Author: Drew Silva

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Video: Andrew Cashner on his mother’s courage


Watch this feature from MLB Network on Andrew Cashner and his mother, who is fighting cancer …

As you probably heard in that video, Cashner is starting for the Padres on Sunday afternoon at Arizona’s Chase Field. Pretty special. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there from us at HardballTalk.

Michael Saunders put back on disabled list with discomfort in his surgically-repaired left knee

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From the official Twitter account of the Toronto Blue Jays …

Saunders tore the meniscus in his left knee in late February when he stepped on a sprinkler head while shagging fly balls at the Blue Jays’ spring training complex in Dunedin, Florida. Initial reports suggested he would be out until the All-Star break, but the 28-year-old outfielder made it back before the end of April. And maybe that’s the problem — that he rushed his rehab. Saunders needed fluid drained from the surgically-repaired knee early last week and then got a cortisone injection a few days later. Now the Jays have decided that he’s better off getting some extended rest. It’s not clear when he might be ready to return.

Saunders looked like a sneaky-good acquisition for Toronto this offseason. He had a strong .791 OPS (128 OPS+) in 2014 for the Mariners and flirted with a 20-homer, 20-steal season with Seattle in 2012. Chris Colabello is starting in left field for the Blue Jays in Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Red Sox.

Red Sox option Allen Craig to AAA Pawtucket

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The move is official, via beat writer Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe …

Craig went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Saturday’s loss to the Blue Jays, dropping his season slash line to .135/.237/.192. Since last year’s trade that sent him from St. Louis to Boston, the 30-year-old outfielder is batting .130/.235/.192 with 53 strikeouts in 166 plate appearances. This from a guy who ranked among the most productive hitters in baseball between 2011-2013. Craig really hasn’t been the same since suffering a Lisfranc injury while running the bases in late 2013. And the Red Sox still owe him $26.5 million.

Joe Kelly, the other piece from that trade with the Cardinals, walked seven batters and surrendered six earned runs over 5 2/3 innings Saturday in Toronto. He has a 6.35 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in six outings this year. John Lackey, meanwhile, boasts a 3.20 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in six starts for St. Louis. On a $507,000 salary.

Yasiel Puig undergoing MRI on left hamstring

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Yasiel Puig reaggravated his left hamstring strain Friday while running to first base in a rehab game at High-A Rancho Cucamonga, and the Dodgers hope to find out Sunday how big of a setback it will be.

According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, the 24-year-old outfielder is due to undergo an MRI on the hamstring Sunday in Los Angeles.

“Obviously, everybody thought we were getting close to (activating him from the DL) Monday. That’s not going to happen,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Saturday. “We’ll just kind of find out from the testing where we’re at. Then do what we have to do.”

Andre Ethier will continue to act as the primary right fielder for the Dodgers, who are 19-10.

Video: David Ross throws a perfect inning

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Cubs backup catcher David Ross was called on to pitch the final inning of Saturday night’s 12-4 loss to the Brewers, and he retired all three batters he faced. Here’s the third out …

For all the position player talent streaming into the north side of Chicago, the pitching staff has a combined 4.38 ERA. And the bullpen’s combined ERA is 4.52. Probably not gonna cut it in a tough division.