Jered Weaver to return next week if bullpen session goes well
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Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday that starting pitcher Jered Weaver
will return to the rotation next week if his bullpen session this weekend goes well, the Orange County Register
Weaver struck out nine while allowing one run in a start during extended spring training Wednesday. He's made just two starts for the Angels this season, allowing six earned runs in 11 innings.
Velocity down for Brett Myers in rehab start
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Manager Terry Francona said Thursday that starting pitcher Brett Myers
's velocity was down in his most recent rehab start, MLB.com reports. He will need at least one more rehab start before returning to the Indians.
Myers is 0-3 with an 8.02 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 12 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings this season.
Nick Tepesch should be good to go for Sunday
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Rangers starting pitcher Nick Tepesch
, who missed his scheduled start Wednesday with a blister issue, was fine in a bullpen session Thursday and should be on track to start Sunday against the Mariners, Fox Sports Southwest reports.
Tepesch has made eight starts for the Rangers this season, going 3-4 with a 3.98 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 31 strikeouts in 43 innings.
Jake Arrieta headed back to Triple-A rotation
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The Orioles optioned starting pitcher Jake Arrieta
to Triple-A Norfolk
Thursday to clear a roster spot for Kevin Gausman, who was slated to make his MLB debut. Arrieta is 1-1 with a 6.63 ERA in four starts this season for Baltimore.
Hiroki Kuroda doing OK day after getting hurt
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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday he spoke with trainer Steve Donohue, who assured him starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda
was fine a day after leaving his start against the Orioles with a bruisted right calf
, according to The Star-Ledger
. Kuroda said after leaving Wednesday's game he was confident he would make his next start Tuesday against the Mets, and manager Joe Girardi echoed those sentiments.
Colby Lewis ready for Triple-A rehab start
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Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis
(elbow) had no issues
throwing a bullpen session Thursday, according to FOX Sports Southwest. Lewis will make a rehab start for Triple-A Round Rock Saturday, which is scheduled to go four innings or 60 pitches.
Josh Johnson expected to make three rehab starts
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Blue Jays manager John Gibbons reiterated Thursday he expects starting pitcher Josh Johnson
(triceps) to make at least three rehab starts
before rejoining the rotation. Johnson, who pitched for Class A Dunedin Monday, will make his second rehab outing Saturday for Triple-A Buffalo.
Ramon Ortiz expected to be designated for assignment
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Blue Jays starting pitcher Ramon Ortiz
is no longer scheduled to start Sunday against the Orioles, as manager John Gibbons announced Thursday Chad Jenkins is slated to start Sunday
. As for Ortiz, he's expected to be designated for assignment
to clear a roster spot for Sean Nolin, who will be promoted to start Friday's game.
Ortiz is 1-2 with a 4.08 ERA through four outings (three starts). He lasted just 2 1/3 innings in his latest start Tuesday against the Rays.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons announced Thursday starting pitcher Chad Jenkins
will start Sunday against the Orioles
, bumping Ramon Ortiz from the rotation. Jenkins was considered the front-runner to start Friday before prospect Sean Nolin got the nod.
Yankees not close to promoting Chien-Ming Wang
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Yankees pitcher Chien-Ming Wang
, who is 2-4 with a 3.07 ERA for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, isn't close to being promoted to the majors, according to ESPN. According to witnesses, Wang hasn't shown enough on the hill to warrant a recall.
Wang can opt out of his contract June 1, if he isn't promoted to the majors by then. It's expected Wang will exercise the clause in his contract.