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Ezequiel Carrera Headshot

Carrera is not in the lineup Friday against the Rays.

With southpaw Blake Snell toeing the rubber for the Rays, Carrera will cede his left field duties to Steve Pearce, which will continue to be the case against most lefties.
5:53 pm (EST)
Devin Mesoraco Headshot

Mesoraco will play in half of the team's next 10 games so that he will have the chance to catch each of the Reds' starting pitchers, C. Trent Rosencrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Although this only a concrete plan for the next 10 games, Rosencrans also reported that he could continue to platoon with Tucker Barnhart going forward. However, if Mesoraco can show signs of the potential he displayed in his breakout 2014 season, regaining his status as everyday catcher is not out of the realm of possibility.
5:52 pm (EST)
Russell Martin Headshot

Martin is not in the lineup Friday against the Rays.

After catching 11 innings in each of his last two starts, Martin will head to the bench. Recently promoted Luke Maile will get the start behind the dish in his stead.
5:49 pm (EST)
Júnior Guerra Headshot

Guerra (calf) has begun throwing bullpen session and is close to beginning a rehab assignment, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.

Guerra has been out since going down on April 3 with a right calf strain. Per McCalvy, the Brewers plan to have him throw live BP during their next road trip and then will send him on a rehab assignment if there are no setbacks.
5:47 pm (EST)
Chi Chi Gonzalez Headshot

Gonzalez will have have an MRI taken on his injured elbow Thursday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Gonzalez, who is on the 60-day DL with a partial UCL tear, could begin a throwing program in the near future if the MRI reveals significant progress in his elbow. His status should be updated further once the results of the tests are known.
5:37 pm (EST)
Sammy Solis Headshot

Solis said Friday that the MRI on his elbow revealed nerve inflammation but did not show any ligament damage, Mark Zuckerman of MASN reports.

The fact there appeared to be no ligament damage has to be extremely positive news for the Nationals considering that it likely means he won't have to miss nearly as much time as they originally feared. It's unknown how long it will take for the nerve irritation subside, but this likely means Solis should be able return in a matter of weeks.
5:36 pm (EST)
Aarón Sánchez Headshot

Sanchez (finger) is the Blue Jays' expected starter Sunday against the Rays, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

Sanchez had no trouble getting through a side bullpen session with his finger unwrapped Friday, essentially clearing the way for him to start the series finale against the Rays. Sanchez has surrendered six runs on 11 hits with a 9:4 K:BB in two starts (12.1 innings) so far this season.
5:26 pm (EST)
JaCoby Jones Headshot

Jones had the stitches in his lip removed Friday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

With the stitches removed, Jones should be good to head out on a rehab assignment. The Tigers want him to see live pitching in the minors so he can clear any mental hurdles stemming from the hit-by-pitch that resulted in a lip laceration.
5:15 pm (EST)
Miguel Cabrera Headshot

Cabrera (groin) did some light jogging and took batting practice Friday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

Barring any setbacks, it appears Cabrera should be activated from the disabled list when first eligible on Tuesday. John Hicks should continue to fill in at first base until then.
5:03 pm (EST)
Cam Talbot Headshot

Talbot will tend the twine for Friday's Game 2 in Anaheim.

Talbot has won his last three starts and posted a .926 save percentage and 2.12 GAA over that span. The Ontario native has had his fair share of struggles at Honda Center, allowing a total of eight goals in two regular season losses, but he also posted a 26-save shutout on Jan. 26, so he'll likely be hoping for the form he displayed in the latter contest rather than the former two.
4:58 pm (EST)
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