Author: Drew Silva

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Masahiro Tanaka placed on the 15-day disabled list with a small strain in his right forearm


Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka was sent for an MRI on Tuesday morning after complaining of pain in his right wrist. The MRI showed no damage in his wrist — only some mild tendinitis — but it did reveal a small muscle strain in his right forearm, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network. Add that to the partially-torn UCL that Tanaka suffered last year.

Tanaka will be placed on the disabled list with no timetable to return to New York’s rotation. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday night that it will be at least a month, “conservatively.”

The 26-year-old right-hander from Osaka, Japan had registered a 3.22 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 24/7 K/BB ratio through his first 22 1/3 innings this season. He owns a stellar 2.84 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 165/28 K/BB ratio in 158 2/3 career major league frames.

Jed Lowrie will be out through the All-Star break with a torn ligament in his right thumb

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The diagnosis was announced Tuesday on the Astros’ official Twitter account …

Lowrie suffered the injury while sliding into home plate in the eighth inning of Monday’s 9-4 win over the Padres and flew to Houston for an MRI on Tuesday. That exam revealed the ligament tear, which will require surgery to repair and is expected to keep the 31-year-old shortstop on the shelf through the All-Star break. Lowrie went 2-for-3 with a homer and two runs scored on Monday night and was sporting a .300/.432/.567 slash line through 74 plate appearances this season. It’s obviously a tough blow for the Astros, who entered play Tuesday with a 12-7 record.

Brett Cecil back in at closer for the Blue Jays

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Brett Cecil was removed from the Blue Jays’ ninth-inning role just a few days into the 2015 regular season after blowing a save on April 8 at Yankee Stadium, but Toronto management has now turned back to the 28-year-old left-hander after watching 20-year-old righties Roberto Osuna and Miguel Castro fail to get the job done Monday night at Fenway Park.

Castro, the Blue Jays’ primary closer for the last two weeks, has allowed earned runs in four of his last five appearances. He’ll be kept away from high-leverage situations for a little while. Osuna has been very effective overall, boasting a 1.59 ERA and 13/4 K/BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings.

The youngest pitcher in franchise history, Osuna might get the next crack at saves if Cecil can’t cut it.

It’s also possible Aaron Sanchez could be moved back to the bullpen. He has a 5.03 ERA in four starts.

Carl Crawford diagnosed with torn oblique

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Some more rough news here for the Dodgers’ outfield, which is already absent Yasiel Puig.

According to beat writer Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, veteran Carl Crawford has been diagnosed with a torn oblique and will be placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. “It’s pretty bad,” acknowledged the 33-year-old left fielder, who suffered the injury in Monday’s defeat of the Giants. There’s no timetable for his return. Severe oblique injuries can sometimes cost players two months.

Alex Guerrero is starting in left field on Tuesday night against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner.

Scott Van Slyke is in right field and callup Enrique Hernandez is in center field.

Tim Cooney gets first shot at replacing Adam Wainwright in Cardinals’ starting rotation

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As first reported Tuesday by beat writer Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals have settled on 24-year-old left-hander Tim Cooney as Adam Wainwright’s replacement in their starting rotation. At least for now. Cooney will be called up from Triple-A Memphis on Thursday and debut in an afternoon matinee against the visiting Phillies.

Wainwright suffered a torn Achilles tendon during an at-bat Saturday in Milwaukee and will be sidelined for 9-12 months. Marco Gonzales and Jaime Garcia were both vying for rotation spots this spring, but they’re both currently sidelined with shoulder issues.

Gonzales should be ready sometime in mid-May and will presumably get the call if Cooney isn’t working out.

Cooney, a third-round pick in 2012 out of Wake Forest University, has registered a decent 3.50 ERA and 324 strikeouts across 385 1/3 career minor league innings.