Up:

     Jefry Marte, 1B, OF: April 18 – Jefry Marte has started 6 of the Angels’ 15 games, including 5 at 1B and 1 at DH. Of the 5 games at 1B, 3 have been against LHP – the only times the team has faced a LH starter.

     Ben Revere, OF: April 18 – Despite a slow start to the season, Ben Revere is seeing a fair bit of action in LF. He’s started 6 of the team’s 15 games there and, with 3 of the last 4 starts, could be pushing Cameron Maybin into a platoon situation (with Maybin on the down side of that arrangement). He’s also moved up to the #2 slot in the batting order during those 3 games.

     J.C. Ramirez, SP, RP: April 18 – With Garrett Richards forced to the DL, it looks like J.C. Ramirez will be taking his spot in the rotation – at least for now.

     Andrelton Simmons, SS: April 18 – Simmons found himself in the #5 slot for 5 straight games and has been seeing some time in the #6 slot, too. He seems to be benefitting from CJ Cron’s slump.

     Bud Norris, Setup, RP: April 18 – With Andrew Bailey out with an injury and J.C. Ramirez taking Garrett Richard’s spot in the rotation, it looks like Bud Norris will serve as the team’s main setup man for now.

Down:

     Carlos Perez, C: April 18 — Perez has struggled mightily in limited playing time this season, hitting a mere .077/.077/.077 in 13 at-bats and has started only 4 of the Angels’ 15 games. He’s in danger of being demoted to the minors and perhaps replaced by the newly-acquired Juan Gaterol who the Angels picked up in a trade with the Blue Jays today.

     CJ Cron, 1B: April 18 – Cron has only started 9 of the team’s 15 games at 1B, with Jefry Marte starting 5 and Albert Pujols 1. Much of this could be attributed to his slow start. He’s hitting only .243 with no HRs and only 1 RBI.

     Cameron Maybin, OF: April 18 — Although both of them are off to a slow start, Cameron Maybin appears to be losing some playing time to Ben Revere in LF. He’s started 9 games there to Revere’s 6 and has started once in CF.

In:

     Deolis Guerra, RP: Apr 14 – 5:17 PM (Rotoworld) — Angels purchased the contract of LHP Deolis Guerra from Triple-A Salt Lake. He’s taking the spot of RP Daniel Wright who was sent to the minors at the same time. Wright had come up April 12 when Andrew Bailey was placed on the DL.

Guerra had a 3.21 ERA in 53 1/3 innings for the Angels last year but the team bumped him from the 40-man in February and no one claimed him off waivers. He’s out of options so this probably isn’t just a one- or two-day move; the hope is that he’ll reclaim his spot for good.

     Mike Morin, RP: April 7, 2017 (MLB.com) — Los Angeles Angels recalled RHP Mike Morin from Salt Lake Bees. He’s taking the roster spot of Garrett Richards who was placed on the 10-day DL.

Out:

     Luis Valbuena, 1B, 3B: Mar 23 – 5:15 PM (Rotoworld) — Luis Valbuena will miss 4-6 weeks with a strained right hamstring.

It’s a Grade 1 strain, which is considered the least serious. It’s still going to keep Valbuena out for at least the first month, which should allow C.J. Cron to settle in as the everyday 1B. Valbuena’s injury also increases Jefry Marte’s chances of making the Opening Day roster. When healthy, Valbuena will platoon with Cron at 1B.

     Apr 2 – 2:37 PM (Rotoworld) — Angels placed IF Luis Valbuena on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

Valbuena had surgery on the same hamstring last August and then strained it last month. He’s expected to be out until May. C.J. Cron will be the Angels’ regular 1B.

     Apr 7 – 12:16 PM (Orange County Register/Rotoworld) — Luis Valbuena (hamstring) has been running on an anti-gravity treadmill and hitting in a batting cage.

The hope is that Valbuena will be able to run on the field next week. The veteran infielder has been out of commission for the last two weeks after straining his right hamstring, which is the same hamstring he had surgery on last August. If all goes well, Valbuena could return in late April or early May.

     Garrett Richards, SP: Apr 6 – 12:09 AM (Rotoworld) — Garrett Richards was lifted from his April 5 start due to a possible arm injury.

Richards was making his first regular-season start since the beginning of the 2016 season. He missed the bulk of the past campaign with a partially torn elbow ligament. On Wednesday, he was hitting the upper 90’s on the radar gun against the A’s and kept them off the scoreboard through the first 4 2/3 innings. Then, trouble, as the trainer was called out, with Richards pointing toward his right elbow.

     Apr 6 – 8:16 AM (Rotoworld) — Garrett Richards was removed from his April 5 start due to a right biceps cramp.

Alarm bells were immediately sounded when it appeared Richards, who is pitching with a slightly torn ulnar collateral ligament, had to be pulled with an apparent arm injury. However, it appears there isn’t any major concern here. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said there are no plans at this time for Richards to undergo an MRI.

     Apr 7 – 6:00 PM (Rotoworld) — An MRI on Garrett Richards’ right elbow came back negative but he has nerve irritation in his biceps and is likely to miss his next start.

It certainly could be much worse so the Angels are relieved with this news. Richards tossed 4 2/3 scoreless innings against the A’s on Wednesday before being lifted due to discomfort in his biceps. It’s unclear whether he will be placed on the disabled list but the Angels could just push him back until next weekend with Monday’s off day.

     Apr 7 – 6:42 PM (Rotoworld) — Angels placed RHP Garrett Richards on the 10-day disabled list with a right biceps strain.

With the new DL rules, the Angels can get an extra bullpen arm for a few days even if Richards is going to miss just the one start that they expect at the moment. The Halos will have to rely on a bullpen arm or someone from Triple-A to start in his place on Saturday, April 8.

     Apr 14 – 11:54 PM (Rotoworld) — Garrett Richards (biceps) underwent a cervical MRI on Thursday, April 13.

Angels’ general manager Billy Eppler announced that the results of the exam ruled out any cervical disc issues. The Angels are still trying to figure out the reason for the lack of strength in Richards’ biceps. There is still no timetable for him to resume throwing.

     Houston Street, Cl: Mar 3 – 4:05 PM (Rotoworld) — Huston Street left a Cactus League appearance versus the Brewers with an apparent injury.

Street had faced just two batters before departing in the middle of an inning. It’s unclear at this point what the veteran reliever injured, but he has had a laundry list of ailments over the years.

     Mar 3 – 5:24 PM (Rotoworld) — Huston Street will undergo an MRI today after departing a Cactus League appearance due to right triceps irritation.

We’ll obviously know more once the results of the exam are in but even if Street receives good news there would seem to be a good chance he’ll begin the season on the disabled list. It could open the door for Cam Bedrosian to win the Angels’ closer job, although he’s dealing with a groin injury himself at the moment. Andrew Bailey is also an option for saves in Anaheim.

     Mar 4 – 12:25 PM (Rotoworld) — Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Saturday that Huston Street was diagnosed with a Grade 1 lat strain.

He won’t throw for the next 3-4 weeks before being re-evaluated. This certainly puts Opening Day in jeopardy for him and opens the door for Cam Bedrosian or Andrew Bailey to begin the season in the closer’s role.

     Apr 2 – 2:38 PM (Rotoworld) — Angels placed RHP Huston Street on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right lat.

Street is close to resuming a throwing program but he still figures to miss most, if not all, of April. Cam Bedrosian is slated to begin the year as the Angels’ closer.

     Apr 17 – 6:47 PM (Rotoworld) — Angels transferred RHP Huston Street from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Street is now dealing with a mild right shoulder impingement in addition to his lat injury and his throwing program has been slowed down. He can’t be activated until at least June now. It gives Cam Bedrosian even more time to establish himself as the Angels’ closer.

     Andrew Bailey, Setup, RP: Apr 12 – 7:17 PM (Rotoworld) — Angels placed RHP Andrew Bailey on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

There is no current timetable for Bailey’s return. The veteran right-hander had thrown three scoreless frames through the first week-plus of the season. J.C. Ramirez figures to see additional work setting up for Cam Bedrosian while Bailey works his way back from this shoulder injury.

     Daniel Wright, RP, SP: Apr 12 – 6:58 PM (Rotoworld) — Angels recalled RHP Daniel Wright from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Wright takes the place of RP Andrew Bailey who has been placed on the 10-day DL. He offers a swing arm for the Angels, as he made seven starts and two relief appearances between the Halos and Reds a year ago.

      Apr 13 – 7:13 PM (Rotoworld) — Angels optioned RHP Daniel Wright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Wright logged four innings in the Angels’ loss to Texas on Thursday, April 12. He’ll switch levels with Deolis Guerra but is expected to be up and down quite a bit this year.

Up:

     Paulo Orlando, OF: April 18 – With the injury to Jorge Soler, Paulo Orlando has been getting the bulk of the playing time in RF. He’s also been moving up the batting order a bit lately, seeing 3 starts in the #6 slot in addition to his regular turn at #7. Royals recalled LHP Scott Alexander from Triple-A Omaha.

     Brandon Moss, DH, 1B: April 18 – With Jorge Soler out of the lineup, Brandon Moss is not sharing the DH duties with anyone. As a result, he’s started 9 of the team’s 13 games as the DH.

Down:

     Raul Mondesi, 2B: April 18 – Mondesi is off to a very slow start and will likely start losing playing time at 2B to Whit Merrifield, newly recalled from the minors.

In:

     Scott Alexander, RP: Apr 12 – 2:58 PM (Rotoworld) — Royals recalled LHP Scott Alexander from Triple-A Omaha.

Alexander did not make the Royals’ bullpen out of camp despite posting a strong 1.93 ERA and 0.86 WHIP across 9 1/3 innings in the Cactus League. He’s up now, possibly for a good while.

     Whit Merrifield, 2B, OF: Apr 18 – 2:51 PM (Rotoworld) — Royals recalled INF Whit Merrifield from Triple-A Omaha.

The 28-year-old was off to a great start in Triple-A this year and could soon begin to take away at-bats from the struggling Raul Mondesi at 2B. However, he’s starting in RF today.

Out:

     Jorge Soler, OF: Mar 27 – 11:31 AM (Rotoworld) — Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a strained oblique and will likely open the 2017 season on the disabled list.

His disabled list stint can be backdated to sometime in March so that he might only have to sit out one week of regular-season games. Terrance Gore now projects to make the Royals’ roster out of camp.

     Mar 27 – 7:08 PM (Rotoworld)– Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 left oblique strain and will be held out of baseball activities for a week.

It’s the mildest of the strains and the Royals haven’t officially made a decision on a disabled list stint for Soler yet even though Opening Day is in a week. Ultimately, a stay on the DL is virtually a given here, although it sounds like there’s hope that he won’t miss much time.

     Apr 2 – 11:40 AM (Rotoworld) — Royals placed OF Jorge Soler on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.

Soler suffered the injury a week ago. It’s been diagnosed as a Grade 1 strain, so he shouldn’t be sidelined too long – provided he can avoid setbacks. Paulo Orlando will see most of the playing time in RF while Soler is on the shelf.

     Apr 16 – 1:24 (Kansas City Star/Rotoworld) — Jorge Soler (oblique) has started to take batting practice and, barring any setbacks, he’ll head out on a minor league rehab stint soon.

Soler was able to take batting practice and shag balls in the outfield before the game on April 15 against the Angels and he is scheduled to do so again on Sunday. Until Soler is able to return, it will be Paulo Orlando holding down the fort in RF.

     Apr 18 – 2:29 PM (Rotoworld) — Jorge Soler (oblique) suffered a minor setback while taking swings in the cages over the weekend.

Soler felt some minor tightness in his side, so the Royals are going to back off for a couple of days. Assuming the issue proves to be minor, he could be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment in the next week or so.

     Apr 18 – 5:07 PM (Rotoworld) — Royals manager Ned Yost said Jorge Soler (oblique) could head out on a minor league rehab assignment this weekend.

Soler suffered a minor setback last weekend while taking swings in a batting cage but he’s already back to working out and still has a chance of making his Royals debut before the end of April. Soler landed on the disabled list before Opening Day with a strained left oblique muscle. Paulo Orlando has been serving as Kansas City’s primary RF in the early going.

     Brian Flynn, RP: Feb 15 – 10:19 AM (Rotoworld) — Royals placed LHP Brian Flynn on the 60-day disabled list with a stable lumbar vertebral fracture.

Flynn suffered the injury before camp when he fell through the roof of his barn. He’s expected to be sidelined for eight weeks, so he’ll miss the start of the season.

     Hunter Dozier, OF, 3B: Apr 2 – 11:36 AM (Rotoworld) — Royals recalled 3B/OF Hunter Dozier from Triple-A Omaha and placed him on the 60-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.

Apr 2 – 6:47 PM (Rotoworld) — Royals manager Ned Yost confirmed Sunday that Hunter Dozier is dealing with a Grade 2 oblique strain.

He suffered the injury while swinging during a Cactus League game earlier in the week. He’s expected to be sidelined for the next 6-8 weeks and isn’t likely to be an option for the Royals until June.

     Terrance Gore, OF: Apr 10 – 8:26 PM (Rotoworld) — Royals optioned OF Terrance Gore to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

When the Royals broke Spring Training camp, Gore had been added as the last player, replacing the injured Jorge Soler. He  appeared only as a pinch-runner early on this season.

     Matt Strahm, RP: Apr 11 – 4:06 PM (Rotoworld) — Royals optioned LHP Matt Strahm to Triple-A Omaha.

Strahm surrendered seven earned runs in 1 1/3 innings (three appearances) out of the Kansas City bullpen, for an ERA of 47.25. The 25-year-old LHP showed promise last season at the major league level but it might be a while before we see him again.

     Jake Junis, RP: Apr 16 – 6:50 PM (Rotoworld) — Royals optioned RHP Jake Junis to Triple-A Omaha.

The 24-year-old hurler appeared in just one game in his short time with the big league club, after being called up from the minors on April 12. He allowed one hit and a pair of walks in a scoreless inning of work. He should get another opportunity in Kansas City later in the season.

     Apr 12 – 3:01 PM (Rotoworld) — Royals recalled RHP Jake Junis from Triple-A Omaha.

Junis was working as a starter at Omaha but he’ll act as a long reliever at the major league level.

Up:

     Joe Musgrove, SP: Mar 26 – 4:05 PM (Rotoworld) — Joe Musgrove held the Nationals to one run over five innings in the Astros’ 5-1 victory today.

Musgrove struck out four and walked one while improving to 3-0 this spring. He’ll fill in for Collin McHugh in the rotation early next month, and while that might be a short stay, there should be plenty of opportunities for him as the season goes on.

     Evan Gattis, C, DH, OF: April 17 – Evan Gattis seems to be getting a fair bit of playing time, even though he hasn’t started a game yet in the Astros crowded OF. He’s started 5 of 13 games at C and added 2 more at DH to give Carlos Beltran a break.

     Marwin Gonzalez, 1B, OF, 3B: April 17 – Marwin Gonzalez may be seeing a slight increase in value, as he’s started 7 of the team’s 13 games – and at three different positions. He’s started 3 at 1B, 3 in LF and 1 at 3B. And if Alex Bregman has to cover for Carlos Correa at SS for any length of time during Correa’s injury, Gonzalez could see more time replacing Bregman at 3B.

Down:

     Carlos Correa, SS: Apr 17 – 4:23 PM (Rotoworld) — Carlos Correa (hand) has missed the last few Astros’ games after being hit in the right hand by a pitch in the game of Saturday, April 15. He had said there was a “99 percent chance” he’d play Monday but he still had some discomfort while swinging the bat pre-game. Alex Bregman has shifted over to shortstop, while Marwin Gonzalez will cover third base.

     Apr 15 – 9:27 PM (Rotoworld) — Carlos Correa left Saturday’s game against the Athletics with a hand contusion.

He exited after taking a pitch off his hand in the ninth inning. Correa gave fantasy owners a scare for a minute but his X-rays came back negative and it looks like he’s just dealing with a bruise. Alex Bregman will likely fill in at SS if Correa misses any time.

     Josh Reddick, OF: April 17 – It’s difficult to say if Reddick has moved up or down in value – but his role has certainly changed. Initially, it looked like he would bat sixth and he did so for the first 2 games. Then he was moved down the batting order, jumping from seventh to eighth to ninth. For 3 of the past 4 games, however, he’s been assigned to the #2 spot in the batting order – all against RHPs. Currently, then, it seems that he may be working his way into that slot against RHPs, while Alex Bregman occupies it for LHPs and moved to the #6 spot for RHPs.

     Alex Bregman, 3B: April 17 – Like Josh Reddick, it’s hard to say if Alex Bregman has experienced a boost in value or a decline in value – or perhaps just a change in roles. He batted second for 8 of the team’s first 9 games but has only been in that slot for 1 of the past 4 games – and that was only when a LHP started for the opposing side. When a RHP starts against the Astros, it looks like Bregman may bat from the #6 slot.

     Jake Marisnick, OF: April17 – To date, Jake Marisnick has only started 4 games, with all of them coming in CF. When he plays, George Springer moves to RF, displacing Josh Reddick.

In:

No one.

Out:

     Collin McHugh, SP: Apr 8 – 1:54 PM (Rotoworld) — Collin McHugh has been shut down for the next six weeks after being diagnosed with a posterior impingement of his right elbow.

McHugh had to leave his minor league rehab start on Thursday, April 6, due to tightness in his elbow and now we know the real issue. He did undergo an MRI that showed his UCL is intact, which is at least a bit of good news. It would be a surprise to see him on a big league mound before June. Mike Fiers should continue to occupy a spot in the Astros’ rotation in the meantime.

     Apr 7 – 5:11 PM (Rotoworld) — Collin McHugh (arm) exited his rehab start yesterday with tightness in his right elbow and biceps.

McHugh has returned to Houston to be examined by team doctors and he’ll surely undergo an MRI. It’s potentially a big setback for a guy who has dealt with arm issues since the beginning of spring training (although the previous problems were described as a “dead arm” phase). If McHugh has to miss significant time, it means that Joe Musgrove’s and Mike Fiers’ rotation spots should be safe for a while.

     Apr 6 – 11:32 PM (Rotoworld) — Collin McHugh (arm) lasted just one inning in today’s rehab start for Triple-A Fresno, allowing three runs, three hits and one walk versus Reno.

McHugh called a trainer out to the mound after throwing a few warmup pitches in the second inning. This would indicate he suffered some sort of setback. McHugh threw just 26 pitches before exiting.

     Apr 2 – 1:11 PM (Rotoworld) — Astros placed RHP Collin McHugh on the 10-day disabled list with right arm fatigue.

McHugh dealt with a “dead arm” this spring and is expected to need a minor league start or two before being activated. Joe Musgrove is filling in for him.

Meanwhile, he said that his simulated game on Saturday, April 1, went well and that he remains on track with his rehab schedule.

The right-hander threw 65 pitches during the game and said afterwards that he’s still feeling good. He’s expected to need at least a couple of minor league rehab starts before he’s ready to join the Astros’ rotation some time in mid-April.

     Mar 30 – 5:49 PM (MLB.com /Rotoworld) — Collin McHugh (arm) will open the season on the 10-day disabled list.

The rest of the team already left for Houston but McHugh will stay behind and pitch a simulated game on Saturday, April 1. He’s expected to throw 75 pitches or five innings – whichever comes first. After that, McHugh will likely make one minor league rehab start before joining the Astros’ rotation sometime in mid-April.

     Mar 27 – 10:03 PM (Rotoworld) — Collin McHugh surrendered three runs over just 1 2/3 innings versus the Cardinals in his Grapefruit League debut today.

He coughed up five hits and walked a batter, getting chased before he could complete the second frame. McHugh has dealt with a “dead arm” this spring and is slated to start the season on the disabled list. Based on Monday’s performance, it certainly looks like he needs some time.

     Mar 24 – 11:21 AM (Rotoworld) — Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Friday that it’s looking more and more likely that Collin McHugh (arm) will get a late start to the season.

McHugh has been battling through a “dead arm” phase and hasn’t made any Grapefruit League appearances this spring. He pitched in a minor league game on Wednesday, March 22, and is set to throw in another one on Monday, March 27, so the Astros would be able to backdate a disabled list stint. The right-hander should be ready to rejoin the rotation sometime in April.

     Mar 19 – 12:50 PM (Houston Chronicle/Rotoworld) — Collin McHugh (arm) will make another start in a minor league game on Wednesday, March 22.

McHugh threw two innings against minor leaguers last Friday. March17, and will throw three innings on Wednesday. Battling through a “dead arm” phase, the righty is hoping to be ready to pitch for the Astros by the fourth game of the season.

“I think we’ll know more once he gets to the four-inning mark,” manager A.J. Hinch said on Sunday. “Right now he’s just in the two to three-inning mark. These next couple of starts will be important. But we’ll know more in the next five to 10 days.”

     Mar 6 – 12:26 PM (Rotoworld) — Collin McHugh (arm) threw a successful bullpen session in Astros camp.

McHugh made 25 pitches at 65-70 percent effort and reported feeling good. It was his first time throwing off a mound since his “dead arm” phase began in late February. The right-hander could be ready for his Grapefruit League debut in around 10 days. And if he avoids setbacks, he should be ready for the regular season.

     Feb 27 – 12:13 PM (Rotoworld) — Collin McHugh said he’s going through a “general dead arm” phase.

McHugh has not yet faced live hitters but he told reporters Monday that he’s confident he’ll be ready for the beginning of the 2017 regular season.

 

Up:

     Andrew Romine, OF, 2B: April 16 (Rotoworld) – Andrew Romine is getting a fair bit of work as the Tigers’ fourth OF. He’s started 5 games in the OF – usually in CF, in place of Jacoby Jones – plus 1 game at 2B.

     Tyler Collins, OF: April 16 (Rotoworld) – Although Tyler Collins and Mikie Mahtook started the year sharing RF in J.D. Martinez’s absence, Collins seems to have taken over the top spot. He’s started 8 of the team’s 12 games, including the last 5 in a row and has gotten all the starts against RHP.

     Mikie Mahtook, OF: April 16 (Rotoworld) – Mahtook appears to be falling into a LHP platoon role behind Tyler Collins in RF during J.D. Martinez’s stint on the DL. He’s started only 4 of the team’s 12 games – all against LHP – and hasn’t been in the starting lineup since April 11.

     Justin Upton, OF: April 16 (Rotoworld) – In the absence of J.D. Martinez, Justin Upton has been tabbed to slip into his #5 slot in the Batting Order. Martinez will probably take back the spot when he returns to action around the end of April but it will be interesting to see if Upton just moves down to the #6 spot or switches up with Nick Castellanos to move to the #2 spot.

Down:

No one.

In:

No one.

Out:

     J.D. Martinez, OF: Mar 18 – 2:47 PM (Rotoworld) — J.D. Martinez left the Tigers’ Grapefruit League game on Saturday, March 18, with a right ankle injury.

Martinez hurt himself making a shoestring catch in right field for the last out of the first inning. He was helped off by a trainer and was noticeably favoring his right leg as he made his way off the field. Martinez was later seen sporting crutches but said he was feeling better.

     Mar 18 – 3:21 PM (Rotoworld) — J.D. Martinez has been diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain.

The injury is to his right foot. He was seen on crutches a short time later but his X-rays came back negative.

     Mar 24 – 4:13 PM (Rotoworld) — J.D. Martinez will be shut down for 3-4 weeks after being diagnosed with a sprained Lisfranc ligament in his right foot.

Martinez doesn’t need surgery but he’ll be in a cast for 7-10 days and won’t be ready for baseball activities again until well into April. It will obviously be quite a while after that before he’s ready to play in a major league game. Steven Moya is likely to handle right field while Martinez is on the shelf.

     Mar 31 – 11:02 AM (Rotoworld) — Tigers placed OF J.D. Martinez on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to March 30, with a right mid-foot sprain.

Martinez is expected to be sidelined until at least sometime in May due to a sprained Lisfranc ligament in his right foot. Tyler Collins and Mikie Mahtook are in line to share right field in Detroit while Martinez is on the shelf.

     Apr 4 – 11:30 AM (Rotoworld) — J.D. Martinez had the cast removed from his right foot on Monday, April 3.

Martinez, who is coming back from a sprained Lisfranc ligament in his foot, also went through some physical therapy on Monday. The expectation was that the Tigers would know more about a potential timetable after having the cast removed so we should hear something soon. The Tigers previously indicated that he’ll be shut down through at least mid-April.

     Apr 8 – 10:36 AM (Rotoworld) — J.D. Martinez (foot) began taking swings on Friday, April 7, and is progressing well in his recovery according to Tigers’ manager Brad Ausmus.

While he’s still several weeks away from a potential return to game action, it’s encouraging that he’s making progress in his recovery. Barring any setbacks, Martinez could be looking at a return in early May.

     Apr 11 – 10:32 AM (Rotoworld) — J.D. Martinez (foot) took batting practice on Monday, April 10.

Martinez is making encouraging strides from the sprained Lisfranc ligament in his right foot. It’s unclear when he’ll be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment but he’s said to be ahead of schedule.

     Apr 12 – 10:47 AM (Rotoworld) — J.D. Martinez is scheduled to face live pitching today in Lakeland, Florida, for the first time since suffering a Lisfranc sprain in his right foot.

If all goes well, Martinez could join the Tigers next week in Tampa for rounds of pre-game batting practice. A minor league rehab assignment could then follow. The 29-year-old outfielder is currently on track to make his 2017 regular-season debut sometime in early May.

     Apr 13 – 11:21 AM (MLB Network Radio/Rotoworld) – Tigers’ GM Al Avila said that J.D. Martinez (foot) “should be playing in games in the next few days.”

“He’s not too far away from coming back,” added the general manager. Martinez faced live pitching on Wednesday, April 12, in Lakeland, Florida, for the first time since suffering a Lisfranc sprain in his right foot and apparently looked strong. The real test will be running the bases and tracking down balls in the outfield but Martinez can DH in his first several minor league rehab games. The 29-year-old right fielder is on track to join the Tigers’ active roster in late April or early May.

     Bruce Rondon, RP: Apr 10 – 10:19 AM (Rotoworld) — Tigers optioned RHP Bruce Rondon to Triple-A Toledo.

Rondon gave up three runs in back-to-back appearances over the weekend and the Tigers have expressed concerns about his conditioning. He’ll try to work his way back into the team’s good graces.

Up:

     Dustin Garneau, C: April 14 – Dustin Garneau has started 5 of the 12 games that the Rockies have played to date, including all 3 games when they faced a LH SP.

     Mark Reynolds, 1B: April 14 – Mark Reynolds was added to the Rockies’ roster in late March when Ian Desmond went on the DL and he has started every game at 1B except for one. More recently, he and Gerardo Para have also seen some time in the #5 spot in the Batting Order in place of Trevor Story. He should stick around at least until Desmond returns around the end of April or the first week of May and may remain afterwards if he continues the hot hitting he’s produced over the first two weeks of the season.

     Gerardo Parra, OF: April 14 – Before going on the paternity leave list, Gerardo Parra had started 3 straight games in the #5 spot in the Batting Order, replacing Trevor Story. It will be interesting to watch what happens when Parra returns to action.

     Stephen Cardullo, 1B/OF: April 14 — Stephen Cardullo seems to have taken over the lead role as the Rockies’ fourth OF. He’s started 3 game in the OF – 2 more than any other non-regular. Ironically, in the only game where Mark Reynolds didn’t start at 1B, it was Gerardo Parra rather than Cardullo who got the start there.

Down:

     Tony Wolters, C: April 14 – Although he’s still #1 at Catcher, Tony Wolters has only started 7 of the 12 games that the Rockies have played to date. He has yet to start a game against a LH SP.

     Trevor Story, SS: April 14 – Off to a slow start, Trevor Story has recently been dropped to the #6 spot in the Batting Order from #5.

In:

     Ramiel Tapia, OF: Apr 14 – 7:11 PM (Rotoworld/Baseball Reference) — Ramiel Tapia has been recalled from the minors to provide OF depth while Gerardo Parra is on the paternity leave list.

     Dustin Garneau, C: April 14 – Dustin Garneau is serving as the Rockies’ backup Catcher behind Tony Wolters while Tom Murphy is on the shelf. Murphy is expected to return to action around the end of April and Garneau will probably be sent to the minors around the same time.

     Stephen Cardullo, 1B/OF: Mar 31 – 3:57 PM (Rotoworld) — Rockies purchased the contract of 1B/OF Stephen Cardullo from Triple-A Albuquerque.

The Rockies removed Cardullo from their 40-man roster over the winter, but he earned a spot back during Spring Training and should see some starts while Ian Desmond (hand) and David Dahl (rib) are sidelined.

     Chris Rusin, RP/SP: Apr 9 – 1:09 PM (Rotoworld) — Rockies activated LHP Chris Rusin from the 10-day disabled list.

Rusin got a late start to the season due to an oblique injury. He’ll work in long relief, a role he was very effective in last season with a 2.58 ERA and 41/8 K/BB ratio over 45 1/3 innings.

     Shane Carle, RP: Apr 14 – 7:15 PM (Rotoworld) — Rockies recalled RHP Shane Carle from Triple-A Albuquerque.

With Jon Gray on the disabled list, Carle will provide an extra arm in the bullpen for a couple of days until the Rockies determine what they’d like to do with Gray’s rotation spot.

Out:

     Ian Desmond, 1B, OF, SS: Mar 12 – 7:27 PM (Rotoworld) — Ian Desmond has been diagnosed with a fractured left hand, the result of getting hit by a pitch in Cactus League play on Sunday.

He’ll visit a hand specialist on Monday, March 13. There’s no word yet on how much time he may miss but he’ll certainly start the season on the disabled list. It’s a crushing blow to the Rockies, where Desmond was their big splash offensively over the winter. They now have a gaping hole at first base to fill.

     Mar 13 – 4:47 PM (Rotoworld) — Ian Desmond will have surgery on March 15 to repair the fractured second metacarpal bone in his left hand.

There’s no word yet on how long Desmond’s rehab will take but, obviously, he’s going to be looking at an extended absence, which means Mark Reynolds is in line to play first base for a while for the Rockies.

     Mar 14 – 12:19 PM (Rotoworld) — Rockies manager Bud Black said that Ian Desmond (hand) is expected to return in late-April.

     Apr 2 – 1:53 PM (Rotoworld) — Rockies placed 1B Ian Desmond on the 10-day disabled list.

Desmond fractured a bone in his left hand in mid-March and had to have surgery. The expectation is that he’ll be ready to rejoin the big club before the end of April. Mark Reynolds will hold down first base until Desmond is ready.

     Apr 11 – 6:18 PM (Rotoworld/Denver Post) — Ian Desmond (hand) will begin playing catch and fielding groundballs later this week.

The hope is that he’ll be ready to make his Rockies debut around late April or early May but there is no exact timetable yet.

     Apr 14 – 9:06 AM (Rotoworld/Denver Post) — Ian Desmond (hand) took infield practice on Thursday.

He’s resumed baseball activities and is now able to play catch and take ground balls at first base. Manager Bud Black is hoping he’ll advance to batting practice next week. It “remains possible” that Desmond could return by the end of April.

     Tom Murphy, C: Mar 14 – 12:34 PM (Rotoworld) — Tom Murphy will miss 4-6 weeks with a hairline fracture in his right forearm.

Murphy suffered the injury on Sunday, March 12, when he hit Anthony Rizzo’s bat while trying to throw to second base. He actually stayed in the game at the time so, clearly, the injury was much worse than initially believed. Tony Wolters will see the bulk of the playing time for Colorado for the first month of the season.

     Apr 2 – 1:56 PM (Rotoworld) — Rockies placed C Tom Murphy on the 10-day disabled list with a hairline fracture in his right forearm.

Murphy will miss most, if not all, of April with the injury. The Rockies will use Tony Wolters and Dustin Garneau behind the dish until then.

     David Dahl, OF: Mar 6 – 3:33 PM (Rotoworld) — David Dahl has been diagnosed with a stress reaction of his sixth rib and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

It was initially described as a back injury but further testing has yielded a more accurate picture of what exactly Dahl is dealing with. The young outfielder seems likely to open the 2017 regular season on the 15-day disabled list, backdated to sometime in late March. He’ll be limited to light cardio until March 20 or so.

     Mar 17 – 8:41 PM (Rotoworld) — Rockies manager Bud Black said Friday that David Dahl (ribs) is making progress and could soon increase activity.

Dahl underwent a follow-up MRI today, the results of which aren’t yet known. He has been limited to only light cardio work for the past few weeks but could soon be cleared for some baseball activities. He’s expected to begin the year on the disabled list but could be ready for a return in mid-April.

     Mar 20 – 7:01 PM (Rotoworld) — David Dahl has not been cleared to hit yet after an MRI on March 17 showed that his injured rib was still healing.

He’ll remain limited to cardio work for now and is about 10 days away from baseball activities. It’s not a setback per se but Dahl was obviously hoping to be a little further along in his recovery. He can officially be ruled out for any more Cactus League games.

     Apr 2 – 1:52 PM (Rotoworld) — Rockies placed OF David Dahl on the 10-day disabled list with a stress reaction in his rib.

Dahl hasn’t been cleared to resume full baseball activities yet but it probably won’t be long. He figures to miss most, if not all, of April. Gerardo Parra will be the Rockies’ left fielder in the meantime.

     Jon Gray, SP: Apr 14 – 7:10 PM (Rotoworld) — Rockies placed RHP Jon Gray on the 10-day disabled list with a left big toe injury.

Gray originally suffered the injury during Cactus League play and was forced to leave his March 13 start when he aggravated it. There’s no clear time-frame for his return at the moment but expect him to be sidelined for a couple of weeks at least.

     Apr 14 – 8:28 PM (Rotoworld) — Jon Gray has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left foot and will miss at least a month of action.

Gray had been battling what the club believed to be a toe injury but X-rays revealed that he indeed has a stress fracture. It sounds like he’ll be sidelined for a minimum of four weeks before being re-evaluated.

     Chad Bettis, SP: Mar 10 – 1:24 PM (Rotoworld) — Chad Bettis revealed today that he will undergo chemotherapy after his testicular cancer unexpectedly spread.

Bettis had undergone cancer surgery in Late November and early indications were that it had been successful and the cancer had been totally removed. However, his doctor spotted inflamed lymph nodes during Bettis’ checkup last week and ordered an immediate biopsy, which revealed the unfortunate news. It’s unclear at this point how long this will keep Bettis away from baseball.

     Mar 26 – 4:02 PM (Rotoworld) — Rockies placed RHP Chad Bettis on the 60-day disabled list with testicular cancer.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Mark Reynolds. Bettis began chemotherapy last week and is slated to miss most of the season. However, Rockies manager Bud Black has said the 27-year-old right-hander intends to return to Major League Baseball this summer.

     Chad Qualls, RP: Apr 2 – 1:57 PM (Rotoworld) — Rockies placed RHP Chad Qualls on the 10-day disabled list with right forearm inflammation.

Qualls missed most of spring with the injury but he’s throwing again and might not miss a ton of time.

     Apr 8 – 9:13 PM (Rotoworld) — Chad Qualls (forearm) threw in a simulated game on Saturday.

Manager Bud Black described the session as “Chad Qualls-like.” Qualls landed on the DL with right forearm inflammation but seems to be on the mend. Barring a setback, it’s safe to assume he’ll be back in the Rockies’ pen later this month.

     Apr 11 – 6:05 PM (Rotoworld) — Chad Qualls (forearm) is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment today with Triple-A Albuquerque.

Qualls missed much of spring training with inflammation in his right forearm but he could be ready to join the Rockies’ bullpen sometime next week if everything goes smoothly on the farm.

     German Marquez, RP/SP: Apr 9 – 1:07 PM (Rotoworld) — Rockies optioned RHP German Marquez to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Marquez didn’t make an appearance in the first week. He’ll join Albuquerque’s rotation.

Up:

     Abraham Almonte, OF: April 13 – With Lonnie Chisenhall on the DL and slow starts from Tyler Naquin and Austin Jackson, the Indians have been sharing both CF and RF with a combination of Abraham Almonte, Brandan Guyer and Jackson. Each has started 5 games to date. With Chisenhall’s return on April 13, though, there should be some changes to this arrangement, with Almonte likely to share playing time in CF with Jackson for now.

     Brandon Guyer, OF: April 13 – With Lonnie Chisenhall on the DL and slow starts from Tyler Naquin and Austin Jackson, the Indians have been sharing both CF and RF with a combination of Abraham Almonte, Brandan Guyer and Jackson. Each has started 5 games to date. With Chisenhall’s return on April 13, though, there should be some changes to this arrangement. Chisenhall will probably get most of the playing time in RF, with Guyer serving as his backup. Complicating matters, though, is the fact that it looks like Carlos Santana will switch to RF when the Indians are playing in National League parks and the team can’t use him at DH. Santana started all three NL games in RF to date.

     Yandy Diaz, 3B: April 13 – During Jason Kipnis’ stint on the DL, Diaz has started every game at 3B, with Jose Ramirez switching to 2B. That will probably continue until Kipnis returns to the lineup around the end of April.

Down:

     Austin Jackson, OF: April 13 – To date, the Indians have been sharing both CF and RF with a combination of Abraham Almonte, Brandan Guyer and Jackson. Each has started 5 games. With Chisenhall’s return on April 13, though, Jackson could see even less playing time, perhaps sharing time in CF with Almonte. On the other hand, Tyler Naquin’s recent demotion may provide some additional opportunities for both Jackson and Almonte.

     Lonnie Chisenhall, OF: April 13 – Lonnie Chisenhall has spent most of the first part of the schedule so far on the DL with shoulder problems and just joined the team on April 13. He’ll probably get most of the playing time in RF going forward, with Guyer serving as his backup. Complicating matters, though, is the fact that it looks like Carlos Santana will switch to RF when the Indians are playing in National League parks and the team can’t use him at DH. Santana started all three NL games in RF to date.

 In:

No one.

Out:

     Jason Kipnis, 2B: Apr 2 – 12:28 PM (Rotoworld) — Indians placed 2B Jason Kipnis on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to March 30, with right rotator cuff inflammation.

Kipnis battled shoulder soreness all camp, although he said that he recently “turned a corner” in his recovery. Still, he could very well miss most, if not all, of April. The Indians will shift Jose Ramirez over to second base and install Yandy Diaz at third until Kipnis is ready.

     Apr 7 – 7:28 PM — Jason Kipnis (shoulder) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Akron on Sunday.

Kipnis is slated to serve as the designated hitter on Sunday and play second base on Monday. The veteran claims that his right shoulder is feeling fine and is making tangible progress toward a return to the Indians’ lineup. Barring any setbacks, there’s a chance that we could see him back with the big league club before the end of April.

     Apr 12 – 8:08 PM — Jason Kipnis (shoulder) was pulled from a rehab game Wednesday at Double-A Akron after being hit in the left hand by a pitch.

Kipnis was lifted as a precautionary measure, so unless this turns out to be more serious than initially thought, it should not set him back too far. He has been on the shelf since March 30 due to inflammation in his right rotator cuff, but could rejoin the Indians by the end of the month assuming there are no further setbacks.

     Tyler Naquin, OF: April 12 – Due to slow start and the scheduled return of Lonnie Chisenhall from the DL, the Indians decided to send sophomore Tyler Naquin to the minors.

Up:

   Michael Lorenzen, RP: Apr 13 – Michael Lorenzen is off to an impressive start as the Reds primary Setup man. He’s allowed just two hits and a walk in 6 innings of work, while striking out 7 batters, notching two Holds and picking up a Win. recalled RHP Barrett Astin from Triple-A Louisville.

Down:

No one.

In:

     Barrett Astin, RP: Apr 12 – 2:41 PM (Rotoworld) — Reds recalled RHP Barrett Astin from Triple-A Louisville.

Astin started the year on the Reds bullpen but was sent down to the minors on April 8 when the club called up Bronson Arroyo to serve as their fifth SP. The 25-year-old right-hander will return to a middle relief role.

Out:

     Devin Mesoraco, C: Apr 2 – 11:03 AM (Rotoworld) — Reds placed C Devin Mesoraco on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to March 30, with right hip surgical recovery.

Things went well for Mesoraco this spring as he worked his way back from hip and shoulder surgeries, but he’s not ready for a regular workload yet. Tucker Barnhart will be the Reds’ primary catcher for a while.

     Apr 5 – 7:09 PM (Rotoworld) — Devin Mesoraco (hip, shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Pensacola on Thursday.

“We’ll get him to where he’s catching back-to-back nine-inning games before we consider activating him. Until we get to that place, it’s hard to say how long it will be,” said Reds manager Bryan Price. While he wouldn’t put a date on Mesoraco’s return, Price did say that the backstop is unlikely to need all 20 days allotted for the rehab assignment. Assuming no setbacks, he could rejoin the Reds in late April or early May. Mesoraco has been limited to just 39 games played over the past two seasons due to hip and shoulder surgeries.

     Apr 11 – 5:12 PM (Rotoworld) — Reds manager Bryan Price said Tuesday that he anticipates Devin Mesoraco (hip, shoulder) joining the active roster around April 17-20.

Mesoraco caught a full nine innings Monday in a rehab game with Double-A Pensacola and reported feeling good. Now the big test will be catching back-to-back nights.

     Anthony DeSclafani, SP: Apr 2 – 10:54 AM (Rotoworld) — Reds placed RHP Anthony DeSclafani on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow sprain.

It’s a bit encouraging that they didn’t go ahead and place him on the 60-day DL, although it also might ultimately not matter. DeSclafani is still in shutdown mode after receiving a Platlet-Rich Plasma injection for his ailing elbow and he’ll miss at least the first month of the season.

     Apr 5 – 1:36 PM — Reds transferred RHP Anthony DeSclafani from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The Reds needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Tyler Goeddel, who was claimed off waivers from Philadelphia. DeSclafani is still recovering from a sprained right elbow. The hope is that he’ll resume throwing later this month.

     Homer Bailey, SP: Feb 8 – 2:42 PM (Rotoworld) — Homer Bailey will be shut down for 4-6 weeks after undergoing surgery to remove bone spurs from his throwing elbow.

The expectation is that he’ll begin the season on the disabled list. Bailey made his return from Tommy John surgery last year and posted a rough 6.65 ERA over six starts before being shut down with biceps tendinitis. It’s hard to be optimistic about him with 2017 already off to a rough start, but at least his ulnar collateral ligament and flexor mass are said to be fine.

     Feb 14 – 1:42 PM — Reds placed RHP Homer Bailey on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

The move clears a spot for the newly-claimed Nefi Ogando on the 40-man roster. Bailey underwent surgery last week to remove bone spurs from his right elbow and hopes to make it back at some point in June.

     Rookie Davis, SP: Apr 12 – 2:39 PM (Rotoworld) — Reds placed RHP Rookie Davis on the 10-day disabled list with a bruised right forearm.

Davis was struck on the arm by a Jameson Taillon pitch while trying to pull back on a bunt attempt in the fifth inning Tuesday. The 23-year-old right-hander owns a 6.43 ERA and 1.86 WHIP through two starts this season for Cincinnati. He should be ready to return in 10 days, assuming it’s really just a bruise.

     Nefi Ogando, RP: Apr 2 – 11:00 AM (Rotoworld) — Reds placed RHP Nefi Ogando on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to March 30, with a right hand strain.

It’s unclear how long Ogando will be on the shelf. He’ll be used as a middle reliever once healthy.

Up:

     Matt Davidson, DH/3B: April 13 – Matt Davidson is off to a good start and is pushing for more playing time, primarily in place of Cody Asche at DH. However, he also filled in at 3B when Todd Frazier had a bout of the flu.

     Omar Narvaez, C: Apr 13 – With Geovany Soto on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation, Omar Narvaez should have the lead role at Catcher all to himself. Previously, it looked like they were going to split time behind the dish. Kevan Smith has been called up from the minors to serve as his backup.

     Avasail Garcia, OF: April 13 – Off to a hot start, Avasail Garcia is starting to move up the Batting Order a bit, seeing more time in the fifth and sixth spots.

     Leury Garcia, OF/2B: April 13 – With Charlie Tilson on the DL and Jacob May off to a slow start, Leury Garcia is starting to see a little time in CF. He’s started 3 of the White Sox 8 games there.

Down:

     Cody Asche, DH: April 13 – Cody Asche may start to lose a bit of playing time at DH to Matt Davidson, as Davidson’s hot start puts pressure on the team to find him more opportunities. He filled in for Todd Frazier at 3B for a few games but Frazier will soon be over the flu, leaving Davidson in a competition with Asche.

     Jacob May, OF: April 13 – Initially, it looked like Jacob May would see the bulk of the time in CF while Charlie Tilson was out with a stress fracture in his right foot. However, May got off to a rough start and now appears to be losing some playing time to Leury Garcia. May has started only 5 of the White Sox 8 games to date.

In:

     Kevan Smith, C: April 13 – With Geovany Soto on the DL, the White Sox called up Kavan Smith to take his place and backup Omar Narvaez behind the plate.

     Dylan Covey, SP: April 13 – Dylan Covey is taking the rotation spot of Carlos Rodon, who’s expected to be on the DL until mid-May. However, the team was able to skip him the first time through and he’s now scheduled to make his debut on Saturday, April 15.

     Tommy Kahnle, RP: Apr 6 – 10:41 AM (Rotoworld) — White Sox recalled RHP Tommy Kahnle from Triple-A Charlotte. He’s taking Jake Petricka’s (lat) spot in the bullpen.

Out:

     Geovany Soto, C: Apr 13 – 11:53 AM (Rotoworld) — White Sox placed C Geovany Soto on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation.

The severity of the injury is unclear. Kevan Smith has been promoted to the major league level in a corresponding roster move and figures to split time behind the plate with Omar Narvaez.

To this point in the season, it had looked like Soto and Narvaez were going to split time at Catcher.

     Charlie Tilson, OF: Apr 2 – 1:35 PM (Rotoworld) — White Sox placed OF Charlie Tilson on the 10-day disabled list with a stress reaction in his right foot.

Tilson will have to remain in a walking boot for a few more weeks before he can hopefully be cleared for baseball activities. There’s no timetable for his return.

     Carlos Rodon, SP: Apr 2 – 1:34 PM (Rotoworld) — White Sox placed LHP Carlos Rodon on the 10-day disabled list with left biceps tendinitis.

Rodon doesn’t have an structural damage but the White Sox are obviously going to proceed extra cautiously with their young left-hander. He’ll rest for the next couple weeks before being re-evaluated. Dylan Covey will fill in for Rodon in the rotation.

     Jake Petricka, RP: Apr 6 – 10:40 AM (Rotoworld) — White Sox placed RHP Jake Petricka on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 5, with a strained left lat. It’s unclear how long he’ll be sidelined, but it’s an injury that typically requires longer than a minimum DL stay.

Up:

    Jason Heyward, OF: Apr 12 – Jason Heyward appears to have moved up to the #2 spot in the Cubs’ OF, as he’s started in 7 of the team’s 8 games. He’s started in RF for 4 of them and CF for 3 of them.

     John Jay, OF: April 12 – John Jay may have moved passed Albert Almora in the Cubs’ OF depth. He’s started 3 games in CF to Almora’s 2.

     Pedro Strop, RP: April 12 – In the three-way competition for Cubs’ Setup man, Pedro Strop seems to be edging ahead. He has 4 Holds to 1 each for Koji Uehara and Hector Rondon.

Down:

     Albert Almora, OF: Apr 12 – Albert Almora has only started 2 games for the Cubs in CF and appears to have fallen to #4 in the team’s depth chart behind Kyle Schwarber, Jason Heyward and John Jay. Ben Zobrist has also started 4 games in RF in addition to 3 games at 2B.

     Javier Baez, 2B/SS: April 12 – Javier Baez has only started 5 of the Cubs’ 8 games at 2B and may be working into a platoon with Ben Zobrist (who then moves to RF when Baez is in the lineup).

     Koji Uehara, RP: April 12 – It appears that Koji Uehara is slipping behind Pedro Strop in the competition for Setup man for the Cubs. He and Hector Rondon have only 1 Hold each, compared to Strop’s 4.

     Hector Rondon, RP: April 12 – It appears that Hector Rondon is trailing Pedro Strop in the competition for Setup man for the Cubs. He and Koji Uehara were thought to be the main participants in that contest but they have only 1 Hold each, compared to Strop’s 4.

In:

No one.

 Out:

     Brian Duensing, RP: Apr 2 – 12:31 PM (Rotoworld) — Cubs placed LHP Brian Duensing on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to March 30 with lower back spasms. He dealt with back issues for the bulk of camp. Duensing could be ready sometime in April.

Up:

     Chris Young, OF: April 11 – With Mookie Betts battling the flu for a few days and Jackie Bradley on the DL, it appears that Chris Young has used his standing as the fourth OF to see almost regular playing time. In fact, he’s appeared in the last six Red Sox games, serving in RF for three, LF for two and DH for one.

However, Betts has now returned to the lineup and Bradley is only expected to miss another week or so, meaning that Young should soon see his playing time start to decline significantly.

     Drew Pomeranz, SP: April 11, 2017 — After missing his first start while on the DL with a flexor strain and biceps issues, Drew Pomeranz started the game of April 11. He should have a spot in the rotation until David Price returns from the DL in May and then it will probably come down to a choice between Pomeranz, Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriquez for the demotion.

     Heath Hembree, RP: April 11 – With Matt Barnes off for a few days on bereavement leave and some doubts existing about Joe Kelly’s effectiveness, Heath Hembree appears to have taken over the Setup role for now. That could change now that Barnes is back in the lineup and will certainly be adjusted when Thornberg’s back in a few weeks.

Down:

     Xander Bogaerts, SS: April 11 – Missed 5 days while on bereavement leave but returned on April 11 and should be good to go from this point forward.

     Matt Barnes, RP: April 11 – Missed 3 days while on bereavement leave but returned on April 9 and should be good to go from this point forward.

     Hanley Ramirez, DH/1B: April 11 – Ramirez has made only 3 starts at DH due to the flu but is now recovered and should see his playing time return to normal.

     Mookie Betts, OF: April 11 – Betts was out of the lineup for 3 days with the flu but is now recovered and back on track.

     Joe Kelly, RP: April 11 – It was originally thought that either Matt Barnes or Joe Kelly might take over as Setup man during Tyler Thornberg’s DL stint but it appears that Heath Hembree may have jumped over at least Kelly in that competition.

 In:

     Marco Hernandez, 2B, 3B: April 6, 2017 2:18 PM ET (MLB) — Red Sox recalled infielder Marco Hernandez from Triple-A Pawtucket. With Josh Rutledge and Jackie Bradley on the DL, he’ll combine with Brock Holt to give the Sox some IF depth, while Holt sees a bit of time in the OF as well.

    April 2, 2017 — Baltimore Orioles placed LHP Wade Miley on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to March 30, 2017. Upper respiratory infection.

Out:

     Josh Rutledge, 3B: Apr 1 – 9:05 PM (Rotoworld) — Red Sox placed INF Josh Rutledge on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain. Rutledge suffered the injury in a Grapefruit League game on March 28 against Pittsburgh.

      Jackie Bradley Jr., OF: Apr 11 – 2:10 PM (Rotoworld) — Red Sox placed OF Jackie Bradley, Jr. on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 9, with a right knee sprain.

Bradley injured the knee while rounding first base during a game on April 8. It’s not considered serious and the hope is that he’ll feel better with several days of rest.

      David Price, SP: Apr 11 – 1:01 PM (Rotoworld) — Red Sox manager John Farrell said that David Price (elbow) is expected to throw about 35 pitches in his bullpen session on Wednesday.

Price threw 20-25 pitches — all of them fastballs — Monday in his first bullpen session since being shut down with his elbow injury. Farrell said “he’s feeling pretty darn good,” so things are moving in the right direction here. Price will likely need to go through a few bullpen sessions before facing hitters again. He still has a ways to go but it’s possible he could join Boston’s rotation by the end of next month if he can avoid setbacks.

     Apr 1 – 9:00 PM (Rotoworld) — Red Sox placed LHP David Price on the 10-day disabled list with an elbow injury.

Price resumed throwing recently after being shut down in early March with elbow soreness. However, he hasn’t advanced to mound work yet. The Red Sox aren’t expecting him back until May at the earliest.

     Roenis Elias, SP: Apr 1 – 8:38 PM (Rotoworld) — Red Sox placed LHP Roenis Elias on the 10-day disabled list with a right intercostal strain.

Elias hasn’t pitched in almost a month and has yet to resume throwing.

     Tyler Thornburg, RP: Apr 11 – 1:07 PM (Rotoworld) — Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Tyler Thornburg (shoulder) is on track to begin a throwing program on April 12.

The 28-year-old is working his way back from a right shoulder impingement and there’s no clear timetable for his return.

     Apr 1 – 8:49 PM (Rotoworld) — Red Sox placed RHP Tyler Thornburg on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder impingement.

The Red Sox have a bad habit of acquiring damaged goods with Drew Pomeranz and now Thornburg. With Thornburg on the shelf, either Joe Kelly or Matt Barnes will open the season as the bridge to Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning.

     Robbie Ross, RP: Apr 11 – 10:46 PM (Rotoworld) — Robbie Ross (flu) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday with Triple-A Pawtucket.

Ross was among the Red Sox players who got hit with a nasty flu during the first week of the regular season. He should be ready to rock after one or two tune-up appearances on the farm.

     Apr 6 – 4:08 PM (Rotoworld) — Red Sox placed RHP Robbie Ross on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 3, with the flu. Ross should be ready to return after the minimum 10 days unless this illness lingers.

     Carson Smith, RP: Apr 11 – 5:35 PM (Rotoworld) — Carson Smith (elbow) has been cleared to resume throwing bullpen sessions.

Smith felt some lingering elbow tightness during his last mound workout of the spring and was shut down for about 10 days, but the right-hander is clearly doing better now. He could be ready for a minor league rehab assignment around early-to-mid May and projects to join the Red Sox bullpen sometime in June. Smith underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery 11 months ago.

     Apr 1 – 8:54 PM (Rotoworld) — Red Sox placed RHP Carson Smith on the 10-day disabled list with an elbow injury.

It seems like Smith has been on the disabled list since the moment he arrived in Boston. He’s still recovering from Tommy John surgery and won’t be ready until June at the earliest.

     Mar 29 – 8:35 AM (Rotoworld) — Carson Smith (elbow) felt some tightness after his bullpen session last week.

Despite the tightness, Smith said it’s still possible he could throw another bullpen session next week. He’s still hoping to make his return from Tommy John surgery in June, though he obviously has a bunch of hurdles to cross.