Giants' Joe Panik: Dealing with sore groin
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(4/29/2016) Panik is dealing with a sore groin and will be reevaluated Saturday, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports.

Panik admitted that he didn't think the injury was serious, but the results of his reexamination will serve as the determining factor of if he'll be in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Mets. If he's unable to play, Matt Duffy or Kelby Tomlinson will likely start at second in his place.

Padres' Cory Spangenberg: Not close to returning
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(4/29/2016) Padres manager Andy Green said Friday that Spangenberg (quadriceps) is not close to returning, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Spangenberg will be eligible to come off the DL next week, but it doesn't sound the Padres expect to have him available anytime in the near future. He was cleared to begin running on an anti-gravity treadmill this week after suffering a mild quad strain April 19. Jemile Weeks has taken over at second base in the interim.

Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Remains out of lineup Friday
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(4/29/2016) Wong (illness) is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Nationals.

Although he's served as a pinch hitter in each of the last two games, Friday marks Wong's sixth straight game out of the lineup. In the case of Friday's lineup, however, it's possible that manager Mike Matheny simply wanted to keep Jedd Gyorko's right-handed bat on the field even though the Cardinals are facing righty Stephen Strasburg.

Reds' Brandon Phillips: Returns to lineup Friday
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(4/29/2016) Phillips (hand) is back in the lineup Friday, hitting cleanup in Pittsburgh.

He missed two and a half games after getting hit on the hand by a pitch in Monday's game, but will return to the keystone Friday. Phillips no longer fits into the Reds' long term plans, but he has been a rare bright spot so far this season, hitting .308/.343/.462.

Dodgers' Micah Johnson: Just .233 for Triple-A Oklahoma City
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(4/29/2016) Johnson is batting just .233/.242/.283 for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

After batting .315 in Triple-A last year with the White Sox, it's safe to say this qualifies as disappointing. He's obviously nowhere near getting the call.

Brewers' Javier Betancourt: Back in action at Double-A
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(4/29/2016) Betancourt (head) went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a game with Double-A Biloxi on Thursday.

Betancourt missed a game after exiting Tuesday's contest with a head injury, but it turns out he was not dealing with any sort of serious setback. He is hitting .333 on the season and will continue seeing regular action at second base for Biloxi moving forward.

Marlins' Dee Gordon: Suspended 80 games for PEDs
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(4/29/2016) Gordon tested positive for Testosterone and Clostebol and has been suspended for 80 games, Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reports.

The defending National League batting champion and a consensus second round pick in most fantasy drafts this spring will miss 80 games after testing positive for exogenous Testosterone and Clostebol, a modified form of testosterone. Gordon, 28, does not fit the stereotypical build for a PED user, at 5-foot-11 and 171 pounds, but his career trajectory fits the general mold, as someone who most had given up on after the 2013 season, but then jumped up to an All-Star caliber player in 2014 and 2015. The 80-game suspension will keep him out until July 28. Derek Dietrich figures to be the replacement at the keystone in the meantime, making him a worthwhile pickup in deeper leagues.

Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Out of lineup Thursday
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(4/28/2016) Wong (illness) is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Diamondbacks.

Thursday marks the third consecutive game out of the lineup due to an illness. Wong was able to enter Wednesday's game as a pinch-hitter and collect a base hit, so his illness may be mostly behind him, but manager Mike Matheny will stick with Jedd Gyorko at second base for at least Thursday's series finale in the desert.

Brewers' Hernan Perez: Recalled from Triple-A
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(4/28/2016) Perez was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Thursday.

The Brewers placed Scooter Gennett (oblique) on the 15-day DL on Thursday, so Perez will come up from Triple-A to fill his spot on the 25-man roster. Yadiel Rivera figures to be Gennett's primary replacement at second base, but Perez could see a few spot starts at various spots around the infield over the next few weeks.

Brewers' Scooter Gennett: Hits 15-day DL with oblique issue
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(4/28/2016) Gennett (oblique) was placed on the 15-day DL on Thursday due to tightness in his right oblique.

Gennett began experiencing tightness during batting practice Tuesday, which led to him subsequently being scratched from Tuesday's lineup. He was also excluded from Wednesday's lineup, though the matchup against the Cubs was ultimately rained out. After further evaluation, Gennett will require more than a few days to recover, so he'll head to the DL, and the Brewers have recalled infielder Hernan Perez from Triple-A Colorado Springs to take his place on the 25-man roster.

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