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DFS MLB Pitching Coach: April 26
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Jorge Soler Headshot

Soler (oblique) is 4-for-17 with two home runs, four RBI and a 2:5 BB:K through five rehab games with Triple-A Omaha.

Soler hit his second homer with Omaha on Tuesday, a solo shot in the first inning off Odrisamer Despaigne. Manager Ned Yost did not offer up a possible return date for Soler when asked Tuesday, according to Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star, but it would not be a surprise if the Royals activated Soler at some point this weekend. Kansas City could use a jolt on offense as they currently rank dead last in the major leagues in runs scored (52).
11:30 am (EST)
Shae Simmons Headshot

Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said Tuesday that Simmons (forearm) isn't close to returning to active duty, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Simmons has begun a throwing program and is being evaluated on an ongoing basis, but it doesn't sound as though the Mariners are inclined to send him out on a minor-league rehab assignment in the near future. Considering Simmons missed all of 2015 and most of 2016 while recovering from Tommy John surgery, it's not overly surprising that the Mariners are acting cautiously with him while he deals with another forearm injury. The 26-year-old could work in middle relief for the Mariners once he's eventually activated from the disabled list.
11:26 am (EST)
Matt Bowman Headshot

Bowman gave up two earned runs on a hit and a walk over one inning in Tuesday's 6-5 extra-inning loss to the Blue Jays. He struck out two. The outing marked the end of Bowman's 19.2-inning scoreless streak.

The 25-year-old saw his ERA take a hit for the first time since Sept. 6 of last season when he allowed a seventh-inning triple to Kevin Pillar. Bowman did notch multiple strikeouts for the first time in 12 trips to the mound this season and naturally remains one of Mike Matheny's must trusted options out of the bullpen.
11:26 am (EST)
Shawn O'Malley Headshot

Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said Tuesday that O'Malley (appendectomy) isn't close to returning to active duty, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

In addition to the appendectomy, O'Malley is also still recovering from a right shoulder issue, according to Dipoto. The utility man's absence has mostly gone unnoticed, as O'Malley's placement on the disabled list to begin the season allowed Taylor Motter to make the 25-man roster. Motter has been one of the club's more effective power bats, with 11 of his 14 hits going for extra bases.
11:22 am (EST)
Aarón Sánchez Headshot

Sanchez (finger) could start Sunday against the Rays, Sportsnet.ca reports.

Sanchez threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, incorporating all of his pitches, although he did have tape around his injured finger. The plan is for him to throw on the side again Friday, this time without the protective covering, and if all goes well, he could return for the series finale against Tampa Bay. Sanchez has given up six runs on 11 hits (including three homers) with a 9:4 K:BB in two starts so far this season.
11:21 am (EST)
Rajon Rondo Headshot

Rondo (thumb) will not play during Wednesday's Game 5 against the Celtics, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.

Though Rondo was preparing an attempt to play in Game 5, he's ultimately been ruled out after going through his own individual practice session, which seemingly didn't pan out the way that the Bulls and Rondo hoped. He also had another X-ray Tuesday night, which revealed no changes. That being said, the fact that he put up shots and was able to participate in an individual practice session is a reason for optimism for a Game 6 or 7 return, depending on how the series swings.
11:15 am (EST)
Troy Tulowitzki Headshot

An MRI on Tulowitzki's strained right hamstring revealed no surprises, Sportsnet.ca reports.

While the Blue Jays have not offered up an estimated timetable for Tulowitzki's return to action, one should start to take shape as he begins ramping up his baseball activities. Tulowitzki hit the 10-day DL on Saturday, meaning May 2 would be his earliest possible return date. The 32-year-old is batting .263/.295/.386 with one home run and 10 RBI through 16 games this season.
11:13 am (EST)
Gift Ngoepe Headshot

Ngoepe is expected to be called up by the Pirates on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

Ngoepe provides some depth to a Pirates' infield hampered by the absences of David Freese (hamstring) and Adam Frazier (hamstring). The 27-year-old is slashing .241/.308/.379 with four RBI for Triple-A Indianapolis this season and would be the first South African to ever play in the MLB if he gets into a game, but will likely be sent back down once the regulars are up to full health. Don't expect any miraculous performances from the career .232 hitter.
11:09 am (EST)
Manny Piña Headshot

Pina is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds.

Jett Bandy will take over behind the plate following three consecutive starts for Pina. While Pina went hitless in Tuesday's win, snapping a 10-game hitting streak, he did walk twice and score two runs. Pina is making contact at an outstanding clip and there's more power in his bat than he's shown (four homers during spring training). There's a growing case for Pina even in shallower formats.
11:05 am (EST)
Chase Whitley Headshot

Whitley (1-0) tossed three perfect innings in Tuesday's 2-0 win over the Orioles, recording three strikeouts. He was also credited with his second hold of the season.

Whitley fired 41 pitches overall, 27 of which hit the strike zone. He consistently got ahead of hitters, notching first-pitch strikes on all but two of the men he faced, and he now has four consecutive scoreless multi-inning appearances to open 2017. The 27-year-old's ability to eat up innings and his stellar work thus far figure to continue earning him an abundance of opportunity for the foreseeable future.
11:00 am (EST)
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