Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Phillies pair out tonight, maybe longer

PHILADELPHIA — Phillies C Carlos Ruiz and 1B Ryan Howard are scheduled to have MRI exams today, the team said Sunday.

Ruiz will miss tonight's game in Miami after straining his right hamstring Sunday against the Reds. Ruiz, who said he felt a "pop" while running the bases in the second, didn't make the trip but hopes to join the team Tuesday

Howard didn't play Sunday due to a sore left knee. He will not join the team on the trip to Miami. Howard said his knee has "been acting up. … I've been able to tough it out but told (manager Charlie Manuel) it was sore."

Howard, who missed 91 games last season with an Achilles tear, has four hits over his past 34 at-bats and is batting .245 with 46 strikeouts in 151 at-bats.

More Phillies: RHP Tyler Cloyd is expected to be called up from Triple A to start Tuesday. The team needs a fifth starter with Roy Halladay sidelined after shoulder surgery and John Lannan (knee) on the disabled list.

Kinsler on DL; touted prospect up

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Rangers placed 2B Ian Kinsler on the DL because of bruised ribs and called up INF Jurickson Profar, considered by analysts one of the top prospects in baseball, from Triple A.

"Ian went in the cage, and when he swung, he didn't feel comfortable," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "We didn't want it to get worse."

Another rookie, Leury Garcia, started at second Sunday against the Tigers. SS Elvis Andrus batted in Kinsler's leadoff spot. Washington said both Profar and Garcia would play while Kinsler is out. Both have played shortstop. Washington said one could spell Andrus if he needed rest, but, "That ain't going to happen right now."

Profar, 20, was hitting .278 at Round Rock. He made his major-league debut last season, hitting .176 in nine games.

Astros: SS Ronny Cedeno was a late scratch because of a sinus infection and is day-to-day.

Dodgers: 2B Mark Ellis returned after missing 19 games with a strained right quad.

Cardinals: RHP Mitchell Boggs, one of the majors' top setup men last season, was called up from Triple A. He was demoted May 3 after going 0-2 with a 12.66 ERA and 12 walks over 10⅔ innings. … LHP Tyler Lyons will be called up to start Wednesday, his major-league debut. He replaces LHP Jaime Garcia (strained left shoulder).

Indians: Vice president Ross Atkins said RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, out since April 28 with a strained oblique, will pitch again "in weeks, not months." In five Triple-A starts before the injury, Matsuzaka went 0-2 with a 3.92 ERA.

Giants: CF Angel Pagan left in the fifth with the flu.

Nationals: RF Bryce Harper sat out a second straight game with a bruised left knee from his collision with the rightfield wall at Dodger Stadium on Monday. He has missed three games and played three games since.

Pirates: CF Andrew McCutchen was a late scratch because of a sore right knee and is day-to-day.

White Sox: DH Adam Dunn returned to the lineup a day after leaving in the fifth with back spasms.

Yankees-Jays, PPD: Rain postponed the game at Yankee Stadium. No makeup date was announced.

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