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Injury updates: Sale, Altuve, Jansen, Stroman

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

Chris Sale, Red Sox
Sale was placed on the 10-day disabled list with mild left shoulder inflammation, the club announced on Saturday afternoon. His DL stint is retroactive to Wednesday. The Red Sox's ace returns to the DL less than a week after he was activated from it. He missed the first two weeks of August with inflammation in his pitching shoulder, but was dominant in his return last Sunday -- holding the Orioles to one hit and striking out 12 in five scoreless frames. More > 

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

Chris Sale, Red Sox
Sale was placed on the 10-day disabled list with mild left shoulder inflammation, the club announced on Saturday afternoon. His DL stint is retroactive to Wednesday. The Red Sox's ace returns to the DL less than a week after he was activated from it. He missed the first two weeks of August with inflammation in his pitching shoulder, but was dominant in his return last Sunday -- holding the Orioles to one hit and striking out 12 in five scoreless frames. More > 

Jose Altuve, Chris Devenski, Brian McCann and Jake Marisnick, Astros
With Altuve set to begin a Minor League rehab assignment Sunday for Triple-A Fresno, Astros manager AJ Hinch said the team's best hitter could return to the Astros' lineup as early as next week in Seattle.

Altuve, who has been out since July 25 with a sore right knee, said Saturday his knee felt good following Friday's rigorous workout at Oakland Coliseum. He was scheduled to fly to Seattle on Saturday and lead off for the Grizzlies on Sunday in Tacoma, Wash. and get three or four at-bats and play six or seven innings in the field. He'll rejoin the Astros on Monday in Seattle and could be activated then.

Devenski (left hamstring tightness) threw close to 20 pitches on Friday night for Fresno in his second Minor League rehab outing. He'll could meet the club on Monday in Seattle and be evaluated since it's close to Seattle, along with McCann, who was set to catch five innings Saturday for Fresno for the first time since he had right knee surgery in July.

Marisnick (left groin discomfort) hit in the batting cage Saturday and "will have a big day" Sunday, Hinch said. Marisnick may run the bases Sunday pregame and change directions a little bit. Hinch said he's not had problems, but the team still feels he's still "a little bit away," because he hasn't been able to do anything at full speed. More > 

Video: Altuve and Hinch on Altuve's injury rehab

Kenley Jansen, Erik Goeddel, Josh Fields and Yimi Garcia, Dodgers
Jansen had another aggressive throwing session on Friday with no issues from the irregular heartbeat that put him on the disabled list. He said he's hopeful to be cleared to resume pitching during a Monday follow-up exam, and manager Dave Roberts said as soon as Jansen is cleared, he will resume closing games. Jansen is still on blood thinners and has not been cleared to participate in activity that could result in a cut or injury where bleeding could be an issue.

Goeddel, who has had Tommy John and bone spur elbow surgeries, was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday with right elbow inflammation. It is Goeddel's second stint on the disabled list this month having missed 10 days with right lat inflammation.

Fields (right shoulder inflammation) and Garcia (right elbow inflammation) had their rehab assignments upgraded from the Arizona Rookie League to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday. More > 

Marcus Stroman, Blue Jays
Stroman appears headed for the 10-day disabled list because of a lingering blister issue on his right middle finger after he was removed from Friday night's loss to the Yankees after four innings because of the blister. It was the third consecutive start was that cut short because of the injury, and now the Blue Jays have decided he needs an extended period of time to let it heal completely.

Toronto has yet to make an official roster move, but one is expected to happen before Sunday's series finale against the Yankees. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons all but confirmed that lefty Thomas Pannone will be promoted from Triple-A Buffalo and will start Wednesday vs. Baltimore. More > 

Video: TOR@NYY: Stroman heads to DL with blister issue

Brandon Morrow and Kris Bryant, Cubs
Morrow took another step toward returning from his right arm injury by throwing about 25 pitches in a bullpen session at PNC Park on Saturday. Morrow, 34, is on the 10-day disabled list for right biceps inflammation, having last pitched for the Cubs on July 15. On Saturday, he described the current state of the injury as a bone bruise near his right elbow. He said he has not lost strength in the arm despite the soreness.

Morrow said his next step will be "two or three" more bullpens and a simulated game, followed by a Minor League rehab assignment, barring any setbacks.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon pointed out the similarities in the recovery paths of Morrow and Bryant (left shoulder inflammation), who recently began swinging off a tee in the batting cages in addition to fielding grounders. More > 

Jeremy Hellickson and Kelvin Herrera, Nationals
The Nationals placed Hellickson on the 10-day disabled list Saturday (retroactive to Thursday) with a right wrist sprain. Hellickson, 31, is 5-3 with a 3.57 ERA in 18 starts for the Nationals. This will be his second stint on the disabled list this season. More > 

The Nats bullpen may get a much-needed jolt with the return of Herrera, who could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Tuesday or Wednesday. Herrera, who is on the DL with a right rotator cuff impingement, threw a 15-pitch simulated game Saturday afternoon and felt no discomfort in his shoulder.

He was initially scheduled to just throw a bullpen session, but manager Dave Martinez wanted to see him face hitters to gauge his progress. Herrera had struggled during his tenure with the Nats, posting a 4.76 ERA and 1.82 WHIP in 19 games before landing on the DL, but his return could help a bullpen short on reliable, healthy arms. More > 

Kolten Wong, Cardinals
Wong was removed following the third inning Saturday night with a right elbow contusion after being hit by Brewers pitcher Wade Miley's throw to first. Wong was hit by Miley's throw when Jesus Aguilar peeled from the bag. Wong was attended to after the play, but stayed in the game until he was thrown out running to second when Miles Mikolas reached first on a fielder's choice. More > 

Austin Romine, Yankees
Romine was removed from Saturday's game vs. the Blue Jays to undergo further examination by the training staff in the sixth inning. He exited a frame after being hit with a foul ball in the mask, prompting a delay of several minutes as he was attended to behind the plate. Romine initially remained in the game, finishing the fifth inning, but he was replaced by Kyle Higashioka the next time the Yankees took the field. More > 

Video: TOR@NYY: Romine takes foul ball off mask, exits game

Dereck Rodriguez and Jeff Samardzija, Giants
Despite his strained right hamstring, Rodriguez said that he felt good enough to make what had been his scheduled start on Friday night, when the Giants fell to the Reds, 2-1.

Manager Bruce Bochy said starting him on regular rest would be "too risky," pointing out that Rodriguez would have to defend his position, cover first base and engage in other movements that would test his hamstring. However, it's entirely possible that Rodriguez could pitch when he's eligible to return from the disabled list next Thursday or shortly afterward. More > 

Samardzija will begin a Minor League rehab stint on Wednesday with Triple-A Sacramento, Bochy announced Saturday. Samardzija has experienced discomfort in his throwing shoulder for most of the season, limiting him to 10 starts with the Giants. He's 1-5 with a 6.25 ERA this season. More > 

Matt Joyce, A's
Joyce started taking live batting practice on Wednesday and is slated to start running the bases as part of a stricter progression in the coming days as he recovers from a lumbar strain that sent him to the disabled list on July 5.

There's still no immediate timetable for a rehab assignment, said A's manager Bob Melvin, but the club hopes to send Joyce out before the end of the Minor League season. The A's full-season Minor League affiliates play their final regular-season games on Sept. 3. Melvin's goal is to have Joyce back sometime in September.

Though Joyce has progressed to the point where he's finally feeling good with baseball activity on consecutive days, the A's don't want to push him since he's had several setbacks in his recovery, including one at the end of July that required a second epidural injection. More > 

Scott Schebler, Reds
Schebler (sprained AC joint in right shoulder) will likely embark on a Minor League rehab assignment beginning Sunday, according to interim manager Jim Riggleman. Per Riggleman, if everything goes well during and after a workout on Saturday, Schebler will begin a rehab assignment and possibly join the club on its upcoming road trip.

Schebler, who has been on the 10-day disabled list since July 18, made around 40 throws from 90 feet on Monday and felt no pain afterward. He then threw and hit on Friday and was scheduled to do the same on Saturday. More > 

Video: CLE@CIN: Reds booth gives update on Schebler's injury

Blaine Hardy, Tigers
Hardy was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to tendinitis in his left elbow, the club announced Friday. The move is retroactive to Aug. 15. Hardy made his last scheduled start on Tuesday and gave up four runs on five hits in four innings of work against the White Sox. He topped out at 88.2 mph with his fastball, according to Statcast™. More > 

Mike Dunn, Rockies
Dunn threw a simulated game Friday and is scheduled to begin a Minor League rehab assignment next week. The plan is to have the veteran Dunn back as a member of the bullpen in September.

Dunn is rehabbing left AC joint inflammation and last appeared in a game on July 3. He also had missed 17 games with a rhomboid (upper-back) strain in June. Before the first injury, Dunn had nine straight scoreless appearances from May 10-June 1, but was pitching through pain the whole time, and it eventually caught up with him. It turned out both ailments were related to an injury sustained during an offseason workout. More > 

Kyle Barraclough and Martin Prado, Marlins
Barraclough said he felt good throwing off the mound Saturday afternoon. Manager Don Mattingly said Barraclough will throw again before the Marlins decide to activate the right-hander or send him on a rehab assignment. Barraclough has been on the disabled list since Aug. 10 with lower back stiffness.

Prado, who went to the disabled list on Aug. 14 with a left quad strain, began baseball activity Friday with hitting, throwing and jogging. More >