MLB injury, news and rumors roundup for April 25

That's Devin Mesoraco, after he pulled his hamstring.
That's Devin Mesoraco, after he pulled his hamstring. (USATSI)

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Unfortunately, through the course of some great game action -- laced with several blowouts -- Friday night came a rash of injuries to a few bigger-name types. Hopefully most are minor. Regardless, let's dive in.

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ROSTER MOVES

Angels: The closer is now Joe Smith, not Ernesto Frieri.

Astros: Top pitching prospect Mark Appel has been moved back to extended spring training, as he's struggled early on with adapting to the Astros' tandem-starting setup in Class-A. The club insists he's healthy (Ultimate Astros).

Rockies: Former closer Rafael Betancourt is recovering from a UCL injury and the club has agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with him.

White Sox: They claimed pitcher Hector Noesi from the Rangers, Texas announced. The Rangers previously claimed him from Seattle.

INJURY UPDATES

Astros: Reliever Jesse Crain can no longer be counted on for an early May return, as he has developed bursitis in his shoulder (Jose de Jesus Ortiz).

Athletics: One report says A.J. Griffin needs Tommy John surgery, though the A's say a decision hasn't yet been made.

Diamondbacks: Mark Trumbo is out at least six weeks with his stress fracture.

Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw worked five innings in his rehab assignment for High-A Rancho Cucamonga. He allowed just two hits and one run while striking out six (MiLB.com box score).

Nationals: Bryce Harper appeared to hurt his thumb on a head-first slide. He and the club say it's only jammed.

Orioles: Manny Machado had a huge game in his first rehab start, but Chris Davis left the major-league game.

Pirates: Jason Grilli will be placed on the disabled list Saturday. Also, Russell Martin left Friday's game early due to tightness in his left hamstring, the club announced. He'll be re-evaluated Saturday.

Rangers: Adrian Beltre is back from the DL while Kevin Kouzmanoff may need surgery. Also, Shin-Soo Choo is expecting to avoid a DL stint despite his ankle still needing to heal a bit more (star-telegram.com).

Reds: Both Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco left Friday's game with injuries. Frazier's groin issue sound like it'll only be a day to day type thing, but Mesoraco's hamstring issue could potentially put him on the DL again (cincinnati.com).

Tigers: Alex Avila left Friday's game with a left shin bruise and is considered day to day.

MISCELLANY

Major League Baseball: Thankfully, the transfer rule that had been really messed up by instant replay has been fixed.

Pablo Sandoval: Panda is seeking a nine-figure deal (yes, $100M) in free agency.

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