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Rockies' Tyler Matzek leaves game with hamstring injury


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(12:06 am ET) The Rockies announced that Tyler Matzek left Monday's game 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks with a left hamstring cramp, according to The Denver Post.

Matzek went five innings and allowed two earned runs and three walks. He gave up five hits but struck out three batters.

From the plate, he ended going 1 for 3 with a run scored. He's now hitting .429/.429/.571.  


Dodgers OF Carl Crawford leaves Giants game with injury


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford left Monday night's game with tightness in his right side.

A video uploaded from SB Nation's True Blue LA shows Crawford wincing in pain after sliding into third base after hitting a triple. After that play was when Crawford exited the game. His day ended 1 for 1 from the plate. 

He's now batting .245/.260/.425. 


D-Backs P David Hernandez throws in extended spring game


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Diamondbacks reliever David Hernandez allowed an infield hit in an extended spring game appearance this past Saturday, according to MLB.com

It was the first time Hernandez pitched in a game since he had Tommy John surgery a year ago. He threw 13 pitches in one inning. He's expected to pitch in another extended spring game on Tuesday and a total of five. 

Once his extended spring games are over he'll begin a minor-league rehab assignment. 

"I was excited just to feel a part of a team," Hernandez said. "It was just a weight off my shoulders. It felt good to be back out there. The command wasn't anywhere near where I wanted it to be."


Giants OF Hunter Pence in line for batting practice soon


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Giants manager Bruce Bochy estimated that outfielder Hunter Pence could begin taking batting practice in a week, according to MLB.com

"He's getting better and better," Bochy said. "The big day is going to be when he can take BP. We just don't know when that will be."

Pence is still recovering from a fractured forearm that has sidelined him for the start of the season. He's not expected to be back in the lineup before May 1 either. 

Pence has been able to take some swings and could also begin a rehab assignment next week. 


Nationals 3B Yunel Escobar leaves game with hand injury


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar was forced to leave Monday's game against the Braves with an apparent injury when Andrelton Simmons slid directly into his glove and ripped it off his hand, the team announced.

Danny Espinosa shifted over to third base and Dan Uggla took over at second. Escobar is dealing with multiple cuts on his hand and expects to miss a day or two with the injuries.

Escobar was 0 for 2 in the game and is hitting .284 in 67 at-bats this season.


Dodgers' Brandon McCarthy has torn UCL, out for season


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy got the news he feared. 

McCarthy has a torn ulnar collateral ligament and will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, the team announced. This injury is usually accompanied by Tommy John surgery. 

McCarthy said he will aim to return before the 2016 MLB All-Star break

McCarthy previously said he was hoping for the injury simply to be tendinitis. Initial tests came back negative, though now a tear has been confirmed. With McCarthy immediately sidelined, Scott Baker will receive a start either Friday or Saturday. 

McCarthy was 3-0 in four games this season with a 5.87 ERA. He struck out 29 batters, walked four and allowed 24 hits in 23 innings of work. 


Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco scratched from lineup Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco was scratched from Monday's game against the Cubs with groin tightness, the team announced.

"It really wasn't loosening up, so we stayed away from him," manger Clint Hurdle said, per MLB.com.

Polanco will receive treatment and be re-evaluated during the game, according to the report. Manager Clint Hurdle said after the game Polanco is day to day with the injury and suffered it while running the bases against the Diamondbacks over the weekend, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Andrew Lambo will replace him in the starting lineup and bat second. Lambo is hitting .056 with one hit in 18 at-bats this season.


Reds place pitcher Homer Bailey on DL with right elbow sprain


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) The Reds have placed pitcher Homer Bailey on the 15-day DL with a right elbow ligament sprain, retroactive to April 24, and recalled pitcher Carlos Contreras, the team announced Monday.

Bailey came off the disabled list April 18 and made two starts before landing back on the DL. He posted an 0-1 record with a 5.56 ERA and three strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

"It's a messy and unbelievably unfortunate both for him as an individual and for our ball club," manager Bryan Price said. "(Bailey) certainly won't be pitching here in the near future."

Contreras has posted a 1-0 record in six appearances with a 1.08 ERA for Triple-A Louisville.


OF Domonic Brown, Phillies not on same page regarding return


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) Although Domonic Brown told reporters that he'll return to the Phillies from the disabled list on Wednesday, manager Ryne Sandberg said he doesn't know if the outfielder is ready to come back and added that no official decision has been made, per MLB.com. 

The Phillies must activate Brown, who's been on a rehab assignment (tendinitis in left Achilles), Wednesday from the disabled list and either send him to the big club or keep him in the minors.

Brown is batting .129 (4-for-31) with one double, two RBI and six strikeouts in eight games on his Triple-A rehab assignment.

 “Maybe it’s just not enough at-bats,” Sandberg said about Brown’s struggles during his rehab stint in Triple-A. “He’s had some fly ball outs. He just hasn’t connected and hasn’t hit for average, which you’d like to see.” 


Padres pitcher Shawn Kelley throws to live hitters Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Padres pitcher Shawn Kelley was able to throw against live hitters before Monday's game, according to MLB.com.

Kelly, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a strained left calf, was placed on the disabled list three days ago and doesn't believe he will be out for long. Kelley has an 0-2 record with a 10.13 ERA in 5 1/3 innings so far this season.


Rockies place Adam Ottavino on DL, activate David Hale


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) The Rockies placed closer Adam Ottavino on the 15-day disabled list Monday due to right triceps inflammation, the team announced.

Ottavino has been brilliant over the first three weeks of the season, giving up just three hits and two walks in 10 scoreless innings while striking out 13 and recording three saves. Rockies reliever John Axford picked up a save Thursday and could be in line for more ninth-inning work in the wake of Ottavino's injury.

The team reinstated pitcher David Hale from the 15-day disabled list Monday and optioned him to Triple-A Albuquerque. He opened the season on the disabled list due to an oblique injury.

To take Ottavino's spot on the active roster, the team recalled pitcher Jorge Rondon from Albuquerque.


Nationals to play Anthony Rendon (knee) at 2B, 3B when he returns


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams said infielder Anthony Rendon will be used at second and third base when he returns to the lineup, reports CSNWashington.com.

Rendon is dealing with a knee injury, but he has begun his rehab assignment at Double-A. He was scheduled to play seven innings during a rehab game Monday, but he was a late scratch due to feeling fatigued, the team announced. 

"It's important for him just to make sure that he feels good," Williams said, per MLB.com. "That he feels able to play every day."


Cardinals' Adam Wainwright has torn Achilles, out for season


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that pitcher Adam Wainwright has been diagnosed with a torn Achilles in his left foot, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Wainwright will undergo surgery Thursday and miss the remainder of the season, the team announced. He suffered the injury while stumbling out of the batter's box during an at-bat in his last start. The recovery time for the procedure is nine-to-12 months, and the team is optimistic about his return.

Wainwright's season comes to a close after four starts. He went 2-1 with a 1.44 ERA and 18:3 K:BB ratio in 25 innings.

The Cardinals are expected to look internally to fill the rotation hole the injury presents. Marco Gonzales and Jaime Garcia are two long-term options to enter the rotation, but both are currently dealing with injuries.


Nationals pitcher Casey Janssen throws live batting practice Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Nationals pitcher Casey Janssen was able to throw live batting practice Monday in Viera as he continues to work his way back from a shoulder injury, according to MASN Sports.

Janssen, who is currently on the 15-day DL with the injury, has yet to throw a simulated game, but is hoping to soon. Janssen posted a 3-3 record in 2014 with 25 saves and a 3.94 ERA in 45 2/3 innings.


Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer not anticipated to make start Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams is not anticipating having pitcher Max Scherzer for his scheduled start Tuesday against the Braves, Williams said per the team.

"I would think that before another five days he'd be back," Williams said, per MLB.com. "But there's a progression there, too."

Scherzer, who is dealing with a thumb injury, is expected to sit out until his thumb is back to 100 percent, according to the team. Scherzer jammed his thumb in his last start Thursday and currently has a 1.26 ERA with 29 strikeouts and four walks in 28 2/3 innings. It is unknown who would fill in for Scherzer Tuesday.


Mets pitcher Bobby Parnell to resume throwing Thursday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Mets pitcher Bobby Parnell is feeling better with his injured arm and is scheduled to resume throwing on a flat ground Thursday, according to ESPN.com.

Parnell, who is currently on the 15-day DL while recovering from Tommy John surgery,  said the forearm soreness he was dealing with last week has already dissipated while he had a few days off. Parnell has made three rehab appearances so far and is hoping to build his stamina back before joining the club.

"I think it's probably going to expedite things because after day four I'm feeling pretty good," he said to NJ.com. "I'm excited to get back on the mound and see what happens."

"Big picture. It's hard. I want to be here for sure but the goal is to be here to help the team at the end and it's how you finish, not how you start. I got to get to 100 percent and be here to help these guys at the end."


Report: Nationals' Max Scherzer (thumb) seeing specialist


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) Nationals starter Max Scherzer, who sprained his right thumb while hitting last Thursday, is reportedly seeing a specialist to gather more information about the injury, per Fox Sports' Jon Morosi. 

The Nationals are optimstic that their $200 million ace will miss no more than one start -- the one he was scheduled to make Tuesday against the Braves. Scherzer threw in the outfield on Sunday, but the thumb remained swollen. 

Scherzer is 1-2 over his first four starts with the Nationals but owns a 1.26 ERA and 29:4 K:BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings.


Pirates SS Justin Sellers makes Triple-A rehab start


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) Pirates infielder Justin Sellers, who is on the disabled list with an Achilles injury, made a rehab start at Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday after moving up from doing rehab work with the Pirates' Class A club. 

Sellers started the game and played shortshop. He was 0-for-1 with one strikeout and one walk before being replaced.


Cardinals will look internally to replace P Adam Wainwright


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) With starter Adam Wainwright likely done for the season with an Achilles injury, the Cardinals will initially look at internal candidates to replace the pitcher, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said that to fill Wainwright's spot in the rotation Thursday, the team will look to either lefties Tyler Lyons and Tim Cooney or righthander Zach Petrick

That would seem to eliminate the Cardinals making a move for a veteran pitcher like the Phillies' Cole Hamels, at least for now. 

"If you get into May and early June and you don't feel like the internal options are the solution you were hoping for, then you might have to look outside," Mozeliak said. 


Phillies pitcher Chad Billingsley allows seven runs in rehab start


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Phillies pitcher Chad Billingsley allowed seven runs in five innings of work in his third rehab start in Triple-A Lehigh Valley, according to Philly.com.

Billingsley, who is currently on the 15-day DL with an elbow injury, added three strikeouts and two walks in the appearance. He has yet to appear in a major league game since 2013 while dealing with multiple elbow injuries.


Nationals considering keeping Yunel Escobar at third base


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams will have a decision to make when his regular third baseman Anthony Rendon comes back from injury. With Rendon on the shelf, Yunel Escobar has shifted to third and Williams is considering leaving him there even after Rendon returns, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The team is unsure yet what will happen when Rendon returns, but one theory has Escobar staying at third and Rendon shifting to second base, according to Heyman.

Escobar is hitting .292 with five RBI in 65 at-bats while slotted at third base.


Pirates' Gregory Polanco gets 3 hits in win over Diamondbacks


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco recorded three hits during Sunday afternoon's 8-0 win over the Diamondbacks. 

Polanco went 3 for 5 with one RBI. He also scored three runs in the game. One of his hits went for a double, his seventh of the season. He's now hitting .288/.307/.425 for the season. 


Diamondbacks pitcher Bronson Arroyo still dealing with pain in elbow


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Diamondbacks pitcher Bronson Arroyo is still feeling a noticeable pain in his right elbow on the road to recovery from Tommy John surgery, according to MLB.com.

Arroyo underwent the procedure last July and is hopeful to return during the second half of the season at some point. Arizona has a $4.5 million buyout on Arroyo's contract at the end of the season, which is motivating his speedy recovery from the surgery.

"That's why I'd like to get back and maybe make 10 starts the second half of the season to show what I can do," Arroyo said. "That way they have some basis for making a decision."


Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin on track for return this summer


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin continues to progress his way back from Tommy John surgery last season. The righty missed the entire 2014 season with the injury and is scheduled to make his second simulated game Tuesday before throwing three innings in an extended spring training appearances May 4, according to MLB.com.

If all goes well, Corbin is expected to build his stamina to 90 pitches for a minor league start in mid-May. Manager Chip Hale is targeting June 5 for Corbin to return, according to the report.

"I was just looking at the schedule," Hale said. "[Corbin's] going to throw that simulated on Tuesday. It looks like the first week of June he'll be back pitching on our club."

Corbin can't wait to get back with the team.

"I'm excited, yeah I am," said Corbin. "I'm feeling great. Just can't wait to get back. It has been awhile. It's been 14 months on our calendar since the surgery on Monday. So it will be about 15 months when I come back."


Mets third baseman David Wright set to ramp up activities


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Mets third baseman David Wright will continue with his rehab of a hamstring injury this week by ramping up his baseball activities, according to ESPN.com.

Wright is scheduled to field ground balls and do a little bit of running to test his injured hamstring. Wright is currently on the 15-day DL with the injury. He is eligible to return to the club Thursday, but manager Terry Collins doesn't think it's realistic. Collions is hopeful for him to return by Saturday, according to the N.Y. Daily News.

Wright is hitting .333 with one home run and four RBI in 33 at-bats this season.


 
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