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Boxberger (abdomen) near rehab assignment 05-05-2016
Brad Boxberger P TB
Brad Boxberger (abdomen) is on track to begin a minor league rehab assignment next Thursday.

Tampa Bay Times
He'll work a pair of simulated appearances first -- one Friday and one Monday. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says Boxberger is probably going to be asked to make six minor league appearances before the Rays consider activating him from the disabled list. He's been out all season after undergoing core muscle surgery in mid-March. Alex Colome is serving as Tampa Bay's fill-in closer.
Matt Moore might be skipped on next turn 05-05-2016
Matt Moore P TB
Matt Moore could be skipped on his next turn through the Rays' rotation.

Tampa Bay Times
Moore got pounded for seven runs on eight hits over just 4 1/3 innings Tuesday against the Dodgers and the Rays face a lefty-mashing team this weekend in the Angels. It might be a good time to get the 26-year-old southpaw a breather. Matt Andriese or Erasmo Ramirez could fill in versus Anaheim.
Billy Hamilton (thumb) serves as sub 05-05-2016
Billy Hamilton CF CIN
Billy Hamilton (thumb) served as a defensive replacement on Wednesday against the Giants. Hamilton took over center field from Tyler Holt in the top of the ninth inning after being held out for the first eight innings due to lingering discomfort in his left thumb. It's a pretty strong indication that his full return is close. Hamilton, 25, is batting just .215/.271/.354 with five stolen bases in 24 games this season.
Moustakas (thumb) goes 0-for-3 in return 05-05-2016
Mike Moustakas 3B KC
Mike Moustakas (thumb) went 0-for-3 in his return to the Royals' starting lineup Wednesday. Moustakas had been out of the Kansas City lineup for a couple days due to a bruised thumb, though he did smack a game-tying, pinch-hit, two-run single on Tuesday night. The third baseman is clearly just fine.
Segura (hip) smacks pinch-hit single 05-05-2016
Jean Segura 2B ARZ
Jean Segura (hip) had a pinch-hit single Wednesday in the Diamondbacks' loss to the Marlins. Segura was out of the Diamondbacks' starting lineup because of a hip issue. Clearly it's pretty minor. The rejuvenated middle infielder is batting .339/.368/.527 with four homers and 15 RBI in 26 games this season.
Carlos Correa goes 3-for-5, hits fourth homer 05-05-2016
Carlos Correa SS HOU
Carlos Correa went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double and three RBI in the Astros' 16-4 rout of the Twins on Wednesday. Correa was due to bust out with one of these; since hitting two on April 6, he had remained quiet, going 23 straight games without a homer. There was no way American League pitchers were going to keep him down for much longer. He's back up to .276/.388/.469 for the year now.
Mike Fiers gives up four runs to Twins 05-05-2016
Mike Fiers P HOU
Mike Fiers allowed four runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings Wednesday versus the Twins. Fiers was served a win on a silver platter tonight, what with the Astros scoring six runs in the first two innings and nine through four. Fiers, though, gave up three in the third and one in the fourth and was finally pulled in the fifth with his pitch count up to 95. He's put himself in position to lose his rotation spot following the return of Lance McCullers from the DL.
Phil Hughes gives up six runs in loss 05-05-2016
Phil Hughes P MIN
Phil Hughes was tagged for six runs in two innings by the Astros on Wednesday. Hughes is 1-5 with a 5.85 ERA. Things don't seem hopeless here -- his 22/8 K/BB ratio and four homers allowed in 32 1/3 innings aren't so bad -- but with Minnesota's defense downgraded and the team simply looking like a trainwreck overall, his fantasy upside seems pretty well shot.
Astros recall Marisnick from Triple-A Fresno 05-05-2016
Jake Marisnick CF HOU
Astros recalled OF Jake Marisnick from Triple-A Fresno. Marisnick saw 10 at-bats in April, but the Astros optioned him to Triple-A at the end of the month after he managed just one hit (and six strikeouts) in his limited action. Still just 25, Marisnick slashed .236/.281/.383 with nine homers, 36 RBI, and 24 steals across 339 at-bats last season at the major league level. He won't see regular playing time, but if he can carve out a niche for himself, he at least makes for a speed option off the bench for fantasy owners in chasm-deep AL-only leagues.
Jose Altuve hits eighth home run 05-05-2016
Jose Altuve 2B HOU
Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 with a homer, a double and three RBI versus the Twins on Wednesday. That's eight homers in 106 at-bats for Altuve. In 2014, he had seven homers in 660 at-bats. He currently has five more extra-base hits (21) than he does strikeouts (16).
Jason Castro homers, knocks in four 05-05-2016
Jason Castro C HOU
Jason Castro went 2-for-3 with a homer, four RBI and two walks versus the Twins on Wednesday. Castro was hitting .175/.299/.263 with no homers through Monday's action. Now he has two homers in two days, and he's upped his RBI total from two to seven.
Astros send RHP Michael Felize to Triple-A 05-05-2016
Michael Feliz P HOU
Astros optioned RHP Michael Feliz to Triple-A Fresno. Jake Marisnick will take Feliz's roster spot. The 22-year-old right-hander struggled in his first three appearances, surrendering 10 runs (nine earned) over 7 1/3 innings Feliz actually pitched well in his last appearance, tossing two scoreless innings during Wednesday's romp over the Twins. He figures to earn future appearances this season if he can hold his own in the minors.
John Ryan Murphy goes 0-for-4 05-05-2016
J.R. Murphy C MIN
John Ryan Murphy went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Wednesday, leaving him 3-for-40 on the season. At least the Twins pitchers had been performing much better with Murphy catching than with Kurt Suzuki behind the plate, well, at least until they gave up 16 runs in this one. The Twins might opt to send down Murphy to give him a chance to sort through his offensive struggles in the minors.