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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)
Domingo Santana Headshot

Santana is not in Friday's lineup against the Braves.

Friday marks Santana's third time being left out of the lineup this week. Given that he's gotten off to a disappointing start at the plate this season, manager Craig Counsell may be trying to give his young outfielder some added time to try to get refreshed and reset his mindset. Nonetheless, Santana is a good bet to return to the Brewers' lineup on Saturday.
4:49 pm (EST)
Brian McCann Headshot

McCann is not in the lineup Friday against the Athletics.

After starting each of the last three games (two at catcher, one at DH), McCann will head to the bench as Gattis serves as backstop for the second straight game. The 33-year-old is slashing .279/.375/.443 with three homers and 11 RBI through 17 games.
4:44 pm (EST)
John Gibson Headshot

Gibson is slated to start Friday night's Game 2 against the Oilers.

Gibson got lit up to the tune of four goals in the Game 1 loss, but it's actually Anaheim's defense that has been more of the issue -- the 31 shots on goal they allowed Wednesday was actually the lowest total they've allowed during the whole postseason. This represents a problem if the Ducks' offense can't get it going, especially considering Gibson will have to face shots from an offense led by Connor McDavid.
4:43 pm (EST)
George Springer Headshot

Springer (hamstring) is playing center field and batting leadoff Friday against the Athletics.

Springer is back in the Astros' lineup after missing the last four games with a hamstring injury. With Jose Altuve (shoulder) also returning to the lineup, the Astros will be at full strength against the A's. Springer has a team-leading seven homers and 13 RBI this season, so look for him to continue to swing a big bat upon his return.
4:40 pm (EST)
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