Joey Rickard
Orioles' Joey Rickard: Will be activated Friday
Joey Rickard, LF, BAL
6:18 AM
News: Rickard (finger) will come off the disabled list on Friday for the opener of the weekend series in New York, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.

Rickard went 2-for-6 in a doubleheader Wednesday at Low-A Delmarva. There's been no indication yet of who will be subject to the corresponding roster move, although it's expected to be a pitcher. Rickard is safe to deploy immediately upon his return to the O's lineup.

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Zach Britton
Orioles' Zach Britton: Aiming for Sunday return
Zach Britton, RP, BAL
6:13 AM
News: Britton (forearm) will pitch Friday at Double-A Bowie and could be activated from the DL on Sunday, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.

Although he is eligible to return from the DL, Britton won't be activated before Sunday in New York. After Friday's outing, the Orioles will decide whether he needs another outing in the minors. The closer hasn't pitched since April 14 in Toronto. He's allowed one run in seven innings and gone five-for-five chances, but he's also surrendered 10 hits and walked three batters.

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Aaron Nola
Phillies' Aaron Nola: Back is feeling better
Aaron Nola, SP, PHI
4:43 AM
News: Manager Pete Mackanin said Nola's back is feeling much better, Ben Harris of MLB.com reports.

Nola is eligible to be activated from the disabled list on Monday, but his spot in the rotation is not due up until next Friday. It is possible the Phillies will have him start earlier than Friday and push back the rest of their rotation. Mackanin said no decisions have been made until they are certain Nola is healthy enough to come off the disabled list next week.

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Clayton Kershaw
Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw: Dealing with bruised calf
Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD
12:10 AM
News: Kershaw said he's not concerned about his bruised right calf, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

Kershaw had it wrapped to reduce swelling, but he was still able to do his usual outfield running the day after his start against the Giants -- a seven-inning effort of one-run ball, allowing six hits and one walk with seven strikeouts. He should be considered day-to-day for now, though it doesn't appear to be anything overly serious. Unless something goes wrong this week, it appears Kershaw should be in line to make his next scheduled start Sunday against the Phillies.

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Mauricio Cabrera
Braves' Mauricio Cabrera: Rehab assignment set
Mauricio Cabrera, RP, ATL
4/26/2017
News: Cabrera is set to begin his minor-league rehab assignment with High-A Florida Friday, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan reports.

Cabrera will throw one inning Friday and hopefully toss two more in his next outing barring any setbacks. If all goes well in Florida, the 23-year-old will then head to Triple-A Gwinnett where he'll get his footing before returning to the Braves' bullpen.

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Brandon Drury
Diamondbacks' Brandon Drury: Day-to-day with jammed knee
Brandon Drury, 2B, ARI
4/26/2017
News: Drury exited Wednesday's game prematurely with a jammed right knee.

Drury was 1-1 with two walks before Nick Ahmed subbed in at shortstop and Chris Owings slid over to fill in at second base. The injury doesn't appear to be overly serious, as the Diamondbacks are considering him day-to-day, but Owings and Ahmed would likely stick to those respective roles should Drury miss any time.

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Sean Manaea
Athletics' Sean Manaea: Lifted prematurely with shoulder tightness
Sean Manaea, SP, OAK
4/26/2017
News: Manaea was pulled after just two innings Wednesday due to left shoulder tightness, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Something was obviously up with Manaea, as his velocity was noticeably down from his normal 93-95 mph range, sitting around 90 mph for most of the night. He exited after just 34 pitches, giving up three runs (all in the second inning) on four hits while striking out one. It's unclear how serious the injury is at this point, but a trip to the DL -- however brief -- wouldn't be surprising. Consider him day-to-day for now, but status should be updated once the Athletics provide more information.

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Eddie Butler
Cubs' Eddie Butler: Lands on DL
Eddie Butler, SP, CHC
4/26/2017
News: Butler was placed on the 7-day DL with Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday with a rolled ankle, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

The injury isn't thought to be overly serious, and Butler should only miss one or two starts. The 26-year-old is off to a nice start at Iowa, posting a 1.46 ERA through 24.2 innings (four starts) this season.

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Brandon Phillips
Braves' Brandon Phillips: Will sit out Thursday
Brandon Phillips, 2B, ATL
4/26/2017
News: Phillips is not expected to play Thursday according to manager Brian Snitker, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan reports.

Phillips apparently aggravated his groin while sliding into second base during Wednesday's contest, forcing him to exit after just one inning. The injury isn't thought to be overly serious, and he could be available to pinch hit Thursday, but he isn't expected to start until Friday at the earliest. Jace Peterson filled in for him Wednesday and should continue to do so until Phillips is able to return.

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Shelby Miller
Diamondbacks' Shelby Miller: Possibly needs Tommy John
Shelby Miller, SP, ARI
4/26/2017
News: Miller (elbow) apparently has a ligament issue in his elbow and is contemplating Tommy John surgery, Tommy Stokke of FanRag Sports reports.

Miller, who was pulled from his last start and placed on the DL with forearm soreness, is still waiting to hear back from Dr. James Andrews on his MRI results, though Tommy John surgery is apparently a possibility. This isn't too surprising, given Miller said earlier Wednesday that doctors "found something in there," according to Jack Magruder of FanRag Sports. He had 4.09 ERA and 20 strikeouts through 22 innings (four starts) this year before going down with the injury. Zach Godley was recalled from Triple-A and has taken his place in the rotation for the time being.

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