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Injury updates: Britton, Mancini, Pence, Owings

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Here's a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors:

Zach Britton, Orioles
Britton threw 20 fastballs off a half-mound on Friday as he works his way back from offseason Achilles surgery. Orioles manager Buck Showalter thinks it is realistic he could return a little after he is eligible to return off the disabled list on May 28. The next step in Britton's recovery is taking fielding practice on Saturday.

Here's a roundup of the latest injury news across the Majors:

Zach Britton, Orioles
Britton threw 20 fastballs off a half-mound on Friday as he works his way back from offseason Achilles surgery. Orioles manager Buck Showalter thinks it is realistic he could return a little after he is eligible to return off the disabled list on May 28. The next step in Britton's recovery is taking fielding practice on Saturday.

"Felt really good. It was the first bullpen, so I had to think about that too," said Britton after his rehab session. "Arm felt really good. Just had to really think about getting over that foot, no hesitation, especially as we got going. Maybe the first couple throws, but once we got going it felt really good." More > -- This report was first posted on April 20.

Trey Mancini, Orioles
Mancini left Friday's game against the Indians after hitting his right knee into the base of the left-field wall. He chased down Indians slugger Yonder Alonso's foul ball, but the ball landed into the stands. Mancini collided into the padded wall, but his knee hit the unpadded base of the wall. He was checked by trainers and left the field gingerly. More > -- This report was first posted on April 20.

Hunter Pence, Giants
The Giants placed Pence on the 10-day disabled list as he continues to nurse a right thumb sprain. Pence hurt his thumb on April 3 after attempting to make a diving catch. He has played through the injury, but now has been given time for it to properly heal. More > -- This report was first posted on April 20.

Steven Wright, Red Sox
Wright was removed from his rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday with stiffness in his back. He was making his first rehab start as he recovers from left knee surgery.

The timetable for his return to the Red Sox is unclear. He started on the 10-day disabled list after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection at the site of his surgery. More > -- This report was first posted on April 20.

Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
Pedroia is slated to rejoin the Red Sox in Boston next week, but his timetable to return to action is undecided. He has been out after undergoing left knee surgery in October.

"He's doing everything, but it's like the beginning of Spring Training for him," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. -- This report was first posted on April 20.

A.J. Pollock, Chris Owings and Randall Delgado, D-backs
Pollock and Owings are nursing injuries after colliding with each other in the outfield on Thursday night. Owings took a knee to the head, but was able to pass his postgame concussion test on both Thursday and Friday afternoon. He also took batting practice with the team.

"Got some sleep last night and felt pretty good," Owings said. "I think they just kind of wanted to give me a day."

Pollock injured his right hand, according to D-backs manager Torey Lovullo. The injury isn't considered serious as Pollock was granted a day off.

"He was going to try and play," Lovullo said. "He banged up his hand in that collision. I decided to remove him from the lineup for precautionary reasons." As for Delgado, he underwent a medical examination on Friday night. He is recovering from a left oblique strain that has landed him on the disabled list. Lovullo said he is progressing in rehab starts, despite a dip in velocity.

"He feels good," Lovullo said. "We just obviously have noticed that the velocity is down. We want to just make sure." More > -- This report was first posted on April 20.

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Danny Salazar, Indians
Salazar is making strides toward a return to the starting rotation. He has been sidelined with right shoulder inflammation, but reports out of extended spring training have been favorable, according to Indians manager Terry Francona.

"We're cautiously optimistic that he's kind of turned a corner," Francona said. "His intensity in the bullpens has been good and he says he feels pretty good. So that's good." More > -- This report was first posted on April 20.

Eddie Butler, Cubs
Butler was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right groin strain on Friday. He last pitched against the Cardinals on Thursday and allowed four runs in his outing. Butler said he felt something right before pitching and tried to battle through the pain.

"It ended up affecting my finish -- it didn't have the late life it should have had," Butler said of the groin's effect on his pitching. "It just tightened up on me, felt like it wouldn't loosen up. Obviously four hitters in a row got on, let's go ahead and make a change."

Butler is 0-1 with a 4.30 ERA in six games covering 14 2/3 innings. He has walked five and struck out 10. More > -- This report was first posted on April 20.

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Odrisamer Despaigne and Chris O'Grady, Marlins
Despaigne was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right forearm strain Friday. He was replaced in the sixth inning of Thursday's game and is the ninth Marlin on the disabled list.

O'Grady also landed on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain. More > -- This report was first posted on April 20.

Delino DeShields, Rougned Odor, Doug Fister, Jurickson Profar, Elvis Andrus, Rangers
DeShields, recovering from surgery to repair a broken bone in his left wrist, was 1-for-3 with a bunt single on Thursday in his first rehab game with Double-A Frisco. He played five innings in center field. DeShields was scheduled to play Friday and then be re-evaluated. He will likely be activated in the next few days.

Odor, who was placed on the disabled list April 10 with a strained left hamstring, is able to swing a bat and play catch, but he has yet to start a running program. He is projected to return in early May.

Fister, sidelined with a strained right hip muscle, threw a 58-pitch bullpen session on Friday without any issues. The Rangers will see how he responds this weekend before they decide what the next step will be. Rangers manager Jeff Banister said a rehab start in the Minors may not be required since Fister last pitched on April 11.

Profar was back in the lineup on Friday after missing two games while going through the concussion protocol. Profar had to come out of Monday's game with the Rays in the second inning when he was upended trying to turn a double play and fell on the right side of his face.

Andrus, on the disabled list with a fractured right elbow, was back with the team on Friday after staying home during the Rangers' six-game road trip. Andrus is expected to be out until at least early June but will start traveling with the team again.

Andrus suffered the fracture when he was hit by a pitch April 11 in a game against the Angels. The initial prognosis was 6-8 weeks, and this is the first time he has been on the DL in his career. More > -- This report was first posted on April 20.

Carlos Rodon, White Sox
Rodon will throw a side session Saturday for pitching coach Don Cooper at Guaranteed Rate Field and then will return to Arizona to begin making starts in extended spring training on Monday. That rehab trail will lead the left-hander throughout the White Sox system before he returns to the big club some time after May 28. More > -- This report was first posted on April 20.

Madison Bumgarner, Giants
The Giants have a tentative timetable in place for the return of their ace, after he had three pins removed from his fractured throwing hand on Thursday.

If all goes well, Bumgarner could return to the mound by late May, manager Bruce Bochy said. Bochy said Bumgarner could potentially be ready sometime around May 25.

Bumgarner has yet to pitch this season after being hit by a comebacker in his Spring Training start on March 23. The 28-year-old had a 3.32 ERA in 17 starts last season for San Francisco, a season in which he also missed extended time due to injury after a dirt-bike accident in late April. More > -- This report was first posted on April 19.

Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays
Donaldson, who had been playing through a dead arm issue since Opening Day before landing on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation last Friday, played catch at the Blue Jays' Minor League complex in Dunedin, Fla., on Thursday.

"He threw today and felt great," manager John Gibbons said. "I don't know what that means in terms of a timeline, but he felt great, which is the important thing. ... He won't be here Saturday. That won't happen." More > -- This report was first posted on April 19

Ken Giles, Astros
Giles hasn't pitched since Saturday due to back tightness, manager AJ Hinch said. Hinch added that he doesn't yet know whether the right-handed reliever will need to be placed on the disabled list.

"We don't want him to miss too much time," Hinch said. "Right now, just given that he can't move around and do the things he normally does, it's a little concerning. But we haven't talked DL yet.

Luckily our starting pitchers have gone deep into games, and I don't have enough innings for all our relievers, so Giles being down a few days hasn't impacted us."

Giles posted a 2.30 ERA with 34 saves for Houston last season, but struggled in the postseason, giving up 10 runs in 7 2/3 innings (11.74 ERA). In six appearances so far this season, he's allowed two runs on six hits over five innings (3.60 ERA). More > -- This report was first posted on April 19

Joe Musgrove, Pirates
Musgrove has yet to make his Pirates debut after a muscle strain in his right shoulder sidelined him to begin the season. The right-hander said he felt good after throwing a 25-pitch bullpen session off the mound at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday.

Musgrove threw mostly fastballs and changeups during the low-intensity session with pitches around 75-80 mph. He said he planned on throwing a more intense, 35-pitch bullpen session on Sunday and hoped to add a simulated game next Wednesday in Pittsburgh before going out for a rehab assignment. More > -- This report was first posted on April 19