Padres 2B Cory Spangenberg to launch rehab Monday
by Marty Gitlin |
(2:23 pm ET) Padres second baseman Cory Spangenberg will begin a rehab assignment Monday for Double-A San Antonio, per U-T San Diego. He has been on the disabled list for five weeks with a bone bruise in his left knee.

Spangenberg will return with a slash line of .254/.304/.356 and 44 strikeouts in just 177 at-bats.

Pirates SP A.J. Burnett will decline surgery if recommended
by Marty Gitlin |
(2:18 pm ET) Surgery is not an option for Pirates starter A.J. Burnett even if doctors tell him he has torn elbow ligament. He would rather pitch through it than undergo a season-ending procedure.

He went on the disabled list Friday with what was described as right elbow inflammation, but an MRI scheduled for Monday could reveal it to be worse.

"I'm prepared for (being told) it just needs some rest and if it's ... the worst (outcome)," Burnett told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "It's a matter of doing enough treatment and building up some pain tolerance so I can stay on mound in the stretch run."

That might be difficult considering how poorly Burnett has performed since the All-Star break. He has surrendered 18 runs on 32 hits in 16 innings and has lost his last two decisions.

Next start for Orioles P Chris Tillman slated for Friday
by Marty Gitlin |
(2:07 pm ET) An ankle issue has the next start for Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman pushed back to Friday against the host Angels, per

Tillman was scheduled to pitch Monday.

He hopes to perform as well Friday as he has in his last four outings, during which he has allowed just three earned runs in 29 2/3 innings to drop his ERA to 4.35, its lowest point since his second start of the year.

Back issue keeps Giants 2B Joe Panik out of Sunday's lineup
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(1:59 pm ET) Giants second baseman Joe Panik was held out of Sunday's lineup at Texas because of an ongoing back issue, reports The San Francisco Chronicle.

Panik missed time last week because of the back issue, but he is considered day to day. Panik will undergo tests Monday if the issue persists.

Indians RF Lonnie Chisenhall in leadoff spot for first time Sunday
by Marty Gitlin |
(1:31 pm ET) The absence of Jason Kipnis in the Sunday lineup for the Indians in Oakland has hot-hitting right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall in the unfamiliar leadoff spot for the first time in his major league career.

Chisenhall homered Saturday for the team's lone run. He is 4-for-11 since his recall from Triple-A Columbus.

Indians 2B Jason Kipnis out of lineup Sunday
by Marty Gitlin |
(1:29 pm ET) Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, who has been used three times as a designated hitter in the last five games, is out of the lineup Sunday in Oakland.

There has been no revelation of an injury to the team's best hitter. But he has struggled in the series with just one hit in 12 at-bats.

Twins to promote SP Tyler Duffey for Wednesday start
by Marty Gitlin |
(1:03 pm ET) The placement of Tommy Milone on the disabled list will allow the Twins to promote Tyler Duffey from the minors and start him Wednesday in Toronto. It will be his major league debut.

The 24-year-old Duffey has been lights-out at the Double-A and Triple-A levels this season, compiling a 2.66 ERA and allowing just 118 hits and 30 walks in 132 innings with 117 strikeouts.

Yankees SP Ivan Nova ready to roll Sunday
by Marty Gitlin |
(12:57 pm ET) As expected, Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova will make his Sunday start against the host White Sox. He was considered iffy with an arm issue, but declared himself ready to go Wednesday.

Nova has been solid in six outings this year with a 3-3 mark and 3.38 ERA. But he has yet to pitch more than 6 2/3 innings.

Yankees put P Diego Moreno on DL, promote P Branden Pinder
by Marty Gitlin |
(12:50 pm ET) The Yankees have announced that right elbow inflammation has reliever Diego Moreno on the 15-day disabled list and that they have recalled fellow right-hander Branden Pinder from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre.

Moreno has been inconsistent in his four appearances this season and owns a 5.23 ERA. Pinder, who had been sent down just last week, has posted a 2.92 ERA in 11 games for the Yankees this season.

Dodgers give Yasiel Puig day off Sunday
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(12:45 pm ET) Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was not in Sunday's lineup against the Angels, the team announced.

Puig was replaced in right field by Andre Ethier, who will bat fourth. Puig is batting .213 with three home runs and 12 RBI over his last 14 games.

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