From the Rangers’ executive vice president of communications, John Blake …
Moreland missed exactly 15 days following surgery to remove loose bodies from his left elbow. He was batting .304/.393/.457 in 16 games before landing on the disabled list despite playing through discomfort that those loose bodies were causing. Moreland will resume serving as the Rangers’ primary designated hitter.
Smolinski was able to crack the Opening Day roster with a big spring, but the 26-year-old outfielder wound up batting just .140/.290/.220 in 62 regular-season plate appearances. He’ll probably get another shot soon.
Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was lifted from Tuesday’s game against the Braves in the bottom of the eighth inning and he is absent from Wednesday’s starting lineup. The injury? Turf toe.
MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon says the Reds’ medical staff is scrambling to find an orthotic insert that can be placed in Phillips’ left cleat and allow him to play through the pain. Cincinnati kicks off a four-game series at home against the Giants on Thursday night.
Kristopher Negron is filling in at second base in Wednesday night’s series finale against Atlanta.
Phillips, 33, is batting .311/.349/.345 with one homer and 15 RBI in 31 games this season.
Rehabbing catcher Matt Wieters caught nine innings Tuesday in a game at the Orioles’ spring training complex in Sarasota, Florida and manager Buck Showalter is now eyeing a specific date for the 28-year-old’s 2015 debut:
Wieters, who had Tommy John surgery last June 17, was placed on the 60-day disabled list on Sunday, and he’s eligible to return on June 4.
“He should join us then if everything goes well, if we don’t have any setbacks. It may be an every other day scenario,” manager Buck Showalter said.
That comes from Rich Dubroff, the Orioles insider for CSNBaltimore.com.
Wieters is in a contract year, so the final four months of the 2015 season will be a pretty important stretch of his career. A very good defensive backstop, Wieters hit .308/.339/.500 with five home runs and 18 RBI in 26 games last season for the Orioles and he tallied 22 home runs and 79 RBI over 148 games in 2013.
Tampa Bay’s management and medical staff have mapped out a timetable for Matt Moore that should get the 25-year-old lefty back in the Rays’ starting rotation around the first or second week of June.
Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune says Moore is scheduled to throw a simulated game Wednesday and then another one five days later. If both of those go well, he will be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. And it should only take him 3-4 minor league starts to get properly tuned up for the bigs.
Moore has been on the shelf since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last April.
He boasts a 3.53 ERA and 339 strikeouts in 347 career big league innings.
Yasiel Puig was lifted from a rehab game Friday at High-A Rancho Cucamonga after reaggravating his left hamstring strain while running to first base. He underwent an MRI on Monday, which confirmed that he’s going to have to back off from baseball activities.
“A little bit of a setback,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly confirmed Tuesday evening to J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles News Group.
Puig might not have to completely start over, but it figures that he’ll be shut down for at least a week to give the hamstring more time to heal. The 24-year-old Cuban outfielder has been on the disabled list since April 24 and this hamstring injury has been bothering him since the second week of the regular season. Andre Ethier has been serving as the Dodgers’ right fielder.