.306/.486 for the season. 


Astros Brett Oberholtzer to throw minor league BP


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer will throw live batting practice at Triple-A Fresno in the next few days, according to a report by the Houston Chronicle.

Oberholtzer is recovering from a blister on his finger that landed him on the disabled list. He'll likely throw BP on either Sunday or Monday. 


Knee inflammation sidelines White Sox RF Avisail Garcia


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) The knee inflammation that has plagued White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia recently has him scratched from the Friday night game against Minnesota, per the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

J.B. Shuck is set to play in his place.

After the game, manager Robin Ventura said Garcia could miss a game or two because of the injury, reports CSN Chicago. Garcia said there was no structural damage to the knee and he'll see how he feels Saturday before determining if he can play. 

Garcia had been hot at the plate, but struggled mightily in a four-game series against Cleveland with just one hit in 14 at-bats. He still owns a fine slash line of .319/.359//451.


Second opinion confirms no surgery for Twins' Jordan Schafer


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Twins outfielder Jordan Schafer got a second opinion on the injured knee that landed him on the disabled list.

Schafer was disabled retroactive to May 11 with a sprained MCL. He met with Dr. James Andrews on Friday, and Dr. Andrews confirmed that the MCL didn't require surgery. 


Still no baseball activities for Athletics' Ike Davis


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Athletics' first baseman Ike Davis is still recovering from a quad injury and is has not yet returned to baseball activities, per the San Francisco Chronicle.

Davis hasn't played since May 12 and is on the 15-day disabled list. He is hitting .282 with two homers and 11 RBI this season.


Orioles' Bud Norris lit up in rehab start


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Orioles pitcher Bud Norris had a rough outing in his first injury rehab start at Triple-A Norfolk. 

Norris is on the 15-day disabled list, recovering from bronchitis. He gave up nine runs on 12 hits over 2 2/3 innings. He gave up two home runs, didn't walk a batter and struck out one in the 72-pitch outing. 


Red Sox GM Cherington: I'm not worried about Hanley Ramirez


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) The left shoulder of his left fielder is an issue, but Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington is claiming he's unconcerned.

"None, really," he told the Boston Herald when asked about any reservations he has about struggling Hanley Ramirez. "Physically he hasn't said anything about it. He's had some days where he's swung the bat really well and has hit some balls hard. I'm not worried about Hanley. He'll get going again."

Ramirez has not driven in a run in May. He has just 11 hits in his last 51 at-bats.


Orioles INF Ryan Flaherty could begin rehab Monday or Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) Orioles infielder Ryan Flaherty, who's been on the disabled list since May 12 with a right groin strain, will play nine innings at extended spring training on Saturday. If all goes well after that, Flaherty will likely report to Triple-A Norfolk on Monday or Tuesday to begin his rehab assignment, according to MASNSports.com.

He's eligible to come off of the DL next week, but the team has provided a clear timetable for when Flaherty might return to the team.


Royals OF Alex Rios: I should start rehab within the week


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Ned Yost said Tuesday that Royals outfielder Alex Rios could begin a rehab assignment in 7-10 days. Now Rios is confirming, stating that it could start within the week, per MLB.com.

Rios was off to a flying start with his new team until a hand injury knocked him out for six weeks. He will return with a slash line of .321/.345/.464 and eight RBI in just 28 at-bats.


Royals SP Jason Vargas throws simulated game, could start rehab


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) Royals starter Jason Vargas threw a simulated game on Friday and reported no issues, saying the session went well. The team will wait to see how he feels on Saturday before possibly sending him out on a rehab assignment, according to MLB.com.

The team did not reveal how long Vargas will need on his rehab or when they expect him back in the rotation.


Twins' Arica (hip), Fien (shoulder) to begin rehab this weekend


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) A couple of injured Twins players are getting close to a return to the club.

Right-hander Casey Fien, who is on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, is expected to make a rehab appearance on Saturday for Triple-A Rochester, according to MLB.com. Fien threw a bullpen session on Wednesday, and once no issues were reported, he was cleared for the rehab assignment. 

Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia, who has been out of action with a hip injury, is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A on Sunday. 

The team has not revealed when they expect either player to return to the club, but as long as there are no setbacks in their rehabs, it should not be long before they are back.


Orioles C Matt Wieters on return: 'I feel pretty good to play'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, who has been sidelined since last May after undergoing Tommy John surgery, considers a June 4 return to the team realistic. That is his first day of eligibility to come off the disabled list.

"I feel pretty good to play," he told masnsports.com. "The last few games I've gone out there and played, the feelings of being able to get back in a big league game are there. It's not quite back to where it was yet, but it feels good enough to get back playing at this level."

Wieters added that his arm strength is getting better daily.

He is set to begin his rehab assignment at Double-A Bowie on Tuesday.


Manager: Blue Jays 2B Devon Travis will return upon eligibility


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) John Gibbons has declared that shelved Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis should return to the lineup as soon as he comes off the disabled list, per Sportsnet.

He was placed Thursday with a shoulder injury, which would make him eligible to come back June 5.


A's INF/OF Ben Zobrist (knee) to play left field in rehab Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) Athletics utility man Ben Zobrist is continuing his rehab assignment Friday and will play a full nine innings in left field for Triple-A Nashville. Zobrist will then be the designated hitter on Saturday and play second base on Sunday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

The team has not revealed any next steps past Sunday, though previous reports indicated that Zobrist, who is coming back from a knee injury, was expected to be activated on Monday, which still remains possible. 


No surgery for Athletics OF Coco Crisp; DL still in question


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Surgery has been ruled out for Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp's neck, as that could potentially end his career, manager Bob Melvin told reporters Friday, per the Bay Area News Group. Melvin added that a decision has not been made on whether the club will place Crisp on the disabled list or not.

Crisp initially injured his neck in May of 2014 after colliding into the outfield wall. He aggravated the injury on Aug. 29 following another collision with the wall, before the issue flared up again this season.

Crisp has just two hits in his first 45 at-bats this season.


Astros pitcher Samuel Deduno to throw in bullpen Saturday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Astros pitcher Samuel Deduno (back) is expected to throw a bullpen session Saturday, per the Houston Chronicle. Deduno, who is sidelined due to a lower back strain, said he is feeling better.

Report: Rangers considered bringing up Josh Hamilton on Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) The Rangers considered promoting Josh Hamilton from the minors after placing Kyle Blanks on the disabled list, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. But they wanted Hamilton to reach 45-50 at-bats before bringing him up. He has just 39 at this point.

The plan to restart his Texas career early next week in Cleveland still appears viable. He's on a seven-game hitting streak at Triple-A Round Rock.


 
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