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DFS MLB Hitting Coach: April 26
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Félix Hernández Headshot

Hernandez will head back to Seattle to undergo an MRI on his right shoulder after he experienced tightness during his start in Tuesday's 19-9 loss to the Tigers, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

The Mariners are in the midst of a 10-game road trip, so assuming Hernandez remains in Seattle until the team returns, he'll miss at least his next scheduled turn Sunday in Cleveland. Mariners manager Scott Servais characterized Hernandez's injury as "dead arm as much as anything," so there seems to be optimism that an MRI won't turn up any structural damage. Hernandez, who was pulled after two innings Tuesday upon giving up four runs on six hits and two walks, has been a paragon of health for much of his career, requiring just two trips to the disabled list.
11:35 am (EST)
Devin Mesoraco Headshot

Mesoraco (hip, shoulder) will be activated by the Reds on Friday, C. Trent Rosencrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Mesoraco completed his rehab assignment with Double-A Pensacola on Tuesday and it appears the long-awaited return is finally in sight. The 28-year-old hasn't played in a major-league game in over a year and hasn't made it through an entire season since 2014, so expectations should be greatly tempered regarding his durability. Additionally, the Reds will keep catchers Tucker Barnhart and Stuart Turner on the roster as Mesoraco eases back into action, meaning he won't be playing in an everyday capacity right away. The veteran catcher hit just .170/.291/.255 over 13 games with Pensacola.
11:33 am (EST)
Jose Martinez Headshot

Martinez went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 6-5 extra-inning loss to the Blue Jays.

The 28-year-old launched a 380-foot game-tying blast off reliever Joe Biagini in the seventh, evening the score at 4-4 after the Blue Jays had gone ahead in the visitors' half of the frame. It was Martinez's first career homer and came just one game after his nine-game hitting streak was snapped. The long-time minor leaguer has carried over an impressive spring into the regular season, as he's now slashing .375/.429/.531 over his first 36 plate appearances.
11:33 am (EST)
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 this weekend or early next week. 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)
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