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DODGERS: Hanley Ramirez said he expects to be back “way sooner” than mid-May, which was the original target date for his return to the lineup from surgery on his right thumb.

The former Augusta GreenJacket has begun taking batting practice and fielding grounders.

The team has outfitted him with a special splint that allows him to throw while protecting his surgically repaired right thumb.

Ramirez wouldn’t reveal exactly when he might return, saying it was a surprise.

“I’m going to tweet it,” he said.

ASTROS: Bullpen coach Jeff Murphy sustained injuries to his left leg and knee when a protective screen fell on him before Wednesday’s game. Murphy was throwing batting practice when a heavy gust of wind blew the screen over, pinning his leg underneath. According to a team spokesman, Murphy pulled his left hamstring and bruised the knee.

WHITE SOX: Recalled outfielder Jordan Danks from Triple-A Charlotte and placed left-hander Charlie Leesman on waivers for the purpose of granting his unconditional release.

Danks, the younger brother of White Sox left-hander John Danks, takes the place of right-hander Duente Heath.

YANKEES: Frst baseman Mark Teixeira has taken his first swings – in a pool – as he ramps up his rehabilitation from a wrist injury.

Teixeira says the progression to playing in rehab games will be a slow one but he still hopes to be ready within the initial prognosis of eight to 10 weeks for recovery from a partially torn sheath in his right wrist.

GIANTS: Placed left-handed pitcher Jeremy Affeldt on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain.


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