Mariners prospect Danny Hultzen diagnosed with left rotator cuff strain

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Mariners prospect left-hander Danny Hultzen was scratched from Thursday’s scheduled start with Triple-A Tacoma after he had trouble getting loose. And now we know why.

The Mariners announced last night that Hultzen was diagnosed with a left rotator cuff strain and inflammation. He’s expected to rest and rehab his shoulder for the next two weeks before being reevaluated.

Hultzen received a five-year, $8.5 million major league contract from the Mariners after he was selected No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. The 23-year-old battled some control problems in Triple-A last year, but he owns a 3.01 ERA over his first 29 pro starts. He was likely in line for a promotion to the majors if he got off to a hot start this year, but any such talk is officially on hold.

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.