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Video: Steven Souza throws an elbow at Stephen Vogt


There was a nasty collision at home plate Sunday afternoon at Tampa Bay’s Tropicana Field …

Steven Souza appeared to have a clear path to the plate — at least the outside of the plate — yet went right for Stephen Vogt with his elbow raised. Souza may have gotten the worst of it, though, as he left the game in the bottom of the third with what’s being called a left wrist injury. Might a suspension be coming too?

Kyle Lobstein lands on 15-day DL with sore shoulder

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Kyle Lobstein made the Tigers’ starting rotation out of spring training with Justin Verlander (triceps) ticketed for the disabled list. But that spot will now go to right-hander Buck Farmer because Lobstein needs a disabled list stint of his own. Via the official Twitter account of the Detroit Tigers

Lobstein will undergo tests on the shoulder this week in Detroit. He has been bothered by discomfort for a couple of weeks, and there’s at least a hint of concern that it might be something serious.

The 25-year-old southpaw had registered a 4.34 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and 20/16 K/BB ratio through 47 2/3 innings (eight starts) this season. His best start was May 7 in Chicago, when he held the White Sox to one unearned run on five hits over 7 2/3 frames. Farmer will start in his place on Thursday night in Anaheim.

Verlander’s rehabilitation from a triceps strain, meanwhile, has advanced to simulated action.

Shane Victorino heads back to the disabled list

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Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino missed 15 days earlier this season with a right hamstring strain and then had to be scratched from two games this past week due to tightness in his left calf. That calf injury is now being called a strain, and it is sending him back yet again to the 15-day disabled list.

Brian MacPherson, the Red Sox beat writer at the Providence Journal, shares the roster move

Victorino has appeared in just 50 of a possible 205 games over the last two seasons due to a variety of leg and back problems. This latest absence will give Rusney Castillo, who was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on May 22, a good opportunity to show whether he’s ready to be an everyday big leaguer.

If Castillo plays to his potential, Victorino might not have a starting job when his health returns.

Mitch Harris’ journey from the Naval Academy to MLB

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Really cool feature here from MLB Network on Mitch Harris’ unique path from the United States Naval Academy to a bullpen job with the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals …

If you didn’t catch it in the intro to that feature, Harris is the first graduate of the Naval Academy to appear in a major league game since 1921. And he’s still on the active roster for St. Louis in a middle relief role.

MLB will run a full slate of day and night games on Monday to commemorate Memorial Day.

Yan Gomes returns to the Indians’ lineup after missing six weeks with a sprained right knee

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FOX Sports Ohio columnist Joe Reedy shares the announcement

Gomes suffered an MCL sprain in his right knee on April 11 when he got tangled up in a home-plate collision with the Tigers’ Rajai Davis. The initial timetable called for him to miss 6-8 weeks, so he’s returning a little bit earlier than expected. Roberto Perez served as the Indians’ primary catcher while Gomes was out and will now stick around as his backup. Hayes will probably pass through waivers and report to Triple-A Columbus.

Gomes, 27, batted .278/.313/.472 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI in 135 games last season for the Tribe, earning his first Silver Slugger Award. Cleveland (17-23) could use a big offensive boost right about now.