Giants OF Hunter Pence might begin rehab assignment next week
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Giants outfielder Hunter Pence
(forearm) was not restricted while taking swings Friday
, manager Bruce Bochy told reporters. Bochy added Pence could be ready to start a rehab assignment late next week, per CSN Bay Area.
"He was hitting off a tee, going to right (field), pulling the ball, hitting soft toss," Bochy said. "It was really amazing. He had incredible bat control today. He was going toward (the right-center portion of the cage) and every ball was to the same spot. It was pretty impressive."
Cardinals' Randal Grichuk may not be ready by early May
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Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk
is on the 15-day disabled list with a back strain. He's eligible to come off on May 2, but he'll likely need longer than that.
Manager Matt Matheny said that progress in Grichuk's rehab has been "slow", per MLB.com.
Giants' Matt Cain may go 11 months between starts
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Giants pitcher Matt Cain
is expected to begin playing catch next week, but it'll still be awhile before he returns to game action.
Cain is on the 15-day disable list with a forearm injury, but, according to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle, he's still "weeks from pitching".
Cain, who last pitched on July 9 of last season, may end up going 11 months between starts.
"My hope is that we're going to see the Matt Cain that we know," manager Bruce Bochy said, per CSN Bay Area. "It's going to be important for us to maybe slow-play this a little so we don't have another setback. He showed (good) signs before the last setback. I think we have a good chance of seeing the Matt Cain we know."
Padres' Josh Johnson throws 40 pitches in bullpen session on Friday
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Padres pitcher Josh Johnson
(Tommy John surgery) threw 40 pitches during a bullpen session on Friday
and expects to throw his next one on Monday or Tuesday, according to U-T San Diego
Johnson has been recovering from Tommy John surgery and hasn't pitched in a game since August 2013.
The right hander signed as a free agent with the Padres in January 2015.
Padres' Tim Federowicz gets brace off, looking at mid-season return
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Padres catcher Tim Federowicz
was in the team's clubhouse before Friday's game, making his first appearance with the team this season.
Federowicz is on the 60-day disabled list after having knee surgery in mid-March. He had his knee brace removed, but he's still looking at a mid-season return to the lineup, per U-T San Diego.
Padres place Shawn Kelley (calf) on DL, recall RP Kevin Quackenbush
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The Padres placed reliever Shawn Kelley
on the 15-day disabled list Friday
due to a left calf strain. The move is retroactive to April 23.
To take Kelley's spot on the roster, reliever Kevin Quackenbush was recalled from Triple-A El Paso.
Kelley heads to the DL with a 0-2 record and 10.13 ERA in six relief appearances. He has six strikeouts and five walks in 5 1/3 innings.
Brewers CF Carlos Gomez (hamstring) making progress in rehab
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Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez
(hamstring) worked out on a treadmill Friday with no issues and is making progress
in his recovery, reports MLB.com.
“He ran on the treadmill -- we had it set as high as we could get it going -- and that was no problem,” manager Ron Roenicke said Friday, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “They said it looked a jog for him, so he’s coming along really well."
Gomez is on the 15-day disabled with an injury to his hamstring.
“Hopefully, it’ll be those 15 days or just a couple added onto that, but it should be close," Roenicke said.
In 34 at-bats this season, Gomez is hitting .235 with a homer and six RBI.
Mets P Matt Harvey (ankle) still to make start Saturday vs. Yankees
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Despite a mild ankle sprain, Mets pitcher Matt Harvey
's scheduled start for Saturday against the Yankees
in the Bronx is still a go, reports ESPN.com.
Harvey originally suffered the injury in spring training and had the ankle re-evaluated by a doctor on Wednesday.
Harvey worked out Thursday with the ankle taped up.
"A little tape is not going to keep him from pitching the way he can pitch," Mets manager Terry Collins said.
Starling Marte returns to Pirates' lineup
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Pirates left fielder Starling Marte
returned to the lineup after missing a day with a wrist injury. Marte was hit by a pitch on Wednesday.
He's back in left field for the Pirates on Friday, batting fifth in the lineup.
The Pirates are -125 money line favorites at Arizona on Friday.
Nationals' Casey Janssen could be nearing simulate game action
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Nationals pitcher Casey Janssen threw a bullpen session
on Wednesday and Friday in Florida, and is making good progress in his recovery from a shoulder injury, manager Matt Williams told reporters, per the team's official website.
Janssen will have the day off to rest on Saturday before the team evaluates his readiness for simulated game action, per the Washington Post.