Jacob Turner transferred to 60-day DL
Jacob Turner | CHC
(April 19, 2015 1:26 PM EDT)
Cubs transferred RHP Jacob Turner from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Gonzalez Germen. Turner is expected to miss the first couple months of the season with a mild right flexor strain and bone bruise in his right elbow.
Gonzalez Germen added to Cubs' roster
Gonzalez Germen | CHC
(April 19, 2015 1:24 PM EDT)
Cubs purchased the contract of RHP Gonzalez Germen from Triple-A Iowa.
Germen had been unscored upon in his first four appearances at Iowa. He'll give the Cubs' taxed bullpen another arm.
Matt Szczur optioned to Triple-A
Matt Szczur | CHC
(April 19, 2015 1:23 PM EDT)
Cubs optioned OF Matt Szczur to Triple-A Iowa.
Szczur's playing time has been limited, as he's picked up two hits in just 10 at-bats. The Cubs are adding another relief arm in Gonzalez German in his place.
Jake Lamb sitting out versus righty
Jake Lamb | ARZ
(April 19, 2015 1:20 PM EDT)
Jake Lamb is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Sunday.
He's on the bench in favor of Aaron Hill even with the D'Backs facing a righty (Tim Hudson). Lamb is hitting a blistering .414/.514/.690 with one homer and nine RBI this season. Tuffy Gosewisch is also sitting out, with Jordan Pacheco getting a start behind the plate.
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Nolasco (elbow) cleared for rehab assignment
Ricky Nolasco | MIN
(April 19, 2015 1:16 PM EDT)
Twins general manager Terry Ryan said in a radio interview Sunday that Ricky Nolasco (elbow) has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment.
He was given the go-ahead after getting through a bullpen session Sunday with no issues. It's not clear at this point where Nolasco will go for the assignment or how many starts he'll require, but obviously it's a good bit of news for the right-hander. Trevor May is filling in with Nolasco on the shelf.
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Brad Miller getting the day off Sunday
Brad Miller | SEA
(April 19, 2015 1:11 PM EDT)
Brad Miller is not in the Mariners' lineup Sunday.
It's simply a day of rest. Willie Bloomquist is taking Miller's spot at shortstop Sunday, while Mike Zunino is getting a breather behind the plate in favor of Jesus Sucre.
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Mitch Moreland (elbow) remains out
Mitch Moreland | TEX
(April 19, 2015 1:09 PM EDT)
Mitch Moreland (elbow) remained out of the Rangers' lineup Sunday.
Moreland is dealing with a minor elbow injury that could require surgery, although a decision has not yet been made. Prince Fielder is in the designated hitter spot in his place, with Adam Rosales covering first base.
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Brandon Belt getting start in LF Sunday
Brandon Belt | SF
(April 19, 2015 1:06 PM EDT)
Brandon Belt is starting Sunday's game versus the Diamondbacks in left field.
It's his first start at the position since 2012, as Giants manager Bruce Bochy is obviously willing to shake things up in an effort to get his struggling offense going. Buster Posey is starting at first base Sunday, while Andrew Susac is behind the plate.
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Unclear whether Nathan will return Wed.
Joe Nathan | DET
(April 19, 2015 1:02 PM EDT)
It's uncertain whether Joe Nathan (elbow) will be ready for activation from the disabled list when first eligible on Wednesday.
Nathan threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Saturday and said he "felt good." He could need to face hitters in a simulated game or possibly a rehab assignment before being activated, although it doesn't appear the Tigers have made that decision one way or the other. What manager Brad Ausmus has decided is that Nathan will resume his closer role once activated even though Joakim Soria has done a fine job filling in.
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Yasiel Puig not in Sunday's lineup
Yasiel Puig | LA
(April 19, 2015 12:47 PM EDT)
Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers' lineup Sunday.
Puig went 2-for-3 at the plate in his return to action Saturday after missing the previous four days with hamstring soreness. It's not clear at this point if he had a setback or if the Dodgers are just easing him back into things. Andre Ethier is in right field Sunday, while Justin Turner is at third base instead of Juan Uribe, Scott Van Skyle is in left field rather than Carl Crawford and A.J. Ellis is catching over Yasmani Grandal.
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