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Glaus, who left Sunday's game with knee soreness, was back in the lineup Tuesday. "It was one of those bad days," Glaus said. "I couldn't get loose. Then it started hurting. I'm ready to go."
Chacin, on the DL since June 10 with a sore left elbow, reported no problems one day after pitching 4 2-3 innings for Class-A Dunedin Monday and is scheduled to rejoin the rotation Saturday at Baltimore. "He feels great today," pitching coach Brad Arnsberg said. "We feel confident to put him back out on the mound."
Glaus injured his knee swinging and missing at a pitch.
Rios, who returned to the lineup July 28 after missing a month with an infection in his lower left leg, has struggled to rediscover his rhythm. Manager John Gibbons said the team probably brought him back too soon and should have extended his rehab assignment a little bit longer in Triple-A. Rios, after batting fifth the day before against Baltimore, was in the leadoff spot Thursday with Reed Johnson getting a rest.
The Toronto Blue Jays put Speier on the disabled list on Tuesday because of pain in his right forearm. He's scheduled to undergo an MRI on Wednesday.
Halladay tied Justin Verlander and Curt Schilling for the major league lead in wins with his 14th win of the season on Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles. The Toronto Blue Jays right-hander allowed three runs in 7 1-3 innings. He also struck out five batters.
Chacin allowed two run in five innings during a Triple-A start on Wednesday and is expected to join the Toronto Blue Jays for their weekend series against the Minnesota Twins. The team plans to start him on Tuesday.
Lilly was scratched from his scheduled start Monday against the Baltimore Orioles because of a stiff neck.
Roberts homered in the fifth inning Thursday for his first major league hit.
The Blue Jays hope to have Chacin, who has been on the disabled list since June 10, rejoin the rotation for a start on Aug. 9 against Baltimore. He is scheduled to make his first minor league rehab start on Sunday, although the team is still considering shutting him down for the remainder of the season.
Rios hit an RBI double on Wednesday in his third rehab game with Triple-A Syracuse and is expected to return to the big leagues on Friday when the Blue Jays play at Oakland. The Toronto All-Star has been out since late June with an infection in his lower left leg.
Wells was a late scratch from the lineup before Monday night's series opener against the Seattle Mariners after tweaking his back during batting practice. The 27-year-old Blue Jays center fielder said his back was a little sore Sunday in Toronto and it locked up during the first round of batting practice Monday. The injury isn't considered serious, and Wells said he expects to play Tuesday.
Wells hit two of Toronto's five homers in a 13-5 victory over the Yankees on Sunday. It was Wells' sixth multihomer game this season.
Walker will undergo season-ending surgery next week to repair a torn rotator cuff. The Blue Jays' right-hander has not pitched since July 7 and Toronto manager John Gibbons said the 37-year-old's career could be finished. "It's going to be tough for him to come back at his age," Gibbons said.
Wells was 4-for-5, including a walkoff home run off Mariano Rivera, in Thursday's 5-4, 11-inning victory over the New York Yankees. The Blue Jays' center fielder is hitting .318 with 24 homers and 74 RBIs in 90 games this season.
Glaus missed his third straight game Wednesday with a sore right knee. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said he hopes the slugging third baseman will play Thursday when Toronto opens a four-game home series against the New York Yankees.
Due to tendinitis in his right knee, Glaus missed the Blue Jays' 10-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday. Glaus likely will miss at least one more game, Toronto manager John Gibbons said.
Glaus left Sunday's game against the Seattle Mariners with what appeared to be a leg injury. He ran gingerly to first base and back to the dugout after grounding out.
Taubenheim was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with an infection in his left foot, the second Toronto player to be placed on the DL because of a staph infection.
Walker was placed on the 15-day disabled list by Toronto on Saturday with a shoulder strain. The 37-year-old right-hander was activated from the DL on June 27 after suffering from a sore shoulder, but doesn't appear to be healthy. He worked one inning against Kansas City on Friday night, allowing five unearned runs and four hits.
Halladay pitched 7 2-3 scoreless innings in Tuesday's 3-2 victory over the Rangers. The Blue Jays' right-hander scattered six hits, walked two and struck out four to win his third straight start. Halladay, who was selected to his fourth All-Star team on Sunday as a starting pitcher for the American League, is tied with the Mets' Tom Glavine for the major league lead with 11 wins.
Toronto's Glaus was selected to his fourth All-Star team on Sunday, as a reserve third baseman for the American League. Glaus is batting .248 with 22 homers and 57 RBIs this season.
Toronto's Halladay was selected to his fourth All-Star team on Sunday as a starting pitcher for the American League. Halladay is 10-2 with a 3.22 ERA this season.
Toronto's Ryan was selected to his second All-Star team on Sunday as a relief pitcher for the American League. Ryan is 1-0 with a 0.45 ERA and 22 saves this season.
Toronto's Wells was selected to his second All-Star team on Sunday, as a reserve outfielder for the American League. Wells is batting .315 with 20 homers and 62 RBIs this season.
Toronto's Rios was selected to his first All-Star team on Sunday, as a reserve outfielder for the American League. Rios is batting .330 with 15 homers and 53 RBIs this season. Rios is injured and won?t be able to play because of an infection in his leg. The Rangers? Gary Matthews Jr. took his spot on the team.
Frasor was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday as the Blue Jays called up right-hander Shaun Marcum. This is the second time Frasor has been sent down this season. The right-hander was 2-1 with a 5.18 ERA in 33 games with Toronto.
The Blue Jays recalled Marcum from Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday and sent right-hander Jason Frasor back to the minors. This is Marcum's third stint with Toronto this season. The right-hander was 4-0 with a 3.42 ERA in 16 games _ nine starts _ with Syracuse.
Overbay homered twice and drove in five runs in the Blue Jays' 8-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday.
After leaving his last start early on Wednesday, Lilly felt no problems with his left shoulder on Thursday and said that he won't need any extra rest before his next start. The shoulder began to tighten up on the Toronto left-hander after he had thrown six scoreless innings against the Nationals in a 6-1 victory.
Rios was hospitalized on Thursday and expected to remain overnight to receive treatment on an infection in his lower left leg. The Toronto right fielder is having a breakout season, hitting .330 with 15 homers and 53 RBIs without committing an error.
Toronto activated Walker from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday and sent right-hander Josh Towers to Triple-A Syracuse. Walker went on the DL on June 10 with a right shoulder injury. The right-hander is 1-1 with a 5.00 ERA this season and returns to his long-man role out of the Blue Jays bullpen.
Towers was outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday for the second time this season. The right-hander was 1-9 with a 9.11 ERA for Toronto before being demoted to the minors on May 24. He was recalled on June 19 and went 0-1 in two starts, allowing 10 runs in 9 1-3 innings.
Pitching for the first time since April 21, Burnett gave up two runs in six innings but didn't figure in the decision of the Blue Jays' 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday. Burnett, who struck out seven, showed no signs of the soreness in his right elbow that caused him to go on the disabled list on April 22.
Burnett is schedule to start Thursday against the Atlanta Braves. The Toronto Blue Jays pitcher was put on the disabled list on April 22 with an elbow injury after making just two starts.
The Toronto Blue Jays recalled Towers and have scheduled him to start Tuesday in the series opener at Atlanta. Towers began the season with the Toronto before being sent down to Syracuse on May 24. He was 1-8 with a 9.00 ERA with Toronto and 2-2 with a 2.48 ERA with the SkyChiefs.
Wells hit three home runs on Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox in Toronto's 8-5 victory. The center fielder hit two off of Josh Beckett, one in the first and one in the third. He hit his 15th homer of the year off of David Riske in the eighth.
The Toronto Blue Jays activated the Chacin from the 15-day disabled list bofre his scheduled start Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox. Chacin had been out since May 10 when he strained his elbow and forearm against the Oakland Athletics.
The Toronto Sun reports that Chacin probably could have made his Saturday start, but the Blue Jays have opted to be cautious and have placed the second-year left-hander on the 15-day disabled list. The Sun says the move is retroactive to May 11, the day after Chacin's last outing. Reportedly he has been sidelined with a mild sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow and a strain of the left forearm.
Glaus hit two home runs and drove in four in Toronto's 8-3 victory over Oakland Thursday afternoon. Glaus hit a three-run homer off Kirk Saarloos (1-1) in the third inning and a solo shot in the fifth for his 21st career multihomer game. For the season, Glaus is hitting .274 with 12 homers and 30 RBIs in 33 games.
Chacin left his Wednesday start after three innings with a sore elbow. The Toronto left-hander was bothered by the elbow while warming up before the game, and it didn't improve over his three innings. The Blue Jays jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but Chacin allowed three home runs and departed after giving up five runs and six hits.
Halladay went the distance Monday night, pitching a four-hitter in a 5-1 victory over the Angels. The Blue Jays' right-hander didn't allow a hit until Tommy Murphy led off the sixth with a double. One batter later, Cabrera hit an RBI single to cut the Toronto lead to 5-1. Halladay allowed just two hits the rest of the way. He walked one and struck out six.
Glaus went 4-for-5 and stroked two doubles and two homers to lead Toronto to a 9-7 win over Baltimore Monday night. The Jays' third baseman had been mired in a 6-for-39 slide before erupting for 12 total bases, scoring four runs and driving in four more. He hit homers off Baltimore starter Erik Bedard and reliever LaTroy Hawkins.
Johnson tied a major league record after he was hit by pitches three times in Toronto's 17-6 loss the New York Yankees on Saturday. He was plunked three times on April 7 against Tampa Bay and was also hit three times against Texas on April 16, 2005. The left fielder is batting .395 with two RBIs in 38 at-bats this season.
Although Dr. James Andrews didn't find any structural damage in Burnett's elbow early in the week, the Toronto right-hander said he is going to be cautious in returning from what has been described as a mild ligament sprain and a straining of scar tissue. On Tuesday, Toronto GM J.P. Ricciardi said Burnett is more worried about his injured right elbow than he should be.
ESPN is reporting that Dr. James Andrews didn't find any structural damage in Burnett's ailing right elbow. The specialist reportedly found minor straining of scar tissue that also bothered the Toronto right-hander during spring training.
Burnett was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Blue Jays on Saturday with a right elbow injury. The Toronto right-hander left his start against Boston on Friday after four innings with soreness in his elbow. He will visit Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday.
Burnett gave up seven hits and four runs in six innings while walking one and striking out five in the Blue Jays' 4-2 loss to the White Sox on Saturday.
Wells went 3-for-4 in Toronto's 4-2 loss to Chicago on Saturday, extending his hitting streak to all 11 games this season.
Halladay will miss his next scheduled start for the Blue Jays because of a forearm injury. The 28-year-old right-hander was expected to make his third start of the season Saturday in Chicago against the White Sox. Instead, he likely will pitch against Boston in a home series that begins April 21.
The Toronto Blue Jays will place Burnett on the 15-day disabled list, and the 28-year-old right-hander is expected to miss his first two starts of the new season. Burnett threw off a mound on Tuesday for the first time since taking himself out of a game March 18 complaining about elbow pain. An MRI exam revealed the discomfort was just scar tissue breaking away from his right elbow.
Burnett pitched for the first time since scar tissue broke free in his right elbow Saturday. The Toronto right-hander threw 35 pitches from 60 feet at the team's spring-training complex. "It was a nice little day of playing catch," Burnett said. "No pain, no discomfort, everything is fine."
The discomfort Burnett experienced in a Grapefruit League game Saturday was scar tissue breaking away from his right elbow. The scar tissue is a byproduct of Tommy John surgery three years ago. The Toronto right-hander, who signed a $55 million, five-year deal over the winter, could be back on the mound in about a week.
Catalanotto might return as a left fielder on Wednesday for the Blue Jays. He went 0-for-1 with a sacrifice fly as a designated hitter on Saturday.
The Blue Jays learned Saturday Burnett's ailing elbow did not suffer damage after an MRI. He threw one pitch before leaving Saturday's spring training game against Boston.
Johnson has been slowed this spring by a tender right elbow, but the Toronto outfielder played in his first spring training Wednesday. He singled and stole two bases as the Jays' designated hitter. He is expected to play in the outfield in the next week.
The Red Sox returned Vermilyea to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday after choosing him three months ago in the Rule 5 draft. The rules of the draft require Boston to keep the 24-year-old right-hander on the Red Sox's roster all season. Otherwise, he must be offered back to his original team. Vermilyea was 6-3 with a 3.32 ERA in 43 games (eight starts) between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Syracuse in 2005.
Lilly and the Blue Jays agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract on Tuesday. The left-hander, who made the All-Star team in 2004, was 10-11 with a 5.56 ERA in 25 starts last season.
Downs avoided salary arbitration by signing a one-year deal for $705,000 with the Blue Jays. The left-hander went 4-3 with a 4.31 ERA in 26 games for Toronto last season, including 13 starts.
Overbay avoided salary arbitration by signing a one-year deal for $2.525 million with his new team, the Blue Jays. Toronto acquired the first baseman on Dec. 8 in a trade that sent pitcher David Bush, outfielder Gabe Gross and pitching prospect Zach Jackson to the Milwaukee Brewers. Overbay batted .276 with 19 home runs and 72 RBIs for the Brewers last season.
Pending physical exams, Glaus was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in return for second baseman Orland Hudson and pitcher Miguel Batista.
The Milwaukee Brewers traded Overbay to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for right-hander Dave Bush, outfield prospect Gabe Gross and minor league left-hander Zach Jackson on Wednesday. The 28-year-old first baseman hit .276 with 19 home runs and 72 RBI in 158 games for the Brewers in 2005.
Johnson has avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year, $1.45 million contract to remain with the Toronto Blue Jays. The outfielder appeared in 142 games in 2005, batting .269 with eight home runs, 58 RBIs and five stolen bases.
The Toronto Blue Jays signed free-agent right-hander A.J. Burnett to a five-year, $55 million contract on Tuesday. Burnett spent the last seven seasons with the Florida Marlins, making $3.65 million for the 2005 season.
Ryan and the Toronto Blue Jays came to terms on a five-year, $47 million deal Monday. The left-handed reliever, who turns 30 on Dec. 28, was 1-4 with 36 saves, a 2.43 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 70.1 innings in 2005.
Although not yet official, papers in Toronto are reporting that Ryan has agreed to a contract with the Blue Jays worth approximately $47 million over five years. If and when this deal becomes official, it would become the largest deal ever given to a closer, topping the four-year, $40 million contract Mariano Rivera signed with the Yankees prior to the 2001 season.
The Toronto Blue Jays and Towers came to terms Monday on a two-year, $5.2 million contract. The 28-year-old right-hander will receive $2.3 million next year and $2.9 million in 2007 under the deal. Last season, he was 13-12 with a 3.71 ERA in 33 starts for the Jays.
The Detroit Tigers traded McDonald back to Toronto Thursday for cash considerations. The utilityman began the 2005 season with Toronto before being dealt to Detroit in July. For both clubs last summer, he batted .277 with a .326 on-base percentage in 166 at-bats.
Speier has been diagnosed with a ligament injury in the middle finger of his pitching hand after working a scoreless inning in Boston on Tuesday night. The Toronto reliever was wearing a splint on Wednesday, and he'll undergo an MRI exam to determine the extent of the injury.
The Florida Marlins sent Burnett home for the season before Monday night's 4-0 loss to Washington. The move follows the righthander's rant that the team plays scared because manager Jack McKeon and the coaching staff are too negative. Burnett added that he has no intention of returning to Florida, and Marlins GM Larry Beinfest said "there will be no multiyear contract offer made to him."
On Sunday, Burnett all but packed his bags for a new 2006 destination by ripping Florida manager Jack McKeon and his coaching staff after Sunday's loss to Atlanta. "We play scared, we manage scared, we coach scared, and I'm sick of it, man," Burnett said. "It's depressing around here. . . It's like they expect us to mess up, and when we do, they chew our a-- out. There's no positive nothing around here for anybody."
Designated for assignment last Tuesday, Weber accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Louisville on Monday. It's unlikely that the veteran righthander will return to the Reds this season, after posting an 8.03 ERA in 10 relief appearances for Cincinnati.
Hill is expected to pick up more playing time in September, but it will be at second base. The Toronto rookie is expected to be the primary replacement for Orlando Hudson, who left the Jays' win over Baltimore Wednesday with a sprained ankle.
Weber was designated for assignment. In 10 relief appearances this year with the Reds, he allowed 20 hits and nine walks in 12.1 innings, leading to an 8.03 ERA.
The Toronto Blue Jays are expected to activate Lilly from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, in time to start against another hurler coming off the DL, Baltimore's Daniel Cabrera. Lilly went on the DL in late July with biceps tendinitis. He is 8-9 with a 5.52 ERA in 20 starts this season.
With Ted Lilly back in the Toronto rotation after a bout of biceps tendinitis, McGowan looks like the odd-man out who will head to the Jays' bullpen. In seven starts for Toronto, the 23-year-old righthander is 1-3 with an 8.13 ERA. After an impressive debut against Texas on July 30, McGowan has allowed at least four runs in each of his six subsequent starts. He has taken a loss in each of his last three times out.
After a 30-homer, 103-RBI season at Triple-A Syracuse, Griffin got the call from the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. The 25-year-old outfield prospect has a lot of competition in the Toronto system, and has slipped behind Alex Rios and Gabe Gross, but he'll get his first taste of big league pitching in September.
The pain in Glaus' left knee kept the Arizona third baseman from playing in Sunday's 3-2 loss to San Francisco. The Diamondbacks' slugger was injured running out a grounder on Saturday and left the game. He already had been bothered by a strained tendon in the joint.
Glaus was forced to leave Saturday's loss to the Giants due to pain in his left knee. The injury appeared to occur in the third innings when the Arizona third baseman was running out a groundball. Glaus has been playing with a strained tendon in the joint, and until recently had been taking cortisone shots to help alleviate the discomfort. He has 30 home runs and 85 RBI this season.
Out with biceps tendinitis, Lilly could return to the Toronto rotation as soon as Tuesday against Baltimore. The Jays' southpaw has been out since July 24, when he made his last appearance against Kansas City. The lefty is 8-9 with a 5.52 ERA in 20 starts this season.
On Wednesday, the Cleveland Indians recalled outfield prospect Franklin Gutierrez from Triple-A Buffalo and optioned Tallet to the same affiliate. In two games for Cleveland this season, the 27-year-old lefthander has posted a 7.71 ERA.
With Halladay's fractured left tibia slow to heal, the Toronto Blue Jays have prudently decided to shut him down for the remainder of the season. He finishes the year with a 12-4 slate and a 2.41 ERA, which currently leads the American League by more than half a run. However, his 141.2 innings will not qualify him for the ERA championship by the season's end.
Baldwin, who was claimed off the waiver wire earlier in the week, was activated as Jason Grimsley was placed on the disabled list.
Although he could have been called upon for pinch-hitting duties, Glaus did not play in Wednesday's meeting with the New York Mets, due to discomfort and swelling in his troublesome left knee. The Diamondbacks' third baseman, who has been battling knee problems the majority of the 2005 campaign, has been listed as day-to-day. He will be re-evaluated prior to Thursday's matchup to determine his availability.
Lilly is scheduled for a rehab start this Friday for Double-A New Hampshire, and if all goes well, could return to the Blue Jays rotation by next week.
Tallet was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo, as the Indians optioned Andrew Brown to that affiliate. Tallet made one appearance this year for the Indians, allowing a solo home run among two hits and two walks in 2.1 innings.
The Baltimore Orioles have claimed Baldwin off waivers from the Texas Rangers. The righthander was designated for assignment last week after going 0-2 with a 5.19 ERA and one save in eight relief appearances with Texas.
Hill was in the Blue Jays' lineup at second base Sunday, going 1-for-4 while handling four chances without an error.
The St. Louis Cardinals optioned Mahoney to Triple-A Memphis on Saturday. The move opened up a roster spot for Larry Walker, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list.
The Texas Rangers recalled veteran lefthander Justin Thompson from Triple-A Oklahoma Tuesday and designated Baldwin for assignment. The 34-year-old righthander was 0-2 with a 5.19 ERA and a save in eight relief appearances for the Rangers.
Lilly has been cleared to start throwing. The Toronto southpaw was given the go-ahead from Angels team physician Dr. Lewis Yocum, who has been monitoring Lilly's biceps injury. He'll begin on flat ground and work his way back to the mound. If things go smoothly, Lilly could be back in the Jays' rotation as soon as two weeks.
Lilly hasn't come around as quickly as anticipated from the biceps tendinitis that sidelined the Toronto lefty in late July. He will see Angels team physician Dr. Lewis Yocum when the team is in Anaheim, in the hope that he can get a firm diagnosis of what's going on. The southpaw says his arm doesn't feel right, and the Jays would like to find out if there is a more serious issue involved.
Trade rumors or no trade rumors, Burnett worked his sixth straight quality start on Sunday to claim his sixth straight victory. In those six outings, dating back to July 19, the Florida righthander is 6-0 with a 1.43 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. He has won twice over San Francisco and Arizona, and once over Washington and St. Louis.
Wells was a late scratch from Saturday's game against the Baltimore Orioles due to the flu.
On Friday, the Cleveland Indians reinstated veteran reliever Arthur Rhodes from the bereavement list and optioned Tallet to Triple-A Buffalo. He has appeared in one game for the Indians this season -- in Kansas City this week -- and he allowed a pair of hits, two walks and a run in 2.1 innings. At Buffalo the 27-year-old lefty is 6-5 with a 4.47 ERA in 17 starts.
Accardo has been recalled from Triple-A Fresno by the San Francisco Giants, filling the roster spot of injured reliever Scott Munter. The 23-year-old righthander has made 10 relief appearances with the major league club this season, going 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA.
Baldwin, who has made a surprise return to the majors as an effective reliever this season, could get his first start of 2005 for Texas on Saturday. The Rangers are in need of a spot start this weekend, and Baldwin is the favorite to get the call. The 34-year-old veteran is 0-1 with a 2.61 ERA in 38 innings of relief work for Baltimore and Texas this season.
Halladay will not be returning to the Toronto rotation on Monday. The Jays' ace cut short a simulated game Wednesday after three innings, saying he felt stiffness in his left leg, which was broken by a line drive last month. He was scheduled to pitch five innings on Wednesday, setting the stage for his Monday return.
After throwing off a mound on Wednesday, Lilly will have a second bullpen session on either Friday or Saturday. He is likely to make a minor league rehab start before returning to the Toronto Blue Jays, but that will be determined after his next workout on a pitching mound.
If all goes well over the next few days, Halladay will return to the Toronto rotation next Monday in Anaheim, where the Jays will open a three-game series against the Angels. The 28-year-old righthander is returning from a fractured tibia in his left leg, which sidelined him on July 8.
Lilly is expected to throw off a mound on Wednesday, which would be his first time to throw from a mound since he went on the disabled list for biceps tendinitis on July 30. The Toronto lefthander could return to the Jays in about a week if his throwing sessions don't lead to any kind of setback.
Burnett notched his fourth complete game and second shutout of the 2005 campaign, surrendering just three hits in Tuesday's 5-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Marlins' righthander, who struck out five and walked four in the game, has won a career-high five consecutive starts, allowing seven runs -- six earned -- in 37 innings over that span.
Rios went 5-for-5, including his sixth home run of the season, in the Blue Jays' 9-8 12-inning loss to the Tigers Monday.
The Toronto Blue Jays anticipate that Halladay will return to their rotation at some point this week. Perhaps it will be Sunday, when the ace's replacement, promising rookie Dustin McGowan, is scheduled to work next. It was exactly a month ago on July 8 that Halladay went down with a fractured left tibia. He is 12-4 with an American League-best 2.41 ERA in 19 starts this season.
Lilly may throw off a mound Monday for the first time since going on the 15-day disabled list with biceps tendinitis on July 30, retroactive to July 25. The Toronto lefthander is expected to return to the rotation in 7-10 days, and how his first mound session goes may impact how quickly he returns.
Halladay didn't work the Thursday simulated game that was to determine if he was ready to face the Yankees on Sunday. The Toronto ace wasn't been able to participate in fielding drills leading up to Thursday's throwing session, so Halladay has been scratched from both the simulated game and the Sunday start in Toronto. Josh Towers will take the mound on Sunday for the Jays.
As part of his rehab for a broken leg suffered less than a month ago, Halladay will throw a simulated game on Thursday, which will determine if he's able to start on Sunday against the Yankees. The Blue Jays are concerned about his ability to field, rather than his arm strength.
After his strong showing Saturday, McGowan will stay in the Toronto rotation in place of injured southpaw Ted Lilly. The 23-year-old righthander debuted with five strong innings of two-hit ball against Texas, earning another start Thursday in Chicago against the dangerous White Sox.
Chacin has his Rookie of the Year bid back on track after going a perfect 5-0 with a 2.97 ERA in six July starts for the Toronto Blue Jays. The five victories for the month have boosted the rookie lefthander's record to 11-5 with a 3.28 ERA for the season. Chacin limited Texas to one unearned run over 6.1 innings Sunday to give him wins in each of his last five starts.
The Toronto Blue Jays now are targeting Sunday, August 7, for Halladay's return to the rotation. The Jays' ace righthander will face the New York Yankees, returning less than a month after breaking a bone in his left leg.
After throwing on the sidelines Tuesday, Halladay worked a simulated game on Friday. The Toronto ace threw 65 pitches while facing batters for the first time since breaking his left tibia three weeks ago. Halladay faced two hitters -- backup catcher Ken Huckaby and Ernie Whitt, the team's first-base coach. Only Huckaby took some cuts.
The Blue Jays placed Lilly on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday, retroactive to last Monday, with left biceps tendinitis. To take Lilly's roster spot, the club recalled Dustin McGowan from Double-A New Hampshire. (McGowan started Saturday against the Texas Rangers, allowing just one run and two hits in 5.0 innings while striking out six).
McGowan had a strong outing in his major league debut Saturday, allowing just one run on two hits while striking out six in 5.0 innings in his start against the Texas Rangers.
Lilly was unable to throw on the side Wednesday, and it appears the Blue Jays' hurler will miss more than just his next start this Saturday. The 29-year-old southpaw is expected to go on the 15-day disabled list for the shoulder pain that plagued him during his Sunday start against Kansas City a few days ago. Lilly, who has been diagnosed with biceps tendinitis, is 8-9 with a 5.52 ERA in 20 starts this season.
Stung for five runs in 3.1 innings in his last start against the Kansas City Royals July 22, Walker has been relegated to the Toronto bullpen in favor of Scott Downs.
After missing the Diamondbacks' previous two games with back spasms, Glaus was back in the Arizona lineup for Wednesday's meeting with the Milwaukee Brewers, going 0-for-3 with a walk and run scored. He has just one hit in his last 16 at-bats, dropping his season batting average to .252.
Halladay threw on the sidelines Tuesday, and the Blue Jays' ace is now expected to return to the rotation against the Yankees during their series on August 5-7. There's even a chance he could return before that.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons says he will move Downs into the starting rotation, replacing Pete Walker, who will be relegated to the bullpen.
Tallet has been recalled from Triple-A Buffalo by the Indians, taking the roster spot of demoted righthander Fernando Cabrera. The lefthander has been up and down between Cleveland and the minors a couple of times already this season, but has yet to appear in a game for the Indians.
Catalanotto was named the AL player of the week after hitting .565 with one home run and nine RBI. Currently riding an 11-game hitting streak, the Blue Jays outfielder is hitting .397 in July with 19 RBI in 19 games.
Glaus was a late scratch from the Diamondbacks' lineup for Monday night's meeting with the Milwaukee Brewers after experiencing back spasms earlier in the day. The third baseman, who was replaced by Alex Cintron, currently is listed as day-to-day, but the team does not expect him to miss much time. He will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.
With the return of Corey Koskie to the active roster, Hill could see more action at shortstop or DH in upcoming games. He's proven he can handle major league pitching, hitting .306 with a .368 on base percentage while slugging .442.
Lilly battled shoulder pain during his Sunday start against Kansas City. By the fourth inning, the 29-year-old lefthander was feeling the discomfort with every fastball, and he departed after four. The initial diagnosis is biceps tendinitis, but Lilly will be examined again by team doctors on Monday.
Burnett notched his second consecutive win, pitching into the eighth inning in Sunday's 4-1 victory over San Francisco Giants. The Marlins' righthander allowed one run -- which was unearned -- on six hits in 7.1 innings of work. He struck out four, walked one and added solo home run in the third to help his own cause.
Looking for backup help in the infield, the Detroit Tigers acquired McDonald from the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, in exchange for a player to be named. The 29-year-old McDonald is enjoying one of his more productive seasons at the plate, batting .290 with a .340 on-base percentage in 93 at-bats for Toronto this season.
The Texas Rangers have picked up Baldwin on a waiver claim from the Baltimore Orioles. The 34-year-old righthander had been effective during his brief time with the Orioles, posting a 1.61 ERA in 12 relief appearances.
Weber is nearing a return to the Cincinnati Reds' bullpen, and he should be back with the team within the next week or two. The veteran righthander, who has been sidelined since May 8 with a bulging disc in his neck, will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Class-A Dayton on Thursday.
To make room for the return of Monday night's starter, Erik Bedard, the Baltimore Orioles designated Baldwin for assignment. The 34-year-old veteran pitched very well for the Orioles, posting a 1.61 ERA and 0.90 WHIP in 12 relief appearances.
The strained tendon is Glaus' knee isn't showing much improvement, but it isn't getting any worse either. As a result, the Diamondbacks' third baseman will try to play as much as possible, despite the pain, but could need an occasional day off. Glaus has received at least three cortisone shots in the knee this season to help ease the discomfort, and offseason surgery is a definite possibility.
With a two-run double late in Sunday's loss to the Texas Rangers, Hill extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Over that span, the Blue Jays' infielder is 14-for-47 (.298) with six doubles, six RBI and seven runs scored.
Accardo has been optioned to Triple-A Fresno by the San Francisco Giants. The 23-year-old righthander has made 10 relief appearances with the major league club this season, going 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA.
Halladay will miss at least one month after breaking a bone in his lower left leg when he was hit in the shin by a line drive off the bat of Kevin Mench on Friday night. At first, the injury was reported as a bruise, but x-rays revealed a non-displaced fracture. The injury will also cause Halladay to miss Tuesday's All-Star game.
Tallet was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday. The left-hander has been up and down between Cleveland and the minors a couple of times this season, but has yet to appear in a game for the Indians.
Lilly saw his ERA top out at 10.41 after allowing five runs in a loss to the Cleveland Indians on May 13. Since that time, the Blue Jays' lefthander slowly but surely has been showing improvement, and he turned in one of his best performances of the 2005 campaign in Wednesday's win over the Oakland A's. In seven innings of work, Lilly scattered six hits, did not give up a run, struck out five and walked two.
Tallet, who has not pitched in the major leagues since 2003, has been recalled from Triple-A Buffalo by the Cleveland Indians. The lefthander is 6-2 with a 3.65 ERA in 14 starts with the minor league club this season, but he's expected to pitch in long relief with Cleveland.
Despite aggravating the strained tendon in his knee while trying to break up a double play on Saturday and missing Sunday's contest, Glaus returned to the Diamondbacks' lineup on Monday, going 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. The homer was the 200th of his major league career.
Glaus was held out of the Diamondbacks' lineup on Sunday after aggravating the strained tendon in his knee while trying to break up a double play the previous day. The team has not indicated how much time the third baseman will miss, but he is scheduled to receive another cortisone shot in the knee within the next several days. At this point, Glaus has been listed as day-to-day. Alex Cintron got the starting nod at the hot corner in his absence.
On Tuesday night, Halladay went nine innings, scattered seven hits and left with the Toronto-Tampa Bay contest tied at 1-1. While the Jays' ace didn't figure in the decision, a 3-1 Toronto win in 11 innings, he lowered his ERA to 2.40 and took over the American League ERA lead from injured lefthander Kenny Rogers (2.46). Halladay is 11-4 and leads the majors with 131 innings of work.
On Tuesday night, Halladay went nine innings, scattered seven hits and left with the Toronto-Tampa Bay contest tied at 1-1. While the Jays' ace didn't figure in the decision, a 3-1 Toronto win in 11 innings, he lowered his ERA to 2.40 and took over the American League ERA lead from injured lefthander Kenny Rogers (2.46). Halladay is 11-4 and also leads the majors with 131 innings of work.
Molina was one of three Angels regulars who were sidelined on Monday. The Angels' catcher came down with a stomach virus and was sent back to the team hotel. His fluid intake will be gauged, and Molina is likely to miss Tuesday's contest against the Texas Rangers as well. Whether he'll be ready for either of the final two games of the series on Wednesday and Thursday is uncertain. Molina is batting a robust .292 with six homers and 28 RBI for the season.
The San Francisco Giants have recalled Accardo from Triple-A Fresno, filling the roster spot of the struggling Brandon Puffer. In seven relief appearances with the Giants last month, Accardo, a righthander, posted a 0-1 record and 6.48 ERA.
Baltimore starter Bruce Chen may have to skip his Thursday turn because of a sprained toe, and Baldwin looks like the favorite to step in and make a spot start. The 33-year-old righthander has made just two starts since 2002 -- both with Minnesota last season -- but he has posted an impressive 0.68 ERA in nine relief appearances for the Orioles in 2005. Baldwin has worked 13.1 innings, allowing eight hits and two walks while fanning nine.
Burnett notched his first shutout since the 2002 campaign, tossing a gem in Sunday's 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Marlins' righthander gave up just two hits in the contest, striking out seven batters and walking a pair. He now has three complete games this season.
Glaus mildly aggravated his jammed right wrist in Monday's game against the San Francisco Giants, so Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin decided to give him Tuesday off as a precautionary measure. Barring any last-minute setbacks, the third baseman is expected to be back at the hot corner on Wednesday.
After watching Glaus take batting practice without any major problems, Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin included the third baseman in Monday's lineup against the San Francisco Giants. Glaus suffered a jammed right wrist when he collided with the Indians' Ronnie Belliard late in Sunday's meeting with Cleveland, but the injury obviously was not serious.
Glaus was removed from the Diamondbacks' lineup after colliding with the Indians' Ronnie Belliard late in Sunday's meeting with Cleveland. The third baseman was diagnosed with a jammed left wrist, and he is scheduled to be re-evaluated on Monday. The injury is not considered serious at this point, and the Diamondbacks have listed Glaus as day-to-day.
The Toronto Blue Jays expect Wells back on Monday, when the club hosts Baltimore in an American League East showdown. The Jays' center fielder missed the weekend series against Milwaukee for the birth of his second son.
Walker will pick up his first big league start since 2003 on Tuesday, when the veteran reliever will replace demoted righthander Chad Gaudin in the Toronto rotation. Walker will face American League East-leading Baltimore Tuesday at SkyDome. The 36-year-old righthander is 1-0 with two saves and a 1.08 ERA in 15 relief appearances this season.
Wells will leave his Toronto teammates, possibly for the entire weekend series against Milwaukee, for the birth of his second child. The expectant father should be back with the Blue Jays on Monday. He is batting .251 with 13 home runs and 33 RBI in 65 games this season.
In a 4-1 Toronto win over St. Louis Monday night, Halladay went the distance with a five-hitter, shutting down the National League team with the best record to earn his 10th victory of the season. The 28-year-old righthander upped his record to 10-3 with a 2.33 ERA in 14 starts. Halladay also became the first major league hurler to surpass the 100-inning plateau this season. He leads all big leaguers with 108 innings.
Hill and the other Toronto corner infielders who share DH duties will be squeezed for playing time this week. The Blue Jays play interleague series in Chicago and Houston, and the odd man out between Hill, Hillenbrand and Hinske at the infield corners will be available only to pinch-hit.
The Cleveland Indians need a starter for Saturday's matinee in Chicago against the White Sox, and it's possible that Tallet will get the call. The 27-year-old lefthander, who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2003 and underwent Tommy John surgery that August, was recalled by the Indians on May 26, but he has yet to appear in a game.
Catalanotto has rejoined the Toronto Blue Jays after missing nearly a week on bereavement leave. The outfielder takes the roster spot of Gabe Gross, who was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday. In 34 games this season, Catalanotto is batting .281 with one home run and 12 RBI.
Despite a mild oblique strain that threatened to force Halladay to miss his start this week, the Toronto ace turned in a dominant performance against the Minnesota Twins Sunday. He tossed a two-hit shutout over the Twins, fanning a season-high 10 without issuing a walk. The whitewash was his second of the 2005 season. He blanked the Yankees on three hits on April 29.
After throwing a bullpen session over the weekend, Burnett has declared himself ready for his next turn in the rotation -- a matchup with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday. As a precautionary measure, the Marlins skipped the righthander on Thursday, due to inflammation in his pitching elbow. Veteran Frank Castillo got a spot start in his absence.
Halladay will work a bullpen session on Thursday, and that will determine when he might return to the Toronto rotation. If there is any discomfort or any issues with his strained oblique muscle, the Jays' righthander probably will not pitch this weekend. Jays manager John Gibbons intends to be cautious with his ace.
Burnett will not take the mound as scheduled on Thursday, due to inflammation in his pitching elbow. The Marlins' righthander, who reported discomfort following his last start, will be replaced by veteran Frank Castillo. According to manager Jack McKeon, Burnett should be back in action next week, barring any setbacks. He will be evaluated on a daily basis.
Overbay had been limited to pinch-hitting duties since bruising his shin while trying to break up a double play in Sunday's meeting with the Minnesota Twins, but he was back in the Brewers' starting lineup for Wednesday's meeting with the Colorado Rockies. The first baseman went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in his return.
Tallet, a promising lefthander who was felled by Tommy John surgery in August 2003, was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo Thursday, when the Indians placed righthander Kevin Millwood on the 15-day disabled list for a groin injury. Tallet is expected to take Millwood's spot in the Cleveland rotation.
Batting in the leadoff spot on Tuesday night, Johnson sparked Toronto's 9-6 win over Boston with a pair of home runs and five RBI. His three-run bomb with the score tied 6-6 in the bottom of the ninth produced the Jays' first walkoff home run of 2005.
As expected, the Toronto Blue Jays activated Zaun from the disabled list Tuesday, the first day he was eligible to return after suffering a concussion on May 8. He once again will assume a large share of the Jays' catching duties. Zaun is hitting .275 with three homers and 20 RBI this season.
On Tuesday, the Toronto Blue Jays placed Catalanotto on the bereavement list. The reason wasn't given, but it means the Jays' No. 2 hitter will miss at least three games and a maximum of seven. Catalanotto is hitting .281 with a .333 on-base percentage, one home run and 14 runs scored in 34 games.
Halladay will miss his scheduled start Thursday against the Boston Red Sox because of a strained oblique muscle. The Toronto ace first felt the strain in his left side on Sunday, the day after he worked seven scoreless innings of a 7-0 win over Washington. The discomfort returned during his between-start throwing session on Tuesday.
Burnett felt some discomfort in his pitching elbow following his last outing and after further evaluation, he has been diagnosed with inflammation. As a precautionary measure, the Marlins will skip the righthander's turn in the rotation, but hope to have him back in action early next week. He had been scheduled to take the mound against the New York Mets on Thursday.
According to Brewers manager Ned Yost, Overbay is having trouble running and moving laterally after bruising his shin while trying to break up a double play in Sunday's meeting with the Minnesota Twins. As a result, the first baseman was absent from the Milwaukee lineup on Monday, and he has been listed as day-to-day. Wes Helms got the start in his absence.
With the return of catcher Gregg Zaun from the disabled list, the Toronto Blue Jays outrighted Dominique to Triple-A Syracuse. The 29-year-old Dominique was 0-for-2 in two games with the Jays during Zaun's stay on the DL.
Accardo has been optioned to Triple-A Fresno by the San Francisco Giants, opening a spot on the roster for staff ace Jason Schmidt, who will return to the mound Tuesday night against the Dodgers after missing more than two weeks with a strained pitching shoulder. In seven relief appearances during his stint with the Giants, Accardo was 0-1 with a 6.48 ERA.
A top-flight shortstop prospect in the Jays' system, Hill was recalled on Thursday and will take over third base for the injured Corey Koskie. The 23-year-old Hill was hitting .301 with 22 runs scored and 18 RBI in 38 games for Triple-A Syracuse.
Zaun faces a brief minor league rehab assignment this weekend before the Toronto Blue Jays activate him from the disabled list, possibly as soon as Monday. The Jays' catcher suffered a concussion on May 8 and becomes eligible to come off the DL at the start of next week. Zaun is hitting .273 with three homers and 19 RBI for the Jays this season.
Glaus missed Sunday's game against the Rockies after receiving a cortisone injection in his left leg late on Saturday. The Diamondbacks' third baseman, who recently has been battling pain caused by a strained tendon behind his knee, was back in action on Tuesday, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in a loss to the Houston Astros.
Glaus' injury is not considered serious, and he hopes to avoid missing any more time going forward. He is batting .273 with 11 home runs, 29 RBI and three stolen bases in 37 games this season.
Halladay will get an extra day of rest this time through the Toronto rotation, as he will start on Saturday against Washington instead of Friday. The Jays' ace has been pushed back a day after struggling Ted Lilly was restored to the starting five. Lilly will pitch Friday night in the opener of the Washington series, giving Halladay the extra day off.
Halladay is 6-2 with a 3.13 ERA in nine starts. The extra day off can't hurt. Halladay leads the major leagues with 69 innings pitched.
Lilly had been pulled from the Toronto rotation to pitch a simulated game or two, intended to assess what the 29-year-old lefthander can do to improve his performance and make any necessary changes. After working one simulated game, the Jays have placed Lilly back into their rotation. He is scheduled to work on Friday against Washington in Toronto's first interleague game of the season.
Lilly threw 65 pitches in his simulated game, more than he had thrown in his last two starts combined. The southpaw is 1-4 with a 10.41 ERA in seven starts this season. He has allowed 43 hits and 16 walks in 27.2 innings. He seemed poised for a big breakout this spring, but right now he's taking baby steps to simply be serviceable.
The Blue Jays have pulled Lilly from his next scheduled start in hopes that he can straighten out his pitching woes. Lilly, who is 1-4 with a 10.41 ERA on the season, could be put back into the rotation if he has a strong showing in a simulated game next Tuesday. Otherwise, Pete Walker or Scott Downs will likely take Lilly's next scheduled start, which would be in the second game of the series against the Nationals next weekend.
Molina was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Friday. Bengie's brother, Jose, who had been starting in place of him, will now move back to the reserve catcher role on the Angels' roster. The former All-Star had been out since April 18 with a strained right quadriceps.
Prior to going on the DL, Bengie was batting .323 with two home runs and eight RBI in 11 games.
Reportedly, Glaus recently has been playing through pain caused by a strained tendon behind his left knee. The Diamondbacks' third baseman plans to be in the lineup on Friday and Saturday, but he's scheduled to receive a cortisone injection in the knee late Saturday and will miss Sunday's contest as a result.
The injury is not considered serious. With Monday being an offday, the Diamondbacks are hopeful that Glaus will be ready to go when they resume play on Tuesday. In 34 games this season, the slugger is batting .287 with 12 doubles, 10 home runs, 27 RBI and three stolen bases.
After appearing in just one game with St. Louis and failing to record an at-bat, Mahoney has been optioned back to Triple-A Memphis by the Cardinals. The catcher was called up earlier this week to serve as a backup to Einar Diaz while regular starter Yadier Molina recovered from a sprained ankle. Molina returned to action on Thursday.
In 21 games with the minor league club this season, Mahoney is batting .212 with two home runs and seven RBI. Closer Jason Isringhausen will be activated from the disabled list on Friday to fill the void on the roster.
The Toronto Blue Jays recalled Downs from Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday. The 29-year-old lefthander, who was 2-3 with a 4.12 ERA in seven starts for Syracuse, will work in long relief for the Jays.
The Jays outrighted Matt Whiteside to Syracuse to make room for Downs. Toronto manager John Gibbons believes Downs is better suited than Whiteside for long-relief work. Downs was 3-6 with a 5.14 ERA in 12 starts with Montreal in 2004.
In Tuesday's win over the Philadelphia Phillies, Overbay went 1-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and a walk. The first baseman, who had been absent from the Brewers' starting lineup the previous two days because of a tight hamstring, is batting .476 with three home runs and 11 RBI in nine games in May.
His recent surge is impressive, but Overbay has been consistent all season. In 31 games, he is hitting .348 with eight doubles, seven home runs and 24 RBI.
Battling a bulging disc in his neck, Weber has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Cincinnati Reds. The veteran reliever, who surrendered two runs on two hits and three walks in just one inning of work in Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, will be sidelined indefinitely. Filling the spot in the bullpen will be Todd Coffey.
Weber is in his first season with the Reds after spending the majority of his major league career with the Angels. He has struggled in 10 relief appearances this year, posting an 8.03 ERA.
The Toronto Blue Jays have placed Zaun on the 15-day disabled list with a concussion. The Jays' catcher took a knee to the head and was carried off the field during Toronto's loss to Chicago Sunday, after sliding into second base to break up a double play. Zaun was unconscious briefly and had some difficulties breathing, but after staying at a Toronto hospital Sunday night, it appears he suffered no spinal cord damage or other injuries.
Zaun has two weeks to overcome post-concussion symptoms. The Jays have recalled catcher-first baseman Andy Dominique to take Zaun's roster spot.
The St. Louis Cardinals have recalled Mahoney from Triple-A Memphis, filling the roster spot of demoted reliever Bill Pulsipher. With Yadier Molina expected to miss at least a few days with a sprained ankle, Mahoney will serve as the primary backup to Einar Diaz behind the plate.
Mahoney has not seen action in the major leagues since the 2002 campaign. In 21 games with the minor league club this season, he is batting .212 with two home runs and seven RBI. Mahoney likely be sent back down once Molina is available, so he isn't worth a spot on your fantasy squad.
Overbay lasted just two innings in Sunday's game against the New York Mets, as he was replaced in the lineup by Wes Helms after reporting discomfort in his right hamstring. According to Brewers manager Ned Yost, the injury is considered minor, and the move was purely precautionary. The first baseman is not expected to miss much, if any, time. Consider him as day-to-day.
Overbay will be re-evaluated on Monday, but it doesn't appear anyone is overly concerned about the injury. In 28 games this season, he is batting .352 with six home runs and 21 RBI.
Phillips was nearly flawless at the plate in Sunday's win over the Cincinnati Reds, going 4-for-5, including the first grand slam of his major league career. Over his last four games, the Dodgers' catcher is 7-for-16 (.438) with three doubles, one home run, nine RBI and four runs scored.
Phillips, who was obtained in a trade with the New York Mets late in spring training, is batting .313 with one home run, 10 doubles and 21 RBI in 24 games this season.
After Gregg Zaun was sidelined with a concussion on Sunday, the Toronto Blue Jays have recalled Dominique from Triple-A Syracuse. The 29-year-old catcher-first baseman was 2-for-11 (.182) in a brief stint with Boston in 2004.
The injury to Zaun comes not long after the Jays tried to outright veteran catcher Greg Myers to Syracuse and lost him to free agency. Still, don't look for Dominique to catch much, as Ken Huckaby should get most of the starts while Zaun is out.
Zaun took a knee to the head and had to be carted off the field in the bottom of the ninth inning during Toronto's 5-4 loss to the White Sox Sunday. The Toronto catcher caught the knee of Chicago's Pedro Lopez while Zaun was sliding into second base to break up a double play. Zaun lay on the field for several minutes and was placed in a head and neck brace, though he appeared to be conscious as he was driven off the field. The game was delayed for 13 minutes.
Zaun is hitting .273 with three homers and 19 RBI for the Jays this season.
Molina will need more time to recover from the right quadriceps injury that he suffered in mid-April. It was thought the Angels' catcher would be back by now, but he ran the bases for the first time since he was hurt early this week, and he didn't run at full speed. Still, the Angels are encouraged that he's stepped up his workouts this week.
If Molina continues to progress, the Angels will re-evaluate his status this weekend. Under a best-case scenario, there's a slight chance Molina could be activated from the disabled list over the weekend.
The San Francisco Giants have purchased Accardo's contract from Double-A Norwich to add another arm to their bullpen. The righthander posted a 1-0 record and 0.93 ERA with four saves in 9.2 innings for the minor league club this season. Brad Hennessey was optioned to Triple-A Fresno to open a spot on the 25-man roster.
Accardo has experience as a closer -- 28 saves in the minors last year -- so the Giants might use him in some save situations going forward, especially considering veteran Armando Benitez is sidelined for the next four months. He could figure into the closer-by-committee mix, along with Matt Herges and Jeff Fassero.
Overbay recorded a career-high five hits in Sunday's victory over the Cincinnati Reds, going a perfect 5-for-5 with a double, home run, three RBI and two runs scored. After missing a couple of days last week with a gash on his chin, the Brewers' first baseman is 9-for-11 with three doubles, three home runs, three walks and seven RBI over his last three contests.
Overbay has hit safely in nine consecutive games, improving his batting average from .238 to .355 over that span. He has five home runs and 16 RBI in 76 at-bats on the year.
Overbay returned to the Milwaukee lineup with a bang on Friday, going 3-3 with two home runs.
Overbay has been absent from the Milwaukee Brewers' starting lineup since suffering a gash on his chin when he landed on the wall while making a catch in foul territory during the first inning of Tuesday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. However, the first baseman, who needed more than 15 stitches to close the wound, came in as a defensive replacement late in Thursday's contest, and he should return to regular duty at some point this weekend.
Overbay continues to be listed as day-to-day. In 20 games this season, he is batting .277 with two home runs and nine RBI. Jeff Cirillo and/or Russell Branyan will handle the first-base duties until Overbay is back in action.
On Wednesday, Chacin turned in his third quality start in five outings, upping his record to 4-1 with an 8-2 victory over Tampa Bay. The rookie lefthander limited the Rays to seven hits and two runs over 7.2 innings. For the season, the 24-year-old Chacin is 4-1 with a 2.48 ERA and 1.04 WHIP.
Chacin outpitched a more highly regarded lefthander, Tampa Bay's Scott Kazmir. The Toronto rookie has been a pleasant surprise after spending most of the last four seasons at the Double-A level. He's clearly taken the next step after going 16-2 (2.86 ERA) at Double-A New Hampshire in 2004, followed by a 2-0 stint in two starts at Triple-A Syracuse. No additional time at Syracuse seems to be needed.
Overbay was removed from Tuesday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals after landing on the wall while making a catch in foul territory during the first inning. The Brewers' first baseman, who was replaced in the lineup by veteran Jeff Cirillo, needed 12 stitches to close a cut on his chin. He has been listed as day-to-day.
According to manager Ned Yost, Overbay is quite sore, so the team plans to hold him out of action for at least one game, but an extended absence is not expected. In 19 contests this season, Overbay is batting .277 with two home runs and nine RBI.
Myers has declined an assignment to Triple-A Syracuse, and the the veteran catcher has decided to part ways with Toronto and become a free agent. The 39-year-old Myers was 1-for-12 (.083) with an RBI in six games with the Jays this season.
Taking Myers' spot on the Jays' roster is catcher Ken Huckaby, who was recalled from Syracuse on Tuesday.
Rehabbing a right quadriceps injury, Molina is once again squatting and throwing, two prerequisites of catching. The Angels' starting catcher is expected to be ready to return very near the date he is eligible to come off the disabled list, which is May 3.
Phillips went 1-for-3 in Thursday's loss to the San Diego Padres, extending his hitting streak to eight games. The Dodgers' catcher, who was obtained in a trade with the New York Mets late in spring training, is 11-for-27 (.407) with three doubles and five RBI over that span.
For the season, Phillips is batting .326 with nine RBI, and he's struck out just twice in 46 at-bats. He should continue to get the majority of the starts behind the plate for Los Angeles with Paul Bako serving as his primary backup.
Primarily due to his early season struggles, League has been optioned to Triple-A Syracuse by the Toronto Blue Jays. The 22-year-old righthander has made five relief appearances so far this year, posting a 6.75 ERA. He's allowed 13 hits, including two home runs, struck out eight and walked four in 9.1 innings of work. Matt Whiteside will be recalled to fill the void in the bullpen.
League is considered to be the Blue Jays' closer of the future, but obviously, he still has some work to do. He'll be back with the major league club later this season.
Molina strained his right quadriceps muscle while running the bases during the second inning of the Angels' Sunday loss to Oakland and was lifted for Josh Paul. The Angels' starting catcher is unlikely to play against Seattle on Monday.
Molina is considered day-to-day, but there is some speculation that he will go on the 15-day disabled list. Reportedly that could happen as soon as Monday, as the Angels are looking for a way to bring up third-base prospect Dallas McPherson for Monday's contest.
The Angels placed Molina on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a strained right quadriceps muscle. He was injured running the bases during the second inning of the Angels' loss to Oakland on Sunday.
Taking Molina's place on the roster will be third-base prospect Dallas McPherson. Look for Molina's brother Jose to get most of the starts behind the plate. Josh Paul is the other catcher on the Angels' roster.
After going more than two years without a complete game, Burnett has gone the distance in two consecutive outings. The Marlins' righthander scattered eight hits in an 8-2 victory over the Phillies last Tuesday before allowing just four hits in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Mets. Combined between the two games, Burnett struck out eight batters and walked three. He now has a franchise-best 12 career complete games.
Through three starts, Burnett is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. As long as he can avoid the arm problems that have plagued him in his young career, Burnett is a sold fantasy option.
Johnson tied a major league record on Saturday, when he was hit by pitches in three at-bats of Toronto's 8-0 win over Texas. Twice the Jays' outfielder was hit with the bases loaded, generating a pair of RBI. The last player to tie the mark was Johnson's current teammate, Corey Koskie, who was hit three times while with Minnesota in 2004.
After shutting out the Texas Rangers for eight innings in their hitter-friendly park on Saturday, Chacin has won all three of his 2005 starts. The 24-year-old rookie limited the Rangers to just two hits, and he now has allowed just three runs over 19 innings. His 1.42 ERA ranks third in the American League.
Chacin spent four summers at the Double-A level and finally broke through with a 16-2 (2.86) season at New Hampshire in 2004. By comparison, adjusting to the major league level has taken no time at all.
Halladay held the Texas Rangers' bats in check, going the distance in Thursday's 2-1 victory and notching the 16th complete game of his major league career. The Blue Jays' righthander scattered five hits, struck out nine and walked one to improve to 2-0 on the season and lower his ERA to 3.27.
After taking home the American League Cy Young honors in 2003, Halladay struggled with shoulder problems last season and was limited to just 21 starts. He went 8-8 with a 4.20 ERA in those appearances. Expect his 2005 totals to be more like 2003 than last year.
Burnett went the distance in Tuesday's victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, notching the 11th complete game of his major league career and first since August 18, 2002. The Marlins' righthander allowed two runs on eight hits, struck out three and did not walk a batter.
After missing the early part of the 2004 campaign while recovering from Tommy John surgery, Burnett returned to the Marlins' rotation and went 7-6 with a 3.68 ERA in 20 appearances. As long as he can avoid the arm problems that have plagued him in his young career, Burnett is a sold fantasy option.
With a solo shot in the second inning of Sunday's victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, Glaus homered for the fourth consecutive game, tying a Diamondbacks franchise record. The third baseman, who signed a four-year, $45 million contract with Arizona during the offseason, matched the club mark held by Reggie Sanders. Through six contests, he is batting .280 with four homers, two doubles, one triple, eight RBI and a stolen base.
As a member of the Angels, Glaus was limited to just 58 games last year because of shoulder injuries. It appears those ailments are no longer a problem, and he has settled in with his new team nicely. He should see some good pitches in the middle of the Diamondbacks' batting order, sandwiched between Luis Gonzalez and Shawn Green.
The Blue Jays activated Lilly from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday in time for him to make his first start of the 2005 campaign against the Red Sox. The lefthander did not work any major league games during spring training due to tendinitis in his pitching shoulder. Lilly made 32 starts for the Blue Jays in 2004, and led the club in strikeouts (168) and wins (12).
Lilly reported no problems after throwing in a extended spring training game on Tuesday and in the bullpen on Thursday. The Blue Jays' lefthander, who has been slowed in recent weeks by tendinitis in his pitching shoulder and a bruised ankle, is scheduled to take the mound against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.
Lilly's ailments prevented him from pitching in a major league exhibition game this spring, so the Blue Jays just want to be sure he gets enough work in before adding him to the rotation. In 32 starts last season, he was 12-10 with a 4.06 ERA and two complete games. He finished with 168 strikeouts and 89 walks in 197.1 innings.
The Toronto Blue Jays have purchased Myers' contract and added him to the 25-man roster. The veteran catcher, who missed most of last season with an ankle injury, inked a minor league deal with the club last November. He made his major league debut in 1987.
Myers is slated to serve as a backup to Gregg Zaun this season, so his fantasy value is minimal.
Lilly continues to recover from tendinitis in his pitching shoulder and a bruised ankle, and he is scheduled to throw 60-70 pitches in an extended spring training game on Tuesday. The lefthander currently is on the 15-day disabled list, but if he has no problems after the outing, he will be activated in time to take the mound against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.
Lilly's ailments prevented him from pitching in a major league exhibition game this spring, so the Blue Jays just want to be sure he gets enough work in before adding him to the rotation. In 32 starts last season, he was 12-10 with a 4.06 ERA and two complete games. He finished with 168 strikeouts and 89 walks in 197.1 innings.