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MLB rumors, injuries and news roundup for April 4

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Josh Beckett's timeline for returning to the Dodgers may be up in the air. (USATSI)
Josh Beckett's timeline for returning to the Dodgers may be up in the air. (USATSI)

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Here's all that's worth knowing for Friday, April 4 (click here for today's scores) ...


- Indians: Have signed 2B Jason Kipnis to a six-year, $52.5-million contract extension.


- Blue Jays: SportsNet.ca's Shi Davidi writes that five Blue Jays players -- Edwin Encarnacion, R.A. Dickey, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Jose Bautista -- were willing to defer money if the team signed RHP Ervin Santana. Santana, of course, eventually signed with the Braves.

- Dodgers: OF Yasiel Puig was benched for Friday's home opener after he showed up late for batting practice. Puig later apologized.

- Mets: The team still seems inclined to trade 1B Ike Davis. (Andy Martino via Twitter)

- Nationals: Principal owner Mark Lerner characterized the team's payroll as "beyond topped out." That means don't expect any high-salary additions during the season. (Adam Kilgore, Washington Post)

- Rays: The team has had serious extension talks with SS Yunel Escobar. (Marc Topkin via Twitter)


- Brewers: The same thumb injury that sidelined OF Ryan Braun last season is troubling him again in 2014. For now, he's going to try to play through it and put off surgery.

- Cubs: OF prospect Jorge Soler has been placed on the minor-league 7-day DL with a hamstring injury.

- Dodgers: RHP Josh Beckett (thumb) was forced to cut short a rehab start for High-A Rancho Cucamonga because of what appeared to be an injury. As Dylan Hernandez tweeted, Beckett seemed to hurt himself attempting to field a bunt. The nature and extent of the injury isn't known right now, but it's worth noting that Beckett also struggled: 4 IP, 3 R, 5 K, 3 BB. Within that line are back-to-back home runs in the first. The Dodgers had been hoping that Beckett would be able to rejoin the rotation next week, but the possible injury in tandem with the ineffectiveness may change those plans ... The Dodgers activated OF Matt Kemp from the DL in time for Friday's game.

- Mets: CL Bobby Parnell says its 50-50 whether he'll need Tommy John surgery on his injured elbow. (Adam Rubin, ESPN New York)

- Rangers: LHP Joe Saunders exited his Friday start after being struck on the ankle by a line drive. X-rays were negative, but Saunders may not make another start for the Rangers given that Colby Lewis is close to returning.

- White Sox: Have placed RHP Nate Jones on the DL with a hip strain.

- Yankees: 1B Mark Teixera left Friday night's game in Toronto with a strained right hamstring. He's slated for an MRI on Monday.

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