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Mets third baseman David Wright taking swings off tee Saturday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:07 pm ET) Mets third baseman David Wright was able to take swings off a tee Saturday and begin throwing as he works his way back from a hamstring injury, according to Newsday.

Wright, who is currently on the 15-day DL with the injury, is expected to begin testing his legs soon as the next step in his recovery process. The team is hopeful he can return before the end of April.


Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy inching closer to return
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:04 pm ET) Orioles shortstip J.J. Hardy rejoined his teammates Saturday in Baltimore and is reportedly feeling better, according to MLB.com.

Hardy, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a left shoulder strain, has yet to play in a rehab game and is still working with the team to determine his next step.

"I think he still feels just a little bit [on his swing]," bench coach John Russell, filling in for manager Buck Showalter, said on Saturday. "I can't go into a lot of detail. I'll let Buck handle more of that. I do know he's making very good progress, so knock on wood that's a good sign."


Cardinals not concerned with Jordan Walden's workload this season
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(7:59 pm ET) Cardinals manager Mike Matheny knows relief pitcher Jordan Walden has been used a lot this season, but it's not going to stop him from calling the righty's name this year, reports MLB.com.

Walden has appeared in 11 of the team's first 15 games with an 0-1 record and one save to his record. 

"I'd like to give all of them more rest, but once again this is where we are right now," Matheny said. "The days where they feel good… and there have been a number of days where I told him he can go down there in his tennis shoes because he's not pitching. [It's all] just depending on how the work has been and what he feels like."

Walden boasts a 0.96 ERA with 11 strikeouts and four walks so far this season.


Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop available to throw Sunday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(7:53 pm ET) Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop is available to throw Sunday after being held out with a sore left foot, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Strop, who has thrown 7 1/3 scoreless innings this season, would have been available Saturday, but the contest was rained out with no make-up date scheduled yet. He has recorded 10 strikeouts with just two walks so far this season.


Report: Hamilton swap from Angels to Rangers should be approved
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7:52 pm ET) It's only a matter of time before the trade sending embattled outfielder Josh Hamilton from the Angels to the Rangers is approved, per MLB.com, which is claiming through a source that there has been no reason given for its rejection.

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported Friday that it would take a day or two for the details of the deal to be ironed out.


Cubs' Joe Maddon not concerned with Addison Russell's slow start
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(7:50 pm ET) Cubs manager Joe Maddon knows rookie Addison Russell is still trying to find his way at the plate in the big leagues. Which is why the skipper is not too worried about Russell's 2 for 18 start with 10 strikeouts, according to the Chicago Tribune.

"It's not just about hits, folks," said Maddon. "If anybody wants to make it just about hits, fine. But if you want to play that game, you're going to lose a lot. You've got to catch it. He's a very good baserunner and runs well. He does a lot of things to help us win games."


Cubs pitcher Zac Rosscup throwing with confidence this season
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(7:46 pm ET) Cubs pitcher Zac Rosscup is making sure he doesn't waste the opportunity he's been given this season, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The reliever has done well since being called up a week and a half ago, posting a 1.35 ERA with nine strikeouts and one walk in 6 2/3 innings.

"I have more confidence," said Rosscup. "I'm trusting my stuff. I just go out there and pitch. When I simplify everything — and (manager) Joe (Maddon) talks about it a lot, 'do simple better' — that's what's stuck with me, and that's what I'm trying to do."


Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu to throw bullpen this week
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(7:39 pm ET) Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu is scheduled to throw a bullpen session in the next couple of days and possibly as early as Sunday, according to the L.A. Times.

Ryu, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a shoulder injury, remains without a timetable for his return to the pitching staff. He has been unable to throw in a game so far this season after posting a 14-7 record in 2014 with a 3.38 ERA and 139 strikeouts.


Red Sox bring up RHP Matt Barnes from Triple-A
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7:30 pm ET) Right-hander Matt Barnes has been promoted by the Red Sox from Triple-A Pawtucket to take the place of shelved outfielder Shane Victorino.

Barnes, who was one of the last cuts off the big-league roster before the regular season, has struggled in the minors this year to the tune of five earned runs in eight innings in two starts. He pitched five games in relief late last year with the Red Sox.


Athletics starter Kendall Graveman gives up six runs in loss on Saturday
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(7:25 pm ET) Athletics starting pitcher Kendall Graveman (1-2) allowed six earned runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings on Saturday to take the loss against the Astros.

"That game's on me," Graveman said.

A's catcher Stephen Vogt added that Graveman's "just a tick off" and not getting the downward movement. Fastball lacking depth right now.

Graveman struck out one and walked one and was tagged for a home run off Jose Altuve.

Graveman's next start is Friday in Texas.


 
 
 
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