Joe Kelly
Red Sox's Joe Kelly: Rehab start set for Friday
Joe Kelly, SP, BOS
6:27 AM
News: Kelly (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Tuesday and is set to make a rehabilitation start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday, the Boston Globe reports.

Manager John Farrell said Kelly will need at least two rehab starts. The question remains will Kelly return to Boston's rotation. With Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) nearing a return to Boston, he would likely replace Henry Owens in the current iteration of the rotation. There isn't an obvious replacement when Kelly is ready to return. Steven Wright, who pitched well again Tuesday, deserves to hold his spot. That would leave Clay Buchholz, who has not pitched well to start the season but has a track record of rebounding from poor starts.

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Eduardo Rodriguez
Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez: Makes second rehab start
Eduardo Rodriguez, SP, BOS
6:15 AM
News: Rodriguez (knee) allowed three runs on five hits while striking out three in six innings of a rehabilitation start for Triple-A Pawtucket.

Rodriguez got beat up in the first inning, when he allowed all three runs, but went on to retire 16 of the final 18 batters faced. The Red Sox will consider the next step for Rodriguez, but another rehab start is a strong possibility. The next start would be Sunday. On that schedule, Rodriguez could be back in Boston on May 13.

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Justin Bour
Marlins' Justin Bour: Dislocates left pinky, day-to-day
Justin Bour, 1B, MIA
5/3/2016
News: Bour dislocated his left pinky while sliding into a base and is considered day-to-day, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.

Bour didn't even start Tuesday's contest, entering the game in the eighth inning as a pinch hitter. Fortunately, he avoided a fracture that would likely cost him extended time. He will have a chance to return to the lineup as soon as Wednesday but would likely be replaced at first by either Chris Johnson or Derek Dietrich should he be unable to go.

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Billy Hamilton
Reds' Billy Hamilton: Should be fine
Billy Hamilton, CF, CIN
5/3/2016
News: Manager Bryan Price indicated after Tuesday's game that Hamilton (thumb) struggled to grip the bat but should be fine moving forward, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Hamilton was pulled from Tuesday's game after jamming the thumb that's given him issues throughout the season, but fortunately, the latest setback seems to be minor. It remains to be seen whether the speedster will return to the lineup Wednesday but it doesn't sound like the issue should hold him out long. If he does miss more than Tuesday's action, Scott Schebler and Tyler Holt remain the likely candidates to fill in for him in center field.

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Robbie Erlin
Padres' Robbie Erlin: Will undergo Tommy John surgery
Robbie Erlin, SP, SD
5/3/2016
News: Erlin has a partial tear in his UCL and undergo Tommy John surgery, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Erlin strained his elbow after being promoted to the rotation and was placed on the 15-day DL in late April. With an MRI Monday revealing the tear, Erlin will likely have to sit out around a year before returning to the mound.

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Tony Zych
Mariners' Tony Zych: Placed on 15-day DL with shoulder tendinitis
Tony Zych, RP, SEA
5/3/2016
News: Zych was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday retroactive to May 2.

It's unclear when the ailment arose, but it's apparently bad enough to warrant a DL stint for Zych. There is currently no timetable for his return, but that should become clearer once he begins his rehab process. Right-hander Steve Johnson had his contract selected from Triple-A Tacoma and was called up to take his spot on the roster.

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Ervin Santana
Twins' Ervin Santana: On track to start Saturday
Ervin Santana, SP, MIN
5/3/2016
News: Santana (back) pitched a simulated game Tuesday and is on track to start Saturday against the White Sox, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

This had been the plan all along, and with no setbacks following the two innings of work in the sim game, Santana looks to be good to go. He'll likely take the spot of either Tyler Duffey or Alex Meyer in the starting rotation upon his return.

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Alex Avila
White Sox's Alex Avila: Close to rehab assignment
Alex Avila, C, CHW
5/3/2016
News: Avila (hamstring) is close to beginning a rehab assignment, Bruce Levine of 670 WSCR reports.

This is encouraging news for Avila, as it points toward a return to the White Sox near the first day that he's eligible to return. The exact timetable is currently unknown, but that should become clearer once the details of the rehab assignment are revealed.

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Max Stassi
Astros' Max Stassi: Begins rehab assignment Tuesday
Max Stassi, C, HOU
5/3/2016
News: Stassi (wrist) will join Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday, Angel Verdejo Jr. of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Manager AJ Hinch indicated Stassi will play every other day, so it looks as though the club will play it cautiously with the catcher after suffering a fracture in the spring. It remains to be seen whether he'll stay in the minors or join the major league club once healthy, but he'll likely need a decent length rehab after sitting out six weeks.

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Zack Cozart
Reds' Zack Cozart: Remains out of lineup Tuesday
Zack Cozart, SS, CIN
5/3/2016
News: Cozart (knee) remains out of the lineup Tuesday against the Giants.

Cozart has been dealing with knee tendinitis, and it appears that manager Bryan Price wants to give the shortstop's knee another day to rest before returning to full action again. He could be available off the bench if needed, but Ivan De Jesus will take his spot at shortstop Tuesday.

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