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Lance Lynn cleared to return from forearm injury

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Good news for the Cardinals, as right-hander Lance Lynn’s forearm injury is minor enough that he’s scheduled to come off the disabled list to start Thursday against the Marlins.

Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Lynn is healthy enough to return when eligible Tuesday, but the Cardinals are waiting until Thursday simply because they don’t want to re-arrange the rest of the rotation. Triple-A call-up Tyler Lyons will be bumped after filling in for Lynn.

Lynn’s health is a huge key for the MLB-leading Cardinals in the wake of Adam Wainwright’s (likely) season-ending injury. He has a 3.07 ERA this season and a 2.83 ERA in 45 starts dating back to the beginning of last year.

Rickie Weeks released by the Mariners

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 28:  Rickie Weeks #25 of the Seattle Mariners runs the bases after hitting a homerun against the Texas Rangers in the fourth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 28, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Seattle has released veteran infielder/outfielder Rickie Weeks after designating him for assignment last week.

Weeks was Milwaukee’s starting second baseman for a decade, but lost the job to Scooter Gennett last season and struggled to find much of a market as a free agent this winter.

He signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Mariners as a left fielder/designated hitter and then hit .167 in 37 games after coming into the season as a 32-year-old with a lifetime .771 OPS in 1,142 games.

He’ll likely have to settle for a minor-league deal and needs to get back on track offensively given how few teams probably still view him as a viable defensive second baseman. Weeks’ best fit at this point is probably as a platoon lefty-masher.

Marlon Byrd returns from wrist injury, rejoins the Reds

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Marlon Byrd homered in his first minor-league rehab game at Double-A, so the Reds have decided to activate the veteran outfielder from the disabled list after just two weeks on the sidelines with a small fracture in his right wrist.

His overall numbers this season aren’t pretty thanks to a brutal start that saw him hit .169 in April, but Byrd batted .250 with eight homers and a .953 OPS in 26 games from May 1 through his going on the DL.

Philadelphia paid half of his $8 million salary to move Byrd in an offseason trade and the injury makes it unlikely that he’ll reach the plate appearances necessary to trigger next season’s $8 million option, potentially making the 37-year-old a trade target for contenders if he continues hitting for good power.