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Chad Billingsley had contrast MRI today that showed his ligament is fine. He has tendinitis in his elbow and will be shut down temporarily.

16 Apr, 08:34 PMSource

Adam Jones returned to the lineup Wednesday and went 2-for-4 with one RBI against the Rays.

There's a nasty flu running rampant through clubhouses right now and it took it's toll on Jones who was 2-for-17 over his last four games. He still wasn't at 100-percent which is why he slotted in as the designated hitter for this game, but he seemed to be better at the plate with his first multi-hit game in a week.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

16 Apr, 08:15 PMSource

Tommy Hunter picked up his fourth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning against the Rays on Wednesday. He allowed one hit and struck out one.

After back-to-back outings where Hunter allowed a run in each, Orioles manager Buck Showalter gave his closer a vote of confidence and assured fantasy owners that he [Hunter] was in no danger of losing his job. Hunter responded with this outing and all is right in the Baltimore ninth-inning universe. He's shown some nice improvement against left-handers this year, so continue to roll with Hunter for saves and a decent strikeout supplement.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

16 Apr, 08:14 PMSource

Miguel Gonzalez tossed five scoreless innings and gave up three hits and three walks with six strikeouts against the Rays on Wednesday.

While Gonzalez did a better job of keeping the runs off the board than his counterpart, Jake Odorizzi, he too struggled with his command, needing 98 pitches (62 strikes) to finish five innings. He spent the majority of his time behind in the count but was still able to get several impatient Rays hitters to fish for pitches outside the zone. He's going to need to improve that command and learn to pound the strike zone better when he heads up north to hitter-friendly Toronto next week.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

16 Apr, 08:12 PMSource

Wil Myers went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts against the Orioles on Wednesday and is now batting .200 on the year with just two extra-base hits over the team's first 13 games.

Myers appeared to be working his way out of his early slump with a four-game hit streak, but he came up empty Tuesday and then turned in another doughnut in this game. He's struck out 16 times this season to just four walks and appears to be pressing at the plate a bit. Rays manager Joe Maddon may give him a game or two off this week to help him clear his head.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

16 Apr, 08:10 PMSource

Jake Odorizzi allowed three runs on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts over five innings against the Orioles on Wednesday.

Command was definitely an issue for Odorizzi in this one as he needed 95 pitches (59 strikes) to make it through the five frames. He had trouble getting ahead of hitters and never really looked comfortable out there. Fortunately for him, the Orioles weren't swinging the lumber and he was able to work himself out of a couple of jams, but not every opposing lineup is going to be that forgiving. He'll see a relatively soft match-up with Minnesota for his next time out.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

16 Apr, 08:06 PMSource

Scott Kazmir said he had a great bullpen session Wednesday with no triceps pain. 

The triceps soreness that Kazmir experienced the other day seemed relatively minor and neither he nor the team seemed overwhelmingly concerned, even with his lengthy injury history. Look for him to maybe throw another session before his next scheduled start just to be sure, but so far it looks like all is well.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

16 Apr, 07:43 PMSource

Brandon Crawford has some tightness in his right leg. He said he's available and hopes to be ready Thursday.

This sounds fairly minor, but given the time of year, it's always best to play it safe. Joaquin Arias will get the nod and if the Giants need Crawford late in the game, he should be available.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

16 Apr, 07:38 PMSource

Kole Calhoun has a bad ligament sprain in his ankle and he'll be out 4-6 weeks.

Tough luck for Calhoun as he was in the midst of a golden opportunity, batting leadoff for the Angels and hitting in front of Mike Trout. If you can stash him on your DL, then obviously that helps, but if you've been hit hard with injuries this year, then the injury is lengthy enough that you can drop him. The Halos are going to have some lousy time trying to replace him with a mixture of J.B. Schuck, Collin Cowgill and recently called-up Brennan Boesch.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

16 Apr, 07:28 PMSource

Tyler Moore is now in the Nationals starting lineup on Wednesday.

Tonight is not the night to target Nats bats as they are facing Marlins sophomore sensation Jose Fernandez in Miami.
Analyst: Michael Pichan  View Profile

16 Apr, 06:45 PMSource

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