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Salvador Perez (thumb) out a few days 05-19-2014
Salvador Perez C KC
An X-ray on Salvador Perez's right thumb came back negative.

Andy McCullough on Twitter
Perez injured the thumb during Monday's loss to the White Sox. While he has avoided a serious injury, the catcher is expected to sit out the next few games. Perez is batting .261/.319/.418 for the Royals this season. Brett Haynes will handle the catching duties for a few days.
Michael Brantley hits walkoff homers 05-19-2014
Michael Brantley LF CLE
Michael Brantley went 2-for-4 and hit a walkoff homer off Al Alburquerque in the 10th in the Indians' 5-4 win over the Tigers on Monday. The Indians snapped Detroit's six-game winning streak. It should come as no surprise that it was Brantley leading the way. He also walked tonight. He leads the Indians with nine homers and 33 RBI, plus he's walked once more than he's struck out (17-16).
Corey Kluber strikes out eight Tigers 05-19-2014
Corey Kluber P CLE
Corey Kluber pitched seven innings of three-run ball and struck out eight versus the Tigers on Monday. Kluber was in line for the win when he left, but Cody Allen took a blown save in the ninth. After 10 outings, Kluber has seven quality starts, but just four wins. He's fanned at least eight in four consecutive starts.
Cody Allen blows save in ninth 05-19-2014
Cody Allen P CLE
Given the ball in a one-run game in the ninth, Cody Allen allowed a game-tying homer to J.D. Martinez to take a blown save Monday. Allen also had a lousy outing Sunday, though the outcome in the loss to the A's had already been decided by the time he came in. Allen had his ERA down to 1.69 before that, but it's up to 3.71 now. It seems like good news for Bryan Shaw, who pitched a scoreless eighth tonight for a hold. Both remain candidates for saves, but Shaw seems like the better bet to get the next opportunity.
Carlos Santana goes 0-for-4 05-19-2014
Carlos Santana 1B CLE
Carlos Santana had none of the Indians' 14 hits in Monday's win, though he did walk once. Each time it looks like Santana might be starting to come out of this huge funk, he goes into another 1-for-16 slump. The Indians might want to give him a couple of days off to clear his head, but then, as terrible as his .148 average is, he's still contributing walks (36 in 155 AB) and homers (five).
J.D. Martinez hits first homer since callup 05-19-2014
J.D. Martinez RF DET
J.D. Martinez hit a game-tying homer as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning Monday against the Indians. It was Martinez's first homer in 40 at-bats since his callup on April 21. Before that, he had 10 in Triple-A. The Tigers have only sporadic at-bats available for him unless someone gets hurt, so his AL-only value is pretty limited.
Lindstrom exits appearance with foot injury 05-19-2014
Matt Lindstrom P LAA
Matt Lindstrom left Monday's appearance versus the Royals with a left foot injury.

Daryl Van Schouwen on Twitter
Lindstrom appeared to turn his ankle while trying to field an Alcides Escobar bunt. He was hobbled noticeably as he walked towards the dugout and into the clubhouse. The closer was trying to protect a one-run lead in the ninth but allowed a leadoff single before committing an error on the Escobar bunt. The White Sox should update his status shortly.
Mike Minor earns victory over Brewers 05-19-2014
Mike Minor P KC
Mike Minor held the Brewers to two runs over 6 2/3 innings to win on Monday. Minor has given the Braves three quality starts in four tries since coming off the DL, racking up a 21/6 K/BB ratio in the process. He'll face the Rockies in Atlanta next time out. Since they've cooled off a bit, he can be kept active in mixed leagues.
Cashner (elbow) has no structural damage 05-19-2014
Andrew Cashner P TEX
An MRI on Andrew Cashner's right elbow has revealed soreness and irritation.

Corey Brock on Twitter
In other words, he has no structural damage, which is obviously good news. Cashner has been prescribed rest and rehab and won't have to go under the knife, but there's no timetable for his return. The right-hander has posted a 2.35 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings this season.
Wei-Chung Wang gives up five runs 05-19-2014
Wei-Chung Wang P MLW
Rule 5 pick Wei-Chung Wang gave up five runs and two homers in two-thirds of an inning before being pulled from Monday's game against the Braves. Wang couldn't even get through his inning; he threw 40 pitches in getting two outs and the Brewers weren't going to extend him any longer. Instead, they turned to Lyle Overbay to get the final out of the bottom of the eighth, which he did. At this point, the Brewers have to either make up an injury for Wang or let him go. Wang might be a useful pitcher someday, but he'd be in high-A ball for the Pirates right now if not for his status as a Rule 5 pick.
Jason Heyward goes 3-for-4 in win 05-19-2014
Jason Heyward RF CHC
Jason Heyward went 3-for-4 with two steals and two runs scored against the Brewers on Monday. Heyward's average is up to .228, the highest it's been since the first week of the season. While he's been a fantasy disappointment again, at least he has stolen eight bases in 10 tries, a big improvement from last year's two steals in six attempts. If he stays healthy, his career high of 21 steals seems likely to fall.
Ryan Doumit hits first homer 05-19-2014
Ryan Doumit C ATL
Ryan Doumit hit his first homer of the season Monday in the win over the Brewers. It came off a guy who should be in A-ball in Wei-Chung Wang. Still, he'll take it. He's just 11-for-47 this year, as he's struggled to adapt to having such a limited role for the first time in his career.
Khris Davis hits fifth homer in loss 05-19-2014
Khris Davis LF OAK
Khris Davis went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Monday against the Braves. Davis's swing simply isn't conducive to doing much besides homering, and while he now has five bombs, the Brewers would likely be better off playing Logan Schafer in his place or at least keep trying to talk Rickie Weeks into giving left field a try. To go along with his five homers, Davis has a .222 average and a 45/3 K/BB ratio in 153 at-bats.
Jonathan Villar (thumb) doesn't start Monday 05-19-2014
Jonathan Villar 3B MLW
Jonathan Villar (thumb) was held out of the Astros' lineup Monday.
Villar had to exit Sunday's game after bruising his right thumb during an at-bat. He's available off the bench Monday and is expected back in the lineup Tuesay. "He's fine," manager Bo Porter said. "I just wanted to give him an extra day. He'll go through a normal workday [of batting, fielding] today, and tomorrow he should be back in there."
Raul Ibanez's roster spot not in jeopardy 05-19-2014
Raul Ibanez LF KC
Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto indicated Monday that Raul Ibanez's roster spot isn't in jeopardy.
The Angels have some roster decisions upcoming, as David Freese (finger) and Kole Calhoun (ankle) will return this week and Josh Hamilton (thumb) and Ian Stewart (hand) are due back next week. Grant Green, C.J. Cron and Efren Navarro have come up recently and contributed, but it appear at least a couple of them will lose than roster spots instead of Ibanez, who is batting a sickly .148/.268/.269. "Raul has a track record," Dipoto said. "He has done this before. He has gone through cold spells, and he has gotten hot. There's nobody here who believes Raul has had his last good days in the big leagues."
Henderson to throw one more 'pen session 05-19-2014
Jim Henderson P NYM
Jim Henderson (shoulder) will throw one more bullpens session on Tuesday before likely being sent out on a rehab assignment.
Henderson felt a little weak during a bullpen session on Saturday, but it's something he expected. He should be ready to rejoin the Brewers' bullpen before long. "It's one of those day-by-day things now," Henderson said. "You're anxious, but you've got to be patient with it, too."
Ramirez (hamstring) does some jogging 05-19-2014
Aramis Ramirez 3B PIT
Aramis Ramirez (hamstring) felt good while doing some light jogging in the outfield on Monday.
He'll do some more running on Tuesday. "It's coming along," Ramirez said. "It's not there yet, but it's only been a week." Brewers manager Ron Roenicke noted that Ramirez "still feels (the hamstring) a little bit, but I thought that was a good step." It's not clear yet when the third baseman will be ready for a rehab assignment.
Calhoun could be back as soon as Wednesday 05-19-2014
Kole Calhoun RF LAA
Kole Calhoun (ankle) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Wednesday.

Jeff Fletcher on Twitter
It's possible the Angels could wait until Friday after the off day Thursday, but Calhoun seems to be ready after picking up seven hits -- including a homer -- in his first 12 rehab at-bats. The young outfielder has been sidelined since mid-April with a badly sprained right ankle.
Freese (finger) could be activated Tuesday 05-19-2014
David Freese 3B PIT
David Freese (finger) could be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

Jeff Fletcher on Twitter
Freese hit his second homer in his third rehab game at Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday, so it appears he's ready to roll. The third baseman has been sidelined since early May with a fractured right middle finger.
Guerrero hits fifth homer in four games 05-19-2014
Alex Guerrero LF LAD
Dodgers prospect 2B Alex Guerrero went 4-for-5 with two home runs, a double and two RBI on Sunday for Triple-A Albuquerque. Guerrero's monster game capped an impressive weekend series for the 27-year-old, as he went 9-for-18 with five homers and seven RBI in four games against Fresno. The Cuban second baseman has been hitting up a storm at Triple-A this season, with a .355/.403/.691 batting line, 17 extra-base hits and 25 RBI through 31 games. However, he's likely to remain in the minor leagues until the organization is confident in his defense at the keystone or needs additional depth at the highest level.
Kipnis (oblique) nearing rehab assignment 05-19-2014
Jason Kipnis 2B CLE
Jason Kipnis (oblique) hopes to begin a rehab assignment this weekend.
Kipnis has advanced from tee work to hitting live pitching in the batting cage and also did some fielding drills and sprinting on Monday. "There's a plan. It's not set in stone yet," Kipnis said. "We still have some hoops to jump through. If those go well, hopefully we can do rehab games by the end of the week. That's the idea, but we still have to crank it up in terms of the amount of swings, the intensity of swings, grounders, throws."
Seager goes 4-for-5 with 3 XBH 05-19-2014
Corey Seager SS LAD
Dodgers prospect SS Corey Seager went 4-for-5 with two doubles and a home run on Sunday for High-A Rancho Cucamonga. He also collected three RBI, scored two runs and struck out. Seager, 20, has been on fire since the calendar turned to May, batting .393/.464/.639 with nine doubles, two homers, eight RBI and 12/7 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 15 games this month. Seager has six extra-base hits during his current five-game hitting streak, and he enters the week coming off back-to-back games with a home run.
Reds undecided on possible DL stint for Votto 05-19-2014
Joey Votto 1B CIN
Reds manager Bryan Price said Monday that the club has not yet made a decision whether Joey Votto (quad/knee) will require a stint on the disabled list.

Associated Press
Votto has remained in Cincinnati to receive treatment while his teammates continued their road trip in Washington D.C. The first baseman has missed four straight games due to a distal quadriceps strain in his left knee. At this point, it's unclear whether the Reds are leaning towards a DL stint or if they think Votto will be available to play soon.
Collin Cowgill nursing hip flexor tightness 05-19-2014
Collin Cowgill RF CLE
Collin Cowgill is not in Monday's lineup due to some hip flexor tightness.

Jeff Fletcher on Twitter
However, he is available off the bench. Cowgill should be available to start as soon as Tuesday.
Tyler Pastornicky expected back on Tuesday 05-19-2014
Tyler Pastornicky 2B ATL
Tyler Pastornicky (calf) is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Pastornicky missed a second straight start Monday due to soreness in his left calf, but he took batting practice, fielded groundballs and did some running before the game. "I think I could have played today but just giving it another day and letting it get some more treatment and letting the soreness get down even a little more," Pastornicky said.
Venters hopes to resume throwing soon 05-19-2014
Jonny Venters P ATL
Jonny Venters (elbow) hopes to be cleared to resume throwing soon after visiting with doctors Monday.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Venters had a live batting practice session last Wednesday cut short due to soreness in his surgically-repaired left elbow. "There was a tiny bit of swelling the next day but nothing alarming and within two days the soreness was gone," Venters said. "It's been normal for the past few days. I'm going to see the doctor today and hopefully start throwing again as soon as they think is right - hopefully in the next couple days start playing catch and building back up."
Walden (hamstring) could throw 'pen session 05-19-2014
Jordan Walden P STL
Jordan Walden (hamstring) could throw a bullpen session as soon as Tuesday.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Walden has been playing catch from distances up to 120 feet and thinks he's ready to take the next step. He should be ready for activation not long after he's throwing from a mound again. "It's feeling a lot better just got to keep working on it, get some more strength in there, hopefully I'll be on the mound soon," Walden said.
Brandon Gomes optioned to Triple-A 05-19-2014
Brandon Gomes P CHC
Rays optioned RHP Brandon Gomes to Triple-A Durham. They've elected to keep outfielder Kevin Kiermaier for the time being instead. Gomes has posted a 4.91 ERA over 20 appearances this season.
De La Rosa resuming rehab assignment 05-19-2014
Dane De La Rosa P BAL
Dane De La Rosa (shoulder) will resume his rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday.

Mike DiGiovanna on Twitter
De La Rosa had returned to California to be re-evaluated over the weekend after having an apparent setback, but he evidently checked out OK. The right-hander expects to need just 1-2 more appearances before being activated.
Sale (elbow) to throw bullpen Tuesday 05-19-2014
Chris Sale P BOS
Chris Sale (elbow) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday.

Dan Hayes on Twitter
Sale dominated in his first minor league rehab start on Friday, striking out 11 batters over four scoreless innings. His elbow feels good, but he's feeling some routine body and leg soreness. He's expected to make one more rehab start before rejoining the White Sox.
Prado's vision checks out fine 05-19-2014
Martin Prado 3B MIA
Martin Prado's vision checked out fine Monday.

Nick Piecoro on Twitter
Prado left Sunday's game due to blurred vision in his left eye, but it's not considered serious. He should be back in action soon.
Blue Jays acquire Raul Valdes from Astros 05-19-2014
Raul Valdes P TOR
Blue Jays acquired LHP Raul Valdes from the Astros for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Valdes allowed five runs on five hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings with the Astros earlier this evening. The veteran southpaw also notched a save during his time with Houston. He'll give the Jays another option out of their bullpen.
Abreu (ankle) to wear boot for a few days 05-19-2014
Jose Abreu 1B CWS
Jose Abreu (ankle) will wear a boot for the next several days.

Dan Hayes on Twitter
Abreu was placed on the disabled list Sunday due to posterior tibia tendinitis in his left ankle. He will be re-evaluated on the team's upcoming homestand, which begins Thursday. The hope is that he'll be ready when his 15 days are up, but that's no sure thing right now.
Giambi (calf) to be activated Tuesday 05-19-2014
Jason Giambi DH CLE
Jason Giambi (calf) will be activated from the disabled list Tuesday.

Nick Camino on Twitter
As expected. Giambi has been sidelined since May 4 with a calf strain, but won't require a rehab assignment.
LaRoche (quad) taking grounders Monday 05-19-2014
Adam LaRoche DH CWS
Adam LaRoche (quad) will take grounders Monday for the first time since going on the disabled list.

Chase Hughes on Twitter
It shouldn't be too long before he goes on a minor league rehab assignment. LaRoche might not be ready to return when he's first eligible on May 25, but he could come close.
Treinen to replace Gonzalez in rotation 05-19-2014
Blake Treinen P WAS
Blake Treinen will replace Gio Gonzalez (shoulder) in the Nationals' starting rotation.

Mark Zuckerman on Twitter
Treinen will make the start Thursday against the Pirates. The 25-year-old has allowed four runs (one earned) in 11 2/3 innings to go along with a 9/2 K/BB ratio at the big league level this year. He's worth a spin in NL-only formats.
Cobb (oblique) expected to return Thursday 05-19-2014
Alex Cobb P TB
Alex Cobb (oblique) is expected to be activated to start Thursday against the Athletics.

Marc Topkin on Twitter
Cobb, out since mid-April with a left oblique strain, tossed five scoreless innings Saturday in a rehab start with High-A Charlotte. The final hurdle was a bullpen session Monday. He'll return to a 1.89 ERA over three starts.
Zimmerman says he is not learning left field 05-19-2014
Ryan Zimmerman 1B WAS
Ryan Zimmerman told reporters on Monday that he is not learning to play left field.

William Ladson on Twitter
Zimmerman has been spotted shagging fly balls in the outfield over the past week, but the third baseman explained Monday that it's merely part of his rehab program. He has been on the disabled list since April 13 with a fractured right thumb and hasn't been cleared yet to take groundballs. The hope is that he'll be able to return (to the hot corner) sometime in early June.
Martin Perez undergoes Tommy John surgery 05-19-2014
Martin Perez P TEX
Martin Perez had Tommy John surgery on Monday.

Anthony Andro on Twitter
The season-ending reconstructive elbow procedure went according to plan. Perez is likely to be sidelined through at least the first couple months of the 2015 season.
Kelly (elbow) goes six scoreless in rehab 05-19-2014
Casey Kelly P ATL
Casey Kelly (elbow) tossed six scoreless innings in a rehab start Monday for Double-A San Antonio.

Jeff Sanders on Twitter
Kelly struck out six and did not issue a walk in the impressive outing. He hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2012 due to elbow issues but could be an option for the Padres' rotation by the end of this month. The 24-year-old is a former top prospect.
Carlos Gomez back in Brewers' lineup Mon. 05-19-2014
Carlos Gomez CF TEX
Carlos Gomez is back in the Brewers' starting lineup on Monday night against the Braves.

Tom Haudricourt on Twitter
Gomez was a late scratch Saturday at Wrigley Field due to stiffness in his lower back and then sat out Sunday's series finale against the Cubs with a stomach bug. He has a stellar .924 OPS with nine homers and seven steals in 39 games this season for first-place Milwaukee.
Marlins release veteran righty Carlos Marmol 05-19-2014
Carlos Marmol P CIN
Marlins released RHP Carlos Marmol.

Joe Frisaro on Twitter
Marmol was designated for assignment by the Fish eight days ago and apparently drew no interest from other teams on the waiver wire. He surrendered 12 earned runs in 13 1/3 innings (15 relief appearances) for Miami. The Marlins will eat whatever remains from the one-year, $1.25 million free agent contract he signed in mid-February.
CC Sabathia (knee) out until 'at least July' 05-19-2014
CC Sabathia P NYY
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told Joel Sherman of the New York Post on Monday that CC Sabathia (knee) will be sidelined until "at least July."

Joel Sherman on Twitter
Sabathia had his inflamed right knee reexamined on Monday by a specialist and the new diagnosis apparently wasn't promising. He has already been placed on the disabled list and could remain on there through the All-Star break. The big left-hander had posted a 5.28 ERA and 1.48 WHIP through 46 innings this year. Chase Whitley filled in for Sabathia last Thursday against the Mets and tossed 4 2/3 scoreless innings.
Justin Germano accepts assignment to AAA 05-19-2014
Justin Germano P SEA
Justin Germano has accepted his assignment to Triple-A.

Chris Cotillo on Twitter
Germano had the option of electing free agency, but he will remain within the Rangers' organization instead. He was removed from Texas' 40-man roster last week after surrendering seven earned runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Phillies re-sign Shawn Camp to minors deal 05-19-2014
Shawn Camp P PHI
Phillies re-signed RHP Shawn Camp to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Baseball America
Camp elected free agency on May 9 after being outrighted off the Phillies' 40-man roster but is now back in the organization. He had allowed seven hits and two earned runs in 3 1/3 innings this season with Philly.
Infante (back) doing hitting, fielding drills 05-19-2014
Omar Infante 2B KC
Omar Infante (back) has begun hitting off a tee and fielding slow-rollers on the infield.

Associated Press
Infante has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 7 with a back injury. He is eligible to be activated this Thursday but likely won't return until later in the month. The second baseman was batting .267/.326/.392 with two homers and 19 RBI in 30 games.
Marlins ink INF Miguel Tejada to minors deal 05-19-2014
Miguel Tejada 2B KC
Marlins signed INF Miguel Tejada to a minor league contract.

Jon Heyman on Twitter
The agreement was first reported last week by Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes and then confirmed Monday morning by CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. Tejada batted just .288/.317/.378 in 167 plate appearances last summer for the Royals before taking a 105-game suspension for a third positive amphetamines test. The 39-year-old still has games left to serve on that sentence and seems doubtful to make a positive impact in Miami.
CarGo still dealing with tendinitis in knee 05-19-2014
Carlos Gonzalez RF COL
Carlos Gonzalez acknowledged Sunday that he's still dealing with tendinitis in his left knee.

Denver Post
Gonzalez went 2-for-4 in the Rockies' win over the Padres on Sunday but had his knee wrapped in the clubhouse afterward. "I feel a little better; still fighting with that knee," CarGo said. "I think it's showing in stolen bases. It's kind of slowed down a lot. But I continue to get treatment every day, and hopefully it gets better and I can bring that speed back to the club." He has seven homers and 29 RBI on the year but just two steals.
Angel Sanchez signs with independent team 05-19-2014
Angel Sanchez SS CWS
Angel Sanchez has signed with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the independent Atlantic League.

Ken Davidoff on Twitter
Sanchez, a .254/.303/.307 career hitter in 630 plate appearances at the major league level, failed to receive an offer this spring or early summer from an MLB-affiliated club. The 30-year-old infielder was an 11th-round pick of the Royals in the 2011 Amateur Draft.
Yankees outright Bruce Billings to Triple-A 05-19-2014
Bruce Billings P WAS
Yankees sent RHP Bruce Billings outright to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Billings was designated for assignment last Thursday and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 28-year-old owns a 9.82 ERA in 11 career major league innings.
Ellsbury (flu) returned to Yanks' lineup Sun. 05-19-2014
Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY
Jacoby Ellsbury (flu) went 0-for-4 between both games of Sunday's doubleheader against the Pirates. Ellsbury was scratched from the Yankees' starting lineup on Saturday with a minor illness. The $153 million man is batting just .276/.355/.401 with one home run in 41 games for New York. He does have 11 stolen bases.
Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY
Jacoby Ellsbury returned to action on Sunday May 18.