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Update: According to Ed Werder of ESPN, Tony Romo’s back has improved “only slightly” since receiving an epidural injection and other treatment. Per Werder, Romo hasn’t attended practice, a team meeting, or a game-planning session this week. Which suggests that Romo has been spending a lot of time off his feet and in turn away from being actively involved in planning for the franchise’s latest playoff play-in game. And so the signs continue to point strongly to Romo not playing and Kyle Orton getting the nod. Barring some sort of a miracle.

Rockies recalled LHP Chris Rusin from Triple-A Albuquerque.

With the Rockies' doubleheader Wednesday, they are allotted a 26th man for the roster and they've opted to go with Rusin as an extra arm for the bullpen. He hasn't exactly looked his best down at Triple-A this season -- 6.23 ERA, 1.84 WHIP, 10:5 K:BB over 21 2/3 innings (four starts) -- but he's only up for the short run here. Analysis: Howard Bender

Randal Grichuk took batting practice on Tuesday for the first time since going on the disabled list on April 17 with a back injury.

We saw Grichuk play in extended spring training games last Friday with no setbacks. The Cardinals could just skip his rehab assignment all together and get the call back to St. Louis. It looks like all signs point to him returning in the coming week. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Josh Hamilton is scheduled to play his second extended spring training game Wednesday after getting a day off Tuesday.

We should see Hamilton get his rehab assignment later this week but for now we'll have to see how he reacts to these extended spring training games. The goal for the Rangers is to see him in their lineup before the end of May.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Justin Verlander (triceps) has been cleared to resume a throwing program.

This right triceps strain has taken much longer than expected in recovery but a third MRI taken Tuesday apparently showed sufficient healing. There is no throwing program in place as of yet but we know he'll be built back up slowly and won't return until next month. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Angel Pagan has returned to the Giants starting lineup Wednesday.

This is just a typical afternoon off after playing the night before for Angel Pagan. There is no injury concern here, just a regular scheduled day of rest on the day. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Buster Posey is not in the Giants starting lineup Wednesday.

This is just a typical afternoon off after playing the night before for Buster Posey. There is no injury concern here, just a regular scheduled day of rest on the day. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Rockies closer Adam Ottavino, who could be facing Tommy John surgery, is expected to receive "another opinion or two" on his injured right elbow, manager Walt Weiss told MLB Network Radio on Wednesday.

Ottavino and the team are exhausting all options before making the decision to have Tommy John surgery. It looks like a forgone conclusion that it will happen but you can't fault the guy for trying to avoid it at all costs.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

According to the Wells report, It is more probable than not that the Patriots personnel participated in violations of the Playing Rules. The report also states, there was wrongdoing or knowledge of wrongdoing by Patriots ownership, coach Belichick and other Patriot coaches.

Deflategate just won't go away. We will be hearing all off-season from this Wells report and their findings on whether or not the Patriots were willingly violating league rules. It will be a messy situation when it all comes to a head. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Cory Spangenberg gets another start Wednesday, playing third base and hitting second against the Giants.

Will Middlebrooks gets a routine day of rest on Wednesday while Spangenberg plays third base. Jedd Gyorko slots in at second base for the Padres this afternoon against the Giants. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Head Coach Doc Rivers said he doubts Chris Paul will play Wednesday.

The Clippers getting the win in Game 1 on the road made this an easier decision for Doc Rivers. This means that the combination of Austin Rivers and Jamaal Crawford will handle the point guard duties with Paul out of the lineup. Blake Griffin will have to carry the load again in Game 2.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Jayson Werth's surgically repaired right shoulder is still cranky according to Manager Matt Williams.

Jayson Werth is out of the Nationals' lineup for the second straight game. The team is chalking this up as a part of the normal recovery process after Werth's offseason shoulder surgery. He will be available off the bench Wednesday and return to the lineup Friday. He is only hitting .176/.247/.203 on the season. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Eduardo Nuñez (strained oblique) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.

The Twins haven't said whether they think the minimum time off will do it here, but we're all very aware of the lingering effects an oblique injury can have. The Twins have brought up switch-hitting Doug Bernier for now and will re-evaluate things closer to the end of his DL stint. Analysis: Howard Bender

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