Daily Dose: Not Yu Too

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Is the lingering Darvish derby nearing an end? Nick Nelson explains why the Cubs may be close to landing the top free agent

Lowdown: Getting Closer to Yu

Is the lingering Darvish derby nearing an end? Nick Nelson explains why the Cubs may be close to landing the top free agent

The long list of prominent injured Rangers grew on Wednesday, with staff ace Yu Darvish landing on the 15-day disabled list due to what is currently being termed “right elbow inflammation.” The hope is that Darvish will only have to miss two starts, but an MRI is planned for Thursday and an exact diagnosis probably won’t be revealed until Friday.

A red flag was flung high in the air Saturday when Darvish got pounded for six runs -- five earned -- on nine hits and four walks in a loss to the lowly Astros. The right-hander then reported arm discomfort during a regularly-scheduled between-starts bullpen session on Monday.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told reporters Wednesday that he doesn’t believe there is anything wrong with Yu’s ulnar collateral ligament -- the ligament that usually has to be repaired via Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery -- but Daniels can’t say that with any sort of certainty until further tests are run. Like Thursday’s MRI. So stay tuned.

Darvish, 27, owns a 3.27 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 11.2 K/9 through 545 1/3 career major league innings.

Pineda Looks Sharp In Return

Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda allowed just two hits and one run over five innings Wednesday against the Orioles in his first start since being ejected -- and subsequently suspended -- on April 23 for pine tar use. He walked none and struck out four, but the Yankees’ bullpen couldn’t hold the lead at Camden Yards and so Pineda was left with a no-decision.

Pineda suffered a muscle strain in his upper back while trying to stay in pitching shape during that pine tar suspension -- which was slated to last 10 games -- and wound up missing nearly four months. Now that he has returned to the major league rotation and is seemingly fully healthy, the 25-year-old needs to be owned in all mixed fantasy leagues.

Pineda boasts a 1.82 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 19/3 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings (five starts) this season.

Gyorko Going Strong For Padres

Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko had one of his most productive games of the 2014 season on Wednesday night, doubling twice and adding two singles in San Diego’s 5-3 win over the visiting Rockies.

Gyorko is now 19-for-57 (.333) since returning in late July from a bad bout of plantar fasciitis. He looks much more comfortable at the plate and in the field, and the 25-year-old is well on his way to finishing the season on a strong note. This is really positive news for a player who signed a five-year, $35 million contract extension (with an option that could extend that deal to 2020) back in April.

Gyorko had a cool .745 OPS with 23 home runs and 63 RBI in 125 games last year as a rookie.

Tulo’s Season Comes To A Close

The Rockies announced late Wednesday night that star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery for a labrum injury in his left hip on Friday in Vail, Colorado.

The 29-year-old was setting himself up nicely for his first National League MVP prior to injuring his hip on a groundout in late July, boasting a .340/.432/.603 batting line with 21 home runs, 52 RBI, and 71 runs scored in 91 games. Josh Rutledge will finish out the 2014 season as the Rockies’ primary shortstop.

Tulowitzki is one of the best players in baseball when healthy, but he has averaged just 107 games per season.

National League Quick Hits: Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu left his outing Wednesday against the Braves with a strained glute … Jordan Zimmermann allowed only one unearned run in 6 1/3 innings Wednesday as the Nationals topped the Mets … Reds first baseman Joey Votto (quad) is expected to resume baseball activities in 7-10 days … Dee Gordon stole his 52nd base of the season on Wednesday … Gerrit Cole (lat) is likely to rejoin the Pirates' rotation next week after making one final rehab start for Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday … Jake Peavy earned his first win as a member of the Giants on Wednesday against the White Sox … Kyle Lohse left Wednesday's start against the Cubs after tweaking his right ankle … Braves closer Craig Kimbrel picked up his 35th save of the season on Wednesday night against the Dodgers … Javier Baez slugged his first career Wrigley Field home run Wednesday as the Cubs took down the Brewers … Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth will sit out the next couple games after being given a cortisone shot in his ailing right shoulder … Rymer Liriano hit his first major league home run in the Padres' win over the Rockies on Wednesday … Brandon Phillies (thumb) could begin a minor league rehab assignment this Friday … Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock (hand) is expected to resume his rehab assignment soon … Justin Masterson hurled seven shutout frames Wednesday in the Cardinals' defeat of the Marlins … Matt Harvey (elbow) threw a 27-pitch bullpen session in Port St. Lucie, Florida on Wednesday … Chris Owings (shoulder) will begin facing live pitching Friday … Mets manager Terry Collins is expected to return in 2015 … Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta finished Wednesday's doubleheader 0-for-10 with five strikeouts … The Dodgers released Chone Figgins.

American League Quick Hits: Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a sprained ligament in his right knee … Jason Vargas hurled his sixth career shutout Wednesday, allowing just three hits against the A's … Kyle Gibson limited the Astros to one run over 7 2/3 innings Wednesday in a Twins victory … Yankees catcher Brian McCann (concussion) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday … Adam Jones hit a tie-breaking three-run home run in the eighth inning Wednesday as the Orioles beat the Yankees … Twins top prospect Byron Buxton suffered a concussion in a nasty outfield collision Wednesday in his first game with Double-A New Britain … Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw 10 fastballs on flat ground Wednesday without issue and is aiming to return to the Yankees before the end of the season … Nick Castellanos had an RBI triple and a solo home run in four trips to the plate Wednesday as the Tigers beat the Pirates … Michael Bourn (hamstring) is on track to be activated from the disabled list Friday … Carlos Santana went 1-for-8 against the Diamondbacks in Wednesday's doubleheader and is hitting .163 with zero home runs this month … Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is day-to-day with a bruised right hand … Chris Archer fanned 12 while limiting the Rangers to one run over seven innings in a win Wednesday … Mike Napoli belted a two-run homer and drove in three runs Wednesday in a win over the Reds … Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings is day-to-day with a sore shoulder … Trevor Bauer carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning Wednesday as the Indians won the first half of a doubleheader against the Diamondbacks … Angels starter Tyler Skaggs underwent successful Tommy John surgery on Wednesday.

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