Ryan Ludwick not ready for baseball activities
Jeff Francis tosses another bullpen session
The next step would likely include an outing in extended spring training, according to the Denver Post. Francis would be re-evaluated after that point, to determine his next step.
Friday make or break day for Rafael Betancourt
Before determining his availability Friday against the Giants,
If Betancourt's bullpen session does not go well, the team might opt to put him on the disabled list in order let the injury heal completely.
Tommy Hanson scheduled for 75 pitches Saturday
Hanson is on the restricted list and hasn't started for the Angels since May 4.
Michael Cuddyer in Friday's lineup
He had 15 plate appearances in two days at extended spring training and should be up to speed after facing Angels starter Jered Weaver in his own rehab start, according to the Denver Post.
Peter Bourjos jogging this week, taking batting practice
Bourjos has missed all of May after suffering the injury during the team's 19-inning game last month.
Owning Francisco Liriano a priority now
After his first two starts, the
It seems like an eternity ago, but in 2010, Liriano was back on the upswing in Fantasy, with 201 strikeouts in a 14-win season for the Twins. Since then, injuries and his usual control problems have derailed him. But at age 29, his stuff is still exceptional. Who's to say he can't recapture his prior form?
Obviously, control will be the key, but after three starts in which it hasn't come back to bite him, he's worth the benefit of the doubt over a struggling Dan Haren or middling Jeremy Guthrie. Maybe the move to the NL will do for him what it did for
Yan Gomes worth monitoring after all
Soon after his two-homer game Monday, I said
Now, part of the reason was because Nick Swisher missed three games for the birth of his daughter. But Gomes clearly made an impression in Swisher's absence, and manager Terry Francona was singing his praises even before then.
Given the versatility up and down their lineup -- from Swisher to Carlos Santana to Mark Reynolds to Gomes himself -- the Indians could find creative ways to keep giving Gomes at-bats, perhaps sitting Drew Stubbs or Michael Brantley occasionally for him. He's most likely looking at no more than 3-4 starts per week, but as a poor man's Evan Gattis, he could factor in leagues that require starting two catchers.
Michael Cuddyer active, available vs. Giants
Cuddyer will be available for the game, but it is not yet clear whether he will be in the starting lineup.
Jeff Karstens might start rehab at Triple-A Saturday