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MLB injuries, news and rumors roundup for April 12

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

A.J. Burnett's next start is in jeopardy.
A.J. Burnett's next start is in jeopardy. (USATSI)

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Saturday brought us lots of great game action, including a few walk-off wins and the Brewers winning their eighth-straight game. What about all the news of the day? It's all rounded up below.

ROSTER MOVES

Athletics: Sam Fuld has been designated for assignment (sfgate.com).

Giants: Dontrelle Willis has been activated for the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies, the Grizzlies announced.

Rangers: They acquired pitcher Hector Noesi from the Mariners in exchange for cash considerations (Jon Heyman).

INJURY UPDATES

Blue Jays: Manager John Gibbons told reporters that both Jose Reyes and Casey Janssen are ready to begin their minor-league rehab assignments (John Lott).

Brewers: Reliever Brandon Kintzler was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained right rotator cuff, retroactive to April 9, the club announced. As a corresponding move, they activated reliever Rob Wooten.

Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw is said to be making progress but there's still no timetable for his return (MLB.com).

Indians: Jason Giambi (rib) began his rehab assignment Saturday night.

Mariners: Taijuan Walker (shoulder) has been moved to Triple-A in his rehab stint. He could join the club very soon (Tacoma News Tribune).

Marlins: Rafael Furcal (hamstring) will begin his rehab assignment Monday (sun-sentinel.com).

Nationals: Ryan Zimmerman is out 4-6 weeks with a thumb fracture. Also, Denard Span was placed on the 7-day concussion DL.

Padres: Cameron Maybin (biceps) began his minor-league rehab assignment Satudray and went 1-for-2 with a double.

Phillies: After leaving his last start with soreness in his right groin, A.J. Burnett is still uncertain to make his next start. He had some lingering soreness Saturday (csnphilly.com). Also, it sounds like Cole Hamels is on track to return April 22 (csnphilly.com).

Rangers: The club is leaning toward putting Adrian Beltre (leg issues) on the DL (Anthony Andro).

Red Sox: Koji Uehara has a shoulder issue.

Reds: Mat Latos had an MRI on his painful forearm/elbow area.

Rockies: Brett Anderson left his start Saturday with a bruised index finger.

REPORTS, RUMORS AND SPECULATION

Cardinals: General manager John Mozeliak has gotten another contract extension, so he's locked up through 2018.

Cubs: Jose Veras is no longer the primary closer.

Red Sox: According to a report, the Red Sox offered Jon Lester a four-year extension worth between $70M-$80M. Considering what starting pitchers are going for these days, that would represent a low-ball offer.

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