Alex Rios
Royals' Rios to play two more Triple-A games before possible return
Alex Rios, RF, KC
12:02 PM
News: 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.

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Rusney Castillo
Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo sits Wednesday with sore shoulder
Rusney Castillo, CF, BOS
11:41 AM
News: 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. 

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Chad Billingsley
Phillies SP Chad Billingsley to have shoulder examined
Chad Billingsley, SP, PHI
11:38 AM
News: 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.

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Danny Duffy
Royals SP Danny Duffy (shoulder) to throw bullpen session
Danny Duffy, SP, KC
11:27 AM
News: 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.

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Johnny Cueto
Reds' Price: Johnny Cueto might be back in rotation Sunday
Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN
11:20 AM
News: 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. 

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Devon Travis
Blue Jays' Devon Travis could begin rehab games this weekend
Devon Travis, 2B, TOR
11:20 AM
News: 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.

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Jordan Lyles
Rockies SP Jordan Lyles set to rejoin rotation Sunday
Jordan Lyles, SP, COL
10:42 AM
News: 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.

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Asdrubal Cabrera
Rays SS Asdrubal Cabrera, OF Steven Souza still sidelined
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, TB
10:18 AM
News: 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. 

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Brandon Phillips
Reds 2B Brandon Phillips (toe) out of lineup against Rockies
Brandon Phillips, 2B, CIN
10:15 AM
News: 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.

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Masahiro Tanaka
Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka to make rehab start Wednesday
Masahiro Tanaka, SP, NYY
9:48 AM
News: 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.

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