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Tomas Plekanec Headshot

Plekanec will join the Czech Republic for the 2017 IIHF World Championship, Zdenek Matejovsky of Czech TV Nova reports.

Not only will Plekanec suit up for his country, he is expected to serve as the captain. The 34-year-old started the postseason off strong with three points in the opening three outings, but was held off the scoresheet for Games 4, 5, and 6. The center experienced a significant drop in production this past year as he managed just 28 points -- the lowest total of his career.
11:45 am (EST)
Jhonny Peralta Headshot

Peralta (illness) could be out another week or so as he recovers from the taxing medication, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

General manager John Mozeliak said the medication Peralta is taking needs 10 to 14 days to leave the body and serves as a prerequisite to returning to baseball activities. "The biggest thing for him is getting his energy and his strength back," said the GM, "The medication he took didn't sit well, so he's seeing side effects." Peralta will continue to build up strength within the next few days and should return to a reserve infield role upon his return to action.
11:45 am (EST)
Miguel Socolovich Headshot

Socolovich (0-1) gave up an unearned run on one hit over 2.2 innings in Tuesday's 6-5 extra-inning loss to the Blue Jays. He also recorded a strikeout.

Socolovich was a tough-luck loser, as he performed superbly after coming on with one out in the ninth. The veteran reliever snuffed out the potential for further damage after the Blue Jays had already taken a 5-4 lead by inducing an inning-ending double play from Kendrys Morales, but had a costly hiccup when he surrendered a pinch-hit double to pitcher Marcus Stroman in the 12th, who eventually scored what would be the winning run. Despite the disappointing outcome, it was the second consecutive strong outing for Socolovich after giving up five earned runs and failing to record an out against the Yankees on April 16.
11:40 am (EST)
Matt Murray Headshot

Murray (lower body) will likely miss at least the start of the Pens' second-round matchup with Washington, Sam Werner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

As previously reported, Murray has yet to resume skating which doesn't bode well for his chances of getting back onto the bench any time soon. Additionally, considering the performance of fellow netminder Marc-Andre Fleury, it seems unlikely Murray will get back into the crease even once he is cleared to play. At this point, the Pittsburgh goal once again belongs to the Flower.
11:39 am (EST)
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)
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