Rich Hill
Dodgers' Rich Hill: Set for simulated game Saturday
Rich Hill, SP, LAD
7:42 PM
News: Hill is scheduled to toss 30-35 pitches Saturday in either a simulated game setting or a minor-league game, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

Hill tossed 30 pitches with his finger uncovered and said he was "ready to go," though manager Dave Roberts said his pitch quality wasn't where it needs to be be. If all goes well Saturday, he could be on track for an early-May return, though it's hard to be optimistic given his past struggles with blisters.

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Shelby Miller
Diamondbacks' Shelby Miller: Seeking third opinion from Dr. James Andrews
Shelby Miller, SP, ARI
6:50 PM
News: Miller sent his MRI results to Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday, Jack Magruder of FanRag Sports reports.

Miller apparently said doctors "have found something in there," though he didn't specify further, so the Braves are having Dr. James Andrews give it a look before an official plan is determined. Players usually see Dr. Andrews when contemplating Tommy John surgery, so even if Miller receives good news, it seems likely that he'll have to miss a healthy chunk of time.

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Wily Peralta
Brewers' Wily Peralta: Picks up fourth win
Wily Peralta, SP, MIL
6:31 PM
News: Peralta (4-1) allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out seven batters over five innings during Wednesday's win over Cincinnati.

Run support has been the biggest factor in Peralta's early-season success in the wins column. He sports a 5.19 ERA, 5.79 FIP and 1.50 WHIP, after all. It was promising to see an uptick in strikeouts Wednesday, but his career 6.4 K/9 and 16.4 strikeout percentage entering the outing suggest it was likely a mirage. Peralta lines up for a road start against the Cardinals next.

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Rookie Davis
Reds' Rookie Davis: Struggles against Brewers
Rookie Davis, SP, CIN
5:18 PM
News: Davis allowed eight runs -- seven earned -- on 11 hits and a walk while striking out one batter over 2.2 innings during Wednesday's loss to Milwaukee.

This was Davis' first start since being placed on the 10-day disabled list with a forearm injury April 12. After being overwhelmed by the Brewers on Wednesday, Davis' ERA is up to 11.17, and he's pitched just 9.2 innings through his first three starts of the year. It's probably best to take a wait-and-see approach with Davis going forward. He's looked overmatched at the highest level.

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Clay Buchholz
Phillies' Clay Buchholz: Hopeful for September return
Clay Buchholz, SP, PHI
3:56 PM
News: Buchholz (forearm) said Wednesday that he's hopeful to resume pitching for the Phillies in September, MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports.

Buchholz was diagnosed with a partial tear in the right flexor pronator mass of his right elbow after departing early in his second start of the season April 11 and is the initial phase of the rehab process after requiring surgery a week ago. The Phillies outlined a four-to-six-month recovery timetable for Buchholz, but even if he meets the short end of that window, it's unclear if the team would be eager in getting him back on the mound. Buchholz is bound for free agency in the offseason, so if the Phillies are out of playoff contention once September arrives, there would be little benefit in having a 32-year-old with no future in the organization taking away innings from more promising young pitchers.

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Steven Matz
Mets' Steven Matz: Ready for mound work
Steven Matz, SP, NYM
3:32 PM
News: Matz (elbow) is expected to start throwing off a mound in the coming days, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

With Matz having advanced to throwing long toss from 120 feet without incident, it looks like the Mets are ready to let him move on to the next phase of the recovery process. He's likely require multiple bullpen sessions of gradually escalating pitch counts before being cleared to face hitters in batting practice. After that, Matz, who has been out since late March with the elbow issue, would likely require multiple rehab starts in the minors before he's finally activated from the disabled list. While the news is certainly encouraging, the left-hander still looks to be two or more weeks away from rejoining the big club.

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Kyle Hendricks
Cubs' Kyle Hendricks: Gets start moved up to Sunday
Kyle Hendricks, SP, CHC
2:55 PM
News: Hendricks will have his next scheduled start moved up from Monday against the Phillies to Sunday against the Red Sox, ESPN.com's Jesse Rogers reports.

Hendricks had labored through his first three starts of the season, but finally found success in his most recent turn Tuesday against the Pirates, tossing six scoreless innings while giving up four hits and two walks. With the Cubs off the schedule Thursday, manager Joe Maddon will reshuffle his rotation a bit by keeping Hendricks on his normal four-day rest for Sunday's turn, while Brett Anderson gets pushed back a day. Hendricks will thus benefit from a two-start week, though fantasy owners were probably hoping for a better matchup than one against a potent Red Sox offense at Fenway Park.

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Brett Anderson
Cubs' Brett Anderson: Next start pushed back to Phillies series
Brett Anderson, SP, CHC
2:52 PM
News: Anderson won't make his next scheduled start Sunday against the Red Sox and will instead take the hill Monday against the Phillies, Carrie Muskast of MLB.com reports.

It initially appeared Anderson would be in store for a two-start week after giving up one earned run over six innings in Monday's win over the Pirates, but the Cubs elected to push him back a day for his next turn thanks to Thursday's scheduled off day. Instead, Kyle Hendricks will now pitch on his normal four-day rest and receive the nod in Sunday's series finale with the Red Sox.

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Carlos Martinez
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Gets afternoon start Thursday
Carlos Martinez, SP, STL
1:01 PM
News: Martinez will start the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

The right-hander had his original start pushed back due to Wednesday's rainout. Adam Wainwright will take the mound in the night cap.

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Noah Syndergaard
Mets' Noah Syndergaard: Start pushed to Thursday
Noah Syndergaard, SP, NYM
12:55 PM
News: Syndergaard will make his next start Thursday against the Braves, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.

The Mets had originally slated Syndergaard to start Wednesday, but will have Robert Gsellman make his regular turn in the rotation after Tuesday's rainout. The move mainly allows the team to start Matt Harvey in Friday's huge series opener against the Nationals. Syndergaard shut down the Braves in his first start this season, allowing no runs over six innings while racking up seven strikeouts, so he makes for a solid play Thursday.

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