Jeremy Guthrie makes rehab start, on track to return Tuesday

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According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Jeremy Guthrie is poised to return from the disabled list after tossing four scoreless innings this afternoon in a minor league rehab start with High-A Modesto.

Guthrie, who landed on the disabled list two weeks ago after spraining his right shoulder in a bicycle accident, allowed only two hits while striking out four and walking just one. Barring any setbacks, the 33-year-old right-hander is expected to rejoin the Rockies’ rotation for a start Tuesday against the Giants.

Guthrie was acquired from the Orioles in in early February in exchange for right-handers Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom. He had an ugly 5.92 ERA and 5/10 K/BB ratio in 24 1/3 innings over his first four starts prior to the injury. Long way to go, obviously, but that deal is looking pretty good for the Orioles thus far.

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.