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Diamondbacks call up $68.5 million project Yasmany Tomas


As announced Wednesday evening on the Diamondbacks’ official Twitter account …

Tomas was optioned to the minors at the end of spring training because the D’Backs didn’t have enough room for him to get regular at-bats. And it’s hard to figure how that situation has changed over the past 10 days.

Tomas was playing exclusively in right field at Reno, so the third base experiment is presumably over.

The 24-year-old Cuban signed a six-year, $68.5 million free agent contract with Arizona last November, but he showed up to Diamondbacks camp in poor physical shape and batted just .257 with a .721 OPS over 70 at-bats in the Cactus League. Tomas was off to an underwhelming 4-for-21 (.190) start with the Reno Aces.

Felix Hernandez on track to start Saturday vs. Rangers

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Mariners ace Felix Hernandez made an early exit from his start Sunday against the Athletics because of tightness in his right quadriceps, but it sounds like he won’t have to miss a turn in Seattle’s rotation.

“As we speak right now, my plan is to go with Felix (on Saturday night against the Rangers)” Mariners skipper Lloyd McClendon told Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune on Tuesday evening in Los Angeles. “I still want to see his bullpen session.”

That bullpen session is scheduled for Wednesday.

Hernandez, 29, has a 3.00 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 11/3 K/BB ratio in 12 innings (two starts) this season.

He posted a 2.14 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 248/46 K/BB ratio across 236 innings last season.

David Wright departs game with pulled right hamstring

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The injury bug has again bitten David Wright.

According to beat writer Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal, the veteran third baseman had to be removed from Tuesday night’s game against the Phillies after pulling his right hamstring on a stolen base attempt in the bottom of the eighth inning.

The Mets were out of infielders on their bench, so backup catcher Anthony Recker had to handle the hot corner in the top of the ninth. New York wound up beating the visiting Phillies 6-5 in a game started by Matt Harvey.

Wright is almost certainly going to be placed on the 15-day disabled list. The 32-year-old was limited to 134 games in 2014 and batted just .269 with a career-worst .698 OPS. He appeared in only 112 games in 2013.

There wasn’t much optimism about the injury in the postgame clubhouse …

MRI clean on Xander Bogaerts’ sore right knee

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Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts banged his right knee while rounding third base on Monday afternoon against the Nationals and he was not in the starting lineup Tuesday, but there’s good news out of Boston.

According to Alex Speier of WEEI, an MRI taken Tuesday morning on Bogaerts’ knee came back clean and he could return to action as early as Wednesday.

Bogaerts is off to a hot start this season for the Red Sox, hitting .433 with a 1.033 OPS through 34 plate appearances. The 22-year-old budding star has seven RBI in seven games.

Ivan Nova throws batting practice for first time since his Tommy John elbow surgery

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From’s Bryan Hoch comes word that Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova threw 20 pitches of live batting practice on Tuesday afternoon at the Yankees’ spring training complex in Tampa, Florida. It was his first time facing hitters since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last April.

Nova will throw another round of live BP on Friday. He’ll eventually progress to simulated games and then he will head off on a minor league rehab assignment. The expectation is that Nova will become an option for the Yankees’ starting rotation sometime in early June.

Nova, 28, posted a 3.10 ERA and 116 strikeouts across 139 1/3 innings for the Yankees in 2013.

He only made four starts last year before tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow.