David Freese still uncertain if he'll return Saturday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:46 am ET) Angels third baseman David Freese told MLB.com Friday that he injured his hamstring during his last at-bat on Wednesday. Although he was available as a pinch-hitter in Friday's win over the Tigers, he remains uncertain if he'll return to the starting lineup for Saturday's tilt against Detroit.

Cold David Freese put on ice Friday with quad issue
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) Angels third baseman David Freese has been scratched from the lineup Friday with a non-threatening quad injury. He is experiencing tightness, but the injury is not considered serious, per MLB.com.

Freese has struggled mightily this season. The former World Series hero owns a disturbing stat line of .151/.207/.208 and has just four hits in his last 35 at-bats.


Conor Gillaspie gets day off against Rangers lefty
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) A matchup against Texas left-hander Martin Perez has White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie out of the lineup Friday night.

Gillaspie has not shown signs of impotence against southpaws this season with four hits in 14 at-bats. He has been one of the steadiest producers in the American League with just one hitless game and owns an impressive stat line of .314/.362/.392.


Report: Manny Machado rehab stint could start next week
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) Orioles third baseman Manny Machado could begin a minor league rehab assignment next week, according to MLB.com.

Buck Showalter said, however, that it will likely not begin until some point after the team begins a series in Toronto next Tuesday.

Machado has been sidelined since sustaining a serious knee injury at the end of last season.


Will Middlebrooks slated to start rehab work next week
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks is scheduled to start a minor-league rehab assignment at some point in the middle of next week, The Providence Journal reports on Friday. The team has not announced a specific date and minor-league affiliate for his rehab work.

Middlebrooks played just four games this season before being placed on the disabled list with a calf injury. He went 3 of 13 with one home run before the injury.

No worries about Carlos Santana
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/18/2014) Judging by my Twitter feed, Fantasy owners are at a breaking point with Carlos Santana, and I don't understand why.

Oh, I get that he's batting .157, and that's not good. But I don't think anyone who drafted him expected better than a .260 hitter. And I don't think anyone expected the route to .260 to be an even one from start to finish.

Just look at the way Santana's 2013 went. He had a month-long stretch beginning in early May in which he hit .169. He had a 13-game stretch a couple weeks later in which he hit .146 and a 14-game stretch in August in which he hit .115

He was the same player he is now -- or worse, actually -- off and on throughout last season and still ended up hitting a career-high .268. The only difference now is he's doing it when everyone's paying attention.

He's offered excuses, but he didn't just start bouncing around the diamond this year, and his groin isn't sore enough to require a day off. To me, those just make for better headlines than the most obvious one of all: That's baseball.

If I owned Santana, I'd stick with him and take solace in knowing that even at his worst, he's still able to reach base at a .350 clip. Most players can't say that.


Lefty starter fuels lineup changes Friday for Angels
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) Angels designated hitter Raul Ibanez has received a rare day off Friday to avoid Detroit left-hander Drew Smyly. Howie Kendrick is set to serve as the DH with defensive specialist John McDonald taking over at second base.

Red Sox promote Brock Holt, dump Ryan Roberts
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) The Red Sox have promoted hot-hitting Brock Holt and placed him in the starting lineup at third base for the Friday night game against Baltimore. Ryan Roberts, who had been brought in to replace the injured Will Middlebrooks, has been designated for assignment.

Holt was batting .380 with six doubles in 50 at-bats at Triple-A Pawtucket before his call-up by the Red Sox. He will bat ninth in his 2014 major league debut.


Nick Castellanos out, Don Kelly in Friday lineup
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos will sit Friday against Indians tough sidearming right-hander Justin Masterson. He has been replaced in the lineup by little-used left-handed batter Don Kelly, who has just 12 at-bats this season and will bat sixth against Cleveland.

Castellanos has been in a mini-slump with just one hit in his last 12 at-bats.


Report: Groin ailment adding to misery for Carlos Santana
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) Theories about the early-season struggles of embattled Indians cleanup hitter Carlos Santana have gone from the mental to the physical.

He had admitted that a position change that has him serving as the starting third baseman and backup catcher had affected him at the plate. It has since been revealed that he is dealing with a sore left groin, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Santana had his thigh wrapped after the Wednesday game in Detroit, but insisted on playing Thursday, when he experienced yet another 0 for 4. He has just one hit in his last 27 at-bats and just one RBI on the season.


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