The Los Angeles Dodgers held their collective breath on Wednesday night as shortstop Hanley Ramirez left the game in the seventh inning after getting hit on the left hand by a Ryan Vogelsong fastball.

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A's closer to reinstating Johnson? 

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(UPDATE: Luke Gregerson came on to pitch the ninth inning of a 4-3 game against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday and gave up the tying run, blowing his second save of the season and adding fuel to the argument that Jim Johnson should return to the closer's role.

According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, "manager Bob Melvin said the team will look at everything after Thursday's off-day, but when it comes to using the back end of the bullpen, Melvin said, 'A lot of it ends up being feel.'")

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Apparently the Seattle Mariners had seen enough. The team recalled Nick Franklin from Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, a day after being shutout for a third time in a six-day span. Where Franklin will play upon joining the M's in Texas remains a giant question, however

The 23-year-old switch-hitter was used at the two middle infield positions while at Tacoma, where he smacked four home runs in 11 games prior to the call-up, including one on Tuesday. But Robinson Cano has second base blocked for the next decade and Brad Miller's glove, hustle and pop make it unlikely that Franklin will assume the starting role at shortstop, either.

That means the M's will make room for him in the outfield, right? There's plenty of speculation in that regard, but it's entirely out of necessity. Franklin appeared in the outfield in only one Spring Training game this past March, and is hardly ready to be thrown into an every-day outfield role, either. And even if he was, the question is where? He'd probably profile best in left field, but the M's have said they'd like to keep Dustin Ackley at that spot. And Franklin doesn't have the ideal arm to play in right.

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When will injured Red Sox return? 

April, 16, 2014
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The Boston Red Sox injury toll continues to mount, as Mike Napoli has joined the growing list of players who might be unavailable to manager John Farell for at least the next few days. Napoli dislocated the ring finger on his left hand, and while X-rays showed no fracture, the first baseman was seen wearing a splint after the game.

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This season's first highly anticipated prospect has arrived. Speedy and powerful George Springer will get the chance to prove that the hype was indeed warranted. As Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle writes, "With their major league offense struggling mightily, the Houston Astros have decided to call up top outfield prospect George Springer for Wednesday's game at Minute Maid Park against the Royals."

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The state of the Seattle Mariners pitching staff right now can best be described as being in turmoil. One week ago, starter James Paxton was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle on the left side of his back. After some juggling of the rotation, the team didn't need a replacement for Paxton until Tuesday night, which they filled with Blake Beavan, called up from Triple-A Tacoma.

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Angels cope with another OF injury 

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The Los Angeles Angels, still reeling from the loss of Josh Hamilton as a result of a torn ligament in his thumb, now have to deal with an injury to another outfielder. Kole Calhoun had to be helped off the field Tuesday night with a sprained right ankle suffered while running out a ground out in the 11th inning.

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Johnson ready to resume role? 

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It was just last Thursday that the Oakland Athletics announced they were giving Jim Johnson a little vacation from being their closer, as manager Bob Melvin said the pitcher "needs some time away from the role to get things straightened out." Has the time come already to let him back into the ninth inning of games for the A's?

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Second base issues in Toronto 

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Thanks to a misplaced step by Maicer Izturis, Ryan Goins will get a chance to prove he can be the Blue Jays’ regular second baseman.

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Did Dozier's price just go up? 

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The San Diego Padres became the latest team to lock up a player with a high ceiling but relatively low service time, agreeing Monday to a five-year, $35 million extension with second baseman Jedd Gyorko.

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How Braves make room for Minor 

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The Atlanta Braves continue to receive encouraging news on Mike Minor, who threw five scoreless innings in his third minor league rehab start Sunday and is scheduled to rejoin the rotation sometime next week.

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Archie Bradley's timetable 

April, 15, 2014
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Clubs have plenty of financial incentives to keep top prospects in the minor leagues as long as possible. That doesn't mean agents have to like it.

Jay Franklin, the representative for Diamondbacks pitching prospect Archie Bradley, told Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com that GM Kevin Towers is keeping his client in the minors due to service-time considerations. The D-backs can delay Bradley’s free agency for a year by keeping him in the minors until late April. If they keep him down until late May or early June, the club can avoid another year of arbitration eligibility.

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The Cleveland Indians need to clear a roster spot to make room for outfielder Michael Bourn, who is expected to come off the disabled list in time for Tuesday’s contest in Detroit.

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Prior to Monday’s game in Arizona, New York Mets manager Terry Collins discussed the juggling game he would perform when outfielder Chris Young comes off the disabled list later this week. But surplus quickly became shortage when Juan Lagares and Curtis Granderson were injured in a 7-3 win over the D-backs.

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Big Apple interest in Hanrahan 

April, 15, 2014
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Free agent closer Joel Hanrahan is working his way back from Tommy John surgery and is ready to demonstrate his progress. Could the Big Apple teams emerge as serious suitors?

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