MLB injury, news and rumors roundup for May 18
Our nightly roundup includes lots of injury updates. Click through for a quick-hitting roundup of all the news you need to know for the day.
Though it might be hard to believe, we're just a week away from Memorial Day. The Major League Baseball season is definitely getting into the territory where we need to stop saying "it's early," because we're past a quarter of the way through the season. With another Sunday of great action in the books, let's get to our nightly rundown.
As a quick reminder, this is just a quick-hitting post for the purposes of getting all the information crammed in there. For additional information, definitely click through on the source links.
Nationals: Gio Gonzalez has hit the DL with a shoulder injury.
Tigers: Anibal Sanchez was activated from the DL for his Sunday night start.
Astros: Jonathan Villar left Sunday's game with a right hand contusion (Ultimate Astros).
Athletics: Jed Lowrie is day to day with a strained neck (MLB.com).
Braves: As Jonny Venters works his way back from a second Tommy John surgery, he had to cut a bullpen session short due to soreness in his elbow (ajc.com). Tyler Pastornicky rested Sunday with a sore left calf (ajc.com).
Diamondbacks: Martin Prado left Sunday's game due to blurred vision, but it's been called a precautionary move (Official D-Backs Twitter).
Dodgers: They'll get Hyun-Jin Ryu back in the rotation Wednesday.
Indians: Jason Kipnis is progressing from his abdominal injury and might go on a rehab stint next weekend (Indians.com).
Mariners: Corey Hart left Sunday's game with a strained left hamstring and is headed for an MRI (Mariners.com).
Orioles: Matt Wieters got a platelet-rich plasma injection in his elbow (Orioles.com).
Padres: Carlos Quentin exited Sunday's game with what appeared to be an issue in his knees (UT-San Diego).
Pirates: Starling Marte left the second game of Sunday's doubleheader with left hamstring tightness (Bill Brink).
Rangers: It appears Alexi Ogando will avoid a DL stint (MLB.com).
Rays: Ryan Hanigan missed Sunday's game with hamstring soreness (Tampabay.com).
Rockies: Carlos Gonzalez is still dealing with tendinitis in his knee (Rockies.com).
Royals: Omar Infante is making progress, but the Royals still haven't firmed up a return date (Royals.com).
Tigers: Robbie Ray will keep his spot in the rotation, at least for now, with Sanchez back. Rick Porcello's next start has been pushed back to Saturday due to soreness in his left side (mlive.com).
White Sox: Chris Sale will meet with the club Monday to be evaluated. It's possible he returns Wednesday, but manager Robin Ventura wouldn't commit to that (WhiteSox.com).
Cardinals: Is Oscar Tavares going to get playing time soon? Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch discusses.
Mariners: Might Nick Franklin be headed back to the majors? There are signs that point to yes, says Greg Johns of MLB.com.
MLB Network: Analyst Mitch Williams has taken a leave of absence after some reports of possibly objectionable behavior in coaching 10 year olds.
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