The Taveras timetable 

April, 22, 2014
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When will the St. Louis Cardinals finally promote highly touted prospect Oscar Taveras? The team appeared to be taking another step closer to that eventuality on Monday, when they started the outfielder in center field for the first time this season.

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Who goes when Chacin returns? 

April, 22, 2014
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Pitcher Jhoulys Chacin, who began the season on the disabled list due to a shoulder strain, could be back with the Colorado Rockies as early as next Wednesday, assuming his next rehab start -- slated for Friday -- goes off without a hitch.

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Rangers crossing fingers with Choo 

April, 22, 2014
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Although X-rays after the game were reportedly negative, the Texas Rangers are still nevertheless concerned after outfielder Shin-Soo Choo had to leave Monday's game with what was being called a sprained ankle.

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Mets pondering Hanrahan? 

April, 22, 2014
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Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish tweeted Monday that a source tells him that reliever Joel Hanrahan "has received 'a few' offers from interested teams, but is not close to signing at this time." This, after Hanrahan held a workout last Thursday that was attended by scouts from a reported 20 teams.

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Sale's DL stint reason for concern? 

April, 22, 2014
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For now, the Chicago White Sox are saying that the decision to place Chris Sale on the 15-day disabled list in merely a case of erring on the side of caution, and that the team is optimistic that the pitcher will be able to make a quick return to the rotation.

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Romo's velocity a concern? 

April, 21, 2014
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Sergio Romo is one of the smallest relievers in the game, and nobody would ever think of the San Francisco closer as having a blazing fastball. But recently, the velocity on Romo's usual low 90s fastball has taken a dive.

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When Bryant could join Cubs 

April, 21, 2014
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3B Kris Bryant is still only in Double-A, but judging by his impressive spring and his huge month of April, he could find himself getting a good look at the Wrigley ivy at some point later this season.

Only two teams have scored fewer runs than the Cubs this season -- San Diego and Houston -- and the lack of production at the hot corner is one reason why Chicago may soon have to take a long look at Bryant. Here's more on when you can expect Bryant to get the big-league call in 2014.

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According to a recent interview with Arizona's managing general partner Ken Kendrick, the Diamondbacks recognize that they aren't relying on analytics as much as many other teams around the league.

And that can't sit well with fans of the team, which enter Monday with the worst record in the league at 5-16.

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Zduriencik already in trouble? 

April, 21, 2014
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Year six of Jack Zduriencik's reign as Seattle's general manager is regarded by virtually everyone around baseball as a make or break season for the Mariners GM, and the early returns aren't good.

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Texas manager Ron Washington told The Dallas Morning News that the Rangers have not determined if Matt Harrison will go back into the rotation during next weekend’s series at Seattle or make one more minor league injury-rehabilitation start.

But either way, Harrison's long-awaited return to the big-league roster appears to be right around the corner.

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Heavy workload for Perez 

April, 21, 2014
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Could Royals catcher Salvador Perez use a day off?

Manager Ned Yost has penciled in Perez for each of Kansas City’s first 17 games. The skipper “dislikes answering questions about Perez’s playing time. But he inserted backup catcher Brett Hayes for the final two innings on Sunday,” writes Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.

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Twins to bench Florimon? 

April, 21, 2014
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The Minnesota Twins love the defense that Pedro Florimon provides at shortstop, but they may finally have run out of patience with his bat.

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Hanrahan holding out? 

April, 21, 2014
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Eleven months removed from Tommy John surgery, Joel Hanrahan held a workout for about 18 teams last week that reportedly went very well.

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Making room for Abreu 

April, 21, 2014
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Bobby Abreu's long journey back to the major leagues is complete after the 40-year-old was called up by the New York Mets on Sunday night.

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Who goes first: Towers or Gibson? 

April, 20, 2014
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The Arizona Diamondbacks let a rookie pitcher make his first-ever big league start on Saturday, but it wasn't Archie Bradley. It was Mike Bolsinger who, though staked to a 4-0 lead, lasted just four innings, allowing six earned runs on seven hits in a game the team would end up losing 8-6.

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