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MLB rumors, injuries and news roundup for May 5

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Joe Mauer's back continues to keep him out of the lineup.
Joe Mauer's back continues to keep him out of the lineup. (USATSI)

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We had a full slate of baseball on Monday, and that means lots of news from around the league. Here is the daily recap:

RUMORS & TRANSACTIONS

Mariners: Released RHP Mark Rogers in the middle of a suspended Triple-A game.

Nationals: Tried to sign RHP Doug Fister to a long-term contract soon after acquiring him from the Tigers over the winter.

Padres: Designated OF Xavier Nady for assignment, the team announced. 1B/OF Kyle Blanks was called up in a corresponding move.

INJURY UPDATES

Angels: OF Josh Hamilton (thumb) is expected to take live batting practice later this week (Orange County Register) ... OF Kole Calhoun (ankle) took batting practice on Monday. He is expected to be cleared to begin running soon (MLB.com) ... 3B David Freese (broken finger) fielded some ground balls but has not yet been cleared to throw or hit (MLB.com) ... LHP Sean Burnett (elbow) could be close to beginning a minor league rehab assignment. (MLB.com)

Astros: RHP Matt Albers (shoulder) is expected to be activated off the 15-day DL this coming weekend. (MLB.com)

Blue Jays: RHP Casey Janssen (back) started a minor league rehab assignment after suffering a setback ... 3B Brett Lawrie left Monday's game with a hamstring problem and is listed as day-to-day. (MLB.com)

Cardinals: RHP Jason Motte (Tommy John surgery) needs another 2-3 weeks of rehab appearances before joining the team, GM John Mozeliak confirmed ... RHP Joe Kelly (hamstring) is not progressing as hoped. (MLB.com)

Cubs: Prospect OF Jorge Soler (hamstring) is close to returning to action with the team's Double-A affiliate. (MLB.com)

Diamondbacks: OF A.J. Pollock (groin) did not play again on Monday, but he is "getting closer every day." (MLB.com)

Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder inflammation) will begin a throwing program on Tuesday ... OF Yasiel Puig was not in Monday's lineup after crashing into the wall on Sunday. He is day-to-day ... C A.J. Ellis (knee) ran the bases for a third straight day. (Orange County Register)

Indians: OF Michael Bourn (hamstring) was scheduled to "go hard" during running drills (MLB.com) ... DH Jason Giambi was placed on the 15-day DL with a right calf strain, the team announced.

Mariners: 1B/OF Logan Morrison's strained hamstring is "not responding" to rest and treatment. (MLB.com)

Nationals: 3B Ryan Zimmerman (thumb) has not yet been cleared to begin strengthening exercises (MLB.com) ... C Wilson Ramos (wrist) caught nine innings in a minor league game and is close to returning ... OF Nate McLouth left Monday's game after crashing into the outfield wall. There has not yet been an update on his status.

Pirates: C Russell Martin (hamstring) could begin baseball activities later this week (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) ... LHP Wandy Rodriguez (knee) will make at least one more minor league rehab start. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Reds: OF Jay Bruce (partially torn meniscus) had surgery and will miss 3-4 weeks.

Twins: 1B Joe Mauer (back spasms) was held out the lineup again ... OF Aaron Hicks (concussion) did some light hitting and OF Josh Willingham (wrist) did some light swinging. (MLB.com)

White Sox: LHP Chris Sale (flexor strain) threw a 40-pitch bullpen session but is still about two weeks away from a minor league rehab assignment ... RHP Nate Jones (back) had a microdiscectomy procedure and will be reevaluated in a month. (MLB.com)

Yankees: Likely to activate SS Brendan Ryan (back) off the 15-day DL on Tuesday.

MISCELLANY

Brewers: The appeal of OF Carlos Gomez's three-game suspension will be heard on Friday. This is the suspension stemming from the benches clearing incident with the Pirates. (Journal Sentinel)

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