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Indians’ Corey Kluber has cast removed, making progress

UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019, 2:44 p.m.

Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber had the hard cast protecting his broken right arm removed and the two-time Cy Young winner is healing as hoped. Kluber underwent imaging texts that showed that his ulna is mending properly. Manager Terry Francona said Kluber can begin range of motion and that he will be re-examined in two weeks.
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Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes has ankle surgery, expected to miss season

The New York Mets say slugger Yoenis Cespedes is expected to miss the entire season after having ankle surgery. The team announced Monday that the oft-injured outfielder had broken his right ankle in an accident on his ranch. The 33-year-old Cespedes hadn’t played this season while recovering from surgery on both heels.
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Yankees’ CC Sabathia placed on IL with knee inflammation

UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019, 8:38 a.m.

New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right knee inflammation. Sabathia pitched five innings against the Orioles on Wednesday night and complained about knee soreness afterward. He joins a list of prominent Yankees who are sidelined with injury, including Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.
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Robinson Cano leaves Mets game with left quadriceps tightness

Mets second baseman Robinson Cano left a game against Washington because of tightness in his left quadriceps. Cano appeared to hurt the leg while running to first base when he grounded out in the third following J.D. Davis’ two-out double. Cano is batting .241 with three homers and 13 RBIs. The 36-year-old, an eight-time All-Star, was acquired by New York from Seattle in December.
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Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez sits because of sore back

Boston Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez was held out of the lineup for the game against the Toronto Blue Jays because of a sore back. Martinez sat out the previous two games because of illness, but had been expected to return to the lineup. The two-time All-Star is hitting .308 with nine homers and 28 RBIs.
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AP source: Braves draft pick Carter Stewart reaches deal in Japan

After failing to sign with Atlanta and losing a grievance against the Braves, 19-year-old right-hander Carter Stewart has agreed to a six-year contract with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Japan’s Pacific League that will guarantee $6 million to $7 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The deal is likely to be announced May 30 at a news conference in southern California and will be subject to Stewart obtaining a Japanese work visa.
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Early stretch-run mode: Mets to use closer Edwin Diaz in 8th

UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019, 4:23 p.m.

Switching into stretch-run mode even before Memorial Day, the New York Mets will start using All-Star closer Edwin Diaz more often in the eighth inning. New York began the day with a 22-25 record, 5 1/2 games back of NL East-leading Philadelphia. Manager Mickey Callaway said he was willing to go against the trend of limiting closers to three outs in most situations.
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Giancarlo Stanton has another injury setback, Didi Gregorius progressing

UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019, 3:02 p.m.

The New York Yankees will have to wait a little longer for the return of the Giancarlo Stanton. The outfielder took a step back in his return from arm injuries and won’t play in any rehabilitation games for seven to 10 days because of left calf tightness. Shortstop Didi Gregorius moved ahead toward a mid-June return when he went 1 for 3 with a walk as the designated hitter in an extended spring training game after taking one day off due to dehydration.