Cole Hamels pitches seven innings in rehab finale
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Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels
is likely to make his return to the rotation next week in Los Angeles, after twirling a gem in his final rehab start Thursday for Class A Clearwater.
Hamels tossed seven strong innings, allowing just one run on three hits. He walked one batter and struck out two while working efficiently throwing 57 of 81 pitches for strikes in the no-decision.
Hamels will likely make his return to the rotation next Tuesday against the Dodgers, after opening the season on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.
Denard Span gets through rehab game without issue
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Nationals outfielder Denard Span
played in his first rehab game Friday at Class A Hagerstown, as part of his recovery from a concussion.
Span played in the field and batted four times, and seemed to have no trouble, scoring three times. He went 1 for 2 with two walks, while adding an RBI.
Span is likely to play in one more rehab game before making a possible return this weekend.
Timeline becoming clear for Doug Fister following sim start
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Nationals pitcher Doug Fister
overcame the first hurdle in his recovery from a lat strain Thursday, as he got through a two simulated innings without an issue Thursday.
Fister will make another simulated start in five days, with a rehab assignment likely to come after. According to MLB.com, the team has a timetable for Fister that could have him back with the team within 20 days, if his two scheduled rehab starts go according to plan.
"We have to build [up Fister] like we [tried to] build him [up] this spring," Williams said. "I think he is a little bit ahead of the game in that regard. I would like him to get five innings somewhere to make sure he can up that pitch count."
Jaime Garcia set for extended spring training
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Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia
will throw in an extended spring training game Saturday in Jupiter, as he continues to recover from bursitis in his left shoulder. According to MLB.com, Garcia is set to throw about 35 pitches in his first game action.
Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer
was forced to leave Thursday's game against the Padres in the seventh inning due to cramping in his left hamstring. The team is officially listing him as day to day moving forward, according to MLB.com.
Cuddyer went 0 for 3 in the game, dropping his batting average to .317, the lowest it has been all season.
Angel Pagan pinch-hits, expected back Friday
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Giants outfielder Angel Pagan
's sore knee was not such a serious issue that he could not appear in Thursday's game against the Dodgers. He grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning, and manager Bruce Bochy told MLB.com he expected Pagan to be in the lineup Friday for the series opener against the Padres.
Brandon Crawford appears as pinch-hitter Thursday
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Giants infielder Brandon Crawford
was out of the lineup yet again Thursday due to a hamstring injury, but was able to appear as a pinch-hitter, a sign he is nearing a return. Crawford took groundballs and stretched before the game, and appeared in the game in the ninth inning, flying out to left in his lone plate appearance.
Josh Johnson set for examination of 'everything' in arm
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The first season with San Diego for right-hander Josh Johnson
could be over before it even began. He will pay a visit to noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews next Tuesday for a "look at everything," Bud Black told the San Diego Union-Tribune
. That includes his ligaments, forearm flexor and back of elbow.
The oft-injured Johnson lost half of the 2013 season to injury and has yet to throw a pitch for the Padres.
Chase Headley links knee injury to biceps strain
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Padres third baseman Chase Headley
has offered that the biceps strain that will prevent him from playing again Thursday is the result of a chain reaction
from a sore knee, the San Diego Union-Tribune
Headley added, however, that he expects to return to the lineup Friday or Saturday against visiting San Francisco.
Brett Anderson has surgery on fractured finger
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Rockies left-hander Brett Anderson
underwent surgery Thursday to repair a fractured left index finger, per the Denver Post
, which is further reporting that the operation went well.
Anderson is expected to be sidelined at least until late May.