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Zack Greinke's calf feels no different than it did yesterday. Manager Don Mattingly said the team is going to be real cautious with him and no timetable for his return.

Well that's a bummer. The injury was deemed minor in the grand scheme of things as it didn't involve the shoulder or the elbow, but a lingering calf problem can just as easily derail a season. The Dodgers are justified in their cautious approach, so expect Greinke to be idle for more than just a few days here. How this will affect his status for Opening Day is yet to be determined.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Nelson Cruz hit a three-run, game-winning homer en route to his 1-for-4 performance in the Mariners' 3-0 win over Tampa Bay.

Cruz's 18th blast gave the Mariners the win, on a day they could barely muster any offense off starter Chris Archer. It was only the third hit of the day for the Mariners, but it was loudest and biggest as the M's finally climbed to .500 on the season. He now ranks first in HR, RBI, SLG, and OPS in the American League. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Update: Kevin Kiermaier left Wednesday's game with an ankle injury and X-rays taken were negative.

Consider Kiermaier day-to-day for now. he may miss a few with what seems to just be a sprain, but it doesn't appear as if a DL stint will be necessary. Analysis: Howard Bender

Chris Archer gave up two hits and struck out 12 over eight scoreless innings, but got a no-decision on Wednesday.

Archer was able to put together a masterpiece with 12 strikeouts and only threw 95 pitches. There will be some questions around why he didn't come back out after closer Brad Boxberger gave up the game in the ninth. For fantasy sake, this was Archer's fifth start with no earned runs allow, lowering his ERA to 2.12, but still remains 5-4 on the season. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Felix Hernandez threw a complete game shut-out while striking out eight and only giving up four hits in Wednesday's win over the Rays.

The King delivered a beauty on Wednesday, blanking the Rays over just 101 pitches. He lowered his ERA to 1.91 with a WHIP of 0.89 making him the best pitcher in the AL currently. Hernandez is 8-1, has 71 strikeouts and now has a complete game on the 2015 resume. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Jorge Soler is not in the Cubs starting lineup on Wednesday.

This appears to just be a routine day off for Soler. He had a four-game hit streak working but went 0-for-4 Tuesday, so now seems as good a time for a day off as any. Junior Lake will fill in for him Wednesday. Analysis: Howard Bender

Miguel Montero is not in the Cubs starting lineup on Wednesday.

David Ross is Jon Lester's personal catcher so Montero will take a seat for Wednesday's action. This is the way it is every five games so you should be used to it by now. Analysis: Howard Bender

Matt Forte confirmed on Wednesday that he will report to training camp on time despite the Chicago Bears' refusal to extend his contract.

It's going to be a tough season for Forte as coach John Fox has already said that he sees a reduction in touches for him and he's nearing the dreaded age of 30, a time when running backs not named Fred Jackson, begin to decline. He doesn't want to come off as a malcontent if he does have to deal with free agency next year and he also needs to prove himself to the new coaching regime in Chicago. Given the uneasy state of the running back position, he still remains a top option. Just don't be afraid to sell high early in the year if the opportunity presents itself. Analysis: Howard Bender

Devin Mesoraco (hip impingement) will make a decision on if he will undergo season ending surgery fairly soon.

Jeez. How long must this charade go on? This has literally been the most annoying situation in baseball as the Reds have mishandled Mesoraco's injury and rehab from start to finish. The fact that he hasn't decided on whether or not surgery is necessary is almost as laughable as the team refusing to put him on the DL this whole time. Drop him. Drop him now. Even if he doesn't have surgery, how much work is he really going to see where he's actually productive? Analysis: Howard Bender

Kevin Kiermaier has been removed from Wednesday's game with a possible injury.

No word yet on the nature or extent of the possible injury,so we'll have to wait until the team makes an announcement. He was 0-for-2 before being removed and replaced by Tim Beckham. Analysis: Howard Bender

Cardinals recalled C Ed Easley from Triple-A Memphis.

Easley has been batting .295 with three home runs and 18 RBI over 33 games at Triple-A so far and could get some work at first base against right-handed pitching. He might be worth a short-term look in NL-only leagues, depending on how long Matt Adams is going to be out. Analysis: Howard Bender

Cardinals placed Matt Adams (strained right quadriceps) on the 15-day disabled list.

Adams was removed from Tuesday's game with the quad injury and will now hit the DL for at least the 15 days, possibly more depending on how he heals. Mark Reynolds is expected to fill in primarily, though there are likely others who may take some hacks against right-handed pitchers. Analysis: Howard Bender

Orioles reinstate INF Ryan Flaherty from the 15-day disabled list.

Flaherty will rejoin the Orioles, though likely as a utility man rather than the starting second baseman. Everth Cabrera seems to have grabbed the job and with J.J. Hardy back at short, there's limited space for Flaherty. He'll serve as the primary utility guy until the next injury occurs. Analysis: Howard Bender

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