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MLB rumors, injuries and news roundup for April 13

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

A sore triceps forced Scott Kazmir to leave Sunday's start early.
A sore triceps forced Scott Kazmir to leave Sunday's start early. (USATSI)

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The second full week of the regular season is officially complete. Here is a recap of Sunday's news from around the league.

RETIREMENTS

RHP Joe Blanton: The veteran right-hander has reportedly called it a career.

TRADES

Mets: Traded C Blake Forsythe to the Athletics for future considerations, the team announced.

ROSTER CUTS

Dodgers: Released UTIL Brendan Harris from their Triple-A affiliate. (MLB Daily Dish)

RUMORS & SPECULATION

OF Alfonso Soriano: Has indicated he will retire following the season if he has a poor year. If not, he'd like to continue playing through 2016. (ESPN)

INJURY UPDATES

Athletics: OF Coco Crisp has a minor hamstring problem and will sit Monday as a precaution (Bay Area News Group) ... LHP Scott Kazmir was removed from Sunday's start with a sore triceps, but it is not a big concern and he is not expected to miss a start. (MLB.com)

Blue Jays: OF Colby Rasmus left Sunday's game with a tight hamstring, but it is not considered serious (National Post) ... IF Maicer Izturis was placed on the 15-day DL with a left knee sprain, the team announced.

Cardinals: IF Mark Ellis (knee) will begin a minor league rehab assignment. (St. Louis Post Dispatch)

Cubs: Top prospect IF Javier Baez has been placed on the Triple-A DL with a left ankle sprain, the team announced.

Dodgers: RHP Chad Billingsley (Tommy John surgery) has been cleared to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday (Orange County Register) ... RHP Brian Wilson (elbow) says he is ready to be activated off the DL after throwing in simulated games and making minor league rehab appearances (Orange County Register) ... OF Carl Crawford did not play Sunday due to tightness in his side. It's unclear how long he will be out. (MLB.com)

Nationals: OF Nate McLouth was scratched from Sunday's game with a sore knee. He will be reevaluated on Monday, the team announced ... OF Denard Span (concussion) hopes to take batting practice on Monday. (Washington Post)

Padres: RHP Josh Johnson (forearm) will be reevaulated this week, and there is some concern because he does not appear to be healing as quickly as expected. (Fox Sports San-Diego)

Phillies: RHP A.J. Burnett (groin) will undergo an ultrasound exam on Monday. He threw a bullpen session on Sunday but admitted to still feeling some discomfort. (MLB.com)

Rangers: 3B Adrian Beltre (quad) was placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to April 9.

Rays: Placed RHP Alex Cobb on the 15-day DL with a left oblique strain.

Reds: An MRI showed a flexor mass strain but no problems with the ligament in RHP Mat Latos' elbow. He will be shut down 10-14 days ... LHP Sean Marshall (shoulder) could be activated off the DL as soon as next week. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia (sore wrist) was a late scratch and is heading back to Boston for tests ... RHP Koji Uehara (shoulder) will undergo tests on Monday (Boston Globe) ... OF Shane Victorino (hamstring) will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Tuesday. (Providence Journal)

Rockies: LHP Brett Anderson was diagnosed with a broken left index finger and will miss several weeks ... RHP Jhoulys Chacin (shoulder) will make a minor league rehab start on Tuesday. (Denver Post)

Twins: An MRI revealed a hairline fracture in OF Josh Willingham's wrist. He does not need surgery but will see some specialists. The team is hopeful he will not miss more than the 15-day minimum on the DL. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

White Sox: 2B Gordon Beckham (oblique) has been cleared to resume a minor league rehab assignment. (MLB.com)

Yankees: SS Derek Jeter (sore quad) is day-to-day ... 2B Brian Roberts is out with a back problem. An MRI came back negative and he will be reevaluated in a few days, the team announced ... C Francisco Cervelli left Sunday's game with an apparent hamstring problem suffered while running out a ground ball. There has been no update on his status.

MISCELLANY

Brewers: They have MLB's best record at 10-2 and have done it in a variety of ways.

Red Sox: How far off was their low-ball contract offer to LHP Jon Lester?

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