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MLB rumors, injuries and news roundup for April 6

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Aroldis Chapman played catch on Sunday for the first time since the line drive incident.
Aroldis Chapman played catch on Sunday for the first time since the line drive incident. (USATSI)

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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.

RETIREMENTS

OF Darnell McDonald: The veteran outfielder has retired, he announced on Instagram.

TRADES

Dodgers: Acquired LHP Colt Hynes from the Indians for minor league RHP Duke von Schamann, the team announced.

ROSTER CUTS

Dodgers: Designated OF Mike Baxter for assignment, the club announced. The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Hynes.

RUMORS & SPECULATION

LHP Randy Wolf: Three to five unknown teams have expressed interest in the free agent southpaw. (MLB Daily Dish)

Giants: They have exchanged contract proposals with the representatives for 3B Pablo Sandoval this weekend, but the two sides are not close to a deal. (ESPN)

INJURY UPDATES

Astros: OF Dexter Fowler (illness) is unlikely to play during the team's upcoming series. (Houston Chronicle)

Athletics: Top prospect SS Addison Russell was placed on the 7-day DL with a hamstring problem. He is in Double-A. (Oakland Clubhouse)

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)

Mariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (finger) will begin throwing off a mound in the middle of this coming week. (MLB.com)

Mets: Closer RHP Bobby Parnell has elected to have Tommy John surgery.

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.

Orioles: SS J.J. Hardy was scratched from Sunday's game with back spasms. He is unlikely to play Monday. (Baltimore Sun)

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)

Phillies: LHP Cole Hamels (shoulder) allowed two runs on three hits in four innings during a rehab start with the team's High Class-A affiliate.

Pirates: Top prospect RHP Jameson Taillon will have Tommy John surgery ... LHP Jeff Locke (oblique) will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Tuesday. (Pittsburgh Gazette)

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)

MISCELLANY

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.

Dodgers: Manager Don Mattingly said that while LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu is healthy, they would prefer to give him extra rest rather than start him against the Tigers on Wednesday. (True Blue LA)

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