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Xavier Cedeño Headshot

Cedeno (forearm) was examined by Rays team physician Dr. Koco Eaton on Monday and will seek a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews later in the week, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The veteran southpaw's prognosis has been somewhat foreboding since his placement on the 10-day disabled list with what was described as "tightness" in the forearm. With rumblings of a potential months-long absence, Cedeno and the team will make sure to exhaust their options in evaluating the injury, with a visit to the renowned Alabama surgeon the next step in that process.
10:28 am (EST)
Jorge De La Rosa Headshot

De La Rosa surrendered solo homer and a base hit, but struck out two batters in the eighth inning to record his fourth hold of the season in Monday's 7-6 win over the Padres.

For the third time in four days, manager Torey Lovullo deployed the lefty out of the bullpen, though De La Rosa's outing didn't go as smoothly as the previous two. While Lovullo's decision to use De La Rosa late in a two-run game indicates the veteran has gained some trust at the back end of the bullpen, it doesn't appear that he'll be under consideration for the opening in the Diamondbacks rotation that was created earlier Monday by Shelby Miller (forearm) landing on the 10-day DL. Instead, look for the Diamondbacks to delve into their Triple-A ranks for a starter or turn to long reliever Archie Bradley when Miller's next turn comes up Friday against the Rockies.
10:25 am (EST)
Matt Duffy Headshot

Duffy (heel) is traveling with the team and continuing onfield work during the current road trip, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Duffy has been trending in the right direction lately, having resumed full batting practice and a running program last week. However, he's yet to run full speed or on the bases, so a mid-to-late May return remains the most optimistic prognosis at present.
10:16 am (EST)
Mark Melancon Headshot

Melancon pitched a scoreless ninth inning with just a single hit allowed and a strikeout to record his fourth save of the season during Monday's win over the Dodgers.

Since a poor outing on Opening Day (four hits and two runs allowed), Melancon has now strung together five scoreless innings over five appearances with six strikeouts and four saves. After the bullpen struggles the Giants endured in 2016, Melancon's job is probably one of the more secure among his ninth-inning peers, and San Francisco forked over big money for his services for a reason. With a 1.96 ERA and 0.92 WHIP over the past four seasons, he's also proven to be one of the more reliable fantasy closers.
10:15 am (EST)
Mallex Smith Headshot

Smith (hamstring) put in his rehab work in extended spring training Monday and is scheduled to play for High-A Charlotte on Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The speedster is thus due to jump back into game action a week after he resumed running and six days after starting batting practice in his rehab process. Smith is still on track to rejoin the Rays later in the week assuming no setbacks.
10:10 am (EST)
Tommy Hunter Headshot

Hunter (calf) could be sidelined into June, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The veteran reliever exited Saturday's game against Houston after straining his right calf attempting to cover first, and it now appears the injury could derail him much longer that previously thought. Hunter had been one of the pleasant bullpen surprises for manager Kevin Cash in the early going, generating a 1.08 ERA and 0.96 WHIP over 10 appearances.
10:06 am (EST)
Mike Trout Headshot

Trout went 1-for-4 with a triple and a run scored during Monday's win over Toronto.

With 12 runs, five home runs, 14 RBI, four stolen bases and a .346/.416/.679 slash line, Trout is kick-starting another dominant fantasy campaign. He's reached base in 20 of 21 games this season and has registered nine multi-hit showings. At 25, Trout's just entering his prime, too.
10:05 am (EST)
Kevin Kiermaier Headshot

Kiermaier returned to the starting lineup Monday against the Orioles but still doesn't feel completely over the illness that recently plagued him, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Kiemaier was forced from Friday's and Saturday's games versus the Astros with a virus that produced symptoms such as a sore throat, light-headedness and general weakness. The 27-year-old still doesn't feel full recovered despite his return, which may partly explain an 0-for-5 night Monday that included three strikeouts.
10:00 am (EST)
Francisco Liriano Headshot

Liriano (1-2) allowed only two runs on five hits and four walks while striking out two batters over 5.1 innings during Monday's loss to the Angels.

This wasn't Liriano's best outing, and considering he allowed nine baserunners, he was probably lucky to exit with just two runs allowed. It was also a discouraging followup to his previous two strong outings, as he held Boston and Baltimore to just two runs while striking out 16 batters over 12 innings. It isn't out of the question that Liriano continues to show game-to-game inconsistency going forward, and he might not see an uptick in run support. Liriano faces Tampa Bay next, which will be an interesting matchup after he recorded just a single out and allowed five runs to the Rays before exiting in the first inning of his first start of the year.
9:54 am (EST)
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