Baseball 5-1-14 News
07:32 AM ET 05.01 | For now, the Yankees can't yet put Michael Pineda on the DL, not until after his suspension ends after the weekend. Make no mistake, this news is as dreary for theYankees as the recent weather. The initial report is that Pineda will be out at least three to four weeks because of his Grade 1 strain of the teres major muscle in his back. What this means is that suddenly, an area that looked like a strength less than two weeks ago is now going to be seriously tested. ... On May 1, there are no big starts, but we still need to learn a little more about whoHiroki Kuroda is at 39. After arguably his worst start of his career his last time out, Kuroda displayed some humor when asked how he can make adjustments at his age. "I don't know," Kuroda said. "This is the first time I've been 39."
07:31 AM ET 05.01 | Free-agent closer Joel Hanrahan may just have a deep-pocketed team on his horizon. The Tigers, Yankees,Rangers, Red Sox and Rockies are believed among teams showing strong interest in [Hanrahan], who is likely to sign before holding another open showcase. Hanrahan is believed to have received multiple offers, with at least those five teams thought to be in the running for the hard-throwing two-time All-Star. Detroit makes obvious sense since the Tigers would love to replace Bruce Rondon and have someone to team with Joe Nathan at the back end of the bullpen. The Yankees are obviously thinner in the pen than they have been with the retirement of all-time great Mariano Rivera, while the Rangers have been beset by pitching injuries, the Red Sox always liked Hanrahan and the Rockies continue to have interest.
07:30 AM ET 05.01 | Sheer math might suggest the Blue Jaysaren't getting what they paid for in the rotation. The breakdown for 2014 is Mark Buehrle ($18.0 million), R.A. Dickey (12.0M),Brandon Morrow ($8.0M), Dustin McGowan ($1.5M) and Drew Hutchison ($0.50M). ... [Toronto] may need to clear the deck before the end of this season of one from among Buehrle, Dickey or Morrow. The Jays owe Buehrle $19 million for 2015. Dickey is under contract for $12 million next year and a $12 million club option in 2016. Morrow has a $10 million club option for 2015. If the Jays continue to flounder back and forth above and below the .500 mark as the trade deadline approaches, the pitcher with the most value from among that group would seem to be Buehrle. He is Mr. Consistent.
07:29 AM ET 05.01 | Bruce Chen's immediate future remains somewhat hazy. [Chen's] scheduled start against the Tigers on Saturday will hinge on how he feels after throwing a side session Thursday. He was scratched from Wednesday night's start because of lingering pain starting in his back side, from a swollen disc and/or his strained glute. He had an epidural Monday. "It comes down from my rear all the way down my leg. I've had it for four weeks now," Chen said. However, the area felt better Wednesday, he said. "I'm preparing myself like I'm going to pitch on Saturday," he said. "If I'm not 100 percent to help the team -- the most important thing is to help the team and they need to know I can go six or seven innings." The alternatives include another left-hander, Danny Duffy, who's been operating out of the bullpen.
07:29 AM ET 05.01 | The Brewers could have used more out ofMatt Garza on Wednesday night, but he was knocked out in the fourth inning due to a bruised right thumb. Garza was hurt on his broken-bat groundout in the top of the fourth inning, and head trainer Dan Wright and Brewers manager Ron Roenicke visited the mound after Garza walked the first hitter he faced in the bottom of the frame to examine Garza's right hand. After returning to the mound to throw a warmup pitch, Garza walked off the field. Following the Brewers' 9-3 loss, Garza expressed frustration about his mediocre April -- he fell to 1-3 with a 5.00 ERA -- and predicted he would make his next start as scheduled. "[The injury] put the cherry on top of a pretty crappy day," Garza said. "But, whatever. Just get ready for five days, and go from there."