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Jacoby Ellsbury (L) Headshot

Ellsbury (concussion) has cleared concussion protocol and will set out on a rehab assignment soon,'s Bryan Hoch reports.

Ellsbury recently took batting practice Thursday and has felt good without any affects of the concussion that has sidelined him since May 24. The outfielder has missed nearly a month of action now, but the Yankees will still remain cautious with Ellsbury, especially with Aaron Hicks proving to be a viable fill-in. There should be information on Ellsbury's rehab stint within the next couple days.
4:42 pm (EST)
Tommy Pham (R) Headshot

Pham is not in the lineup Friday against the Pirates, Jenifer Langosch of reports.

Despite knocking three homers in his last three starts, Pham will head to the bench for a breather. Jose Martinez will start for him in left field while Dexter Fowler (quadriceps) returns to the lineup in center field.
4:36 pm (EST)
Eduardo Rodríguez (L) Headshot

Boston GM Dave Dombrowski said he hopes Rodriguez (knee) will rejoin the starting rotation after the All-Star break,Ryan Hannable of reports.

Rodriguez has been slowly working his way back from a knee injury suffered earlier this month and should be able to begin a rehab assignment soon. Nonetheless, the Red Sox will turn to newly-acquired Doug Fister as their fifth starter until the young left-hander is able to return to the big league roster. Look elsewhere for starting pitching depth until July 14.
4:35 pm (EST)
Chase Headley (B) Headshot

Headley (back) received an epidural injection Friday and will not be back until Sunday at the earliest, Bryan Hoch of reports.

The Yankees are not planning on calling anyone up, so Ronald Torreyes will likely man third base as Headley recovers from his back spasms. Headley missed Thursday's game and could be out the entire weekend before returning for the Chicago series Monday.
4:34 pm (EST)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Headshot

Caldwell-Pope has been suspended for the first two games of the 2017-18 regular season, Keith Langlois of reports.

Caldwell-Pope's suspension stems from his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence back in March. A restricted free agent this offseason, Caldwell-Pope is expected to garner significant interest around the league, but the Pistons ultimately reserve the right to match any offer he receives. Despite the lottery selection of fellow sharpshooter Luke Kennard on Thursday, it's anticipated that Detroit will exercise their right to keep KCP, even though he'll now be forced to sit out the first couple games next season. Just 24 years old, Caldwell-Pope averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.0 three-pointers on 35 percent shooting from deep last season.
4:33 pm (EST)
Jhonny Peralta (R) Headshot

Peralta has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Red Sox and will report to Triple-A Pawtucket next week, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.

Peralta, who was released by the Cardinals earlier this month, will get another shot at continuing his career with the Red Sox, yet remains hard-pressed to find any room on a big-league roster. The 35-year-old languished over 21 games with St. Louis -- posting a .204 batting average and .462 OPS -- before being dropped from the roster. He could provide a utility bat for the team down the road, but likely assumes his duty as organizational depth until he can improve his offensive stats.
4:28 pm (EST)
Doug Fister (R) Headshot

Fister will get his first start with Boston on Sunday against the Angels, Ryan Hannable of WEEI reports.

Fister is set to join the team Saturday morning and make his first start against the team that released him just two days ago. The right-hander has not pitched in a major-league game yet this season, but has collected two wins over the course of three starts in the minors. Although his last start was a little rocky, he has tossed 15 innings overall in the past month, posting a 4.20 ERA with 10 strikeouts and five walks allowed. During his time with Houston last year, he accumulated a 4.64 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP over 32 starts, and the 33-year-old will try to prove he still has something left in the tank against his former team this weekend.
4:26 pm (EST)
Lucas Sims (R) Headshot

Sims, 23, has a 3.94 ERA and 81:29 K:BB in 80 innings for Triple-A Gwinnett.

Once a highly touted phenom, Sims is now an afterthought in the stocked Braves farm system. Still, opposing batters are hitting just .224 against him in 2017, and he is fanning more than a batter per inning. Still, a red flag is that he's allowed a staggering 14 home runs this season, which is tied for second-to-last in the International League. Nevertheless, with Sean Newcomb now in the big leagues, Sims could be the next man up for Atlanta.
4:25 pm (EST)
Dexter Fowler (B) Headshot

Fowler (quadriceps) is starting in center field and batting second Friday against the Pirates, Jenifer Langosch of reports.

While Fowler was originally left out of the Cardinals' lineup Friday, it appears he's ready to go after being checked out by team doctors before the contest. He'll replace Tommy Pham in the lineup while Jose Martinez remains in left field.
4:24 pm (EST)
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