Royals' Rios to play two more Triple-A games before possible return
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Royals right fielder Alex Rios
will play for the club's Triple-A affiliate for the next two days
before the team decides whether to activate him for Friday's game against the Cubs, per The Kansas City Star
Rios is working his way back into form after fracturing his left hand. Before the injury, he was 9 for 28 with a home run, eight RBI and two stolen bases.
Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo sits Wednesday with sore shoulder
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Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo
is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Twins due to a sore right shoulder. Castillo jammed the shoulder while diving to make a catch
in Tuesday's game. At this point, there are no talks of a possible trip to the disabled list, but there is no timetable for his return to the lineup.
Castillo is hitting .200 (3 for 15) in four games since being recalled from Triple-A.
Phillies SP Chad Billingsley to have shoulder examined
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Phillies starter Chad Billingsley will visit doctors
on Friday to have his shoulder examined, per The News Journal
Billingsley -- diagnosed with a Grade 2 right lat strain -- is also expected to start playing catch as his rehab continues to progress. He will need at least one rehab start before rejoining the rotation.
Billingsley is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA and 7:3 K:BB ratio in 16 innings.
Royals SP Danny Duffy (shoulder) to throw bullpen session
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Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy will throw a bullpen session
on Friday as he recovers from shoulder tendinitis, per The Kansas City Star
Duffy (2-3) is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on June 1. In 38 1/3 innings this season, Duffy has a 5.87 ERA with 30 strikeouts and 19 walks.
Reds' Price: Johnny Cueto might be back in rotation Sunday
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Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto
played catch from around 75 feet
on Wednesday. The right-hander underwent an MRI on Tuesday, which indicated no structural damage in his elbow.
If all goes well Wednesday, Cueto could throw in the bullpen Friday, per MLB.com. If he has no setbacks by Saturday, then Cueto could rejoin the rotation Sunday against the Nationals, manager Bryan Price said.
Cueto was scratched from his start Sunday against the Indians due to right elbow stiffness. He is 1-2 with a 4.45 ERA in four May starts.
Blue Jays' Devon Travis could begin rehab games this weekend
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Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis fielded ground balls
on Wednesday as he continues to work his way back from a shoulder injury. Travis has been on the disabled list since May 21, and is hopeful to return when first eligible.
The next step for Travis is to swing a bat, according to Sportsnet. Manager John Gibbons said Travis isn't "too far off" in his recovery, and a rehab assignment could start this weekend.
When he comes back, the rookie second baseman will pick up a modest four-game hitting streak and a .271 season batting average.
Rockies SP Jordan Lyles set to rejoin rotation Sunday
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Rockies starting pitcher Jordan Lyles
, who is dealing with a toe sprain on his left foot, will rejoin the rotation Sunday
against the Phillies, according to MLB.com.
He was bumped from his original start Saturday in order for Jorge De La Rosa to rejoin the rotation after he was scratched Tuesday due to a cut on his hand.
Lyles is 0-4 with a 7.43 ERA in his last five starts.
Rays SS Asdrubal Cabrera, OF Steven Souza still sidelined
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Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera
and outfielder Steven Souza
remain out of the lineup on Wednesday against the Mariners. Both players have been out since Monday, with Cabrera nursing a groin injury and Souza bothered by an injured wrist.
The team has not provided an update on the status of either player, but with the team off on Thursday, there's a chance they could return for Friday's game in Baltimore.
Brandon Guyer continues to handle right field, and Nick Franklin will grab the start at shortstop on Wednesday.
Reds 2B Brandon Phillips (toe) out of lineup against Rockies
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Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips
is out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Rockies.
Phillips, who started nine consecutive games before missing Tuesday's game, is dealing with a toe injury on his left foot.
Reds manager Brian Price said that Phillips' toe continues to bother him, and he wanted to give him three days off considering they have a travel day tomorrow, per the Cincinnati Enquirer.
"I don't want this to become a nagging thing," Price said.
Phillips is hitting .299 with 18 RBI in 154 at-bats this season.
Skip Schumaker will replace Phillips in the Reds' lineup.
Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka to make rehab start Wednesday
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Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka
is scheduled to make his second rehab start on Wednesday, and will throw around 65 pitches with Triple-A. Tanaka is nearing his return from the disabled list, as he recovers from forearm soreness and wrist tendinitis. And the Yankees are very much looking forward to Tanaka's return
“We know how much he means to this team,” general manager Brian Cashman said, per the New York Post. “Him being healthy changes this team a lot.”
Tanaka's next step could be to rejoin the rotation if Wednesday's start goes well.
“I think you want to hear that the stuff was sharp, that he was able to locate his pitches, that he was able to use his pitches and he feels comfortable the next day,” manager Joe Girardi said.