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Mon May 2016:02Indians' Kluber to have X-rays on broken right armCorey KluberSPIndiansFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians pitcher Corey Kluber will have an X-ray on Thursday to evaluate his right arm, broke when hit by a line drive on May 1.Kluber has had his arm in a cast since being injured. Cleveland manager Terry Francona said Monday the cast could be removed and replaced with a removable splint, depending on the results of the X-ray.A two-time AL Cy Young Award winner, Kluber was diagnosed with a nondisplaced fracture to his ulna when struck by a line drive off the bat of Miami's Brian Anderson. The Indians said surgery was not needed,Kluber is 2-3 with a 5.80 ERA in seven starts. Francona said the pitcher has been working on the stationary bike.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon May 2014:48Yanks' Gregorius plays for 1st time since Tommy John surgeryDidi GregoriusSSYankeesFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonRFYankeesFree Agent
Troy TulowitzkiSSBlue JaysFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius played five innings of defense and went 2 for 4 with a walk Monday at extended spring training in his first game action since Tommy John surgery on Oct. 17."It was good," Gregorius said.Playing against Detroit Tigers minor leaguers and in front of Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, Gregorius singled twice and cleanly fielded three grounders but had an error for an errant throw to first base.Gregorius is coming back from surgery to a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He appears on track to start a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment in a week or two and rejoin the Yankees in late June.Gregorius had an eventful first inning.He charged to field a one-hopper and then make an accurate throw to first to retire the second batterAfter fouling a ball off his foot and breaking a bat on a pop foul, Gregorius drew a walk in the bottom half. He slid feet first into second base on grounder, then slid headfirst int... [More]
Mon May 2014:40Braves acquire Swarzak from Seattle for Vizcaino, BiddleGerson BautistaSPMetsFree Agent
A.J. MinterRPBravesFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves have added veteran help for their patchwork bullpen by acquiring right-hander Anthony Swarzak from Seattle for left-hander Jesse Biddle and right-hander Arodys Vizcaino.As part of Monday's trade, Seattle is sending Atlanta $1,788,172 to cover about one-third of the $5,677,419 remaining in Swarzak's $8 million salary this year.Vizcaino opened the season as Atlanta's closer, then had season-ending surgery on his right shoulder on April 17. His replacement, A.J. Minter, struggled and was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on May 10.The 27-year-old Biddle was designated for assignment by the Braves on Wednesday after walking 10 batters in 11 2/3 innings. He had a 5.40 ERA as he failed to repeat his success from 2018, when he was 6-1 with a 3.11 ERA. He will report to the Mariners.Luke Jackson has six saves in nine chances as the Braves' latest closer.The 33-year-old Swarzak has a 5.27 ERA and three saves in six chances this season for the Mariners. He had an 8.64 ERA in his last nine appearances. Swarzak was successful in four of five saves chances and had a 6.15 ERA with the Mets in 2018.Swarzak was acquired by Seattle on Dec. 8 along with outfielder Jay Bruce, right fielder Gerson Bautista and a pair of minor leaguers for second baseman Robinson Canó and All-Star closer Edwin Diaz.___For more AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/apf-Baseball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon May 2014:38Yanks' Gregorius plays for 1st time since Tommy John surgeryDidi GregoriusSSYankeesFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius played five innings of defense and went 2 for 4 with a walk at extended spring training in his first game action since Tommy John surgery on Oct. 17.Playing against Detroit Tigers minor leaguers and in front of Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, Gregorius singled twice and cleanly fielded three grounders Monday but had an error for an errant throw to first base.Gregorius is coming back from surgery to a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He appears on track to start a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment in a week or two and rejoin the Yankees in late June.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon May 2002:58Astros on a tear despite absence of AltuveJose Altuve2BAstrosFree Agent
Shane BieberFree Agent
Michael BrantleyLFIndiansFree Agent
Alex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Kris Bryant3BCubsFree Agent
Robinson ChirinosCRangersFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPPiratesFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
Bryce HarperRFNationalsFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Jake MarisnickCFAstrosFree Agent
Ryan PresslyRPTwinsFree Agent
Josh ReddickRFAstrosFree Agent
Hyun-Jin RyuSPDodgersFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
George SpringerCFAstrosFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
Take away George Springer and Jose Altuve, and maybe the Houston Astros start to look a little more beatable.Maybe.The Boston Red Sox finally snapped Houston's 10-game winning streak Sunday with a 4-3 victory after Springer left the game with lower back stiffness. The Astros were already playing without Altuve, on the injured list with a strained left hamstring, but that injury did little to slow Houston. Even after Sunday's loss, the Astros have the best record and best run differential in the major leagues. They lead the AL West by 8 ½ games.Altuve hasn't played since May 10, so Houston's recent torrid stretch took place largely without him. That's a scary thought for the rest of the American League. In their first four games without their star second baseman, the Astros scored 45 runs against the Rangers and Tigers."Our guys are seeing the ball really well and making it tough on them," Houston manager AJ Hinch said while the Astros were in Detroit. "Driving the pitch counts through... [More]
Mon May 2002:18LEADING OFF: Callaway future, Guerrero surge, Springer outJake ArrietaSPCubsFree Agent
Yu DarvishSPDodgersFree Agent
Jake OdorizziSPRaysFree Agent
David PriceSPRed SoxFree Agent
George SpringerCFAstrosFree Agent
Noah SyndergaardSPMetsFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors today:MANAGING EXPECTATIONSMets manager Mickey Callaway is on the hot seat as his slumping team returns home to play NL East rival Washington. New York (20-25) has lost five straight and was swept in three games at lowly Miami over the weekend, totaling only three hits in consecutive shutouts. The listless Mets are 11-21 in their last 32 games. "I respect the hell out of Mickey," pitcher Noah Syndergaard said. "It's certainly not on him."VLAD AND VICTORIABig-hitting rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Toronto Blue Jays host Boston in an afternoon game on Victoria Day. The 20-year-old Guerrero has homered four times in his last six games — he didn't homer in the first 13 games after making his debut in late April.Red Sox lefty David Price (1-2, 3.75 ERA) is scheduled to come off the injured list and start. He has been sidelined with elbow tendinitis since May 3.ASTRO OUTAL home run leader George Springer has stiffness in his lower back and... [More]
Sun May 1922:38LEADING OFF: Callaway future, Guerrero surge, Springer outJake ArrietaSPCubsFree Agent
Yu DarvishSPDodgersFree Agent
Jake OdorizziSPRaysFree Agent
David PriceSPRed SoxFree Agent
George SpringerCFAstrosFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors Monday:MANAGING EXPECTATIONSMets manager Mickey Callaway is on the hot seat as his slumping team returns home to play NL East rival Washington. New York (20-25) has lost five straight and was swept in three games at lowly Miami over the weekend, totaling only three hits in consecutive shutouts. The reeling Mets are 11-21 in their last 32 games. "I understand that everybody is disappointed — the fans, the ownership, myself, the team — because this is not who we are," Callaway said.VLAD AND VICTORIABig-hitting rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Toronto Blue Jays host Boston in an afternoon game on Victoria Day. The 20-year-old Guerrero has homered four times in his last six games — he didn't homer in the first 13 games after making his debut in late April.Red Sox lefty David Price (1-2, 3.75 ERA) is scheduled to come off the injured list and start. He's been sidelined with elbow tendinitis since May 3.ASTRO OUTAL home run leader George... [More]
Sun May 1918:48Astros OF Springer leaves game with lower back stiffnessTony Kemp2BAstrosFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
George SpringerCFAstrosFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — Astros outfielder George Springer has left Houston's game against the Boston Red Sox in the fifth inning with lower back stiffness.Springer, who entered Sunday leading the American League with 17 homers, took three big swings in the first and struck out against Chris Sale. On the second and third swings, Springer appeared to reach briefly for the lower right side of his back.Springer also struck out swinging in his next two at-bats — in the second and fourth — before he was removed when Houston took the field on defense in the fifth. He was replaced in the batting order by Tony Kemp.On a tear at the plate lately, Springer began the day batting .318 with 42 RBIs.Boston won 4-3 to end Houston's 10-game winning streak.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sun May 1918:32Maddon, Cubs drop protest over Doolittle's deliverySean DoolittleRPNationalsFree Agent
Carl Edwards Jr.RPCubsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have dropped their protest over the pitching delivery of Washington reliever Sean Doolittle.Cubs manager Joe Maddon made the announcement before Sunday night's game against the Nationals.Maddon came out twice in the ninth inning of a 5-2 loss Saturday night to complain to plate umpire San Holbrook about Doolittle. Maddon said he believed the left-handed Doolittle was tapping his right toe on the ground before coming to the plate.Cubs reliever Carl Edwards Jr. was informed at the end of spring training that his delivery, which featured a similar toe-tap, was illegal. That ruling miffed Maddon and the Cubs."The whole thing I really wanted to get done was to protect Carl," Maddon said Sunday. "I really didn't anticipate a whole lot to be done with (the protest) even though I still don't agree with the conclusion because I think it's exactly what Carl did, only a different version of it."But the point was, I would not be a good parent had I not spoken u... [More]
Sun May 1918:06Maddon, Cubs drop protest over Doolittle's deliverySean DoolittleRPNationalsFree Agent
Carl Edwards Jr.RPCubsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have dropped their protest over the pitching delivery of Washington reliever Sean Doolittle.Cubs manager Joe Maddon made the announcement before Sunday night's game against the Nationals.Maddon came out twice in the ninth inning of a 5-2 loss Saturday night to complain to plate umpire Sam Holbrook about Doolittle. Maddon said he believed the left-handed Doolittle was tapping his right toe on the ground before coming to the plate.After being told Doolittle's delivery was legal, Maddon announced the Cubs were playing the game under protest.Cubs reliever Carl Edwards Jr. was informed at the end of spring training that his delivery, which featured a similar toe-tap, was illegal. That ruling miffed Maddon and the Cubs.On Sunday, Maddon said the protest was done to protect Edwards.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sun May 1916:18Astros OF Springer leaves game with lower back stiffnessTony Kemp2BAstrosFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
George SpringerCFAstrosFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — Astros outfielder George Springer has left Houston's game against the Boston Red Sox in the fifth inning with lower back stiffness.Springer, who entered Sunday leading the majors with 17 homers, took three big swings in the first and struck out against Chris Sale. On the second and third swings, Springer appeared to reach briefly for the lower right side of his back.Springer also struck out swinging in his next two at-bats — in the second and fourth — before he was removed when Houston took the field on defense in the fifth. He was replaced in the batting order by Tony Kemp.On a tear at the plate lately, Springer began the day batting .318 with 42 RBIs.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sat May 1823:17LEADING OFF: A's thump Tigers, Sale starts, Callaway cloud?Mike FiersSPTigersFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
Gregory SotoSPTigersFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday:ALL A'SThe Athletics try to beat Detroit for the 16th time when Mike Fiers starts at Comerica Park.A win by the A's would equal the franchise record for the longest winning streak against one team. Oakland took 16 in a row from the Yankees from 1989-91.Rookie Gregory Soto goes for his first major league win when he pitches for the Tigers. The Athletics are aiming for a four-game sweep — they host Detroit in a three-game series in early September.RE-SALERed Sox ace Chris Sale starts for the first time since striking out 17 in just seven innings against Colorado. He'll face the hard-hitting Houston Astros, who have won 10 in a row, at Fenway Park.Sale (1-5, 4.24 ERA) looks to continue his stellar revival after a rough start this year. After opening the season 0-5 with a 6.30 ERA in six starts, he has a 1.29 ERA in three starts in May.The lefty is now the only pitcher in major league history to allow no more than three hits, strike out... [More]
Sat May 1822:37LEADING OFF: A's thump Tigers, Sale starts, Callaway cloud?Mike FiersSPTigersFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
Gregory SotoSPTigersFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday:ALL A'SThe Athletics try to beat Detroit for the 16th time when Mike Fiers starts at Comerica Park.A win by the A's would equal the franchise record for the longest winning streak against one team. Oakland took 16 in a row from the Yankees from 1989-91.Rookie Gregory Soto goes for his first major league win when he pitches for the Tigers. The Athletics are aiming for a four-game sweep — they host Detroit in a three-game series in early September.RE-SALERed Sox ace Chris Sale starts for the first time since striking out 17 in just seven innings against Colorado. He'll face hard-hitting Houston at Fenway Park.Sale (1-5, 4.24 ERA) looks to continue his stellar revival after a rough start this year. After opening the season 0-5 with a 6.30 ERA in six starts, he has a 1.29 ERA in three starts in May.The lefty is now the only pitcher in major league history to allow no more than three hits, strike out at least 14 and walk nobody in consec... [More]
Sat May 1821:09Giants' Cueto hoping to return in SeptemberJohnny CuetoSPGiantsFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — San Francisco Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto threw a bullpen session Saturday, and the team was encouraged enough for manager Bruce Bochy to say the club hopes Cueto can return toward the end of this season.Cueto, who had major elbow surgery last August, was 18-5 in 2016 and selected to the All-Star game, but has since gone 11-10 in the last two years combined."I think he surprised a lot of us with where he's at," Bochy said before Saturday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. "It's all fastballs, but he's gotten himself in great shape, too. I think it's the best shape I've seen Johnny in, to be honest."From what you saw today, you've got to believe he's going to be pitching before the season's over. I'm not going to be surprised if he pitches in September."Cueto threw off flat ground Saturday, and the hope is that next week he will throw breaking balls and changeups.If Cueto comes back in September, it will be as a starting pitcher, Bochy said. Cueto, 33, has be... [More]
Sat May 1820:30Diamondbacks' Greinke OK for next start after MRI is clearZack GreinkeSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
David PeraltaRFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Blake SwihartCRed SoxFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke is on track to make his next scheduled start Tuesday at San Diego after throwing a bullpen session before Saturday's game, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said.Greinke felt pain in his side and was diagnosed with abdominal tightness during the eighth inning of his start Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He motioned for a trainer and left the game.An MRI on Friday revealed no damage.Greinke, who would start on five days' rest if he takes the mound next week as expected, is 6-1 with a 2.78 ERA in 10 starts this season. Opponents are batting .210 against him.Also for Arizona, outfielder David Peralta, the team's leading hitter among everyday players, was scratched from the original lineup Saturday. He aggravated upper back and shoulder tightness on a dive for a ball during Friday night's game.Peralta, the Diamondbacks' leader in hits and co-leader in runs scored and RBIs, was first injured Wednesday but started Friday's... [More]
Sat May 1818:17Red Sox LHP David Price will return to rotation MondayDavid PriceSPRed SoxFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox left-hander David Price will return to the rotation for Monday's series opener in Toronto.Manager Alex Cora confirmed the plan Saturday.Price (1-2, 3.75 ERA) has been sidelined with left elbow tendinitis since his last start on May 3.The 33-year-old lefty threw a pair of bullpens this week, and Cora said he was ready to start.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sat May 1818:17Rangers reliever Kelley has lumps removed from throatShawn KelleyRPNationalsFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers reliever Shawn Kelley was ready to start pitching again while waiting for the results of a biopsy on two lumps that were surgically removed from his throat.Kelley said Saturday that doctors took out a couple of "decent-sized" lumps on Thursday after an initial biopsy before the surgery was inconclusive."I still don't know the results of what's in my throat, but it's out and I'm going to get back to pitching for now," he said. "We'll find out when we find out, but for now I just want to get back to playing, and physically I feel good, I feel healthy. Arm feels good, body feels good."The 35-year-old right-hander expected to get the results from the latest biopsy early next week.Kelley, who doesn't use any kind of tobacco, said he noticed the issue early this season. He had the lumps checked this month after they got bigger and bothersome while trying to sleep."The doctors, from their experience and just looking at it and feeling it and all of that ... [More]
Sat May 1818:09Braves release Venters 1 year after NL Comeback Player awardJerry BlevinsRPMetsFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Jonny Venters, the left-hander whose comeback from his third Tommy John surgery helped him win the NL Comeback Player of the Year Award last year, has been released by the Atlanta Braves.The 34-year-old Venters had a 17.36 ERA after giving up nine earned runs in 4 2/3 innings covering nine appearances.The release came Saturday, a day after Venters gave up four runs, none earned, on one hit and two walks while recording two outs in the Braves' 12-8 win over Milwaukee on Friday night. The bullpen gave up eight runs after the Braves led 12-0.Braves manager Brian Snitker said the decision was especially tough because "everybody respects and admires everything he went through to get back to the major leagues."The Braves recalled left-hander Jerry Blevins only four days after he was designated for assignment.Venters was a combined 5-2 with three saves and a 3.67 ERA in 50 games last season for Tampa Bay and Atlanta. An All-Star with the Braves in 2011, he hadn't pitched in the majors since 2012 before returning with the Rays last year.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sat May 1814:57Rangers reliever Kelley has lumps removed from throatShawn KelleyRPNationalsFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers reliever Shawn Kelley had two lumps surgically removed from his throat this week.Kelley says an initial biopsy on the lumps was inconclusive, so doctors removed a couple of "decent-sized" lumps on Thursday. The 35-year-old was put on the injured list May 9, five days after he last pitched.Kelley says he noticed the issue early this season. He had the lumps checked this month after they got bigger and bothersome while trying to sleep.He's awaiting the results, but on Saturday says he feels great and is ready to return to pitching.Kelley is 3-0 with two saves and a 1.29 ERA in 14 appearances in his first season with the Rangers.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sat May 1814:09Didi Gregorius projected to return to Yankees next monthDidi GregoriusSSYankeesFree Agent
James PaxtonSPMarinersFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonRFYankeesFree Agent
Troy TulowitzkiSSBlue JaysFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Didi Gregorius is projected to return to the New York Yankees next month, a faster recovery from Tommy John surgery than expected.Gregorius is scheduled to play shortstop on Monday at extended spring training in Tampa, Florida, his first game action since surgery on Oct. 17 to replace a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow."It's a good step. We're getting there. Everything feels really good," Gregorius said Saturday after eight plate appearances during a simulated game in Tampa. "You've got to trust the whole thing, even though I'm impatient because I want to work. But it is what it is. Got to go with what they're saying and go with their schedule."Manager Aaron Boone does not expect Gregorius will need the equivalent of a full spring training, which is about six weeks."I think it will be shorter," Boone said Saturday. "He's been doing so much already as far as getting live ABs (at-bats), doing all this work. So he's a little further down the road than he... [More]
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