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Rangers' Josh Hamilton expected to start rehab assignment next week
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:26 pm ET) Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is scheduled to play his second extended spring training game Wednesday after getting a day off Tuesday, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Hamilton, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a shoulder injury, is expected to begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock next week.


D-Backs switch Mark Trumbo, A.J. Pollock in batting order
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:25 pm ET) Diamondbacks right fielder Mark Trumbo will bat second for the first time in his career in Game 1 of Wednesday's day-night doubleheader against Colorado.

Trumbo, who is hitting .083 through his first three games in May, will flip spots in the batting order with A.J. Pollock. Pollock, who is hitting .071 (1 for 14) over his last four games, will bat cleanup.

Arizona is considered an underdog (+115) in Game 1, according to VegasInsider.com.


Cardinals OF Randal Grichuk (back) takes BP Tuesday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:24 pm ET) Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk took batting practice on Tuesday for the first time since going on the disabled list on April 17 with a back injury. The next step for Grichuk is to head to the team's training facility in Jupiter, Fla. to play in extended spring training games starting Friday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Grichuk will likely head to Class A Palm Beach for a quick rehab assignment before returning to St. Louis, though he may be able to skip that step if all goes well. It has not been announced exactly when the Cardinals expect Grichuk to be activated from the DL.


Cardinals' Randal Grichuk scheduled for at-bats in extended spring
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:21 pm ET) Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk is scheduled to take at-bats Friday in extended spring training in Jupiter, Fla., according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Grichuck, who is currently on the 15-day DL with a lower back injury, was able to take batting practice Tuesday for the first time since picking up the injury. General manager John Mozeliak said it's possible for Grichuck to avoid a rehab assignment before rejoining the active roster.


Angels SP Tyler Skaggs (elbow) hoping to throw off mound by July
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:16 pm ET) Angels starter Tyler Skaggs, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, has been taking a planned week off from his rehab, and will resume throwing on Monday. He's currently slated to start having bullpen sessions by July 1, according to The Orange County Register.

Skaggs made 18 starts for the Halos last season, going 5-5 with a 4.30 ERA before going down with an elbow injury in August. He is not expected to return to a big-league mound until 2016. 


Dodgers' Kenley Jansen could join the club early next week
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:15 pm ET) Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, on the disabled list recovering from left foot surgery, could be ready to join the club as early as next week, depending on how he responds to back-to-back outings, according to the Orange County Register.

Jansen, who tossed a scoreless inning of work on Sunday, will make his third appearance with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday, and is scheduled to pitch again on Thursday.


Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig still not cleared to run the bases
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:11 pm ET) Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has yet to receive clearance to run the bases as part of his workouts in Los Angeles, manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday, per the Orange County Register.

Puig has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 26 with a hamstring injury. He won't be able to start a minor-league rehab assignment until he can run the bases.


Yankees' Pirela could eat into playing time of Drew, Gregorius
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(12:10 pm ET) Yankees infielder Jose Pirela is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday, and that could be bad news for Stephen Drew and Didi Gregorius, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Pirela has been out since he suffered a concussion during spring training.

And, despite the fact that Pirela has just 24 big-league at-bats on his ledger (all coming at the end of the 2014 season), Heyman believes he could cut into the playing time of Drew and/or Gregorius, each of whom have gotten off to slow starts this year. 

Drew is hitting just .167 on the year and Gregorius has committed four errors at shortstop. 

Meanwhile, Pirela was hitting .579 (11 for 19) at Triple-A this season as part of his rehab. He had a home run and four doubles as well and could see time at both middle-infield positions for the Yankees.


Red Sox OF Hanley Ramirez hopes to be ready in a couple days
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:09 pm ET) Red Sox outfielder Hanley Ramirez is still feeling the effects of running into the right field wall Monday, but is feeling better, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Ramirez, who has been out of the lineup since crashing into the wall, hopes to be ready in a couple of days. Ramirez is hitting .283 with 10 home runs and 22 RBI in 92 at-bats this season.


Rangers manager being patient with pitcher Ross Detwiler
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12:04 pm ET) Rangers pitcher Ross Detwiler has struggled early on this season as a starter. The eight-year veteran is 0-3 with a 6.57 ERA in 24 2/3 innings of work, but manager Jeff Banister thinks he will be able to turn things around, according to MLB Network Radio.

"He has the stuff," Banister said. "He has the arm, we want to be patient with him in the rotation. We saw some good signs early."

In five starts, Detwiler has surrendered 21 runs, including six home runs, more than he did last season in 47 appearances.


 
 
 
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