Brandon Beachy throws to live hitters for Dodgers
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Dodgers pitcher Brandon Beachy
continued his rehab from elbow surgery by throwing to live hitters.
Beachy threw a simulated inning to batters Joc Pederson and Kike Hernandez, per the Orange County Register.
Giants SP Matt Cain may face live hitters Tuesday
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Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday that he was encouraged with Matt Cain
's latest mound session and if Cain does not suffer any setbacks, he will face live hitters Tuesday
, reports AndrewBaggarly.com.
Cain is attempting to comeback from a flexor-tendon strain near his right elbow and he is expected back after the All-Star break.
Orioles' Bud Norris lit up in rehab start
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Orioles pitcher Bud Norris
had a rough outing in his first injury rehab start at Triple-A Norfolk.
Norris is on the 15-day disabled list, recovering from bronchitis. He gave up nine runs on 12 hits over 2 2/3 innings. He gave up two home runs, didn't walk a batter and struck out one in the 72-pitch outing.
Royals SP Jason Vargas throws simulated game, could start rehab
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Royals starter Jason Vargas
threw a simulated game on Friday and reported no issues, saying the session went well
. The team will wait to see how he feels on Saturday before possibly sending him out on a rehab assignment, according to MLB.com.
The team did not reveal how long Vargas will need on his rehab or when they expect him back in the rotation.
White Sox P Carlos Rodon will not pitch Monday, manager says
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White Sox manager Robin Ventura said rookie pitcher Carlos Rodon
will be skipped his next time
through the rotation. The left-handed Rodon has made three starts following three relief appearances so far this season, and has a 4.03 ERA in 22 1/3 innings.
Rodon was scheduled to start next on Monday in Toronto, but that will now go to Hector Noesi, according to ESPN.com. The team has not revealed when Rodon will make his next start.
Orioles prospect Branden Kline getting MRI
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Orioles pitching prospect Branden Kline
got an MRI in Baltimore on Friday, per MASN Sports
Kline left Wednesday's start in Double-A Bowie in the second inning, after he felt tenderness in flexor mass area.
Danny Duffy injury forces Royals to shuffle rotation
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The Royals will skip pitcher Danny Duffy
in the starting rotation, per the Kansas City Star
. Duffy is suffering from shoulder stiffness.
Duffy was scheduled to pitch on Saturday. Edinson Volquez, originally scheduled to start on Sunday, will move up a day to replace Duffy on Saturday.
Yordano Ventura, scheduled for Monday, will also move up a day and pitch on Sunday.
Duffy will get bumped back to a Tuesday start.
Twins SP prospect Alex Meyer shifted to bullpen at Triple-A
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Twins starting pitcher prospect Alex Meyer
is being moved to the bullpen
at Triple-A Rochester, according to the Pioneer Press
. Tyler Duffey is taking his spot in the rotation at Rochester.
Meyer, who was competing for a spot in the Twins' rotation this spring, has struggled to begin the year at Triple-A. He is 2-3 with a 7.09 ERA and 1.91 WHIP in eight starts. He has 41 strikeouts and 24 walks in 39 1/3 innings.
The right-hander is considered a top-100 prospect by MLB.com (No. 29) and Baseball America (No. 62).
Hurdle: Pirates RHP Vance Worley now full-time reliever
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Clint Hurdle has announced that the impending return to the mound of Charlie Morton has Pirates right-hander Vance Worley banished to the bullpen
Worley did not earn his rotation spot, giving up 49 hits in 41 innings and compiling a 4.17 ERA. He has allowed 11 runs on 30 hits in his last 20 innings pitched.
A's SP Kendall Graveman improves FB location after demotion
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Athletics starting pitcher Kendall Graveman is returning to the major-league rotation Saturday against the Rays to fill in for the injured Drew Pomeranz
, who is on the disabled list due to a shoulder injury.
Graveman struggled in his first stint in the rotation before being demoted to the minors, but he said his time at Triple-A Nashville helped him with his fastball location, per InsideBayArea.com. He added he was able to increase the miles per hour between his fastball and changeup.
The right-hander went 2-1 with a 1.85 ERA in four starts for Nashville. He had 14 strikeouts and nine walks in 24 1/3 innings.