Indians to activate Justin Masterson from the disabled list on Friday

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Indians manager Terry Francona expects starter Justin Masterson to be activated on Friday for a home start against the Rangers, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports.

In his last start, on July 7, Masterson left in the third inning without recording an out against the Yankees. He went on the 15-day disabled list the next day with inflammation in his right knee.

Masterson is eligible for free agency after the season and there hasn’t been any progress in the way of an extension between the pitcher and the Indians. He hasn’t helped his cause with his 2014 results, as he currently owns a 5.51 ERA with a 93/56 K/BB ratio in 98 innings.

Mitch Haniger leaves game with oblique injury

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Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger left Tuesday night’s game against the Tigers with a strained oblique, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. Haniger suffered the injury running after hitting a single in the third inning. He was 2-for-2 when he exited the game.

Haniger will almost certainly be placed on the 10-day disabled list as a result of the injury. It’s a big loss for the Mariners, as he entered the night batting .321/.430/.590 with four home runs and 16 RBI in 93 plate appearances.

Danny Valencia, who pinch-ran for Haniger and stayed in the game to play right field, is likely to take Haniger’s spot in the lineup and in the outfield during his absence.

Jose Altuve, Teoscar Hernandez leave game after collision

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Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and outfielder Teoscar Hernandez collided attempting to catch a shallow fly ball hit by Indians catcher Yan Gomes in the bottom of the eighth inning during Tuesday night’s game.

Hernandez, who was called up earlier on Tuesday, had just come into the game as a defensive replacement for Carlos Beltran. George Springer entered the game in right field in Hernandez’s place after Hernandez was carted off the field. Altuve was replaced at second base by Marwin Gonzalez.

The Astros should have updates on the conditions of both players after the game. Losing Altuve would be a big deal for the first-place Astros, as he entered the game batting .324/.393/.459 with seven stolen bases.