MLB injuries, news and rumors roundup for April 5

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Dexter Fowler's stomach virus was so bad he had to go to the hospital.
Dexter Fowler's stomach virus was so bad he had to go to the hospital. (USATSI)

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Our first full Saturday of MLB action was a great one. Let's rundown the news of the day, which is mostly just injury updates.

SIGNINGS/AGREEMENTS

Pirates: The contracts of both general manager Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle have been extended by three years and there's also a fourth option year on each.

Rays: The club has agreed to a two-year, $13 million extension with Yunel Escobar. There's also a club option for a third year.

INJURY UPDATES

Astros: Dexter Fowler had to be hospitalized due to a stomach bug that was connected to dehydration (Ultimate Astros).

Braves: Evan Gattis missed Saturday and will probably miss Sunday's game due to a stomach virus (ajc.com).

Brewers: The right thumb injury continues to hamper Ryan Braun.

Dodgers: Yasiel Puig has gotten X-rays on his left thumb after injuring it in Saturday's game (MLB.com).

Giants: Jeremy Affeldt won't be returning from his knee injury Monday when he's eligible (MLB.com).

Mariners: Rookie sensation Taijuan Walker (shoulder) could join the rotation in 10 days (thenewstribune.com).

Mets: Jonathon Niese has been activated from the disabled list and will start Sunday against the Reds.

Nationals: Ryan Zimmerman has a sore shoulder and will be re-evaluated Sunday (William Ladson).

Rangers: The plan for now is to have Colby Lewis back in a week, Matt Harrison back around May 1 and Derek Holland back sometime in June (Jon Heyman).

Red Sox: Will Middlebrooks (calf cramp) and Mike Carp (lower back tightness) were late scratches from the lineup Saturday night (NESN.com).

Reds: Billy Hamilton misssed Saturday's game with a jammed left middle finger (Associated Press). Also, Devin Mesoraco (oblique) and Jonathan Broxton (forearm) are expected to be activated from the disabled list by Tuesday (John Fay).

Yankees: Mark Teixeira has been placed on the 15-day DL.

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