Coco Crisp's MRI reveals no changes
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(6:28 pm ET) An MRI on the injured neck of Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp revealed no changes, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Crisp will meet with the team Friday to determine when he'll play next. He hasn't played since Saturday with the issue, but he won't need a trip to the disabled list, the Oakland Tribune reports. He's dealing with "chronic, degenerative changes" in his neck, Comcast SportsNet California reports.


Ricky Nolasco throws bullpen session Tuesday
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(6:25 pm ET) Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco completed a bullpen session Tuesday, throwing nothing but fastballs and changeups, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Nolasco is scheduled to throw again Thursday, and it's possible he could go out on a rehab assignment if all goes well with his next session. Out since early July with an elbow strain, he owns a 5.90 ERA and 72:28 K:BB ratio in 103 2/3 innings.


Nick Castellanos scratched with bruised finger
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(6:22 pm ET) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos was a late scratch from Tuesday's lineup due to a bruised right index finger, the team announced.

Castellanos, who is day-to-day with the injury, was replaced by J.D. Martinez in the lineup. Miguel Cabrera will move across the diamond and play third base for the eighth time this season.


Michael Pineda throws 45 pitches in simulated game
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(6:18 pm ET) Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda threw 45 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday, ESPN.com reports.

Pineda is set to begin a rehab assignment Sunday, and he'll be activated at some point in the following 30 days if he doesn't suffer a setback and have to come off assignment. He has been sidelined since April 23 due to shoulder inflammation.


Kelly Johnson expected to return Aug. 7
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(6:14 pm ET) Yankees infielder Kelly Johnson is expected to be activated from the disabled list when first eligible on Aug. 7, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Manager Joe Girardi said that Johnson may play more second base when he returns from the DL. He has made 41 appearances at third base this year, but the team has acquired Chase Headley to man the hot corner.


Birth of son has Oswaldo Arcia sidelined Tuesday
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(5:44 pm ET) Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia is not with the team Tuesday in Kansas City. He stayed back for the birth of his son and will rejoin the his teammates Wednesday, per the St. Paul Pioneer-Press.

Michael Saunders set to take BP Tuesday
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(5:41 pm ET) Mariners right fielder Michael Saunders is closing in on a rehab assignment after missing nearly three weeks with a strained left oblique, per MLB.com.

Saunders was scheduled to take batting practice with the team Tuesday. If all goes well, he will head out on a minor league rehab assignment. Though he is already eligible to be activated off the disabled list, he is unlikely to play for Seattle until at least the second week of August.


James Paxton appears set for Saturday start
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(5:29 pm ET) Mariners left-hander James Paxton appears all but set for a return to the mound Saturday in Baltimore. He has been recovering from a lat injury since making his first two starts of the season.

Paxton is slated to throw a standard bullpen workout before the Tuesday game in Cleveland. That stint would follow a 78-pitch rehab outing Sunday for Triple-A Tacoma.

"We'll see what happens (Wednesday)," Lloyd McClendon told the Tacoma News-Tribune. "Then we'll make a decision. Everything up to this point has been great."


Soreness pushes back timetable for Ryan Hanigan
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(5:19 pm ET) Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan experienced soreness in his oblique Tuesday, which pushes back his timetable to return to the team a few days, per the Tampa Bay Times.

Hanigan, who had been expected to come back by Friday, has been out since July 8.


Kyle Gibson ready to roll for start against Royals
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(5:11 pm ET) A back issue that prevented Twins rookie right-hander Kyle Gibson from making his last start has subsided enough to allow him to pitch Tuesday in Kansas City.

Gibson hopes he can perform getter than he did in his last five starts. Despite throwing six innings of shutout ball against Kansas City, he has allowed 20 earned runs on 34 hits in 24 1/3 innings during that stretch.


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