MLB injuries, news and rumors roundup for April 1

Matt Kemp might soon join Hanley Ramirez and company in the Dodgers' lineup.
Matt Kemp might soon join Hanley Ramirez and company in the Dodgers' lineup. (USATSI)

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All 30 Major League Baseball teams have played at least one game in this our 2014 season. It's a beautiful thing. Let's dive in to our quick and dirty roundup of the day in news.


Blue Jays: They signed free agent infielder Juan Francisco (Hector Gomez).

Cubs: Starting pitcher Joel Pineiro (remember him?) was signed to a minor-league deal (Hiram Torraca).

Yankees: Eduardo Nunez was designated for assignment, the club announced.


Blue Jays: Jose Reyes' MRI showed mild inflammation in his hamstring (Shi Davidi).

Dodgers: Matt Kemp will probably be activated from the disabled list Friday, per manager Don Mattingly ( Clayton Kershaw needs more rest and might miss all of April due to his ailing back. Finally, Brian Wilson has been placed on the DL with an elbow injury.

Mets: Jonathon Niese (elbow) worked five innings in a simulated game, throwing 76 pitches (Jared Diamond). Closer Bobby Parnell might need surgery on his throwing elbow.

Nationals: Catcher Wilson Ramos needs hamate bone surgery in his left hand and might miss two months.

Rangers: Yu Darvish (neck) felt strong during an 86-pitch bullpen session.

Yankees: Backup infielder Brendan Ryan has been placed on the DL with a nerve issue, the club announced.


Braves: Ervin Santana is likely only going to need one minor-league start before joining the Braves' rotation.

Cubs: President Theo Epstein is done talking about the status of ace Jeff Samardzija (

Rockies: They plan to make qualifying offers to free-agents-to-be Jorge De La Rosa and Michael Cuddyer (Jon Heyman). Heyman speculates that Cuddyer might accept his offer, too.

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