Aaron Sanchez
Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez: Finger issue results in early exit Sunday
Aaron Sanchez, SP, TOR
1:33 PM
News: The Blue Jays announced that Sanchez's early departure from Sunday's start against the Rays was due to a split nail on his right middle finger, John Lott of The Athletic Toronto reports.

As suspected, Sanchez, who was making his return from the disabled list Sunday, incurred a setback with the same finger that had previously sidelined him. He tossed just 13 pitches in one inning before departing, yielding no runs on one walk while striking out a batter. Sanchez underwent a procedure to remove about a quarter of the fingernail while he was sidelined, but it appears there was still enough nail left on the digit to provide additional complications. The Blue Jays will likely reassess his status in the coming days before determining whether or not he'll be able to make his next scheduled turn Saturday, which will also come against the Rays.

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Sean Manaea
Athletics' Sean Manaea: Will only miss one start
Sean Manaea, SP, OAK
1:26 PM
News: Manager Bob Melvin confirmed that Manaea (shoulder), who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday, would only miss one turn in the rotation, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The Athletics were already set to activate Sonny Gray (back) from the DL on Tuesday to give the team five healthy starters, so it was an easy decision for manager Bob Melvin to temporarily shelve Manaea and grant him some additional time to recover from the left shoulder strain. Manaea is expected to throw a side session in the coming days, and if all goes well, he'll likely come off the DL when immediately eligible May 7 to make a start against the Tigers. Jharel Cotton or Jesse Hahn would be most at risk of losing his rotation spot once Manaea is activated.

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Hector Santiago
Twins' Hector Santiago: Expected to rejoin team Monday
Hector Santiago, SP, MIN
1:17 PM
News: Santiago (personal) is expected to rejoin the Twins on Monday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Santiago was placed on the bereavement list Friday and has been away from the team during their current series with the Royals to attend his grandmother's funeral in New Jersey. The 29-year-old is scheduled to throw a light side session Monday and is on track to start Tuesday's game against the Athletics.

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Jake Odorizzi
Rays' Jake Odorizzi: Confirmed as Monday starter
Jake Odorizzi, SP, TB
10:46 AM
News: Odorizzi (hamstring) will be activated from the 10-day disabled list Monday and start later that evening against the Marlins, Marc Topkin of Tampa Bay Times reports.

As expected, Odorizzi experienced no issues coming out of his simulated game a few days earlier, so the Rays have formally named his as their starter for Monday's series opener. He'll be officially activated from the DL in the hours leading up to his start, but fantasy owners who had been patiently awaiting his return can likely activate him with confidence. He'll be in store for a two-start week, with his second turn coming May 6 against the Blue Jays.

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Sonny Gray
Athletics' Sonny Gray: Returning to face Twins on Tuesday
Sonny Gray, SP, OAK
9:47 AM
News: Gray (back) will make his season debut against Minnesota on Tuesday, The Associated Press reports.

Gray spun a tidy six-inning rehab start Thursday with seven punchouts and his fastball sitting at 94 mph. Not issuing a single walk was also encouraging. The 2016 was a disappointing one for Gray, and because of his underwhelming strikeout totals, his virtual value is capped. Wins are probably also going to be tough to come by, so the 27-year-old hurler will need to return to posting solid ratios to move the fantasy needle.

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Logan Verrett
Orioles' Logan Verrett: Called up from Triple-A
Logan Verrett, SP, BAL
9:13 AM
News: Verrett was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk, Eduardo Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Verrett will take over the spot on the 25-man roster vacated by Jayson Aquino, who was optioned to Norfolk a day earlier. It's expected that Verrett will work in long relief for the Orioles after turning in a 6.57 ERA over 12.1 innings with Norfolk.

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Miguel Gonzalez
White Sox's Miguel Gonzalez: Credits sinker for recent success
Miguel Gonzalez, SP, CHW
8:47 AM
News: Gonzalez, who is making his fifth start of the season Sunday, credits an effective sinker for his success over the last two starts, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports. "The sinker has been helping a lot, getting a lot of ground balls," Gonzalez said. "It's moving more, which is always a good thing. If the ball moves, it's going to be a good night."

Gonzalez has allowed just one run on six hits over 16.1 innings in his last two starts, against the Yankees and Royals. The right-hander has gone away from the four-seamer in favor of his sinker, throwing the sink 61 times compared to 45 four-seam fastballs. With opposing batters having to be cognizant of the sinker, Gonzalez's other pitches have been better. Yankees and Royals batters hit just .083 of his four-seamer and .182 of his slider.

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James Shields
White Sox's James Shields: Throws for first time since DL assignment
James Shields, SP, CHW
8:01 AM
News: Shields (shoulder) made 40 tosses during a throwing session Saturday and said he "felt good," Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.

This was the first time Shields had thrown since he was placed on the disabled list April 18. The next step for the right-hander will be a bullpen session and possibly a rehab start.

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Joe Musgrove
Astros' Joe Musgrove: Never better in 2017 despite loss
Joe Musgrove, SP, HOU
7:22 AM
News: Musgrove (1-2) allowed one run on five hits and one walk while striking out six over 6.1 innings in Saturday's 2-1 loss to Oakland.

This was Musgrove's best outing of the season as it appears some adjustments to his mechanics are working out for him. In his previous start against Tampa Bay, the right-hander threw five no-hit innings after the Rays touched him for four first-inning runs. Despite the 4.88 ERA over five starts, Musgrove is trending well, having allowed just one run on five hits over his previous 11.1 innings. His next scheduled start is Thursday at home against Texas.

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Yovani Gallardo
Mariners' Yovani Gallardo: Returns to poor form in loss
Yovani Gallardo, SP, SEA
4/29/2017
News: Gallardo (1-3) allowed four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out seven batters over six innings during Saturday's loss to Cleveland.

After spinning his best start of the season last time out, Gallardo allowed four first-inning runs Saturday and saw his ERA climb to 5.08 in the process. While he's now struck out seven batters in consecutive outings, the veteran's only strong start came against the underwhelming Oakland offense. Gallardo's next start lines up to be a tough matchup at Safeco Field against the Rangers next weekend.

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