Shin-Soo Choo
Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo: Hopes to return when first eligible Thursday
Shin-Soo Choo, RF, TEX
7/28/2016
News: Choo (back) hopes to come off the DL when eligible next Thursday, T,R, Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

Choo will take live swings off Derek Holland on Tuesday, clearing the way for a very brief rehab assignment. Choo is expected to resume his role as Texas' leadoff hitter once healthy, and could be a nice source of production down the stretch given Texas' home-heavy finish.

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Derek Holland
Rangers' Derek Holland: Bullpen session Friday, eyeing an August 20 return
Derek Holland, SP, TEX
7/28/2016
News: Holland (shoulder) is expected to throw a bullpen session Friday and is currently targeting an August 20 return, MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports.

Holland will be welcomed back with open arms given the collective struggles of the back of Texas' rotation, though he'll obviously need several rehab appearances before he'll be cleared for action.

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Craig Kimbrel
Red Sox's Craig Kimbrel: Set for rehab appearance Saturday
Craig Kimbrel, RP, BOS
7/28/2016
News: Kimbrel (knee) will make a rehab appearance with Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

This was expected, but Kimbrel will indeed join Pawtucket with his knee responding well to Wednesday's bullpen session, his second of the week. It could end up being a very brief stop with the affiliate, as the Red Sox may activate Kimbrel after the one appearance, barring any setbacks with the knee. He should return to the closer role immediately upon activation, pushing Brad Ziegler to a setup role.

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Shane Robinson
Angels' Shane Robinson: Expected to begin rehab assignment Thursday
Shane Robinson, LF, LAA
7/28/2016
News: Robinson (ankle) is expected to begin a rehab assignment Thursday at High-A Inland Empire.

The veteran outfielder is taking a big step forward in his recovery from a sprained ankle by getting back into game action Thursday. Robinson has been sidelined for nearly a month, but he should only need a handful of rehab games if his ankle is able to hold up to the added strain. Once he returns, he'll add depth to the Angels' left field platoon.

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Salvador Perez
Royals' Salvador Perez: Scratched from Thursday's game
Salvador Perez, C, KC
7/28/2016
News: Perez (illness) was a late scratch for Thursday's game against the Rangers, FSKC's Joel Goldberg reports.

Perez was taken out of the lineup with an illness as Drew Butera takes over behind the plate. Butera will now bat eighth in the order, with Paulo Orlando sliding up to the fifth spot.

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Luke Hochevar
Royals' Luke Hochevar: Placed on DL
Luke Hochevar, RP, KC
7/28/2016
News: Hochevar was placed on the DL with an undisclosed injury, retroactive to July 25.

It's yet to be revealed what the nature of the injury is but it could have occurred during his last outing against Texas on July 24. The 32-year-old has been a productive relief man for the Royals, compiling a 3.86 ERA and 1.07 WHIP over 37.1 innings of work. In a corresponding roster move, Brooks Pounders was recalled from Triple-A Omaha.

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David Paulino
Astros' David Paulino: Throws three innings in rehab outing
David Paulino, SP, HOU
7/28/2016
News: Paulino (arm) threw three scoreless innings in a rehab start with the Astros' Gulf Coast League affiliate Thursday, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Thursday's outing marked Paulino's return from a nearly six-week absence, due initially to a team-imposed suspension and subsequently a bout of arm soreness. The Astros' rehab plan for him is uncertain, but Paulino appears to have a chance to return to Double-A Corpus Christi before the end of next week. Paulino, a towering 22-year-old righty, has posted a 1.86 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 66:11 K:BB in 58 innings with Corpus Christi this season, cementing his status as a top-25 pitching prospect in baseball.

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Josh Hamilton
Rangers' Josh Hamilton: Expects to be 100 percent next season
Josh Hamilton, LF, TEX
7/28/2016
News: Hamilton (knee) expects to be 100 percent before spring training next season, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

Hamilton underwent season-ending surgery in June to repair torn cartilage in his knee but appears to be ahead of schedule in his rehab and is optimistic to be at full strength before next season. It's still too early to say anything definitive, but the good news is that he apparently is feeling better than expected and hasn't encountered any setbacks. There's a chance the 35-year-old could be released in the offseason given the number of question marks surrounding him, but even if he does, another big league club would likely pick him up if he proves to be healthy entering the 2017 season.

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Mike Minor
Royals' Mike Minor: Begins rehab assignment Thursday
Mike Minor, SP, KC
7/28/2016
News: Minor (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha on Thursday, 610 Sports Radio's Josh Vernier reports.

He recently threw a live batting practice session, so a rehab assignment was anticipated to begin this week. The Royals could desperately use some help in the starting rotation, and if Minor's rehab assignment goes well, he should get a shot to start games for the big league club in August. That said, it's worth pointing out that Minor hasn't been a quality big league pitcher since 2013, primarily due to injuries, but also ineffectiveness in his last full season in 2014.

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Carlos Gomez
Astros' Carlos Gomez: Doctor visit on tap
Carlos Gomez, CF, HOU
7/27/2016
News: Gomez (hamstring) will visit the team doctors Thursday to assess his hamstring injury, Brian McTaggert of MLB.com reports.

Gomez finished the night 1-for-1 with an RBI prior to being lifted and replaced in center field by Jake Marisnick. The Astros don't play again until Friday in Detroit, so an update on his status should come well before that contest.

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