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Ailments could keep Cubs OF Dexter Fowler out through Friday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:27 pm ET) A series of foul tips off various parts of his body has Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler sidelined Thursday against San Francisco and possibly beyond. He has been hit on the right hand, left elbow and right shin, per mlb.com.

Fowler might remain out Friday against the Dodgers.

"I'm not 100 percent sure yet [if he'll play Friday]," Joe Maddon said. "He's still pretty sore. There's a shot at it, yes."

Fowler was on an 0-for-9 slide before going down.


Michael Lorenzen could replace David Holmberg in Reds rotation
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:17 pm ET) The struggles of Reds starter David Holmberg are likely to benefit Michael Lorenzen, who could assume his place in the rotation as early as Monday against the Cubs, according to MLB.com.

Lorenzen has been tearing it up at Triple-A Louisville. He is 2-1 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 innings over his last three starts. His last effort was a one-hitter over eight innings.

Holmberg has been going in the opposite direction with a 15.19 ERA over his past three outings. He was pounded for six earned runs in 3 2/3 innings by the Dodgers in his last performance.

The only problem for Lorenzen is an innings limit that Bryan Price placed at 150-155 innings. He has thrown 133 2/3 combined with Cincinnati and Louisville this season.


Orioles OF Nolan Reimold set to join Triple-A Norfolk
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:56 pm ET) Veteran Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold has accepted an assignment he could have refused, the Baltimore Sun has reported. He is headed to Triple-A Norfolk.

The 31-year-old Reimold, who cleared waivers, heads down with a slash line of .227/.306/.340.


OF Aaron Judge, RP Jacob Lindgren won't help Yankees in 2015
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:50 pm ET) Two young players remain unlikely candidates to take the field for the Yankees by the end of the season.

One is top outfield prospect Aaron Judge, whom general manager Brian Cashman has ruled out for a possible promotion, per LoHud.com. The other is southpaw reliever Jacob Lindgren, who has yet to begin throwing bullpen sessions in his rehab from a left elbow injury that required surgery.

Judge is on a 0-for-14 slide at Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre. He owns a decent .262/.337/.469 slash line on the year.


Marlins demote RP Scott McGough; activate RP Andre Rienzo
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:38 pm ET) One week after promoting Scott McGough to Triple-A New Orleans, the Marlins have sent him back down to the same team, per the Miami Herald.

The move was necissatated by the reinstatement of fellow right-handed reliever Andre Rienzo from the disabled list.

McGough pitched scoreless ball in two of his three appearances, but allowed three runs on five hits in two-thirds of an inning in the other.

Rienzo had been down for just over three weeks with a left knee laceration.


Giants SS Brandon Crawford, OF Gregor Blanco out Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:32 pm ET) The banged-up Giants still have two starting position players missing from their lineup for the Thursday game against the visiting Cubs.

Shortstop Brandon Crawford (side) and outfielder Gregor Blanco (left hip strain) remain sidelined.

The absences are the second straight both both players.


Giants 3B Matt Duffy remains in lineup Thursday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:26 pm ET) Giants third baseman Matt Duffy has lost no time to a right ankle sprain that plagued him during the game Wednesday. He is in the lineup Thursday against the Cubs.

The team can ill-afford to lose Duffy, who has been among their most productive hitters. He just had an eight-game hitting streak snapped in which he batted .333 (11-for-33).


Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez exits game Thursday due to knee injury
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:19 pm ET) A right knee contusion has forced Dodgers slugger Adrian Gonzalez out of the game Thursday in Cincinnati. Scott Van Slyke has entered to play first base instead. He had fouled a pitch off his knee in the third inning.

Gonzalez, who was hitless in his only two at-bats with one strikeout, left in the bottom of the fifth inning. The severity of his injury or timetable for his absence has yet to be revealed.


Blue Jays P Marcus Stroman stretching out despite bullpen plans
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:12 pm ET) A few weeks is going to have to be better than nothing for Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman in 2015. A torn ACL has prevented him from gracing a big league mound all season, but he is at least scheduled to begin a rehab assignment for Class A Lansing on Sept. 2.

Stroman will throw about 40 pitches in a simulated game Friday. He will then throw around 55 for Lansing and 70-75 for Triple-A Buffalo in his next start.

The 24-year-old right-hander is being stretched out, but is more likely to join the bullpen when he returns to Toronto, according to mlb.com. General manager Alex Anthopoulos explained that reasoning.

"It's always easier to shorten somebody up, so at any point in time, if we say, 'He has that one outing and we want to put him in the bullpen as a two-inning guy, we can do that," Anthopoulos said. "Right now he's being stretched out to start because at least it gives us more options, more flexibility."


Mets' Collins: Jacob deGrom was ill during start Monday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:53 pm ET) Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom was ill during his latest start Monday against the Phillies, manager Terry Collins said Wednesday. Collins added he didn't know deGrom was battling an illness until after he took the mound.

Collins said deGrom has since improved and is not in danger of missing his next start Saturday against the Red Sox.

The right-hander had one of the worst starts of his career Monday, allowing seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and three walks. He allowed three home runs.


 
 
 
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