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Shohei Ohtani (elbow) has been cleared to begin a "throwing progression."

Ohtani was evaluated by Dr. Steve Yoon, who gave him the go-ahead to resume throwing. This comes six weeks after Ohtani received a platelet rich plasma injection to combat a UCL sprain in his right elbow. Ohtani appears to be ahead of schedule as it took teammate Garrett Richards 13 weeks to resume throwing following a similar procedure in 2016. It remains to be seen whether 23-year-old will be able to pitch again this season, but he seems to finally be trending in the right direction. In the meantime, Ohtani will continue to see at-bats as the Angels' DH.
Jul 19 - 6:52 PM

Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey said Yu Darvish (elbow, triceps) is still "weeks away" from returning.

Darvish was expected to resume mound work soon, but no mention was made of that on Thursday ahead of Chicago's first-half opener against St. Louis. The right-hander has seen numerous starts and stops throughout his rehab. He hasn't thrown a pitch in a big league setting since May 20. With Darvish still ailing, perhaps the Cubs will look to add an arm at the upcoming trade deadline.
Jul 19 - 6:46 PM

Evan Longoria (hand) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Friday.

It will be Longoria's first game action since going down with a broken hand on June 14. He'll surely need a few games to shake off the rust, but it shouldn't be long until the 32-year-old returns to the big leagues. Veteran Pablo Sandoval has been filling in for him at the hot corner.
Jul 19 - 5:52 PM

Cubs first-round SS Nico Hoerner will miss 4-6 weeks with a ligament strain in his left elbow.

He hurt his elbow making a play in the field earlier this month. The injury will likely keep him out for the duration of the minor league season, though the 21-year-old is hoping to play again this fall. Before his injury, the Stanford alum was hitting .327 across 49 minor league at-bats for the Arizona League Cubs, Short-Season Eugene and Low-A South Bend.
Jul 19 - 5:46 PM

Cubs placed RHP Brandon Morrow on the 10-day disabled list with right biceps inflammation.

The move was made retroactive to July 16. Morrow's spot on the roster will be absorbed by Anthony Bass, who is back after missing the past two weeks with an illness. This is already Morrow's second trip to the DL this season after injuring his lower back while putting on his pants (seriously) last month. Steve Cishek, Carl Edwards Jr. and Pedro Strop will be candidates to handle the ninth inning in Morrow's absence.
Jul 19 - 4:41 PM

Bubba Starling will miss six weeks with a dislocated finger.

Per beat writer Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com, the injury was not "baseball related." A first-round pick of the Royals in 2011, Starling has yet to reach the major leagues.
Jul 19 - 4:25 PM

Manny Pina (biceps) will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Wisconsin on Thursday.

Pina has been on the disabled list for less than two weeks, so he shouldn't need many rehab games before being activated. He's been out with biceps tendinitis.
Jul 19 - 4:02 PM

Athletics released RHP Santiago Casilla.

Casilla managed a 3.16 ERA in 31 1/3 innings for the A's this season but had an ugly 22/20 K/BB ratio. The A's will eat what remains of the $6 million he's owed this season. Casilla should find a gig elsewhere now that he can be had at the veteran minimum.
Jul 19 - 3:46 PM

Cubs activated OF Albert Almora from the bereavement list.

Almora missed the first-half finale but is back for the first game of the second half. He is not in Thursday's lineup, however, as the Cubs are going with Ian Happ in center field.
Jul 19 - 3:42 PM

Yoenis Cespedes (hip) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Friday.

Cespedes has finally turned a corner in his rehab lately and slugged a three-run home run in his second rehab game with the Gulf Coast League Mets on Wednesday. He can serve as a designated hitter this weekend against the Yankees before returning to left field and also perhaps playing some first base. Cespedes has been ut since mid-May with a hip injury.
Jul 19 - 3:40 PM

Braves recalled OF Michael Reed from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Reed was up for a day earlier this month but didn't make an appearance. The 25-year-old will back up at all three outfield spots.
Jul 19 - 3:27 PM

Braves designated INF/OF Danny Santana for assignment.

Santana did well as a rookie back in 2014 but has been one of the worst hitters in baseball since then, sporting a .219/.256/.319 batting line over 735 plate appearances. He seems likely to clear waivers.
Jul 19 - 3:25 PM

Twins acquired OF Jeremy Hazelbaker from the Rays for cash considerations.

Hazelbaker had been designated for assignment. He'll report to Triple-A Rochester for now but could get a look by the Twins in the second half.
Jul 19 - 3:19 PM

Jose Martinez is absent from the Cardinals' lineup Thursday.

Martinez has been on the pine for both of interim manager Mike Shildt's lineups (and has been benched in three straight games overall), as Shildt has gone with the better defensive combo of Mike Carpenter at first base and Jedd Gyorko at third. It's certainly a concern for Martinez's fantasy owners. As good as Martinez has been offensively this season, he's not looking like a reliable mixed league play right now unless Shildt reverses course (or the Cards trade him).
Jul 19 - 3:15 PM

Willson Contreras is not in the Cubs' lineup Thursday.

Javy Baez is also on the bench. Both played in the All-Star Game Tuesday and with a day game Friday they'll sit this one out. Victor Caratini will catch Kyle Hendricks and Ben Zobrist will play second base.
Jul 19 - 3:04 PM



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