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Brad Boxberger (R) Headshot

Boxberger (back) will be activated by the Rays sometime this weekend, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Boxberger was expected to be back with the club Friday, but will likely come back from the 60-day disabled list Saturday. He has made six relief appearances in the minors over the course of this month, and seems to be at or near 100 percent physically after dealing with a strained lat muscle since the beginning of this season.
4:47 pm (EST)
Brandon Finnegan (L) Headshot

Manager Bryan Price said Finnegan (shoulder) is an option to make start Monday's game against the Cardinals, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

With Amir Garrett heading back to Triple-A on Friday, Finnegan could return from the disabled list to take his next turn in the rotation. The 24-year-old tossed five innings for Triple-A Louisville in his third rehab start, so it appears he'll be ready to go in the near future even if he doesn't start Monday's contest.
4:47 pm (EST)
Jacoby Ellsbury (L) Headshot

Ellsbury (concussion) has cleared concussion protocol and will set out on a rehab assignment soon, MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports.

Ellsbury recently took batting practice Thursday and has felt good without any affects of the concussion that has sidelined him since May 24. The outfielder has missed nearly a month of action now, but the Yankees will still remain cautious with Ellsbury, especially with Aaron Hicks proving to be a viable fill-in. There should be information on Ellsbury's rehab stint within the next couple days.
4:42 pm (EST)
Tommy Pham (R) Headshot

Pham is not in the lineup Friday against the Pirates, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

Despite knocking three homers in his last three starts, Pham will head to the bench for a breather. Jose Martinez will start for him in left field while Dexter Fowler (quadriceps) returns to the lineup in center field.
4:36 pm (EST)
Eduardo Rodríguez (L) Headshot

Boston GM Dave Dombrowski said he hopes Rodriguez (knee) will rejoin the starting rotation after the All-Star break,Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com reports.

Rodriguez has been slowly working his way back from a knee injury suffered earlier this month and should be able to begin a rehab assignment soon. Nonetheless, the Red Sox will turn to newly-acquired Doug Fister as their fifth starter until the young left-hander is able to return to the big league roster. Look elsewhere for starting pitching depth until July 14.
4:35 pm (EST)
Chase Headley (B) Headshot

Headley (back) received an epidural injection Friday and will not be back until Sunday at the earliest, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

The Yankees are not planning on calling anyone up, so Ronald Torreyes will likely man third base as Headley recovers from his back spasms. Headley missed Thursday's game and could be out the entire weekend before returning for the Chicago series Monday.
4:34 pm (EST)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Headshot

Caldwell-Pope has been suspended for the first two games of the 2017-18 regular season, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports.

Caldwell-Pope's suspension stems from his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence back in March. A restricted free agent this offseason, Caldwell-Pope is expected to garner significant interest around the league, but the Pistons ultimately reserve the right to match any offer he receives. Despite the lottery selection of fellow sharpshooter Luke Kennard on Thursday, it's anticipated that Detroit will exercise its right to keep KCP, even though he'll now be forced to sit out the first couple games next season. Just 24 years old, Caldwell-Pope averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.0 three-pointers on 35 percent shooting from deep last season.
4:33 pm (EST)
Jhonny Peralta (R) Headshot

Peralta has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Red Sox and will report to Triple-A Pawtucket next week, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.

Peralta, who was released by the Cardinals earlier this month, will get another shot at continuing his career with the Red Sox, yet remains hard-pressed to find any room on a big-league roster. The 35-year-old languished over 21 games with St. Louis -- posting a .204 batting average and .462 OPS -- before being dropped from the roster. He could provide a utility bat for the team down the road, but likely assumes his duty as organizational depth until he can improve his offensive stats.
4:28 pm (EST)
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