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MLB injury, news and rumors roundup for April 30

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Clayton Kershaw likely just made his last rehab start before a return to L.A.
Clayton Kershaw likely just made his last rehab start before a return to L.A. (USATSI)

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And that'll do it. April is in the books for the 2014 season. It's cliche to say something about how quickly it went, so let's just skip that part and get to the roundup.

As always, these are just quick-hitters. For the full story, when applicable, click on through the links provided on each item.

ROSTER MOVES

Dodgers: They optioned catcher Tim Federowicz and purchased the contract of veteran backstop Miguel Olivo from Triple-A, the team announced.

Padres: Jedd Gyorko was reinstated from the paternity leave list.

Rockies: Tyler Chatwood was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow strain (denverpost.com). Look for Jhoulys Chacin -- who has finished his rehab assignment -- to slide into his rotation spot.

Tigers: The club announced that it would promote Robbie Ray from the minors to make his big-league debut Tuesday in the rotation spot of the injured Anibal Sanchez. Ray came over in the Doug Fister trade this past winter. The lefty is 3-2 with a 1.59 ERA in five Triple-A starts this year.

INJURY UPDATES

Blue Jays: Brett Lawrie missed Wednesday's game with a sore back (MLB.com). Melky Cabrera left Wednesday's game with a shin contusion after being hit by a pitch (MLB.com).

Brewers: Matt Garza had to leave his start due to a bruised thumb, but says he'll be ready for his next start (MLB.com). Also, after being hit in the face by Ryan Braun with a bat (by accident) this past weekend, Jean Segura returned to action with a pinch-hit double (box score).

Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw threw 86 pitches in five innings in Double-A. He allowed two runs (1 earned) on six hits and struck out nine (MiLB.com box score). Expect this to be his final tuneup before joining the Dodgers.

Giants: Angel Pagan was given a day off Wednesday, due in part to a sore knee, though it was a scheduled day off (MLB.com).

Indians: Jason Kipnis has an abdominal injury, but the club hopes he'll avoid a DL stint.

Nationals: Doug Fister could join the rotation May 7.

Reds: Aroldis Chapman will work one inning Thursday in his first rehab game and should be back with the Reds in 7-10 days (cincinnati.com).

Royals: Bruce Chen's schedule start Saturday is in jeopardy due to pain in his gluteal muscle. He'll attempt a side session Thursday (MLB.com).

MISCELLANY

Joel Hanrahan: The market for the All-Star closer -- who is recovering from Tommy John surgery -- includes the Tigers, Yankees, Rangers, Red Sox and Rockies.

A's: Catcher Derek Norris is red-hot at the plate, but manager Bob Melvin isn't planning on straying from his platoon behind the plate (MLB.com).

Braves: With Mike Minor and Gavin Floyd set to return before next week, the Braves' once thin rotation is now a surplus of starters.

 
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