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Date Player
5/20/2015 Jacoby Ellsbury, NYY, CF
Ellsbury is heading to the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right knee after getting injured Tuesday night during an 8-6, 10-inning loss to the Washington Nationals.

Analysis: Ellsbury, New York's leadoff hitter, left Tuesday's game in the fourth inning after manager Joe Girardi noticed the player seemed hurt while batting.
5/19/2015 Ben Paulsen, Col, 1B
The Rockies called up Paulsen from Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Analysis: Paulsen was hitting .256 with Albuquerque this season. He's been splitting his time between first base and the outfield.
5/19/2015 Alex Rodriguez, NYY, 3B
Rodriguez was out of the Yankees' lineup against the Nationals because no designated hitter is used in games at NL ballparks. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before Tuesday night's opener of a two-game series that ''it's easier to play him on a more daily basis when we keep him at DH.''

Analysis: Rodriguez started 34 of New York's 39 games entering Tuesday: 31 at DH, two at third base, one at first base. ''I'm sure he'd much rather be in there than having all this time off. But, I mean, he understands the situation,'' Girardi said. ''That's what happens when you become a DH. It becomes harder to get in games when you're in a National League park.''
5/19/2015 Corey Dickerson, Col, LF
Dickerson was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

Analysis: Dickerson, who turns 26 on Friday, has been bothered by his sore foot most of the season and said the inflammation has grown worse. Dickerson will wear a boot to take pressure off his foot, before beginning treatment. He said surgery wasn't an option. Dickerson is hitting .306 with five homers and five RBIs.
5/19/2015 Rafael Furcal, KC, 2B
Former NL Rookie of the Year Rafael Furcal is retiring after 14 major league seasons.

Analysis: A three-time All-Star who won a World Series title with St. Louis in 2011, the 37-year-old shortstop hit .281 with 311 doubles, 113 homers and 314 steals for Atlanta (2000-05), the Los Angeles Dodgers (2006-11), the Cardinals (2011-12) and Miami (2014). He won the rookie award with the Braves in 2000. An All-Star in 2012, Furcal missed the 2013 season after right elbow ligament-replacement surgery.
5/19/2015 Matt Harvey, NYM, P
Harvey struck out nine in eight scoreless innings of the Mets' 14-inning win over St. Louis on Monday.

Analysis: Harvey didn't allow a run and struck out nine for the second straight start.
5/19/2015 Chris Sale, CWS, P
Sale allowed one run in eight innings of Chicago's 10-inning win over Cleveland on Monday.

Analysis: Sale has gone eight innings in back-to-back starts, striking out 18 and giving up three runs.
5/19/2015 Corey Kluber, Cle, P
Kluber gave up one run in nine innings of Cleveland's 10-inning loss to the White Sox on Monday.

Analysis: Kluber became the first pitcher since 2001 with at least 30 strikeouts in back-to-back starts.
5/19/2015 Russell Martin, Tor, C
Martin stayed hot with three hits Monday.

Analysis: Martin his hitting .429 with four homers in his last 14 games.
5/19/2015 Jose Bautista, Tor, RF
Bautista hit a two-run homer, doubled and had three RBIs in Monday's win over the Angels.

Analysis: Bautista has three hits in his previous five games combined.
5/19/2015 Albert Pujols, LAA, 1B
Pujols hit a solo homer and doubled in Monday's loss to Toronto.

Analysis: Pujols has four hits in his last two games but is still hitting just .237 on the season.
5/19/2015 Chris Iannetta, LAA, C
Iannetta went 3 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs in Monday's loss to Toronto.

Analysis: Iannetta is 5 for 8 with three extra-base hits and three RBIs in his last two starts.
5/19/2015 Victor Martinez, Det, DH
Martinez has been put on the 15-day disabled list by the Detroit Tigers after struggling in his return from offseason knee surgery. The team says Martinez is dealing with left knee inflammation. He had surgery on that knee in February after tearing the medial meniscus.

Analysis: The 36-year-old Martinez is hitting .216 with only one home run in 2015. The switch-hitter is 12 for 26 against left-handers and 12 for 85 against righties.
5/19/2015 Yoervis Medina, ChC, P
The Seattle Mariners have acquired catcher Wellington Castillo from the Chicago Cubs in for right-handed relief pitcher Yoervis Medina. Medina will report to Triple-A Iowa with the Cubs organization.

Analysis: Medina was 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 12 relief appearances with Seattle before being optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on May 3. Medina has made 141 relief appearances with the Mariners the past three seasons.
5/19/2015 Welington Castillo, Sea, C
The Seattle Mariners have acquired catcher Wellington Castillo from the Chicago Cubs for right-handed relief pitcher Yoervis Medina.

Analysis: Castillo played parts of six seasons with the Cubs and appeared in 223 games during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Castillo is a .252 hitter with 29 home runs and 110 RBIs in 310 career games with the Cubs.
5/19/2015 Samuel Deduno, Hou, P
Deduno was placed on the disabled list Monday, retroactive to May 14.

Analysis: Manager A.J. Hinch said Deduno's injury isn't serious but that he needed a few games to deal with it. ''We hope it's not going to disrupt too deep into the season,'' Hinch said. ''But he'll be shut down from throwing for a couple of days to calm his back down and then we'll get him back up and running again.''
5/18/2015 Phil Gosselin, Atl, 2B
Gosselin will miss about eight weeks because of a fractured left thumb.

Analysis: The team announced that Gosselin will undergo surgery Wednesday in Atlanta. The 26-year-old is hitting .325 with two RBIs in 40 at-bats after making the opening-day roster for the first time in his big league career.
5/18/2015 Bruce Chen, Cle, P
Chen, who pitched for 11 teams in 17 seasons, announced his retirement Monday night on Twitter. It was confirmed by the Cleveland Indians, who designated him for assignment Saturday.

Analysis: Indians manager Terry Francona had said Chen wanted to speak with his family about whether he should try to continue pitching. Chen broke into the majors in 1998 with Atlanta and also pitched for Philadelphia, the New York Mets, Montreal, Cincinnati, Houston, Boston, Baltimore, Texas and Kansas City. He was 82-81 with a 4.62 ERA.
5/18/2015 Bud Norris, Bal, P
Norris has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Baltimore Orioles with bronchitis. The move is retroactive to May 11.

Analysis: Norris is 1-4 with a 9.88 ERA.
5/18/2015 Hector Neris, Phi, P
The Philadelphia Phillies have recalled Neris from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Analysis: Neris takes the roster spot of righty Chad Billingsley, who went on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday due to a shoulder strain. The move involving Billingsley is retroactive to Saturday.
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