UPDATES & NEWS
Michael Pineda (shoulder) will begin a throwing program on Saturday.
A season that started out with much promise has gone down in flames. It was reported last week that Pineda would be out until at least August. Given his track record, that could easily mean that he will be out for the season. Before jumping the gun on Pineda's demise, it would only be proper to see if he can handle a throwing program. We should know Pineda's season status within weeks.ANALYST: David Kerr
Fernando Rodney has hit a recent rough patch, but said he's put it behind him.
Rodney's closing job is in danger right now, as they 38-year old has already blown a save and has given up in seven runs 3 1/3 innings. Carson Smith could be next in line for saves should Rodney be removed from the job, though Yoervis Medina is another option in the back of the bullpen. As a closer, Rodney will have to have a short term memory and put the issues behind him, as he has a great track record and the stuff is still there for him to succeed in the ninth inning. Analysis: Ben Diamond