The first full week of the 2014 season is in the books. We still have a few more home openers to get through in the coming days, but soon all the pomp and circumstance will be over and the beautiful monotony of day in, day out baseball will resume. Here is a recap of Sunday's baseball news.
OF Darnell McDonald: The veteran outfielder has retired, he announced on Instagram.
Dodgers: Designated OF Mike Baxter for assignment, the club announced. The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Hynes.
RUMORS & SPECULATION
Dodgers: OF Yasiel Puig went for an MRI on his injured left thumb. He is day-to-day with a strained ligament. He will avoid the DL ... RHP Chad Billingsley (Tommy John surgery) cut short his minor league rehab start because "something didn't feel right," though he did not elaborate (True Blue LA) ... RHP Josh Beckett (thumb, ankle) felt fine after throwing a bullpen session. (Los Angeles Times)
Nationals: The MRI on 3B Ryan Zimmerman's shoulder showed inflammation but no structural damage. He will be reevaluated on Tuesday (MASN Sports) ... RHP Doug Fister (lat) played catch for the first time since being placed on the DL (Washington Post) ... OF Scott Hairston was placed on the 15-day DL with an oblique injury.
Padres: RHP Casey Kelly (Tommy John surgery) was scratched from his scheduled simulated game with discomfort in the back of his elbow. The team thinks he will be able to resume throwing as soon as Monday. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Reds: LHP Aroldis Chapman (head) played catch on Sunday for the first time since his scary line drive incident (Cincinnati Enquirer) ... OF Billy Hamilton (finger) will return to the lineup on Monday. (Cincinnati Enquirer)
Red Sox: Placed 3B Will Middlebrooks on the 15-day DL with a Grade 1 calf strain ... DH David Ortiz (calf) has "been hobbled" since spring training and the team will monitor his status ... OF Shane Victorino (hamtring) was unable to receive treatment because he has the flu ... OF/1B Mike Carp (back) underwent an MRI, but the results are not yet available. (Boston Herald)
Rockies: RHP Tyler Chatwood (hamstring) is scheduled to make a minor league start for the team's Triple-A affiliate on Tuesday (Denver Post) ... LHP Boone Logan (elbow) will be activated off the DL on Monday. (Denver Post)
Twins: Top prospect OF Byron Buxton (wrist) will not be able to resume baseball activities until at least the middle of the week (Star Tribune) ... X-rays on OF Josh Willingham's wrist came back negative following a hit-by-pitch. He is day-to-day (Star Tribune) ... OF Oswaldo Arcia (wrist) is taking anti-inflammatories, but he may be placed on the DL if he is not ready to play by Wednesday. (MLB.com)
White Sox: 2B Gordon Beckham (oblique) was scratched from a third straight minor league rehab game on Sunday because he still feels some discomfort (Chicago Sun Times) ... RHP Nate Jones (hip) is likely to spend more than the minimum 15 days on the DL. (CSN Chicago)
RHP Yu Darvish: Was activated off the DL and became the quickest to 500 strikeouts in MLB history. He did it in 401 2/3 innings.
SS Derek Jeter: Went 2-for-5 on Sunday, moving him into sole possession of eighth place on the all-time hits list with 3,320.