Chase Utley slated for rib MRI
Utley is expected to miss Wednesday's game as a result of the injury, the same one that forced him out of Tuesday's lineup. He said he felt pain and a burning sensation during batting practice. His timetable will become clear following the MRI.
Chris Carpenter shooting for late June return to rotation
The Cardinals initially thought a nerve condition in Carpenter's shoulder would cause him to miss the season. Progress in a throwing program allowed Carpenter to speculate on returning in the bullpen. Now, with Jaime Garcia out for the year following shoulder surgery, Carpenter is going to try and join the rotation.
The club has stated nothing is a sure thing, but Carpenter's status is a far sight better now than it was in February, when all bets were on his retirement.
Twins want to give Trevor Plouffe a 'bit of a break'
Plouffe is expected to get a few days off before taking a concussion test.
"He took a good shot in the head. That's what this rule is for, to protect the player," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Give him a little bit of a break here and do what's right. He was a little woozy and that's why there was concern."
Jaime Garcia to undergo season-ending surgery
Garcia first suffered the shoulder problem May 17 against Milwaukee. He is expected to miss the remainder of the season. Tyler Lyons will take his spot in the rotation for now, but expect that to be in flux with Jake Westbrook's return on the horizon.
Jed Lowrie only available in emergency situation
Lowrie is considered day to day after X-rays came back negative Tuesday.
Dodgers discussed calling up Joc Pederson
Pederson, a left-handed outfielder, is hitting .327/.400/.554 in Double-A. However, the Dodgers' personnel issues aren't in the outfield. Matt Kemp is struggling but not the type of player the Dodgers will nor should give up on. Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford are both having above-average seasons at the plate. As such, it's difficult to imagine these discussions going anywhere at this point, unless the Dodgers have a major injury or two in the outfield.
Chris Sale should only miss one start
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Dodgers discussed calling up Yasiel Puig
The Dodgers have struggled this season and Puig's talent has made him a much-discussed commodity outside the front office as well. However, it doesn't appear as if there's a place to play him -- Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier have both been above-average hitters this year and the club is not going to give up on Matt Kemp as he works through his slump. At this point, it seems unlikely the club will call up Puig unless there's a major injury in the outfield.
Mike Fiers to get spot start
Fiers will get the nod with starter Kyle Lohse out due to elbow irritation. Fiers has a 5.93 ERA in eight appearances; he allowed six runs on nine hits over five innings against Arizona in his only start of the year.
Kyle Lohse will miss a start with elbow irritation
It's unclear if Lohse's injury will require a disabled list trip at this time. Mike Fiers will take the start Saturday against Pittsburgh in his place.